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Week 4 Marathon Training

Dear marathon training, this week I loved you. You were just challenging enough to keep me on my toes, but I had 4 good runs.

This morning wrapped up Week 4 of training. It is seriously flying by! All 4 of my runs this week were on schedule. I struggle with getting up at 4am for the longer runs (Thursday and Sunday) but it’s just momentary. I really am happy to get the miles in early and before the real heat of the day.

 

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Week 4

Monday – 3.20 miles

Tuesday – Rest / PiYo

Wednesday – 6.02 miles

Thursday – 3.20 miles

Friday – Rest

Saturday – Rest

Sunday – 11.01 miles

Total for Week 4:   23.43 miles

 

We kept the 3 mile runs to our neighborhood and back to the causeway for the 6 miler. For this morning’s long run, we went back to the causeway and ran over to the beach, south before Sand Key and then far north into a neighborhood I’ve never explored before. It can be hard to calculate just how far out to run and we were a little short, so we had to make up almost a half mile when we got back to our starting point.

We also went out early this morning before our run and hid a small cooler of water at the halfway mark which we passed out and back. I can guarantee you we will be doing that again. It was so nice to have ice cold water along the way and refill out water bottles.

Hubby has officially run his farthest ever with this morning’s 11 miles – I am so proud of him. No complaints at all from him and he did very well. I don’t think he gives himself enough credit for his running ability and whether he thinks so or not, he is a runner.

Corinna and Angelina joined us this morning too and we had a great time. We missed Caitlyn who is in Vancouver for the weekend, we hope she will run with us again soon.

I felt great on our 11 miles – my legs felt so strong and I really feel like my endurance is building. Even heading back over the Memorial Bridge the last mile, I ran the entire thing over with Angelina. It’s a huge mental thing for me to run that bridge and not walk it – to be able to run it after 10+ miles is so amazing considering that bridge used to get the best of me. We also saw a pretty sunrise as well…

 

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Just as wonderful as a great run, is the shower afterwards and getting back into your pajamas for a lazy Sunday. And I have no shame about that either. There will be napping and reading and maybe some more napping all with the aroma of pulled pork in the slow cooker. My kind of day!

Week 5 will be the same during the week – 3 miles, 6 miles, and 3 miles, and then a 12-miler on Sunday. I am excited to get past the 13 mile mark, running my farthest ever, which will happen the middle of September!

 

Do you like to be lazy after a long run?

2 Comments

  1. OMG! You ran it! I’m so proud of you. I can’t even begin to think of doing it. I know I was supposed to virtually run with you last week, but with back to school for the first week, things were a little hectic to say the least. I promise to do better this week and keep up with you. :)
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  2. You’re doing good
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