Route 66 Marathon Training Week 12

Another week is complete, which means there is only one big week left until the taper! This was a 50 mile week, ending with a 20 mile run that included 10 miles at marathon goal pace. Rob and I went to DC for the weekend, so we did this run on a trail. It was the perfect change of scenery for completing this tough run! We were struggling through the first 8 miles, and later realized we had gone up a long, steady incline. It made much more sense when we later looked at the elevation map!


But I’ getting ahead of myself- let’s take a look at how the week looked overall. 

weekly workout recap

Monday: 7 mile easy, hip and core exercises


it was the first cold run of the season!

Tuesday: 9 miles with 7 at MGP


Enjoyed finishing this run in the daylight! (I had a dentist appointment so went in a little later)

Wednesday: strength training, hip and core exercises

Thursday: 7 miles easy


Friday: 7 miles easy

Saturday: 20 miles with 10 total at MGP


Sunday: Rest

Total: 50 miles

I’m at the point where I am trying to take my own advice from those tips for the peak weeks. It’s definitely been all about taking it one day at a time and cutting back on other things! Just a few more weeks to go now!

How were your workouts last week?

Have you ever been on a run where you didn’t realize you were going up a hill but knew it felt harder than it should?

Anyone else looking forward to daylight savings time?


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62 responses on Route 66 Marathon Training Week 12

  1. Those false flats are tough! That elevation profile looks very similar to some of the runs I used to do on the W&OD trail when I lived in Northern Virginia. We used to call one specific section “the suck.” It hurt running and it also hurt cycling (I would be looking to see if I had a flat tire because it seemed so hard to pedal all of a sudden). Sounds like a great week! Lots of miles!
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  2. I’m tapering now and I’m loving it :) You’re almost there! Way to go with your fast finish long run! It must have been fun to do that in a new area with a new course.

  3. Hooray for time change. I’m ready for lighter mornings! Although it will be dark when I leave work. The DC trail looks like a nice place to run. When the incline is gradual, it is hard to notice. But I can definitely feel the slightest one on a bike! You have had such a great training cycle and I know you’ll do well in your race. You are almost there! I appreciate you linking up with us!
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  4. That 20-miler is incredible!

    I am beyond ready for the time to change. I struggle to get out of bed on weekdays when the sun isn’t even out of bed yet! 😉 Actually, at first the time change in fall stinks a little because it’s completely dark when I leave work in the evening which makes me feel like my whole day revolves around work, but after a couple of weeks we get a little bit of daylight back and it’s perfect!
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  5. I’m always torn when DST ends. I love having light in the evening, but it’s so difficult to wake up right now. It’s nice having the sun, but then I start to hibernate in the winter because it gets dark so early.
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  6. I am definitely looking forward to daylight savings! Getting up to run in the dark and cold is harder for me. My week of running went well! Since I’m not training for any specific race right now, my goal is to keep consistent with my runs and build my base. Its going great! Awesome job on another week of marathon training!
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  7. Awesome workout week! Especially your 20 miler! I bet it was a huge relief to realize that you’d been going up a hill and not just struggling for no reason. My weekend long run went up a sneaky hill this week. Fortunately I knew it was there, but my running buddy didn’t and was getting super frustrated. He was happy to know he wasn’t just losing it for no reason.
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  8. Oh, I forgot about daylight savings time! That will help me get out the door in the morning for my runs. I think we should keep knocking the clocks back an hour every month or so just to accommodate us runners. 😉 Great job at that running week. You’re doing so well!
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  9. running in the dc area–hills are always surprising me! I feel like the slight incline over miles kill my legs. I’d rather just hit a steep hill and get the benefit of a downhill right after. lol. My normal 10 mile loop is CRAZY hilly. but my elevation gain/loss is only 400ft. and it doesnt matter how many times I run it, i still feel like its way hillier than it is.
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  10. Great week, Lisa! At least your 20 mile run must’ve felt pretty decent on the way back having that descent!! I’ve done a short run before that felt great on the way out because it was slightly downhill and then the way back felt tough because it was an incline the whole way. With long runs though, I always look at the elevation first.
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