Route 66 Marathon Training Week 3

Believe it or not, I am on day 19 of being sick. It is feeling like the slowest recovery process ever- the first week was a terribly sore throat, then it was a week of coughing, and now it’s all head congestion/sneezing. Physically, I feel much better than I did the first week. I have been able to run, although early last week my breathing was still feeling harder than usual (plus it was hot and humid early last week). By the end of the week my paces were getting back to normal, I just had to run with tissues and occasionally stop to cough. Regardless, I am happy that I got in my first full week of marathon training! My coach dialed down the intensity for this week, because there was really no way I could have done speed work on Tuesday. 

weekly workout recap


Monday: 4 miles easy, core/hip exercises


I noticed that my vivofit measured 4.32 miles while my Forerunner measure 4 miles…after sharing this on instagram I learned that others have noticed this as well, but that we should generally trust the Forerunner which has GPS capabilities. 

Tuesday: 4 miles easy


this deer was just hanging out in the middle of the street!

Wednesday: Strength training


I’ve been enjoying choosing random pandora stations to listen to while I strength train. This week was “90s pop”

Thursday: 4 miles easy, core and hip exercises 

Friday: 5 miles with 3 at goal marathon pace


Saturday: 13 miles…this was my longest run living in my new house and so I explored some different routes which turned out to be very hilly! This is good because my race has hills, but comparing the elevation charts, I think these hills were more than I will have to worry about on race day.


From the Route 66 Marathon course map:


Sunday: Rest! 

I’ve really been focusing on resting more than ever lately to try to get over this cold. I had a really busy week at work last week, so I tried to use the time I wasn’t working or running to relax. This meant blogging was put on hold. I’m not sure what this week will bring, but I am planning to be around more than last week!

Total miles: 30 (My first time hitting 30 miles this year!)

How were your workouts last week?

Have you ever had a cold that just wouldn’t go away?

Do you have a favorite Pandora station to listen to while you work out?


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61 responses on Route 66 Marathon Training Week 3

  1. I listen to that Pandora station too! (at least I think it’s that 90’s one, I am sure there are a bunch)…I am sorry you still don’t feel well but I feel like everyone I know (including myself and my son) had lingering viruses/colds over the last few weeks. Took me a little over two weeks to return to normal with my stomach bug. Awful! I hope you feel better this week.
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  2. You had a strong week of training even with your cold. It’s time for that nasty thing to go away already! I’ve run the Route 66 half marathon twice (once in frigid temps). It is hillier than it appears, but you do get some flat portions. The whole is even hillier. Running in your neighborhood will be great training. That’s some hill in your pic! Thanks for linking up with us today!
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  3. I had a lingering cold earlier this summer… I couldn’t believe it since the weather was finally getting warmer and I ended up with a cold for about a month. I found saline nasal washes pretty helpful! I hope you start feeling better soon – and even being under the weather you had a great week of training!! Have a fabulous Monday!
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    1. Oh man, sorry to hear that you have had a never-ending cold too! These things are the worst! Mine started out as a terribly sore throat and I am just glad I am past that, because my whole body was achy, I was exhausted, and I missed almost a week of running. I hope that we both get over these colds soon!!

  4. Ugh! I’m so sorry to hear that this thing, whatever it is, just WILL NOT go away!! Good job taking care of yourself and trying to get lots of rest; I know this has got to be frustrating, Lisa. Looks like you still had a really solid training week, so kudos to you for getting it done; I certainly hope things turn around quickly!!
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  5. 30 miles for the week! That’s awesome especially since you’ve been so sick. I really hope you can shake this thing. Being sick in the summer is the worst!

  6. Glad to hear you hit your highest mileage so far this year – pity you’ve been sick for so long though, dang! I hope everything clears up soon.
    90’s Pop sounds like a pretty great workout station :) I listen to any station that pumps me up – Calvin Harris, Pop & Hip Hop Power Workout Radio, Backstreet Boys. Sometimes Tove Lo too. Thank god for Pandora!
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  7. Day 19 oh wow, I’m so sorry :( But hey your workouts didn’t show it! 30 Miles that is awesome! I do hope though you get to feeling more like yourself this week. I bet it would be fun to find new routes near your house. I’m not a fan of hills at all BUT they are great workouts and you use different muscles which gives other muscles a break every once in awhile! That logic sounds good anyway! Thanks Lisa for linking up with us this week! I do hope you’ll join us again!
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  8. I’m so sorry to hear you are still sick! Feel better soon!! Great job on the 13 miles while battling a cold; I’m not sure I would have been able to do it. It’s kind of fun exploring new routes in new locations, usually – I’ve been doing that lately too.
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  9. Congrats on hitting 30 miles! I have recently been hovering around there too. I realized it’s much easier to get to 30 when you actually do a double digit run hehe.

    I am so sorry you are still sick. :(

  10. Oh no, day 19 of being sick! That is awful. I hope you’re able to kick this thing and get back to feeling like yourself soon. No one should be sick for that long!

    Congrats on your longest run in the new house and hitting 30 miles! :)
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  11. Every time I read the title of your training week, I start singing “Get your kicks on Route 66!” Too funny!
    But seriously – feel better!!! Get more sleep if you can. I am so sorry you have been sick for so long!
    Great job with your running and exercises! And hooray for 13 miles in your new neighborhood!! #boom
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