Sunday Sweats 38: Marathon Training Week 12

September 14–20

Monday: 5.02 mile run (9:23 pace)
Hellooooo, comfortable running temperatures! My only drawback with this run was my own fault: I didn't eat enough or close enough to the run, and when I get hungry I get seriously shaky and lightheaded. That happened in middle, and I gobbled up the fruit strip I brought with me but it took a few minutes to stop the feeling of impending fainting, so I slowed up. My other miles (1, 2, 4, 5) averaged 9:11. Wooo fall!

Tuesday: studio yoga class (75 minutes)
I walked into the studio to be greeted by Donna with, "Where the hell have you been!?" That's what happens when you skip class two weeks in a row and she has a sub teach the last class you made it to. I so needed this class and absolutely loved the full body work.

Wednesday: deep hip yin yoga (25 minutes)
Today was just really not good. I overslept, like I constantly do lately (stress + chronic insomnia FTW), and then I planned to run, but I seriously almost cried over the thermometer. A lovely 66º this morning, and then... 90º. I'm so over it, and I'm so frustrated because the uncomfortably hot temps are just the gross cherry on top of everything that's been stressing me to my very limits lately. I wanted to run, but I didn't want to die in the heat. And I had roughly 8,000 other tasks to do, because there's always something else I should be doing lately, and I can't seem to get ahead. At all. I need a break. I couldn't even get in a full practice and meditation—which I desperately need—but I managed 25 minutes of yin-type yoga work before bed. Somehow.

Thursday: full body flow (20 minutes)
I was supposed to run today. I was going to run today. I have no good reason for not having run today. Except maybe this: Last night, I pretty much broke down. I've been teetering on the edge for a while now, and yesterday and today sent me all the way over. I spent most of the day just trying not to cry. I've had little windows of relief over the last six or so weeks, but it hasn't been enough, apparently, and the pile of crap I've felt buried under has only gotten higher each time I tried to take a "break." So when a friend who makes me smile without even trying asked me to hang out tonight, it was more important to do that—and accomplish literally nothing else tonight—than go out and run in 80º+ heat.

Friday: flexibility flow (25 minutes)
I didn't run today either. It was a better day than yesterday—actually, a pretty good one—but I fell asleep on my couch around 5 p.m. (I can't remember the last time I didn't wake up exhausted) and woke up with my knee absolutely killing me and a stomachache I couldn't get rid of. Chalk it up to pure laziness, because that's what it was, but I skipped another run. I need a reprieve this week, I suppose.

Saturday: 5.37 mile run (10:04 pace) + 7+ miles walked
Pros: I actually got myself outside and ran; miles 1, 2, and 5 averaged 9:30-ish, and I actually managed to keep going through the last uphill, into-the-wind mile. Cons: Everything else. Actual text messages I sent Tracy during my mile 4 pity party: "I swear, between the wind, humidity, burning sun (my own fault for not getting out earlier), and inescapable hills, it feel like I'm being bullied by nature all the damn time." & "I like want to kick the air or something I'm just mad at it."
Afterward, my pal and I got in a good 7-8 miles of walking as we ventured into the city for the final days of the Feast of San Gennaro. Let's pretend I didn't eat a giant sandwich, drink plenty of sangria and hard beverages (cider and root beer, specifically), and a whole bunch of zeppole and fried Oreos. But even if I did, I definitely walked it all off.

Sunday: low body yoga (15 minutes) + 18.01 mile run (10:23 pace)
Welp, I've never done that before. I don't really know what to say about this run other than OH MY GOD I JUST RAN 18 MILES. I'd stay and chat but I need to go eat the ice cream I literally fantasized about during the run and go run a salt bath.

Weekly Totals:
Running: 28.4 miles
Yoga: 160 minutes

Marathon Training Week 12 Reflections:
Six weeks to go. I hate that I had to miss a run this week, but such has been life lately. I can't fight my body when it tells me it's exhausted, and I definitely can't make it run in that condition. Or maybe I could, but I won't, because it's not about that. It's about "do it because it feels good and it makes you feel better." Anyway, I'm happy with the work I did with this week, and at the end of the day I'm the one who needs to, right? Right. Okay now seriously, time for ice cream.

Oh, and while I have you here, let me remind you that the one year anniversary of Training for Tuesday is coming up! Tracy and I super hope you can join us for the September (as in, first NOT SUMMER) edition of this link up we love so much and share what you're working toward, how you're training's going, and what wins and woes you've run into (no pun intended) lately. 


  1. I only ran maybe once last week, because I have a terrible cold. It sucks because the weather is gorgeous! I don't want to miss it. I tried to go for a run today, went half a mile, then my head was all clogged and I started sneezing. Walked the rest of the way, can't way to be done with the cold. Also, holy cow, 18 miles! Awesome!!

  2. You would have been so proud of me trying to do Flow last weekend!!! xo, Biana BlovedBoston

  3. I CANNOT WAIT for first non-summer T4T! So happy.
    Also I feel the need to tell you for the 20th time what a superstar you are. I know it feels sucky to miss runs and not be perfect but you're hitting all the big ones so obviously you're doing something right. 6 more weeks of kicking ass - you got this!

  4. Woo hoo for 18! It's so great to get those big runs in. Big ol' check off the training schedule!

  5. 18 miles!!! Way to go! Even if you missed a run, you kicked ass this week! 18 is completely incomprehensible to me. <3 Fall <3

  6. I love that they asked where you've been at yoga! It's awesome that you can form connections like that... makes going even more enjoyable!

  7. first off, congrats on 18 miles!! that is seriously badass and awesome and all the virtual fist bumps. second, i love that Donna was like wtf where have you been lol. thirdly, hot damn mother nature really hates you. tell it to quit bullying you. lastly, i'm so sorry you had a sucky week and a sucky past 6 weeks. i hope shit starts looking up soon.

  8. Training wins and woes, that's the title of my September TFT.

    18 miles, yes! Wait until 20! Wait until 22. WAIT UNTIL 26.2 !!!!!

  9. 18 miles is so awesome! I'm super impressed with your miles, even if it was a "crappy" running week. I'm still recovering from my half and the chiro has beat me up 2x this week. I'm supposed to do 8 this weekend, the training plans for the next 1/2 must carry on, but I'm not looking forward to it honestly. I just feel tired of running, which is something I'm not sure how to deal with other than just to push through it.

  10. Ummm you rock!!! Congrats on 18 miles hun so proud! And you take the absolute best yoga pics. Legit the best!


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