Marathon training: 11 down, 7 to go

Week 11 is done and I’m getting anxious. I’m freaking out a little about what’s ahead but super pumped about what’s already been accomplished.

A friend posted this on Facebook this week and it’s so funny, I had to share it with ya’ll!

“28 Reasons why training for a marathon is the worst thing ever!”

week 11


Laura over at Mommy Run Fast shared her “Marathon training confessions” this week.  I think I’m on the same wave link.

  • Too much food. My goodness my eating has gone over board. I’m hungry all.the.time. I’m working on it though.
  • I’m so tired I’m falling asleep at my desk.
  • I don’t know that I’m ready for it to be over necessarily but I’m anxious.
  • Cross training….what’s that? I think December will be spent in the gym.

This morning was a new distance record: 18 miles. Let that sink in. That’s 3 hours of running. We went to White Rock Lake and ran for a change of scenery. That’s 2 laps around the lake. Then breakfast with the hubby, Ally and running friends. (see above about food being ridiculous!)

18 miles lake

Training this week:

Sunday: Elliptical and weights

Monday: Rest day

Tuesday: 4.85 miles, 9:50 pace

Wednesday: 8 miles, 10:16 per mile, in the rain!

Thursday: 4 miles Run/Walk Intervals, 9:21 pace

Friday: Rest Day

Saturday: 18 miles, 9:34 pace

Yesterday I found out I was accepted into a campaign through Girls Gone Sporty for the Michelle Bridges Program. The sneak peak is  a 5 week program and I’m supposed to get meal plans and coaching about nutrition and fitness. Her program is being launched in the US in 2014. I’m excited since I my nutrition has gotten a bit off track during marathon training. Maybe this will give me a boost this last half of training.

So I did something else crazy today. Took my first ice bath. I’ve been considering it and reading a lot about it. I was scared and it was not pleasant. But as I type this my legs are feeling pretty good. I’m usually really sore on Saturday and so far, so good. I only used 2 bags of ice and I’m sure I didn’t fill the tub up enough, but I needed to start out slowly.

I stayed in for 15 minutes though!

18 miles

And of course Molly ate the ice and wanted to play. I drank hot apple cider and wore a cap that covered my ears, a long sleeve shirt and a warm towel from the dryer around my neck and shoulders.

ice bath

If I notice it helped as much as I think it has, I’ll probably be doing this after every long run.

Now I just have to motivate myself to get some laundry and house cleaning done!

Have you ever taken an ice bath?

Did you workout today?

Any big weekend plans?

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Let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. Hebrews 12:1

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