Big Sur Marathon Training-Week 13

Ok, I lied, you get the training recap before the race recap.  Oops.

It’s coming, really!  It’s never taken me this long to write a race recap before but maybe that’s because my brain checked out last week.  I was so tired and just couldn’t figure out why or seem to catch up on my sleep.

I had wanted to move my 20 miler up a week to this weekend as it just fit my schedule better that way but between some leg issues and the extreme tiredness I was getting the feeling that was probably not a good idea.

Monday- 2.5 miles I planned on a few shake out, easy miles to get my legs loose from the day before.  I was aiming for 3-4.   My leg had felt ok during the day at work but it quickly let me know that it was not on board with a run.  Not at all.  I was hoping it would loosen up but instead it steadily grew worse until it felt like the pain was in the bone too which alarmed me so I called it short and just headed back to the car.

Tuesday/ Wednesday- Nada  I was giving the leg a few days to see what it would do.   Working at my desk makes it very, very angry.  I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again- stand up desks are not all they are cracked up to be.

Thursday- 4.5 miles  I headed to lake path as I had a feeling that the dirt path would be more forgiving than pavement or concrete.   I started slow and kept it nice and easy.  Because spring had suddenly made an appearance and it was 80 degrees at 6 PM, going slow was not an issue.  In fact I needed a few walk breaks due to the warmth.   However those breaks pointed out that my leg was ok once in motion, it really does not the stops and starts of walk breaks.  Which is problematic as I know I will be walking part of this marathon.

Friday- Stupid For some reason I was so freakin’ tired this week… and it was making me stupid.  And slap happy.  I took a nap on my lunch but it didn’t help.  I had a feeling my long run wasn’t happening on Saturday.

Saturday- 2.2 miles  I was still super tired and my leg was sore but this was supposed to be longer.  But we got a little lost.  My mom and headed to do a trail but the one we did a few weeks ago is closed, boo. So instead, we did the Pine Mountain loop.   It gains almost 500 feet in the first 1/2 mile or so but the path is fun with a couple of random off shoots.  Once we made our way to the top, we took one of the random off shoots thinking it would make the path longer but instead we had climb over and under some downed trees before it deposited us almost in someones front yard and on the highway.  Oops!

Sunday- 10 miles My leg was sore and I was still so tired, I pretty much knew that 20 wasn’t going to happen early and I was going to stick to the plan of 12.  But when my alarm went off in the morning, my head was pounding, likely due to hormones from that TOM, so I rolled over and went back to sleep.

That had me heading out for my run in the afternoon.  It was over 80.  I didn’t think it would be that bad.  And it wasn’t until mile 5 and then it was all downhill from there.  So much walking.  I was so damn warm.  I had 2 bottles of water in my pack and I drank them both.   I even took a few moments iny a lone shady spot to just try and cool off.   But no luck.  It took me so long, that I ended up only having time for 10 miles before I needed to head back for Easter Dinner.

19.23 miles for the week.  Not great but not horrible considering how my leg felt on Monday.

How was your week?

11 thoughts on “Big Sur Marathon Training-Week 13

  1. I hate that it’s just one issue after another, but you are doing great at still getting those miles on your feet! I’ve been hitting 17+ the last couple of weeks, so that’s been great for me – that’s my current goal! This week will be a bit different, I’m working this weekend at a 2nd job (parking at Texas Motor Speedway for NASCAR), and that has me at the track at 6 am and 5:30 am respectively, so no way I’m getting in a long run this weekend! If I plan it right, I’ll still hit my goal… so we shall see!


    1. Right? It’s been a calamity filled training cycle. It’s already Motor Speedway time????? Man, time flies! Part of me thinks that sounds like fun and the other part thinks it sounds exhausting. I’m supposed to be chaperoning a tennis trip this weekend so getting in my 20 miler is kind of stressing me out. Look at us with odd weekend plans that don’t include running. 😛

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  2. glad you got some good running in, despite the leg! And I know what you mean about warm weather running. Sometimes just getting through the heat alive is a success.


  3. Wow, you doing fine, I am struggling as well to add more miles, my right foot was hurting, it’s a bit frustrating. So, I decreased my mileage on the long run and will slowly pick it up again. I am also trying to increase my cadence, it is said that a higher cadence decrease the impact on your joints and feet, maybe you should give it a try as well. Best recovery to your legs!


      1. My foot is much better, not perfect yet, but hurting less and less each day, thanks. I downloaded iSmoothRun app and used it yesterday running with my 180bpm playlist. This app measures the cadence. Even pushing myself to what I thought was a fast cadence it actually was 158 steps per minute. I think using this app I will be able to increase it.


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