Route 66 Marathon Training Week 7

This is around the time in my training that is usually the most difficult, mentally. I still have a long way to go ( 9 more weeks) but I have already been training for quite some time. I still have many long runs ahead of me but my legs are already starting to feel the effects of training. However, things are still going well so I’ve gotta keep pushing through!

weekly workout recap

Monday: 5 miles easy, hip and core exercises

Tuesday: 8 miles with 4 x 1 mile repeats.

track

I was very intimated going into this workout as it’s been over a year since I ran mile repeats, plus I did them on the track. When I was living in the city I was able to do them on a flat stretch along the harbor which is mentally easier for me to get through. I survived and hit all my paces, but I was glad when it was over!

Wednesday: Strength training and hip/core exercises

burpees

Thursday: 5 miles easy, hip and core exercises

thursday

Friday: 6 miles with 4 at MGP

Saturday: 16 miles

saturday

Sunday: Rest (I did some really easy yoga and foam rolling to help loosen up my tight legs, and also went for a walk.)

Total: 40 miles! A new milestone for this year. 

It’s been tricky finding places around my new neighborhood for the longer runs and even the early morning runs. I’m slowly getting used to it and realizing I will just have to suck it up and run routes that I may not prefer (such as circling the same areas several time or driving somewhere). It’s definitely been good to get in more hill training than ever before!

How were your workouts last week?

Do you have good places for long runs where you live?

What is the hardest week of marathon training for you?

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58 responses on Route 66 Marathon Training Week 7

  1. I think I am lazy when it comes to running routes because I basically run the exact same loop every morning, just extending it a bit for longer runs. I don’t know, it doesn’t really bore me much and makes my life easy because I just step outside my front door lol. It’s nice to find a new neighborhood though, especially when I crave a change (which isn’t often! ha)
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  2. Mile repeats are my least favorite speed workouts! The hardest weeks for me during a training cycle are those last few right before the taper…probably the same for most people :)

    I do all of my runs on our trail system – I love it. I used to get annoyed that I had to run there and I used to run out of my house sometimes to get to the trail, but would always end up wishing I had driven and ran on the trail more. Now I’m used to it and it doesn’t phase me.
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    1. I’m sure it will only get harder as I build my mileage, but at least then the taper will be in sight! Right now it feels far away. I have some trails nearby but only one small one that I can run to. I love the Lake Fayetteville train and I would run there all the time if I lived there!

  3. Great week of training! I’m guilty of running the same loop around my neighborhood. It can get boring especially on long runs, but it’s nice being close to home so I can stop and refuel or use the bathroom.
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  4. I don’t mind doing runs 15-16 miles where I live, but because it’s city traffic, anything further than that I prefer to drive home and run a more scenic route. I am usually pretty fatigued by week 10 in training… longer runs, higher milage have been accumulating so I definitely start feeling tired over all. But this week is a cut back week which is MUCH appreciate :) Hope you have a great Monday!!
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  5. Great week of training! I can get intimidated by certain workouts prior to doing them too but its a great confidence booster when you’re done! I am lucky to live in a big subdivision so there are a lot of routes to take. I can also head into town more and run around the river which I love. Its nice to mix it up! Have a great start to your week!
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  6. I am kind of stuck doing loops around my neighborhood too since I can’t be far from Paul. It does get annoying! I used to be able to venture across the highway and do beautiful back roads for 12+ milers. That stretch you are doing at the track… LOVE that stretch!
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  7. I’m like you I don’t have many places I can run around my house not the time I’m running now. I mostly have to drive to them. I am just starting my marathon training so I have lots more mileage to get in. Your 16 mile long run had a great pace! You will do awesome in your race! Tell me what you do for hip exercises. I hope you have another great week of training and appreciate you linking up with us again this week!
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  8. Congrats on hitting 40 miles! You had another really strong week of training and I am getting so excited for you as your marathon approaches. I have a similar situation – I either have to drive to go run (but it’s a 30+ mile trail that’s scenic) or run around in circles and up and down hills in a nearby neighborhood. I can handle that for up to 7 miles, but anything over an hour gets boring!
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  9. Yikes Mile repeats on a track! You are a mentally strong person. I have done them but it is hard. I have a mile stretch near my house that I can use. Sometimes it gets messed up because I have to stop at an intersection but I’m okay with that actually. I alternate 800 repeats, mile repeats, tempo run in my run speed work so I’m rarely on a track these days. Keep it up!
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  10. I totally know where you’re coming from with running out of places to run. I have no running buddies so I run alone the majority of the time, which for me at least, rules out trails. I have gotten pretty used to doing multiple loops around the neighbourhood, which isn’t my favourite but it definitely beats the treadmill!!
    Congrats on a great week of running! Those 4 x 1 mile repeats look deadly, so you are a superstar!!
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  11. Wow! 40 miles already? That was my peak week 😉

    I’ve always looped around my neighborhood for convenience sake. It doesn’t really bother me. I actually find comfort in it. And it’s hilly, so there’s that. I’m guessing the hardest weeks of training will be the ones coming up…the taper weeks, wondering if I’ve done enough, and second guessing everything.

    Have a great training week and thanks for linking up with us!
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  12. I totally feel you about this time in training – the mid way point – being the hardest mentally. In both of my marathon training cycles, the honeymoon ended right around week 8. Hang in there. It’s slow and yet, it really does go by so fast.

    I live about a mile from Lake Michigan where there are excellent trails, so I’m blessed with a great place to do long runs. But it does get boring running on the same trail over and over. It’s not as pleasant to run on city streets, but I can, and sometimes it’s nice to shake things up.

    I did mile repeats several times during my last marathon training. They are such a HARD workout but they are also immensely satisfying. I can’t think of any better speed work to prepare one for a marathon!
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  13. Great week Lisa! I totally get what you’re saying about being mentally and physically exhausted. I reminded once again how tough marathon training is. I’ve got pretty good routes around here. I’ve added some new areas on this cycle too, which is always nice.
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  14. Lisa, I did have a time during my marathon training last year when it began to feel like a grind; you’re doing great and all of your hard word is definitely going to pay off in a few weeks. Congrats on such a strong training week and a great speed workout – woo hoo! I’m very fortunate to live close to the Arkansas River Trail; I do have to drive to get there, but it’s worth it. I do get sick of running in the dark…ugh.
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  15. I think week 7 must have been the hardest week for me, too. Mentally, and physically my legs were feeling fatigued. I just pushed through anyway and last week for the first time I started feeling better, even though I hit the highest in my mileage. I have certain routes I prefer for my long runs. Running along water is always the best. Mile repeats are the toughest workout for me. I plan on meeting my group for those tomorrow, because I tend to slack of with them on my own.
    Great running week for you. Congrats on hitting 40 miles in total, that always feels good, doesn’t it?
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