Marathon Training (Week 19)

And so I’m in the final stretch towards the Hartford Marathon. I remember being so intimidated by the lengthy training plan but here I am only a few short weeks away from the longest race of my life. Week 19 really tested my commitment to the marathon and my desire to succeed, the reason being a week-long vacation in Aruba. Normally, vacation means a complete break from life, exercise included. This was my original plan for Aruba as well and I almost didn’t even bring my running gear, but luckily I threw it into my suitcase last minute. I ended up completely surprising myself by not only keeping up with training, but knocking out the miles on a treadmill nonetheless!

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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)
Marathon Training (week 17)
Marathon Training (week 18)

Marriott gym

{the awesome gym at our hotel in Aruba}

WEEK 19 (9/8/2014 – 9/14/2014)
Monday: Rest
Tuesday7 mile run Rest
Wednesday60 min Cross-training 7 mile run (1:10:21 @ 10:03 min/mi)
Thursday7 mile run Rest
Friday: Rest 7 mile run (1:10:00 @ 10:00 min/mi)
Saturday: 14 mile run Rest
Sunday55 min bike 14 mile run (2:19:24 @ 9:58 min/mi)
TOTAL = 28 miles

Thoughts: It must’ve been the Caribbean breeze or something in the salty air because the treadmill and I got along wonderfully this week. There’s a first time for everything! I honestly planned to skip both 7 mile runs while in Aruba because I’ve been feeling slightly burnt out, but I felt the energy and desire to run. I actually really wanted to run outdoors (Aruba is very safe) but the heat and wind would’ve destroyed me. I’ve never run more than 4 miles on a treadmill so I had my doubts about 7, but I slowly conquered the full distance thanks to a few exciting Grey’s Anatomy episodes! Slow and steady…

I really appreciated the cutback weekend long run. Running is always a challenge the day after traveling, and the 14-miler was no exception. I struggled a bit but enjoyed running along the Hudson River for a change of scenery. I also allowed myself to “sleep in” until 8AM before setting out on the run because the weather was kind enough to stay in the 60s. It’s crazy to think that I’ve basically been running at least a half marathon every weekend for the past month…crazy!

♥ Irina


  1. September 18, 2014 / 2:36 pm

    Wow, I’m impressed that you got those runs in! I definitely understand not feeling like you can take a vacation from running while you’re training for a marathon, but nevertheless I think I’d struggle (if not physically then certainly mentally) to get those runs in on the treadmill. Good work!

    I didn’t realize it until you said it, but I guess I’ve been running a half marathon or more every weekend for the past few weeks, too! Although a half sounds like peanuts at this point…haha. Oh, marathon training!

    • September 22, 2014 / 9:14 am

      Thank you! I’m honestly surprised that I managed to sneak in those morning runs, but they definitely helped make the vacation better (in some odd, possibly masochistic way). And isn’t it crazy to think how far we’ve come in our running since starting marathon training? Half marathons used to be so intimidating and now the distance actually gets me excited because that means it’s a cutback week haha. Oh the joys of marathon training…

  2. September 18, 2014 / 10:14 pm

    7 miles on the treadmill?! I am deeply impressed, knowing that it is such a (metal) struggle for me to get just one mile on the treadmill 😛

    • September 22, 2014 / 9:15 am

      Thank you!! Having those Grey’s Anatomy episodes right in front of me while running certainly helped 🙂