Marathon Training – Recap of Weeks 10 and 11

Oh yes, I have a blog here I keep forgetting about. Oops. Ahem, anyways. I’m still moving right along with marathon training, and also today is the last day of #REDA (Run Every Day in April). I’m planning on 3.25 miles at lunch today which will make my April running mileage total 111 miles! Here’s how the last couple weeks of marathon training went:

Weeks 10 and 11 MT 4-13-15 to 4-26-15

I had to split my 18 mile long run into 2 runs because of my stupid stomach issues (IBS), so I ended up doing 13.5 outside on the trail, and then 5 more at home on the treadmill. I had to stop 4 times while out on the trail (Yep, I pooped in the woods. When you gotta go, you gotta go!). This is the reason I rarely sign up for races, and quite frankly I’m terrified of having the same thing happen on marathon day. So for the rest of my training I’m going to really focus on the foods I’m eating and what’s causing the problems. I’m going to try eliminating gluten because I think that might be at least 1 of the culprits. We’ll see. Ugh.

This also means I’ll be tracking everything again, which I haven’t been doing for the last month or so because my weight hasn’t really fluctuated (116.6 this morning) and I’ve been eating basically the same foods. But this time I’ll be tracking more to see if I tend to have worse issues after eating certain things. But hey, when I’m focused more on nutrition at least I tend to post more often ;)

Week 4 Marathon Training

Today was an 8 mile (long, slow) run to finish up week 4 of marathon training. I did 4:1 jog:run intervals while watching Pee Wee’s Big Adventure, on Netflix. I have to admit that’s one of my all-time favorite movies. Don’t judge ;)

Here’s how the week went:

Run summary March 2nd - 8th, 2015

  • Monday: Easy/Recovery Run
  • Tuesday: Cross-training Easy Run
  • Wednesday: Speed intervals
  • Thursday: Easy Run
  • Friday: Hills
  • Saturday: Rest
  • Sunday: Long, slow Run

If you’ve been paying attention you’ll notice that I’ve slowed down a bit. This hasn’t really been intentional – it’s a result of being up a few pounds this week. Not only have I been feeling sluggish and just overall “bleh,” but my IBS has been horrible this week as well. Isn’t it something how just a few poor choices can really affect your system?!

So as of today there will be no more late night (Cookie Crisp) cereal binges, no more entire bags of microwave popcorn, no more Buffalo Pretzel Shells (man, those things are like crack!), and basically no more munching after 8pm. And I will start tracking everything again. I will share my food logs here, as boring as they may be ;) because I know that I make better choices when I have to be accountable for them.