Marathon Training (Week 10)

I finally had a successful running week! It’s about time too, I was really starting to get down on myself for all the sh*tty runs I’ve been having lately. And don’t even mention the word “cross-training” to me (or is that technically two words?)…it’s been non-existent ever since I ditched my gym membership.

Previous weeks:
Marathon Training (week 1-3)
Marathon Training (week 4)
Marathon Training (week 5)
Marathon Training (week 6-9)


{the playground where I took a 5 minute break during this weekend’s long run}

WEEK 10 (7/7/2014 – 7/13/2014)
Monday: Rest
Tuesday: 7 mile run Rest
Wednesday60 min Cross-training 7 mile run (1:03:53 @ 9:08 min/mi)
Thursday40 min tempo Rest
Friday: 40 min tempo – 4.4 miles @ 9:05 min/mi
Saturday13 mile run Rest
Sunday: 40 min bike 13.1 mile run (2:06:55 @ 9:41 min/mi)
TOTAL = 24.5 miles

Thoughts: After testing the waters yet again with store-bought orthotics, I ditched them after various knee pains that always seem to arise when I start messing with my legs’ natural movements. I actually ended up running in my Brooks PureFlow 2s without the orthotics on Sunday and successfully completed a “half marathon” around my neighborhood. This was the first time I ran the half marathon distance as an informal training run, and it went quite well despite the heat. It’s exciting to think that (almost) every long run from now on will be a new personal distance record! Speaking of warm weather, the temps dropped a bit this past week which allowed me to slightly speed up without feeling like I would melt into a salty puddle of sweat.

♥ Irina


  1. July 15, 2014 / 9:06 am

    That is fun that you are getting to the stage where all LRs are PDRs!!! I hope your knees continue to be happy!

    • July 27, 2014 / 7:22 pm

      The knee is happy but the arch of my left foot isn’t 🙁 I can’t seem to win!

  2. July 15, 2014 / 11:14 am

    Hooray for an awesome week of running! I’m sure that was a great confidence booster 🙂 Hitting PDRs is also a great confidence booster — one of the more fun parts about marathon training, in my opinion!

    • July 27, 2014 / 7:23 pm

      It was fun indeed! It’s so cool to think that every step I take after my current PDR is a new PDR (if that makes any sense).

  3. July 15, 2014 / 12:15 pm

    Having a new PDR to look forward to in the coming weeks is certainly exciting! Great job on the long run this week also 😀

    • July 27, 2014 / 7:23 pm

      Thanks! I’m just hoping now that all these aches & pains disappear…