Marathon Training: Week 11

I have concluded that 2014 is going to be one of the busiest years of my life. My schedule has begun filling up at a rate I was not prepared for. On top of marathon training, I am wedding planning and beginning to look into a career path. Big life changes!

First, let me start with my training week. After my foot giving me grief for a few weeks, the pain has FINALLY lifted. Sure, it had let up a good bit a couple of weeks ago, but I have reached a point where I am waking up in the morning (when the discomfort was at its worst) without an ounce of pain! Running has never felt better.

6 MilesRest1 Mile AM
1 Mile PM
1 Mile AM
5 Miles PM
1 Mile AM
5 Miles? PM
1 Mile AM14.35 Miles

Anyway, I started my week with 3 broken up runs on Sunday. Although I was in desperate need of a rest day, I thought going on a few easy runs would help work the lactic acid out of my sore muscles.

I started with one mile, rested for a bit, then upped to 3 miles. After another resting period, I did 2 more to round off the day at 6. It really did help. I started out achy, but after the third session, I could resume walking up and down the stairs again. So I would definitely recommend running easy the day after a long run, even if you are sore. I think it helps!

Monday, I took my well-deserved rest day. I resumed normal training on Tuesday with 1 mile in the AM and a hair over 5 miles in the evening while playing the Pandora Treadmill Game. On Wednesday, I only had time for a mile in the morning, and one in the evening, both focusing on speed. Then, on Thursday, even though I attempted to do 5 miles all at once, every time I would try changing the speed or incline, I accidentally pressed one of the programmed workouts. That would end my run and delete my stats. After the 3rd time of doing it, I just ran 1.5 miles at 7+ MPH. I was just angry and wanted to finish.

This past Saturday, my long run was 14 miles. I did not even keep pace in mind. It honestly stopped being my priority after hurting my foot. My most recent goal is to complete my runs just feeling comfortable. I finished few minutes below my normal pace, but did not care. I was done, happy, and even ran a little bit more than anticipated. So that was a win in my opinion.

Now, on to the life stuff! As you may know, I recently was engaged and am planning an October 4th wedding. Just in the last few weeks, I have been working like crazy to get things together! The biggest accomplishment so far was finding our venue. Originally, we were going to use our own property to have the ceremony and reception, but I found myself losing sleep over the parking situation. So, we decided on a vineyard nearby.

I am a farm girl and the thought of getting married in a huge barn tickles my fancy! And hello! Wine!

Anyway, we took a tour of the barn yesterday and I immediately fell in love. I put down the deposit that day. My wedding is officially going to be fabulous now!

I will have more details this week, but for now, I want to hear about you!

Do you run the day after a long run?

How did your last long run go? How far was it? 

What is your favorite wine?

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