Marathon training: 19 weeks and counting

I can’t believe that. Week 19 is finished. I really wasn’t sure if it’s week 1 or 19…I went with 19. Didn’t have to completely start over but it feels like it. I was mentally done. I have to get myself excited and motivated again. I really enjoyed training, but I was needing that break. But, God had different plans for me. So, here I am. Part of me is holding back the excitement a little.

week 19

I am excited to say that with this new plan I gained two new training partners. I run with these girls every week and they decided to train for Cowtown. It’s a great race weekend and I’m looking forward to it. If you are in the DFW area and want to run Cowtown, I have a discount of $5 off any marathon distance (half, full, ultra) Just use the code CT14HMWR at check-out.

Cowtown logo

I also made the decision to run 3 days instead of 4 through the duration of this training. I made it through the first 18 weeks injury free and now I’m worried I won’t make it another 11 weeks. So, my schedule is a little different, it’s less miles, but I’m ok with it. I’m excited for an extra day in the gym instead.

Training this week:

Sunday: Rest day (let’s just say I was still in mourning)

Monday: Rest day

Tuesday: Run 4 miles, 9:54 pace

Wednesday: Run 6.3 miles, 9:30 pace

Thursday: Gym day

Friday: Rest day

Saturday: Run 11 miles, 9:13 pace

11 miles 12-14

Today was the warmest morning we’ve had in over a week, it was 46 degrees but the wind picked up at the end and made it feel a lot colder. This week looks decent but apparently our long term forecast isn’t great.

I was really cold on the runs with temps in the 20’s, so I ordered a new pair of running tights from Reebok. They are a base layer to wear under other pants or on their own. I’m hoping they will keep me warmer. My legs are ice cold and just can’t seem to warm up.

We have a busy weekend with 3 Christmas parties. I have only 4 more days of work left this year and I am stoked!

How’s the weather where you are?

What do you run in when temps are in the 20’s?

Any fun Christmas parties this weekend?

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Let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. Hebrews 12:1

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