Route 66 Marathon Training Weeks 1&2

Hi there! After the longest blogging break I’ve taken in a while, I’m back. Sort of. I’ll probably be somewhat sporadic this week as I have a bunch of other things going on, along with trying to catch up on life after vacation. Thanks again to Meredith and Laura for guest posting while I was away- if you missed their posts you should definitely check them out! 

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I thought I would pop in today and share how my first two weeks of training went. Well, they weren’t at all what I had planned, that’s for sure! Since the last time I posted I got pretty sick, enough to keep me from running for a full week! That hasn’t happened in a long time. I’m somewhat recovered but this upcoming week will be relatively easy as I ease my way back into training.

weekly workout recap

Week 1 (8/3-8/9)

Monday: 3 miles easy, core/hips

Tuesday: Strength training


Wednesday: 6 miles with 8 x 400s with 200m recovery

Thursday: 3 miles easy, core/hips….This run felt great, but a few hours later was when I started to notice a sore throat.


Friday: 5 miles with 3 at MGP….The sore throat wasn’t too bad but made the run feel harder than it should of. It only got worse as the day went on.

Saturday: Off (sick)

Sunday: Off (sick)

Total: 17 miles

Week 2 (8/10-8/16)

Monday: Off (sick)

Tuesday: Off (sick)

Wednesday: Off (sick)

Thursday: Off (sick)

Friday: 3 miles super easy, core/hips…this was a struggle, but I needed a beach run in 2015!

beach sunrise

Saturday: Rest

Sunday: 8 miles


Total: 11 miles

I probably wouldn’t have even run at all on Friday but it was my last chance to run on the beach. It was pretty bad timing to be sick for my entire vacation, but I did at least get to lay out at the beach and pool and went to dinners with my family. Although I’m feeling better, I still have a nasty cough and not much of a voice. 

Hopefully I got any sickness out of the way- better to deal with it now than later on in the training cycle!

As I said I may not be blogging much this week, but I hope to catch up on comments and reading other blogs! I hope everyone else had a better week of training than I did:)

Have you ever been sick during marathon/half-marathon training?

Ever been sick on vacation?

What else did I miss while I was away?

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50 responses on Route 66 Marathon Training Weeks 1&2

    1. Yes I am definitely on the mend! And all that time off definitely got me excited to run again, so I guess that’s a plus?

    1. That’s what I figure! I still have 14 weeks and last year I only followed a 14 week plan, so Im sure Ill be fine. (Although I feel like I had a better base last year.)

    1. Yes I was determined to run along the beach at least once! It was rough but I was glad I got out there.

    1. I don’t think it was the flu, but I did go to urgent care and they said it wasn’t strep throat. So it was probably some kind of virus. Knocked me off my feet for over a week though!

    1. I guess the bright side is I’m getting better now that I’m back:) Although obviously I didn’t want to be sick for vacation either.

  1. As much as I hate being sick on vacation / not feeling all the runs (experienced this last week on vacation) I try to remember, it’s better to be sick and have time to enjoy the rest and relaxation, then balancing illness/training/work/life/etc. I hope you are having a better start to your week and feel better soon!
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    1. I do think it was nice to be able to relax while I recovered. I probably wouldn’t have called out sick the whole week and it would have been really rough going to work like that!

  2. Dammit, you were sick during your vacation? Lisa, that BLOWS. I’m sorry! You’ll get back in on that marathon training plan with a vengeance and do great, I know it. You didn’t miss much on my end. Pretty much the same as usual! Kids, running, more kids, more running, drinking, kids. Kids. More kids.
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    1. Sounds like we had the same thing! My throat was so painful, I lost my voice, and now I have a terrible cough. Hopefully this means we will be healthy all winter!

    1. The break from blogging was definitely nice…being sick- not so much. But I do feel more refreshed now that I am almost recovered!

  3. I hope you are feeling back to normal soon! I’m sure it stinks having no voice with school starting back up. I don’t tend to get sick often so I’m lucky I haven’t had to deal with it while training for a big race. I have been sick on vacations before and it was not fun. I ended up being sick after dinner both nights on my family vacation this weekend. It definitely put a little wrench in my mood!
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    1. I usually get sick 1-2 times a year. Plus allergies usually hit me pretty hard in the spring. I think its been awhile since I’ve been sick during the summer though!

    1. Thanks! Yes, it was like forced relaxation! I was very happy that I got to run on the beach at least once.

    1. Yea, I usually get sick in the winter so this is really strange! Although I am always nervous for late fall marathons because that time of year seems to be when stuff starts going around.

  4. Welcome back! I am sorry you were sick on vacation, that really stinks! :( I don’t get sick a lot but when I do, I do NOT run. I mean, a sniffle is one thing, but like actually sick… ugh. I used to run through it but no more. Life is too short to waste a run when you’re sick!
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    1. I know! And it was weird because in the beginning I thought this was just a cold and that I would be able to run through it, but when I woke up on Saturday morning I knew running was not an option.

  5. Boo to being sick! And on vacation? Double boo! Glad to hear you are feeling better. I’ve gotten sick during spring training, it’s annoying only because it feels like you lose a week. Lucky for you it was during your first weeks.
    Sara recently posted…Baltimore Half – Week 5My Profile

    1. That’s what I keep telling myself. Now the goal is to stay healthy for the next 14 weeks!

    1. That’s the part I’m most worried about- I know missing a few runs wont be a big deal but I have no idea how long this terrible cough will stick around for!

  6. Oh no! I’m sorry you were sick on your vacation! For some reason, I ended up getting sick on holidays and vacations a lot when I was younger. Never much fun! And you’re right, better now than later on in training. You still have plenty of time :)
    Hailey recently posted…School, training, and ice creamMy Profile

    1. 6 weeks is so long to be sick! I felt like I would never start to get better, and I was only sick for 10 days!

    1. Thanks! I think I will have enough time to train, I just wish I could get better a bit faster:) I am definitely trying to rest up as much as possible.

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