Lincoln Marathon Training: Week 17

Marathon day is one week from today, and taper madness is setting in hard. I feel “puffy.” I feel eight hundred little niggles that I’m SURE will be an injury (and that go away in a second, because they’re imaginary anyway). I’m obsessively checking the weather (right now, it looks perfect for race day. And I really hope I didn’t just jinx it…). Here’s how the training portion of my taper madness went this week:


5 miles easy, plus core work


6 miles of fartleks, then some upper-body and core strength work. Leg work is done until post-marathon.


5.1 easy miles, then core. I took a selfie because I was trying to show off my Skirt Sports gear for the giveaway (which you should enter if you haven’t!). I ended up having to take a mirror picture instead, but you can’t have a training recap without awkward selfies, right?
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Confession: I tried for an embarrassingly long time to take a cool jumping picture like Christy always has, but I couldn’t time it right. I had more than one that looked like I was about to use the bathroom, and so I gave up.


3 x 2000m tempo intervals with 400m recoveries. With warm-up and cool-down, a total of 7 miles.


Since I was moving my long run to Sunday, I took Friday off from running. I did 45 minutes of yoga and called it good.


6.2 easy miles and a quick core workout. I saw a post on Instagram the other day that said, “Never trust a girl who wears pink workout gear.” I thought that was stupid, so I posted this post-run shot as my rebuttal.
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Hashtag wearallthepink


Thunderstorms kept me up most of the night and were still going strong in the morning. I don’t do lightning (living is my favorite), so I took to the treadmill for my last “long” run: 12 miles with the last 6 progressively faster.
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I should’ve waited a few hours; it rained all day, but the lightning stopped not long after I finished running. Oh well. At least it was only 12 and not a long-long run.

Total: 41.3 miles.

And now, I enter the hardest (mentally) week of marathon training: race week. Let the antsyness begin!

How do you deal with taper madness? 

What’s your reaction to thunderstorms? I hate them. Hate, hate, hate.

10 thoughts on “Lincoln Marathon Training: Week 17”

  1. Great to see you on Saturday, it meant the world to Jared & Rita & Paige that you came! Sorry you go through this “taper madness”. Don’t let it control you…you’ve done awesome on your training and given it your all. I know you will do great! We will be thinking of you! Hate to tell you though, I LOVE thunderstorms (if I’m safe inside :))

  2. I used to love thunderstorms, but now I despise them because they turn my dog into a trembling, hot mess, poor guy. Good luck with taper madness!

  3. I hope you have a great race day! I was worried about some knee niggles and the rain before I ran my 50 mile race last weekend, but I didn’t have any knee probs and running through the thunderstorm was sort of a good distraction!

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