NCR MARATHON TRAINING WEEK 5: It was kind of like a taper.

For the most part this week was sooooo much better than last week. Those crappy long runs sure make us appreciate the good ones. I scaled back my mileage a little bit and slowed myself down due to a 12 mile race this coming Saturday morning followed up by a 5K in the evening because I’m insane.

Let’s recap…

Monday, August 24: I hadn’t been to MEGAbarre in awhile so I figured why not? And I learned a valuable lesson: When you don’t go to MEGAbarre for awhile, chances are good that you will be in a MEGAworldofpain afterward. My core was so sore for the next few days afterward that it felt like I had been hit by a MEGAtruck.

Tuesday, August 25: 3 miles which I ended up making a 5K. I think this week might be my last week of easy 3 milers on Tuesday and Thursday and I’m going to miss them dearly.

Wednesday, August 26: My hamstring was sore and I had 6 miles on the agenda. I ended up doing them on the treadmill because that surface is a little easier on my legs. This run was nothing spectacular, but then are treadmill runs really ever that spectacular?

Thursday, August 27: Another 3 miler turned 5K. I did this one on the treadmill as well because I also wanted to hit up BodyPump class. Later on that evening I did a video at home that focused on glutes in the hopes that if I get stronger in that area my hamstrings will stop screaming at me so much.

Friday, August 28: 


Rest day. I ended up walking a lot that evening though because I took Betty to the state fair and exercised my right arm throwing darts at a wall of balloons to win her a stuffed unicorn.


Saturday, August 29: The Hal Higdon I am loosely following said 12 miles. Because the operative word there is “loosely”, I decided on 8 because I’m not trying to overdo it before all the races this weekend.

I made plans to meet my friend Michelle at the trail. Before Saturday I had never done a training run over 5 miles with another person and I’m definitely going to need to do it more often; we had so much fun! The time flew by as we chatted and we even managed to negative split everything from mile 3 on.


Between the Renaissance Festival that afternoon and the Ravens game that night, I was on my feet for pretty much the rest of the day but my legs never let on. I felt fantastic after that run and like I could have kept going for miles.

Sunday, August 30: Cross training day. I started off with 30 minutes on the elliptical at the gym to loosen up my legs from the day before even though they didn’t really need it. Then after attending a wedding shower for a very dear friend of mine who is getting married in a couple weeks, I crammed my giant Salsa Warbird in the back of my teeny tiny Fiat and headed back to the trail for 16 miles.

I won’t be setting any course records on a bike or anything, but it was the best ride I’ve ever had. My legs felt excellent and completely unlike I had run at all the day before. I finished filthy, happy, sweaty, and covered with dead insects. Also I really need a rack. The only scrapes and scratches I sustained were from trying to get my bike in and out of the car.

That includes on my back bumper. Oops.

Total Mileage: 20+/16.
Grade: A.

My focus this week is obvious: Saturday. I am supposed to have a 6 mile pace run on Wednesday that I’ll probably knock a mile or two off of that so that I don’t burn myself out. I’m getting so excited!! Charles Street 12 is one of my favorite races and if I play my cards right I should be able to PR considering that last year I was running on a busted foot.

Do you have a race coming up this weekend? Which one? Long runs with friends or solo?

Happy September, everyone!




18 thoughts on “NCR MARATHON TRAINING WEEK 5: It was kind of like a taper.

  1. Chaitali says:

    I’ve never heard of mega barre… how is that different from a regular barre class? Also, sounds like a great week of work outs 🙂 Good luck with the double races this weekend!

  2. Running Boston and Beyond says:

    Great job, lady! This weekend, I’m doing a 100 mile bike ride in the sandHILLS of central NC with 400 of my closest friends. Considering we have nothing close to hills here on the coast, I’m very nervous about it. My coach said that it will be hard and I won’t like part of it, but it will be excellent training for Ironman. I miss running!!!! 🙂

  3. Mar on the Run! says:

    I love it when you post! 🙂 Good luck this weekend. I considered this race but given it’s a holiday weekend going to visit my parents instead. You’ll crush it I know! And I heart Betty “He’s so fluffy!” haha

  4. Jamie says:

    Great week of training – you are absolutely killing it. And I really admire your ability to balancing training/cross-training with life. Sending you lots of positive vibes for your race this weekend although I know you don’t need em 🙂 And I will have a long run of 18-20 on Friday morning solo. Just want to get it done before the long weekend festivities begin 🙂 Have a fabulous Tuesday!!

  5. Sun says:

    Great training week and best of luck at the races this weekend! I’m also racing this weekend – a 5k on Saturday morning 🙂

    I’m usually a solo runner and have only done a handful of long runs with other people. But I’m not sure why that is – the times I’ve run with a buddy the miles have seemed a lot easier!

  6. sarahdudek80 says:

    What a fun week! Love that unicorn. Mary is going to hate going with me. I can’t throw. At. All. Don’t you think we need those crappy long runs to know we can make it and to truly appreciate those good ones?

  7. Chocolaterunsjudy says:

    Love running long with others! Amazing what a difference it makes.

    I ran a lot more miles last summer, and I can remember how said I was when those 3 & 4 milers were gone.

    I’m running less this summer so there are lots of 3 & 4 milers. We’ll see how my half goes. I’m very hopeful.

    Good luck sat!

  8. Karen G says:

    Yay! Nothing like a good week of training! 🙂
    I don’t really have any races planned before the Marine Corps.. but that’s not to say I won’t sign up for one at the last minute, because I always get antsy when I’m not racing. 😛
    Good luck this weekend! Can’t wait to hear how they go!

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