Twin Cities Marathon Training Week Eighteen

Monday, September 25

One last day of strength training before the marathon. This week is a week of last _______ before the marathon. Of course, Saturday was already my last cup of coffee until marathon training. Which explained why I felt like I was dragging a little through the day.

But it was a really great feeling strength training session. I did my normal warm up on the elliptical and move onto the weights. Although I did do the pyramid setting on the elliptical (going up and then down in resistance) which I haven’t done in a while so it was nice to mix it up. The good news is, no strange pains at all during this session! I’m pretty confident that I’ve made it through marathon training without any injuries which feels awesome.


Tuesday, September 26

3 miles ~ 31:21 ~ 10:24 min/mile average pace

This run, hands down, might be the best feeling run of marathon training. I was a little bit worried about how my run would feel during tapering since I keep hearing about how people have some of their worst runs during this time. But fall weather is back in Minnesota and I just felt like I was flying on this run.

I couldn’t believe that I was running sub-10:30 minute miles for this entire run and I didn’t feel like I was pushing it even. Maybe it was the fact that this was my last run in that pair of Brooks Ghosts before the marathon. Yup, one last run in race day shoes. It feels so strange to say that. It was also my last three mile run of training too .

Of course, cutting down on the mileage means I’m getting pretty ansty during the day. I feel like I have all this extra energy that’s not going anywhere. It’s funny that I’m feeling this way because I normally get a little down and low energy when tapering starts. No I’ve just all antsy and energetic/tired at the same time. It’s going to be a wild ride.


Wednesday, September 27

4 miles ~ 42:00 ~ 10:28 min/mile average pace

While Tuesday’s run felt awesome, I felt like I was dragging on my Wednesday run. It’s probably a combination of things. I’m still trying to get over this cold. It was a 5 a.m. run. And, it was Give Day at my work which meant I’ve been a little bit crazy at work. When I’m not training for a race, I do fundraising for a seminary so I’m a key player in our Give Day.

So, back to the run that I was getting in so I could go to work at my regular time (versus going in a little bit later like I’ve been doing on Wednesday and using up vacation time). I was just worn out this run and felt like I really had to push myself to keep going. It probably didn’t help that I had thought I only had three miles this morning and it threw me off when my watch told me I had to do four. And you don’t argue with the watch (after double checking it against another copy of your training plan).

One upside was that it was still cool and not humid outside! So, the weather is still on my side for not being hot. And I ran into another runner who I’ve seen often on my morning runs and it turns out he is training for Twin Cities Marathon too! Since I’m training on my own, I sometimes forget that other people I come across on my runs could be training for the same race.

In terms of lasts, this was my last 5 a.m. run before the marathon! I have a two mile run on Saturday but I’m going to be sleeping in as much as I can that morning. The plan is just to wake up naturally and get out at some point in the morning. I might actually miss these early morning runs. It’s nice to get out and get something done before the sun is up.


Thursday, September 28

Rest day today which meant yoga. It felt so strange to have a rest day on a Thursday. But first, I had to go into work. Luckily, I only worked until noon since I put in extra time on Wednesday so it went by super fast. Then I came home, took Vinnie on a walk and did a yoga video while he napped in the sunshine.

It was really hard to concentrate during yoga and I ended up stopping the video early (although I still got in 30 minutes since I choose a longer video). I think it’s just a continuation of the jitteriness I’m getting from tapering this time. Plus, the jitters from running my first marathon soon.


Friday, September 29

Another rest day! Plus I slept until Mike’s alarm went off at 5 a.m. since I wasn’t going into work which felt really nice. And I slept all the way through the night for the third time in a row which is a good streak for me. The last month or so, I’ve been waking up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom so it’s nice to have uninterrupted sleep.

I headed to a yoga class at the gym, since it fit in nicely with heading downtown on the light rail to the expo. It was a much tougher class than I was expecting at 8:30 a.m., I was dripping sweat by the end! But since it was tough, I was also more focused on the class than I have been doing videos during marathon training. Luckily, I had planned on showering after the class anyways so I didn’t go the expo sweaty. I did a writeup on my first day the expo so you can read about what I did and bought.

Saturday, September 30

2 miles ~ 19:35 ~ 9:42 min/mile average pace

I had a super speedy two miles as my race shakeout run. Probably not the best thing to do but it was nice and cool outside and it felt awesome to run fast. Plus, I was getting race day jitters so I was getting some of that energy out. That works, right? Of course, I felt it in my calves right away so did some deep foam rolling to get into them.

I tried to keep the rest of the day less active since I was going to run 26.2 miles the next morning(!). I knitted a little, napped a little and then went back to the expo for the first timer’s panel and group photo. It wasn’t a whole lot of new information since I’ve done a lot of races in general by now and have been doing a ton of reading on marathons but it was nice to re-hear things.


Sunday, October 1

26.2 miles ~ 5:02:58 ~ 11:32 min/mile average pace

I’ll have a full race recap up later in the week but I am officially a marathoner!!!!!