No Training Week 3

I’m halfway through my lower mileage of resting and recovering period.  What does that mean?

I’ve scrapped a lot of easy miles and am just doing important miles.  IE: I’m running less easy and even less junk miles.  I won’t lie that mentally I wonder if I’m ready for a marathon…but then I realized “derp the marathon is in October and it’s April”, nothing I do really matters right now…except staying injury free.  The marathon is in 23 weeks and I plan to start beginning to train at 20 weeks out.

A question I get rather frequently is if I struggle with trusting myself, trusting my training and believing in myself.  I have always been “labeled” as a very care free runner.  I am very care free and I’m not afraid to take multiple rest days.  That has all come from injuries and realizing I would rather take a day off versus 2 months.

That being said I do struggle.  I do often question myself.  The days I take a rest day, I wonder if I really need one.  I think part of running is truly believing in yourself.  Another piece is still realizing that each race and run is not going to make or break you.

I say this as I’m running the NJ half marathon today (or ran since it started at 6:45).  I know I’m not ready to outdo my PR from earlier in the month.  I do know that I still did PR at Atlantic City.  If I ran a 1:30 today, my PR still stands…this race does not make or break me.  Bombing this race (or any other race) does not take away from my PR’s or when I begin training for my full marathon.

Training this week:

Monday: OFF (fly home)  
Tuesday: 13 miles easy untimed P90X ab ripper and arm workout
Wednesday: OFF  
Thursday: 12 miles tempo Nike Core crunch
Friday: OFF Nike Core crunch
Saturday: Shakeout Easy run with Laura and Heather  
Sunday: NJ Half Marathon  


As you can see, something I have been doing is a bit more strength work.  I have made it a goal to be relatively conistent with more strength and core work.  I think it shows a little bit because I’ve been running as strong as last year on less miles.  Despite not making it a regular habit to post about, I do strive to do 15 minute core sessions (whether it’s P90X or Nike Training Club) 3-4 times a week.

So yeah that is all I have for training updates this week.

Questions for you:

How early out do you begin training for a marathon (or any race)?

Do you struggle with trusting yourself?


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12 thoughts on “No Training Week 3”

  1. I have been taking it really easy – way normally than I normally would – but giving myself a pass because it’s the end of the semester and I have a marathon in two weeks (which is crazy)! Good luck on your half today and I can’t wait to see how you do on your full marathon in the fall!

  2. First off, CONGRATS on the NJ Half!! I just finished the Nike Women’s one today!! My first ever and I feel on top of the world right now!!! I think I’m already addicted haha! I totally get what you mean about not trusting yourself…during my training, I kept thinking “Am I really going to be able to do this?” like “Am I really cut out for this?” and it wasn’t until I was running that I thought “Yeah, I’m gonna kill it!” So much of running is mental strength and endurance as well, you know? You’re going to do GREAT on your marathon, I just know it!!

  3. Always a struggle trusting myself & my training, but I see it all as a learning experience! Sounds like you’ve got a great game plan for Oct. I just signed up for a full then, too, but training doesn’t officially start ’til June. Gonna try a new program – less junk miles, too, so hoping to ward off injury. Excited to follow along with yours! Also – wanted to let you know I nominated you for a Liebster Award 🙂 Details here –

  4. Ummm I’d say that based on your “no training” that you still killed your race 🙂 I struggle with trusting my running self because I haven’t really trained for things enough. I was so sure I was going to suck yesterday because my training was subpar but I ended up PRing. I just don’t understand running haha Swimming is different story.

  5. I like to do 12 weeks for marathon training, as long as I have a base built, and am not coming back from an injury. 16 is too many for me personally, so I won’t start training until late summer.

  6. It’s so important to trust your training and trust the process; both are easier said than done–for me, anyway. I really need to start making strength training a priority again too.

  7. For my one and only marathon I started training 16 weeks out. For half mary’s I start training about 13 weeks out and 5K’s about 5 to 8 week’s out depending. Annnnnd I’m always trying to trust myself. That’s a constant work in progress

  8. I really like your carefree attitude. I think it serves well in keeping an audience anyway. It’s much more fun (for me) to read about someone who is super successful but also not completely obsessed.

    I’ve run 5 marathon and never more than a 14 week training cycle. I am VERY carefree and have followed the “run less run faster” program in the past… except I only ran 2-3 days a week instead of the full 3. But LOTS of cross training. 😉

    I just ran Boston and am contemplating a Fall marathon. I’m inspired by your training and I’m considering adding more run days! It will be fun to experiment and see the benefits/draw backs if any.

  9. I need to incorporate more core/strength. I always find it difficult to do this while in marathon training mode when running comes first. It’s tough to figure out a plan that’s effective but manageable! Will be following your training for the fall marathon 🙂

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