Marathon Training (Week 16)

It’s shocking to see how far along I am in my training for the Hartford Marathon. Week 16! I honestly expected to feel completely exhausted from the never-ending plan but I feel great! I truly believe that running only three times per week has saved me from this training burn-out. Speaking of training plans, I recently updated mine to accommodate both the change in marathon date and a week-long vacation (i.e. I probably won’t exercise). I’ll make sure to share it soon!

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Previous weeks:
Marathon Training (week 1-3)
Marathon Training (week 4)
Marathon Training (week 5)
Marathon Training (week 6-9)
Marathon Training (week 10)
Marathon Training (week 11)
Marathon Training (week 12)
Marathon Training (week 13)
Marathon Training (week 14)
Marathon Training (week 15)

Central Park

{Central Park – taken during a bathroom/rest break on my long run over the weekend}

WEEK 16 (8/18/2014 – 8/24/2014)
Monday: Rest
Tuesday: 9 mile run (1:25:04 @ 9:27 min/mi)
Wednesday60 min Cross-training Rest
Thursday: 50 min tempo (5.5 miles @ 9:07 min/mi)
Friday: Rest
Saturday: 18 mile run (2:53:04 @ 9:37 min/mi)
Sunday50 min bike Rest
TOTAL = 32.5 miles

Thoughts: The weather was completely on my side this week, especially during the weekend. People keep complaining about the lack of summer weather but you won’t hear that coming from me! This past training week was one of the most consistent ones yet – I actually forced myself to wake up early and run before work. I’m hoping to maintain this habit because nothing feels better than having an evening free from running in the heat.

Now let’s briefly chat about the 18-miler (new PDR!!!). I once again physically felt fantastic the entire time and never wanted to stop running. My left foot, however, wasn’t so happy and ached the majority of miles 9-18, forcing me to stop and stretch multiple times. The pain came on and off during this time, but really hit as soon as I reached the 17 mile mark. Long story short, I survived but my left foot still needs some extra TLC. This run was also the first time I chafed! It happened right along the sock where my left foot meets the ankle. Seriously, my left foot can’t catch a break!

In happier news, I once again tested out my fueling strategy and am completely set on it. As mentioned last week, I take half of a Shot Blok every two miles and a salt pill every hour. The constant fuel prevents major sugar surges and crashes, and the salt pill prevents dehydration and muscle cramps. One last thing – this was the second long run (the first one being the 17-miler last weekend) that I set out on without eating anything beforehand because I was still full from the night before. I expected the worst and ended up being pleasantly surprised! It’s not something I want to try the morning of my marathon though…

♥ Irina


  1. August 26, 2014 / 10:09 am

    Sounds like it’s time to buy some Body Glide! I guess I can’t say with absolute certainty that that stuff is a lifesaver, but I’ve used it on longer runs ever since I started training for my first half marathon two years ago, and I’ve never chafed in that time, so I think it does a pretty excellent job 🙂 Take care of that left foot of yours!

    • August 28, 2014 / 5:37 pm

      Soo I’ve owned a tube of Body Glide for over 2 years and finally used it for the first time ever this morning! You’re right…it worked like a charm and my already chafed ankle didn’t bother me for the first time in a while.

  2. August 27, 2014 / 7:59 am

    glad you’re enjoying marathon training and figuring out what works for you. DEFINITELY get Body Glide — it’s an absolute necessity. bummer about the left foot — we’re both having left side injuries. make sure you take care of that and hopefully it heals soon. i bought salt pills last year when i was marathon training and never even opened the bottle — hopefully next time i’ll figure that out. 🙂

    • August 28, 2014 / 5:29 pm

      So I bought Body Glide 2 (!!!) years ago and used it for the first time ever today. Why did I wait this long?? I was actually able to run without the chafing pain I’ve been dealing with all week. And salt pills have been a lifesaver for me this summer, but I get dehydrated very easily. If you haven’t felt the torture of summer running yet then you might not even need them (lucky), although I read they help with muscle cramps. Let me know if you end up trying them.

      P.S. – I would love to meet up sometime! NYC runners unite 🙂