Pretending to Train for Marathon Week 3

What to say about this week of training?

Well for starters, I fully admit I haven’t exactly been doing anything well this week in regards to training.  My pace was off (ie: slower).  My speedwork wasn’t the greatest and I thought I was going into cardiac arrest during my runs…as my pace slowed.   Everyday during my run I thought about how I need to stretch and use my foam roller and everyday after my run I got sidetracked and then ended up being at work realizing I didn’t do it.


Most people will read that first paragraph and say, well why the hell did you keep running?  Just take time off…well it really wasn’t that bad…  

Meh, it was just an off week for me.  If I ran perfect runs every day of every week…I’d be the Olympic champion…in every single running related this.   I still got base building injury free miles in. While typing this is the morning and reflecting I also think I got some sort of head cold during the week which probably wasn’t helping.  I know it wouldn’t be helping.

Monday: AM: 11.11 miles progressive run with last mile at 7:41
  PM: Cybex 100i cross training
Tuesday: 11.11 miles untimed
Wednesday: AM: 11.8 miles total 5 warmup and 6.5 miles tempo (averaging 6:58 pace)
PM: 5 miles shakeout
Thursday: Off
Friday: 11.2 miles easy shakeout
Saturday: CHKD 8k Race (31:48) 15 miles total
Sunday: 11 miles shakeout
Total: 76miles


Which I’m completely happy with regarding this week of training and everything else I had going on. 

The details of Wednesday’s workout are as followed.

It was supposed to be 90+ degrees and there was no way I was doing a tempo run at high noon in the heat with humidity.  So I decided to switch up my miles and do a 5.3 mile loop on trails around my house.  Then I came back and did 6.5 miles at a harder effort.  I knew while doing this workout I wasn’t feeling that great (I chalked it up to being in the AM) as I’m normally able to hold a much quicker pace (read 10 seconds faster per mile in hotter weather) but I mentally got through it.  Then did the PM miles just as easy, shakeout miles.  (instead of doing 10 easy in the morning when it was cooler and 6 hard in the afternoon when it was harder).

Regardless, this certainly wasn’t a highlightable week of training for me.  I think I’m partially under the weather though.  I got some solid cross training in and I’m hoping to be able to get to the pool this week…because right I have a 1 mile swim next Sunday.  Oh well time to move on…I’m becoming less sick and have no running races on the radar until a July 4th 5k.

Next week I hope to get a long run in and speed workout.  Now that I’m getting over being congested, I can have a quality few weeks before my next race.

Questions for you:

Do you workout when sick?

I normally don’t but I just thought it was my usual change in climate (no humidity and cooler from Upstate…to hot and humid in VA)

Are you close with your father?

I am.  Happy Father’s Day to him!


  1. I don’t work out when I have a fever. If I don’t have a fever, I’ll still follow my training schedule. My coach will probably kill me for just admitting that but whateves.

    I love LOVE my dad. We are super close and he is the reason I am a runner.

  2. If I have a fever or a stomach issue, I don’t typically workout. If I just have a cold, then I usually do workout.

    I’m very close to my dad! He’s the best and I can’t wait to see him today to celebrate Father’s Day!

  3. Sorry to hear about the head cold. Training when you’re less than 100 percent is tough physically and mentally. If I’m sick, then I’ll usually back off the intensity, or if I’m really out of commission, then I’ll take a rest day or two. Hope you have a great dad with your dad!

  4. Tell the daddykins that I wish him a happy Father’s Day, too.

    I don’t understand the mentality that you need to take time off if you are having some bad runs. How the heck are you supposed to improve? Sometimes you hit a bad patch, if you aren’t injured or legit overtraining, your body is still making beneficial adaptations that will pay off and you’ll get faster eventually. Why is the blog-land solution always to “listen to your body” aka sit on your ass?

    1. Sit on your ass and make oatmeal smoothies and green drink for healing. The ancient bloggers recommended it through my sleep last night so I must follow.

  5. I hate off weeks. Or off days. Of lifting, not running. But I haven’t worked out since early June and won’t till August cause of my thumb. And I’ll just welcome this extended recovery period for my body. I did run 4 miles yesterday (well, I walked .5 miles of the 3rd mile) and was miserable and thought of you.

  6. Despite not feeling like the runs were great, at least you got the miles in. That was me trying to make it through today’s run… Terrible. Glad you’re feeling better now though, the first good run after being under the weather always makes me feel like a superhero so I hope the same for you!

  7. Yay for getting the miles in. Sorry not all your workouts were that great, but at least you did something. As far as taking time off, I don’t blame you for not… sometimes you have less than stellar workouts and you know it’s not burnout, it’s either heat, or sickness, or an actual reason. But, I’m glad you’re feeling better now and good luck next week, hopefully it will be a bit better for ya!

  8. You pretty much just summed up my next post (far wittier I must say.)
    I’m not over trained at all, if anything I’ve been rockin the cross training, it was just an off week, not much deeper than that.
    That being said, I hope you feel better this coming week!

  9. I actually always run when I’m sick (with a cold, probably not if I’m vomming or feverish lol) – I don’t expect it to be fast or fun, but sometimes when I’m congested, running clears it out. fresh air always helps too but yeah I wouldn’t be doing workouts since I know I’d just disappoint myself lol. But hey, humidity + random cold, yeah that’ll make you feel a little sub-par! But you’re right – it’s whatever and you got the miles in 😀

  10. For the record: you “pretending” to train for a marathon is better than my actual training, even when sick!

  11. I hope you are feeling better! We all have off weeks and those days that are less than stellar make us stronger anyway.

    I do run when I’m sick, I probably have at times when I really shouldn’t have but if I am really bad then I won’t.

  12. I’ll workout when I’m sick if it’s not too serious. A lot of times the run makes me feel better. I am close with my dad and had a great morning with him yesterday!

  13. You’re right, it is alright to have an off week, as long as you keep on listening to your body and how it’s responding to not only the training, but everyday life! You did acknowledge that you weren’t up to par, but like you said, it’s just a few days. I hope you are feeling better by now of course!
    I used to workout no matter what state of health I was in… killer sore throat, mild fever, chills? Nothing to stop me there, must.burn.calories. Must.stay.thin. Oh what freakin joyous days those were. Sarcasm if ya didn’t know… insert winky face here


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