Marathon Training (Week 17)

You know you’re marathon training when a scheduled 13-miler feels like a lovely short break from running. I completely jinxed myself last week by claiming that I’ve avoided burnout thus far. Well well well…I’m officially experiencing major running burnout as of this week. I’m exhausted, endlessly hungry, and ready to reclaim restful weekends. The Hartford Marathon is fast approaching though and I’m in the final stretch!

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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)
Marathon Training (week 16)

13 mile run

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WEEK 17 (8/25/2014 – 8/31/2014)
Monday: Rest
Tuesday: 6 mile run (56:34 mins @ 9:26 min/mi)
Wednesday60 min Cross-training Rest
Thursday: 6 mile run (53:51 mins @ 8:59 min/mi)
Friday: Rest
Saturday: 13 mile run (2:04:46 @ 9:36 min/mi)
Sunday50 min bike Rest
TOTAL = 25 miles

Thoughts: As mentioned earlier, I’m physically and mentally exhausted from marathon training. It’s disappointing to see how much I’ve grown to dislike summer and heat thanks to running. “Dislike” is an understatement…I hate the summer heat. Luckily, this past week gifted New York with cooler temps and I did my best to have fun on each run. I’m being a bit harsh though, because I’m still enjoying running overall. But that doesn’t mean I’m not looking forward to two weeks of tapering!

Instead of continuous complaining about the heat, I wanted to discuss a silver lining that I recently discovered. I don’t normally run by heart rate although I always pay attention to it, and I noticed this week that my heart rate consistently stayed below 150. As a comparison, in the past my heart rate usually hovered between 165-170. Finally, finally I’m seeing the positive effects of all my training! Even warm temps only seem to bring my heart rate up to 160 max, which makes me incredibly excited to see the improvement in my endurance come fall/winter.

Now let’s quickly chat about my leg pains. In short, they’re still there. My shin splints seemed to return again this week, and the pain in my left arch persists. I’m still being cautious yet optimistic…

♥ Irina


  1. September 4, 2014 / 2:13 pm

    Nooooo not the shin splints! Your legs had been holding up so well! Stretch, stretch, stretch and ice, ice, ice! Hopefully that’ll help nip them in the bud.

    That’s so great about your heart rate! I used a heart rate monitor for a little while, but my heart rate was always so high during running (170s-180s, even up to 190 on a really hot run) that I was getting all numbers-paranoid and decided to quit haha. Granted, this was all before marathon training actually started, and since I never felt short of breath/light headed and always recovered quickly, it didn’t cause me *that* much concern until I started looking into what normal numbers are and then was all, “I’M DYING.” Haha. I’m such a hypochondriac and am constantly worried something is majorly wrong with me even if I have no real reason to think that, so I think for the sake of my mental health it’s best for me to leave the HRM alone 😉

  2. September 4, 2014 / 3:52 pm

    Congratulations on the heart rate improvement! That’s HUGE! It is great to finally see some of your hard work pay off in such a notable way.

    Hang in there with the training, you are doing so great! I totally understand how during the latter weeks, 13 miles suddenly seems like a walk in the park. That’s another huge measure of how much you have progressed!

    I hope your shin splints and your arch pain stay under control and go away as soon as possible!

  3. September 4, 2014 / 9:56 pm

    Hopefully I’ll get to the point someday where a 13 miler feels like a short run—haha :P! That’s great news about your heart rate too 🙂

  4. September 4, 2014 / 11:18 pm

    13 miles…short? You’re definitely in the heart of marathon-prep!

    I can only imagine the mental and physical exhaustion that you’re feeling but I know it will all be worth it. You’re accomplishing something that very, VERY few people ever do and you should be endlessly proud of that. From what I’ve heard, running a marathon is more of a challenge for your brain than your body (which is saying something since it’s a HUGE physical challenge)…saying that you’re going to do it and following through with the training is 98% of the battle. That last 2% when you’re actually running the race will feel like a glorious breeze. 🙂