Monday, January 27, 2014

Weekly Recap x2 1/13/14 – 1/26/14

Marathon Training Countdown – 13 Weeks Down, 5 Weeks to Go!

Since I missed last Monday’s weekly recap, today’s post will be over the last couple weeks of training. The Woodlands Marathon is getting so close, y’all. I only have two more long runs before my taper time begins.

The week before last was pretty uneventful, minus the fact that I was sick. Like, stay-at-home-from-work sick for one of the days. You can imagine that I was extremely unhappy about this seeing as the Tinker Bell Half Marathon was merely a few days away from that time. Luckily, the very worst of it was over by the time I arrived in California, but I still had a horribly stuffy nose which made it harder to breathe. It certainly didn’t impede on my fun time though – I thoroughly enjoyed everything about the expo, race, and parks! I will have my race recap on here Wednesday, and park time recap on Friday!

Race Sneak Peek! I LOVE the Tink medal.

This past week was definitely better when it came to running. Although my nose isn’t 100% un-stuffed yet, once I got back to Houston it got SO much better. Tuesday was our travel day from California, and by Wednesday my legs already felt ready for a run surprisingly (even after all the park time at Disneyland)!

So all training went as planned, and Saturday’s long run was great. I ran 17 miles with one of my Team RWB friends, and during the last 4 miles, he ran with the American Flag! I wish I had gotten a picture before we left the park, but I was hungry and just wanted to go get some food (runner problems much?!). It was so motivating and inspiring, though. We had one man salute us, a couple of guys gave us a “hoo rah!”, lots of honks, cheers, and waves. I tell you this, I’ve never ended a long run with that much excitement, and 17 miles is the longest I’ve ever ran at this point in my life!

Saturday’s Long Run Stats:image

Based on this Runner’s World finish time calculator, and the assumption that I can maintain this pace at my full marathon in a few weeks, my estimated finish time is 4:31:42! How cool is that?! I’m certainly not assuming this is the end all be all of how my race will go; there is too much that could happen on race day. But it is still awesome that based on my longest run so far, this is my estimated marathon time, especially when I just want to finish in under 5 hours!

My workouts the past 2 weeks:

Monday 1/13: 5 X (1200 meters fast pace + 400 meters walk)
1200 meters pace = 8:30 min/mile
       400 meters pace = comfortable walk

Tuesday 1/14: Yoga
Wednesday 1/15: 6 Mile Easy Run Sick
Thursday 1/16: 5 Mile Easy Run Sick
Friday 1/17: Travel Day/Tinker Bell Half Expo
Saturday 1/18: Walked around Downtown Disney/Stretching & Foam Rolling
Sunday 1/19: Tinker Bell Half Marathon + Walked around Disneyland Park

Monday 1/20: Walked around California Adventure Park
Tuesday 1/21: Travel Day/Rest Day
Wednesday 1/22: 7 Mile Easy Run (Pace: 10:30 min/mile)
Thursday 1/23: 5 Mile Easy Run (Pace: 10:00 min/mile)
Friday 1/24: Rest Day/Stretching & Foam Rolling
Saturday 1/25: 17 Mile Long Run – Longest run to date!
Sunday 1/26: Rest Day/Stretching & Foam Rolling

Monday Motivation!

QOTD: Do you have a memorable training run that kept you inspired until you were finished?


  1. Congrats on doing your longest training run! I kinda felt inspired the first time I ran 13.1 miles in a training run. That was my reality that "yea, I really can do this"! Great picture and medal by the way! Can't wait to hear more about it on Wednesday!

    1. Thanks!! It's awesome to hear about what each person's inspiration can come from!

    2. Fairytales and Fitness let me know that you're running The Woodlands Marathon so I found your blog. I'm running The Woodlands Half Marathon! Hope your training goes well!

    3. Hi Tina! That is awesome you'll be running the half - I hope I'll see you there! I'll be following along on your blog!

  2. WOOT! Nice run! I'm glad to hear you started feeling better before Tink! Can't wait to hear all about that. I cannot believe you are so close to your taper already. Congrats!!

    1. Yeah, I was glad the very worst was over, but not gonna lie, I was pretty worried all the way until the start of the race wondering if I was going to have a good run lol!

      I can't believe how close taper is too - so crazy!

  3. I love that Tinkerbell medal. Since I'm going to be stepping away from rD events at WDW, maybe I'll focus on DL whenver I'm ready for long distance running again.

    1. It is SO cute, especially the little spinning Tink! I loved the Tink course too, but Princess is still my favorite runDisney race so far :)

  4. Look at those miles!! & those calories burned... eat up! :)
    Disney medals are just incredible!!

    1. Yes, Disney really knows how to design medals!!

      Haha I admit I enjoy seeing that many calories burned - I replenished them in mostly healthy ways too (minus the personal pizza I had for lunch LOL, but even that was only 400 calories)!

  5. Gorgeous medal! I can't believe you're already so close to the Woodlands marathon! I'll be cheering you on from afar.

    1. I just love the medal!! It was awesome wearing it around the parks. I can't believe how close the marathon is too - your cheering, no matter how far away, will be very appreciated and motivating! :)

  6. LOVE the Tink medal! I'm jealous. Can't wait to read all about your race. Congrats on your 17-miler! It's always exciting to go further than you've ever gone before. :) My 20-mile training run was that "special" run for was when I finally thought I might be able to pull off that marathon!

    1. Thanks, Jennifer!! I have my 20-miler in under two weeks now, and I really hope that it goes as well as yours did!