WG Marathon Week 6: 72 miles

This week has been a lot better towards my running than the previous two.  Despite traveling, I got in the miles I wanted in.  I got to race and generally (despite the heat) I felt good about my training.  Even though I only ran a few more miles than last week, I ran 6 days versus 5.  I decreased my daily miles and added an extra day.

With traveling I haven’t had access to a gym to do my strength workouts but that is fine.  I am glad my running has gone mostly as I would have liked.

Monday: 10.31 miles easy
Tuesday: 11 miles easy (then travel to VA)
Wednesday: 11 miles humid tempo (7:40 pace)
Thursday: OFF
Friday: Easy run with Kris and Kellie
Saturday: CHKD 8k (32.32) Total miles 8 Recap tomorrow
Sunday: 20.5 mile run
Total: 72



My miles this week weren’t incredibly fast.  In fact my tempo run on Wednesday was awful and I rank it as one of my top 5 worst tempo runs to date.

Why?  Because it was humid and I tried to run as if it wasn’t 90+ degrees with 95% humidity.  Oh well, live and learn.  As I said on Thursday, injury free miles are always my priority and they aren’t something I will complain about.

My run on Friday was a lot of fun.  I always have a great time with Kellie and Kris and it made the miles fly by.  It was like I blinked and they were done.


The main take away from the CHKD 8k on Saturday is I do need to do more shorter races.  I’m not doing speed work and I’m not doing a lot of shorter races.  Doing long easy miles is not going to equate to a speedier 5 or 8k.

Sunday’s long run was actually the best run I’ve had all month.  Everything felt good and the 20 miles went by extremely quickly.   I had had a mental block for a while about doing another 20 mile run.  After not feeling the greatest (due to heat and humidity and the added miles) during last week’s 18, I was nervous for this run.  I am happy to report that not only did I feel good but I ended up running a negative split.

So to summarize, despite having a few heat setbacks, this was still my best week of training so far.

My goal for this week is do something similar to last week and hopefully see some improvement in my weekly runs.

Question for you: Do you like to workout with friends or alone?


  1. Another solid week!
    I do enjoy working out or running with friends, it definitely helps to keep me motivated. But some days I just want to get through my workout alone. Today was a day like that.

  2. When it’s swimming, I think it’s easiest with partners because it gets really boring alone. Lifting, though, I like doing alone because I get in the zone…depends on what I’m doing I guess is my answer!

  3. It is amazing how much of a difference humidity makes huh? I have heard that humidity is a poor mans altitude….I would agree with that, makes you feel SO MUCH BETTER when it goes away. Things seem to be moving in the right direction…glad you are feeling better, and I am right there with you for the need to do more short races in marathon prep! So cool you got to see Kris and your friend. I love running with others, but when it comes to workouts, I have almost always trained alone, so not really able to comment!

  4. I like doing long runs with friends but shorter runs on my own. I also REALLY like going to the gym and zoning out on the elliptical with a book (on my own …). There’s a pond that friends and I go to to swim together a couple mornings a week during the summer. That is the BEST way to start a morning! It’s gorgeous. Definitely swimming with others in the open water is more fun (and safer!).

    Did you do the 20.5 on your own or with friends?

    Great week of running for you!

  5. I never, EVER had a running buddy so I am not really sure if I would like running with other people or not. I am sure it’s good on the days you feel like your slugging to get out the door, but I think I would miss my “me time” runs as well. Balance is key, as always, I suppose.

  6. Long runs with friends and short ones too actually. I like my workout days alone though so I can totally push myself without worrying if I’m going too fast or slow.

  7. I kind of like long runs alone…. I don’t get a lot of time to myself so one long run alone is nice… but I LOVE to do work outs with friends… it makes it sooo much easier to get through them…

  8. That run did just fly by. You and Kellie just need to quit working so we can run together everyday. Oh and I can’t believe you ran 20 miles yesterday after a speedy race Saturday and 10 miles the day before. You are building a fantastic endurance base for Wineglass.

  9. I like to work out with other people, especially on a really long run (like when i was marathon training) or for speedwork. I don’t mind running sorta-long-runs alone or regular weekday miles alone though, sometimes it’s nice to get out there alone and clear your mind and also your’e on your own schedule not someone else’s. Looks like you had a great race, I already saw Kris’ blog on it so I’m sure you’ll have a report soon too.

  10. I run mostly solo but sometimes running with a pal or two helps me keep my pace slower on recovery days. Last Wednesday was awful. I did an 8miler that morning and it ranks as one of my worst runs ever, too. Glad you had a good 8K!

  11. I am very impressed that you felt good on a 20-miler at the end of a 72-mile week the day after a race! Nice job! I strongly STRONGLY prefer to do workouts/faster stuff/long runs with a friend, but I like to split my easy running between running alone, with my dog, or with friends.

  12. The humidity has been killer. Why can we be used to it already? Slash, why does it have to exist at all? I’ve let me strength training slip too, so after this weekend’s race, I’m hopping back on the wagon.

  13. 20 miles going by extremely quickly is amazing, haha. Great week!! And I definitely go back and forth between working out with friends vs. alone… it really depends on the day.

  14. I feel like I complain about the humidity all summer. I have such a hard time accepting it and the slow running and I just feel like it can take the enjoyment out of running, which I hate.

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