Fall Classic Marathon Training: Week 11

Wow, it’s hard to believe I’m just four weeks out from race day! One more hard week, one more medium week, and two taper weeks…then the race! Here’s how this week looked:


AM: 8.3 miles of fartleks. I love that workout. 

PM: 45 minutes or so of strength training at home.

AM: 6 recovery miles

PM: 30ish minutes of core work and stretching

Downhill 800s. I warmed up and cooled down outside and did the workout on the incline trainer. There were only four other people in the gym, so I broke the 30-minute rule.
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As it turned out, one of those four people was waiting for this machine. She glared at me when I got off. Oops.

I only did the one workout today, because it was back-to-school night, and by the time I got home, I just wanted to eat and sleep. So that’s what I did.

AM: 8 miles easy

PM: 30 minutes of full-body strength. This was the first day of school, and I was exhausted, so  I was satisfied with 30. 

5 easy miles and some core work

Another fast-finish long run: 10 miles easy, then 8 gradually faster. It was hard and I didn’t like it, but it wasn’t as miserable and hopeless-feeling as my last fast-finish. On runs like this, I wish I had a coach or at least a running buddy to yell at me and tell me to quit being a baby. Sometimes I don’t have enough of my own mental strength. Need to work on that, I guess. At least the sunrise was pretty. 
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Rest, which included some time at the laundromat because our dryer decided it wanted to join the “Everybody Break!” party. 

And that’s that. This coming week is the first full week of school and my last week at peak mileage. That should be interesting — in a good way, because I like both these things. 

I hope you have a great week!

How was your weekend? 



14 thoughts on “Fall Classic Marathon Training: Week 11”

  1. Personally, I think you are allowed to break the 30-minute rule. You are training for a marathon, so they can wait. I can’t believe it is only a month away. Good luck on peak training week and getting back into the classroom for your first full week of school.

  2. Hope your first week back is going well!! this summer flew by! btw — “and by the time I got home, I just wanted to eat and sleep.” that is me every night 🙂 (which is why im hauling my behind out of bed at 5am to go work out- if it doesnt happen now it just wont happen 😀 )

  3. Agree with those who hate the 30 minute rule… though it does make sense if there’s only one of that type of equipment. What exactly is the incline trainer – is that like a step machine?

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