Route 66 Marathon Training Week 15

I feel like I can't really start this post without saying something about the attacks in Paris. However, it's also super awkward to talk about how horrible it was and then just jump into talking about my training. But when I thought about it, I realized we can't let these things stop us from going on with our lives. I feel like I have been glued to the TV all weekend so it's probably good to get my mind off of it all.

pray for paris

Also, you may have noticed a little face lift on the blog. I'm not sure how it happened but I had some time on Sunday and all of a sudden found myself trying new themes and then playing around with CSS coding...I have no idea what I am doing with that stuff so if you notice anything crazy please let me know! I'll blame the taper I guess:)

Anyway I can't believe it's already race week! Oddly enough, I haven't been thinking a whole lot about the race, in the way I usually do (aka stressing out about it). So I think that's a good thing. I am hoping to get some thoughts together about this training cycle later this week.  But for now, let's recap last week's training. 

weekly workout recap

Monday: 4 miles easy, core and hip exercises

Tuesday: 4 miles easy


Wednesday: strength training, core and hip exercises

Thursday: 10 miles with 8 at GMP (ended up being a bit faster- the taper has made such a difference in how I feel!)


Friday: 3 miles, core and hip exercises


Saturday: 10 miles


Sunday: Rest

Total: 31 miles

On Saturday it was so nice to head out for "only" 10 miles. Marathon training has definitely skewed my perception of mileage! It was a bit windy, but otherwise a great day for running. I really had to work to keep this run on the slower side, because my legs wanted to move faster. My coach has reminded to keep my runs EASY this week! 

Do you get the urge to run faster than you should during the taper?

Do you currently think of 10 miles has a "longer" long run or a "shorter" long run? I remember a few months ago 10 miles was the longest I had run all it's often the distance of a mid-week tempo run!


Linking up with HoHo Runs and MissSippiPiddlin for the weekly wrap!

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64 thoughts on “Route 66 Marathon Training Week 15

  1. I am quite impressed with your ability to play with CSS and change themes! I get so nervous and confused that I cannot do it myself lol. It looks really nice and I can totally tell that somehow, not sure why, I can scroll and comment much easier. I have so much trouble lately commenting on blogs because it freezes up (it's usually due to ads from what I am learning). And yes, 10 miles to me seems like a shorter long run, we are totally skewed!
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  2. Ah, it seems like not that long ago that I thought of 10 miles as short and now it definitely feels long. I'm hoping it starts sounding and feeling short again soon!

    Look at all of those pretty, crunchy leaves on the ground! I love the sound of a good leaf crunch underfoot. Unfortunately we don't get a lot of that down here, haha
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  3. Great week, Lisa! It sounds like you are feeling just as you should leading up to the race. During the summer I had finally been getting comfortable with 10 mile runs, now 10 miles feels daunting again. A goal of mine is to get back to running 10 miles by the new year!
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  4. I am so bad with milage/pacing during taper. I just want to race. Haha. But it's so important to rest your legs... So excited for you this week - enjoy that taper!!! And yes - so twisted when 10-13 miles becomes "shorter" haha.
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  5. The blog looks great! I give you props, CSS confuses me. I need help all the time from my husband, haha. Great week of training! 10 miles is a longer run for me right now as I work on building my base. I do have trouble keeping it easy but I'm working on it! Have a great Monday!
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  6. I was happy to see only 10 miles on the schedule for me this past weekend. I can hardly believe I thought that was easy. In the middle of my marathon training 10 is short. I will be so glad to be on the other side of this marathon where I can think 10 miles will be long again! I too felt great Saturday! As always thanks for linking up with us!!!
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  7. I think the new layout looks great! Hooray for tapering and having some extra time to give the blog an updated look.

    10 miles feels long-ish to me right now. I feel like it should feel shorter at this point in my marathon training. I'm 3 months out and feel like I should be doing higher mileage by now, but I'm trying to trust in my coach.
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  8. The blog design looks great! I don't see anything funny with anything on my end unless you count the naked dancing smurfs on the sidebar. Ha ha... kidding, kidding. That would be kind of awesome though.
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  9. 10 miles used to be a short run, but now it's a long run! I really wanted to do the Route 66 race this year, but I've been hurt. :( Hopefully next year!

  10. I like the updated look of your blog, Lisa! I can remember being at points where I thought 10 miles was "only". I'm "only-ing" about riding and pool swimming now. It's funny what we can teach ourselves to endure! You've had a great training cycle and you will have a wonderful race. I'll be so interested to hear all about it since I can't go this year! Enjoy the rest of your taper! I appreciate you linking with us!
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  11. CCS intimidates me! I can't wait to start building my mileage back up--right now, I've been out of the running game for a week due to getting my wisdom teeth removed, but I'm hoping to attempt a short and easy run Saturday and ease myself back into it. I remember when I was training for my half last winter I felt like such a BA when I considered runs of 10 miles or less my 'easy' runs!
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  12. Good luck on your race. I was going to run Route 66, but I got injured and wont be able to it. I've heard it's a great course though. Since I'm coming off this injury, 10 miles sure seems like a lot. I really have to mentally prep myself for that distance, while just a few months ago, 10 miles was nothing at all. I'm looking forward to getting back there again.


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