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Week 10 Marathon Training

Holy miles, Batman. It’s getting up there. I am on a runners’ high after this morning’s long run, so let’s get right to all the fun details of the week!


my week in marathon training graphic




Week 10

Monday – Rest

Tuesday – 4.15 miles

Wednesday – Rest

Thursday – 8.00 miles

Friday – 4.08 miles

Saturday – Rest

Sunday – 17.35 miles

Total for Week 10:   33.58 miles


I took Monday as a rest day again and ran Tuesday instead. This finished off September and I tallied up my miles for the month…




I missed PiYo class on Wednesday, hopefully this week I get back to it. Wednesday’s run, I moved to Thursday because it was raining. We had 8 miles to do instead of 7 so we changed up our route just a little bit. I also found $6 laying on the ground while running – BONUS! Friday, I ran a solo 4 miles a little later in the morning. All 3 weekday runs were good and I ended the week feeling good about going into a new long run distance of 17 miles.

I planned out a 17 mile route and guesstimated it to take about 4 hours, maybe a little less. Amazingly, I had not nerves or jitters going into this run, I was just excited to get out there and do it. Especially since we had our first cold front come through yesterday and I knew it would be cool for this run. I was in bed by 8:45 but didn’t fall asleep until around 10. Before I knew it, the alarm was going off at 3:30am. Good grief that is early but I was ready to go. I ate pumpkin bread for breakfast, packed water and fuel, and headed to the Memorial Causeway for our 4:30am start. I planted my cooler of water in our usual spot, but we ended up not really needing it.

After feeling fantastic on our 15 mile run, I wondered how this one would feel. Maybe that 15 miles was a fluke and this one would stink. Not every run can be great, right? But, we lucked out again. It was a very cool 59 degrees when we started and no humidity. There was crazy wind but it didn’t stop us.

Corinna and I had a great run. Before we knew it, we were 2 hours into it and headed back over the Sand Key Bridge. We stopped when we passed back by the main section of Clearwater Beach to take a few photos and then kept heading north. We ran along a different street and oohed and aahed over the amazing homes before turning around and heading back again.



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We realized just before mile 15 that we were about 3 minutes faster than when we did 15 miles two weeks ago and that was a huge confidence boost. Despite my lack of math skills, I calculated that we would be under my guesstimation of just 4-ish hours and that was a huge boost to finish on.




We even went a little over the 17 miles, finishing strong at 17.35 miles in 3:37:30. That is a 12:32 average pace…  Ah-mazing! We even had negative splits along the way!





I never thought I could run these kinds of distances. Anything over a half marathon seemed almost far-fetched. But now, I know I can do it. I KNOW I CAN. When I’m out there running, I think about what I’m doing and how amazing it is. It makes me feel incredibly strong and healthy. I am not a fast runner and yes, I take walk breaks along the way. But I have come an incredibly long way since I started running.





And now that Week 10 is done, it’s time to move on to Week 11! Mileage for Week 11 will be 5 miles, 8 miles, and 5 miles during the week, and then 18 miles next Sunday. I am doing the Race For The Cure next Saturday so I need to decide how I’m going to work my mileage in with that.


What is your favorite part of a long run? Do you enjoy the scenery along the way or do you just keep plugging along to get the miles in?


  1. Jessica Spivey

    great job!!! I’ll be right behind you in no time!

  2. Awesome job on your 17 miler.
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  3. You are rocking the mileage Nanci!!! I am so proud of you! And I know how you feel on that runner’s high.
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  4. Look at you finishing under 4 hours! That is so AWESOME! I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. YOU. GOT. THIS!

    Great job, mama! xox
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