Sunday Sweats 44: Marathon Training Week 18

October 26–November 1

Monday: slow flow (16 minutes) + 3 mile run (8:53 pace)
This is a pretty gentle, basic yoga sequence, but it's really ideal for just warming up the body and getting the blood flowing.

Separately, today is the one year anniversary of my first half marathon! I had a little mini-celebration in my full and happy heart on the run, and realized after the fact that I wore the same short I raced in 12 months ago. Because I'm nothing if not heavy-handed with the emotional symbolism.

But then also, I double checked my schedule and saw the "3" on today and had a moment of, "Seriously? What the hell does this mean?" because I haven't had a "3" on my schedule (that wasn't part of a "13") in about 6 weeks.

Tuesday: studio yoga class (75 minutes)
I think I gave Donna a start tonight when I actually did take it easy in class and only went upside down once, forgoing the final inversion time for a reclined bound angle. Just trying to limit the pressure I put on my body this week and skip anything that might lead to even the slightest twinge, pang, or tweak.

Wednesday: 2.01 mile run (9:06 pace) + happy hip yin yoga (30 minutes)
Pooooooring rain today. Like, streets flooding, sideways raining, fingers pruning. I was dodging deep puddles left and right and my shirt soaked through in minutes and really weighed me down. But I had fun and I'm looking forward to more free, light-hearted runs like this after next week.

Thursday: 2.09 mile run (9:15 pace) + gentle low back & hip yoga (15 minutes)
Wind was a little wild today, and the humidity was high for this time of year—the result of an entire day of rain yesterday. It wasn't easy on my lungs, but I remind myself that I'll be aiming for a pace more than a minute slower per mile than this on race day, which was a comfort. Also a comfort, no tape and no pain. Granted it was only a two-miler, but I've had days where my hip yells out before I even tie my shoes. Oh, and? Look how pretty.
Today was also my last pre-race adjustment, which felt great. Thank frog for a chiropractor who listens to everything I say and is an athlete himself and understands the magnitude of what I'm about to try and take on.

Friday: yoga for runners (20 minutes)
I've never done this Yoga by Candace video before but it came up in my search. I like her and use another one of her videos from time to time, and am adding this to my rotation. Gentle but effective. I'll probably repeat it tomorrow in fact.

Saturday (projected): yoga & rest
I'll be running around Raleigh (figuratively; I'm saving the literal running for Sunday) getting all my ducks in a row for race day. But between the race expo and picking up some post-race snacks I'll be icing, stretching, crying, and yoga-ing.

Sunday: City of Oaks Marathon
Check back later in the week for a race report! I'm sure I'll be tweeting and 'gramming up a storm, so follow me over there to see some earlier updates. And remember you can track my race at I'm bib #239.


  1. Hi, I'm the dork reading this before 6am because what else is there to do when you're waiting to go see a friend realize her dreams?
    I'm so glad you had a good last week and I hope it left you feeling prepared (because you are) and like you're going to kick ass (because you are). You've gotten so much advice and I know you have a lot to think about, but at the end of the day this marathon is yours. You earned every step and each one should be a celebration. Oh look, time to go before I start bawling my eyes out (plenty of that later I'm sure). Have the BEST day!

  2. You did it!! I'm obviously reading this after your marathon, but it sounds like you were well prepared with a week of so much yoga and stretching going into it.

  3. i love this post but really i just want another avenue to say HEY GO YOU!!! I am so proud and happy for you, seriously. can't wait to hear allllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll about it.

  4. The suspense is killing me!!! I even tried tracking you, but apparently I'm technologically challenged cuz I couldn't find the right marathon.. woops. Can't wait to hear about it!


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