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Marathon Training: Week 17

The race is so close now!  I am really looking forward to it…mostly so I can stop training :). As much as I love running, I’m definitely ready for a break. I’d like to get back to the gym and start taking classes again. I’m missing the variety in my workouts. The past few months have pretty much been devoted to running. This week’s training is not too bad. It consists of 2 days of 4 miles, 1 of 3, and 1 of 8.

Yesterday, I completed the first 4 mile run. I actually intended to run it on the treadmill because it was hot and nasty here! Like 90 degrees and humid..ew. But the treadmill was taken so I ran outside. All I can say is, I hope these hot runs will somehow benefit me in Eugene! It’s definitely too warm here to be training for a marathon so I’m glad it’s coming up. I’ve also developed a really sexy shorts tan…just in time for summer!

This week I’m concentrating on easy runs. I want to complete the distance, but not at a super fast pace. Since I’ve been experiencing nerve pain (among other pains), I don’t want to push it. Here were yesterday’s stats:

Marathon Training: Week 17

  • Distance: 4 miles
  • Pace: 8:17 min/sec
  • Time: 33:08 min/sec
  • Calories: 340

It was a pretty good run. Not a lot of pain, so that’s good.  I think I’m going to get a massage before the marathon. I’ve actually never had a massage, before or after a race. I’m sure after a race it feels amazing! So, maybe this time around I’ll try one before and after. I’ve been trying to foam roll my IT band as much as possible, but I think getting a deep massage would help loosen me up a little.

Have you ever had a massage before or after a race? Do you think it helps?

5 comments to Marathon Training: Week 17

  • I would recommend waiting until after the race to try the deep tissue massage. Make sure to wait a few days also because you will be sore. Deep tissue massages are actually quite painful and can bruise you and leave you sore for days. Effective in helping to work through muscular tension but painful!

    I recommend a swedish for pre marathon or immediately post marathon, they’re much more relaxing.

    Best wishes with your training, I can’t wait to hear how everything goes! 🙂

  • Amy

    oh thanks for the advice! i didnt even think about how massages can leave you sore. good point!! thanks for the advice!!!

  • Amy

    p.s. do you live in chicago? i recently moved from there to to cleveland haha. i LOVE chicago, i really miss it!!

  • I am so glad I found you on Twitter so I could come hang out on your blog and get caught up on you marathon training!

    You are quite speedy! I would love to have a consistent run in the 8 min/miles. Someday 🙂

    You rock!

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