Marathon Training: Mysteries Are Better Left Unsolved

I normally begin writing my training posts on Monday.  Each day I fill in my workout and then glance over it the morning before.  It’s just easier for that way and I feel more motivated to actually talk about my training.  However, life got in the way this week and I never recorded anything.  Now I’m sitting here trying to remember how long I did run for.  All I remember from this week is that I ran 100% injury free.

But here I am on Sunday am (killing a bit of time) before my long run.  I had no idea how this week of training would go.  Last weekend I ran my longest run, then immediately after I was rushed to get to work.  Work was extremely busy and I found myself on my feet for another few hours.  As I said on Friday, running is a 24-7 sport so I found myself more tired that evening and sore (versus if I had laid around the entire day).  Long story short I was extremely exhausted.

On Monday morning I expected my arch to be in a lot of pain.  I had essentially spent 10 hours (including my long run) on my feet…but on Monday morning I woke up with no arch pain.  My arch pain left as mysterious as it came. 0%  I planned a rest day on Monday because it would be dumb not to (after a long run and being so exhausted).

On Tuesday I ran.  My foot felt 100% better…the same went for Wednesday-Friday.  I knew the real test would be on Saturday.  I did my first race since June.  The mile race went better than expected.  I finished it injury free and in 5:50 (I’ll recap the day on Tuesday.  While that is 20 seconds off my PR, I was more than elated to see friends and run injury free.

So where does this take me?

Today I’m going to do a long run (2:30-2:45 in length) and continue to build up my miles.  Next weekend I’m hoping to do a 20 miler.   If I can continue to run as I have been I don’t see a reason that I cannot do well for myself in the Wineglass Full Marathon.

So in cliffnotes version this is the first week since June I’ve had no nagging, niggles or arch pain.  I’m hoping next week will be the second week as I continue to build up my miles.

Edit to add: I did, indeed, have a successful (but hot) long run.  Too bad I haven’t done anything else productive since. 

Questions for you:

What was your best workout of the week?

When is your favorite time to write blog posts?


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  1. That’s great that you are back to running pain-free!! Great job, my friend.
    I started weight training again and the soreness felt awesome. My favorite run this week was today’s 8-miler in DC with two awesome friends.

  2. Congratulations on a pain-free week! As far as the mystery… hey if you’re running pain free, that’s what really matters. i think doing a 2:30-2:45 ish long run is a great sign as well.

    My best workout of the week was Tuesday at the track… it was the only fast running I did this week, the rest was easy running. I did enjoy my 8 miler with some friends today too!

  3. Awesome!!! I am so happy for you!!!! Best run was my 16 mile long run…but this week was a bit crazy for me! I like to do my blog posts at night 🙂 or sometimes at lunch time 🙂

  4. Happy to hear the pain has subsided Hollie!! My best workout last week was my 5×800 workout I was able to keep all my intervals in the mid to low 3’s which was a nice since this was only week two of my training cycle and my first set of serious 800’s the early summer. I usually blog during the late morning to early afternoon (11am – 2pm)

  5. I’m so glad you’re back to a normal foot! I have been unable to do any runs longer than an hour because my brain is broken. That needs to get fixed ASAP, since technically I’m already supposed to be training. Whoops.

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