Marathon Training Week 14: The Nitty Gritty

This week finds me two weeks out from Christmas and six weeks out from my first full marathon and as Coach HoHo says …”it’s getting down to the nitty-gritty”!  There was little to no ‘recovery time’ following last weekend’s girls trip for the PCB half marathon (race recap here) as there were quite a few miles waiting for me in my email inbox on Monday. 26.2

Week 14 Workouts:

  • Monday: 45 min Spin Bike
  • Tuesday: 5 easy miles Running – it was close to 80 degrees for this run
  • Wednesday: 20 min each Rowing/Spinning/Lateral Elliptical – our new gym has some awesome ‘new to us’ equipment to play with…. and that lateral elliptical??? Oh my quads, hips and glutes!!
  • Thursday: 5 progression miles – 42 degrees and windy, what’s up with Mother Nature??
  • Friday: Rest and SNOW Day!!
  • Saturday: 16 mile long run – holy cow, I did it …I really did it!

I’ll admit that at times, I want to be able to look at my training schedule weeks in advance like I used to do when I followed something I had printed off the internet. However, the further I get into this training cycle with Holly, the more I appreciate the value of a first time marathoner simply taking things one run at a time and only seeing the ‘big picture’ once it’s completed on race day.

I will also admit that when my 15 mile run fell completely apart at mile 13.75 causing me to have to walk the last mile (calves cramped up), I began doubting myself again that I could do this and seriously considered pulling the plug. Holly kept reminding me that the marathon is about endurance not pace and that it requires a greater degree of mental strength than physical. Sweet Tricia just kept saying ….’you’ve got to trust the training process, T” Where would any of us be without running friends who’ve pounded out many a mile on the same road we’re on to talk us down from our ‘running ledges’!

While I have yet to run my race, I can honestly say that I am finally beginning to see the sense in and results of marathon training. In the past, it would typically take me about two days to recover from a half marathon. PCB was the first half marathon I’ve run that I walked away from the finish line without limping. I was amazed at how much stronger I felt upon finishing 13 miles! That’s not to say it was easy and I certainly wasn’t setting any records, but I didn’t feel like trash when I finished. And Saturday,  I went in to my 16 mile long run with a positive mind-set, trying not to get all mental around mile 14 where I had cramped up the last time ….and it went remarkably well! Yes, I was slow as molasses and yes, I hit a wall around mile 14.5 where I just wanted to be done …but after a quick text to my #southernsolesisters, a little bit of self talk and a few extra swigs of Tailwind, I found a second wind and finished strong.

I have no idea what race day will bring, no one ever does ..anything can happen. But I do know that I’m not only training my body for the endurance to run 26.2 miles, but I’m also training my mind to dig deep and tap into reservoirs of strength, to get me through 26.2 miles, that I never knew existed.

I’m trusting the process to get me to the starting line ….and the rest is up to me!


I’ll wrap this up with a few snow pictures …. yes I know, you all have been laughing at us getting all excited down here over a few inches of snow, but it really is such a treat for us Southerners that we just can’t help ourselves!20171208_070102


Chester was having a ball …the same dog that has to be dragged off the couch and forced outside when it’s 50 degrees couldn’t get enough of this fun white stuff!



….and by sunset, it was melting away as quickly as it fell.

I’m linking up with my sweet friends Holly and Tricia for the weekly Wrap. Be sure to visit their blogs and read all about another running adventure they embarked on this past weekend!WeeklyWrap


Finding “Fabulous” at Fifty, one week at a time!



24 thoughts on “Marathon Training Week 14: The Nitty Gritty

  1. Wow you had a good sunset!! Pretty 🙂
    I am so impressed you got out and knocked out 16 miles, it took mental toughness.
    It is a fun time in training when you can knock out 13 miles and it feels like a “normal ” run! Your maybe one day has come- you will be a marathoner!


  2. You got this! You are so tough! No doubt you’ll conquer this marathon! Proud of you finishing those 16! Love the pictures of the snow…BEAUTIFUL! What a treat it was when I lived in Alabama to get snow and I sure miss it!

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  3. Congrats on that 16 miler! Isn’t it nice having someone tell you what to do? I loved having a coach for my marathons. When I did it on my own, for my first, it was a disaster. Relax and enjoy! You got this!


  4. You are doing great! You’re already learning how to overcome those mental hurdles—good prep for the marathon. I have no doubt you can do this!!! Plus you have a great coach! Think of it as two races: 20 miles and a 10k. The 20 miles you will do with your physical training and the last 10k with your mental training and heart.

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    • Thank you! I already know how mental I will be on race day as I hit that 20 mile mark as so many people have horror stories of the wheels coming off at that point …it’s scary! But I know that I have to run my race and take it one mile at a time. Thanks for the encouragement!


  5. Well, yeah, we do laugh at you Southerners. But I get it, having lived so long down there too. One of my friends from TX is visiting NYC and wondering how to dress for lows of 25 (heck, that’ll be our high the next few days).

    I told her: don’t live in TX, LOL!

    That’s wonderful that your 16 miler went so well & that you recovered so quickly from PCB. Slow or not, you still have to respect double digit runs! And that heat takes a toll, too.

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    • You are so right Judy, you really do have to respect the double digit runs and the toll they take on your body …I’m just focusing on one run at a time right now!

      Yeah,temps in the 20s is just unheard of for us and really throws us off. We visited NYC about 4 years ago in December when it was in the 20s during the day and the teens at night …I had no idea how to dress and just layered pretty much everything I had packed. Lol!

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  6. Week 14 already?! I’m so proud of you!
    Congrats on that 16 miler! I’ve learned to really enjoy the long slower paces runs during training because I used it as a time reflect on the previous weeks training…and think about my post-run meal, haha!

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  7. In just a few weeks, I’ll be reading your marathon recap. Wow. The time has flown. You are doing fantastic with your training. I’m so proud of you for just taking it one step and the time and trusting the process. The training is an epic journey and the race will be the reward. And, I can’t wait to watch you reap that reward, Sista. Thanks for linking.

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