Marathon Training Week 9 Recap

This week we really picked it up with a mid-week 8.5 miler and then a 14 mile run with a fast pace for 5.5 and slower pace for 8.5 miles on Saturday.

Monday – P90X YogaX

Tuesday – 3 mile jog (plan called for 10:29 pace)
My legs felt pretty tired from the Annapolis 10 miler so I was happy to just have a slow 3-miler to run.
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Wednesday – REST
Mike and I were out on an aircraft carrier for a Friends & Family day. Although this was technically a rest day, we climbed so many sets of steep stairs (more like ladders) on the aircraft carrier. Our legs were really tired by the end of the day from exploring the ship. We discovered this cool Seaside gym, literally looking out over the ocean and a spin studio on the aircraft carrier.

Pretty windy in the seaside gym - can't imagine running on this treadmill!

Pretty windy in the seaside gym – can’t imagine running on this treadmill!

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Thursday – 8.5 mile run fast (plan called for 8:29-8:14 pace)
Since we were driving back from Norfolk in the morning and I had plans in the evening, my only option was to do this run mid-afternoon when, unfortunately, it was the hottest. I took a long break in the shade around mile 4 at Arlington National Cemetery and another around mile 7 on a bench on the mall. Sometimes a few minutes laying down is all you need to get an energy recharge and cool down a bit. I also drank my entire 22 oz water bottle!

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2nd rest break on a bench on the Mall

2nd rest break on a bench on the Mall

Friday – P90X3 Dynamix for 30 minutes

Saturday – 5.5 mi/8.5 mi fast and comfortable (8:14-7:48 and 9:35-8:41)
This was the longest we have all run since the Richmond Marathon back in November 2013! It was a hot and humid, although luckily cloudy, morning in DC. We ran 5.5 miles pretty fast, heading over to the Mount Vernon Trail on the Potomac River. We stopped for gels at mile 6 when we saw a trash can near Reagan National Airport. It was pretty tough to do 5.5 miles fast and then run 8.5 miles more on tired legs. This will be good training for Richmond. At least we were all able to talk for the 8.5 slower pace miles so that always helps the time go by quickly! I wish I brought some more gel since my stomach was growling around mile 12 and I felt like I was running the last 2 miles on empty.

We were all pretty exhausted after this run. My legs were so tired for the rest of the day. Marathon training has officially kicked into high gear!

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Almost done with the 14-miler!

Almost done with the 14-miler!

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