Fall Classic Marathon Training: Week 8

Hello friends! Can you believe we’re in the last week of July? This summer is flying. I finally went in to work today (normal work, not college summer class work). As I was taking care of this
photo (1)it occurred to me that I need to do more upper-body work. Desks aren’t really heavy, just awkward, and I didn’t love hoisting them all around. I’m a pansy.

But that’s not really related to last week’s training. Let’s talk about that.

AM: 12 miles easy, which didn’t really feel too easy after last Saturday’s downhill 20-miler.

PM: About an hour of strength training at home because I was too lazy to go to the gym. Which is probably why I have wimpy arms.

AM: 8.2 easy miles

PM: Just a quick core workout, no stretching or foam rolling. Oops.

AM: 800m downhill repeats on the incline trainer. With my outdoor warm-up and cool-down, the workout totaled 11.4 miles.

PM: Core, stretching, etc.

AM: 9 miles easy with a pretty sunrise
photo 1 (2)PM: An hour of strength training, at the gym this time

8.4 easy miles. Nothing else that day, because we went to Denver and bought a shed. Our life is so exciting. I also bought this:
photo 2 (2)I’m a moron and washed my old Camelbak in the washing machine. It was an old model that I’m pretty sure they don’t make anymore; the bladder and tube didn’t come out. I’d washed it many times before (stupid stupid) with no problems, but that last wash melted the antibacterial lining, sealing the tube together. After many attempts to undo the damage, I gave up and bought this Nathan pack.

22 miles.
photo 3 (1)
I didn’t get out as early as I meant to (I don’t even know what took me so long to leave), and it was HOT by the time I finished. I was grateful for my new hydration pack!


Totals: 71 miles run, 2.5ish hours strength/stretch

That  was my first 70+ week of 2014. It feels good to get my mileage up again! This week is a little lower mileage but has some tougher workouts, so we’ll see how those go.

What are you training for right now? How is your training going? 

Teachers — are you back in your classroom yet?

14 thoughts on “Fall Classic Marathon Training: Week 8”

  1. Well, at least you wash your Camelback? I am terrible about even taking my bladder out to wast after I use it. And the sweaty bag? Let’s not even guess how many times it has been used without being washed. Anyway, Nathan makes good packs; I hope you like it! And do you need to have a shed delivered to you or do you bring it home and put it together? There is really not a shed-selling store out in your rural-ness?

    1. I was not good about washing it, but it was old enough that it had been through the wash many times. 🙂 The shed will be delivered. And you’re right — it’s weird that there aren’t places to buy sheds out here!

  2. I don’t go into my classroom until the first in-service day. I always have enough time to set it up with the amount of time they give us to work in our rooms. When I was a newer teacher, I would go in a few days early to set up because I thought it would make me “look good”. Eh, I got over that!

  3. I can’t believe it’s the last week of JULY!!!! 😦 I still have August for vacation and I fear that it will fly by just as fast.

    Incredible running this week! That’s a cool Hydration pack and I love the colour. 🙂

  4. 71 miles!!! Thats amazing, you should be really proud of yourself. i’m just keeping up the bar method 4 days a week. im thinking i need to work in another form of exercise while its still summer and my energy is up.

  5. I went to school for the first time all summer today to get the lay of the land. I was there for all of twenty minutes before I decided it could wait. I want to enjoy these last two weeks! When do you have to report?

  6. Do you have any fun summer plans before you go back to teaching in September? Amazing how summer seems to fly by every year. Why can’t winter be like that? I just bought a hydration pack last week and love it. How was I ever running longer distances in the hot summer sun without it?

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