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I'm getting there, slowly but surely

This marathon training cycle has been nothing like the norm. I’ve had the Achilles issue, the foot issue, you name it. The only thing that hasn’t happened yet is getting sick. I suppose I shouldn’t say that, because I will surely jinx myself.

But anyhow–this week has finally approached a somewhat normal week. Maybe not seven weeks away from a marathon normal, but a normalish week. For the first time since returning to running, I’ve managed to get my mileage over the 45 mpw mark. Before this week, every time I’d get up over 40, something would hurt. But this week–about 46 miles. Here’s how it broke down:

  • Monday–Ran 10 miles
  • Tuesday–Swam 2,500 yds and did a 70-min. bike trainer/strength workout
  • Wednesday–Ran 6 miles
  • Thursday–Ran 18 miles/strength trained
  • Friday–Did easy hour spin on the bike trainer
  • Saturday–Ran 5 miles
  • Sunday–Ran 7 miles

A few things–I always take a rest day, but didn’t this week for a couple of reasons. One is that I had taken five days off the week prior to rest up my foot. Friday’s workout was a very easy spin just to shake out my legs after my long run. I did no speed work this week; I’m still a bit gun shy for speed because that’s another element that my body just hasn’t seemed to like. I hope to maybe still get some in before the end of this training, but if I can’t do it, I can’t do it. There will be time later.

Today’s a rest day and then back at it. I’m hoping to push closer to 50 miles this week, but like I said about schedules last week, flexibility is key, so we’ll see how it goes. Fingers crossed.

Spring marathoners–how is your training going? 

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  1. glad to hear you are back on track! I hope the foot/achilles are feeling much better! hopefully no more bumps in the 7 week road!
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  2. Good week for you! I know that feeling of “finally”. I am way behind on my schedule for the year but things are also looking up for me. Luckily I am not behind because of injury.
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  3. That looks like a really strong training week! Glad you were able to up the mileage with no issues this week! Hope your training continues to progress well!
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  4. You had a great training week, especially considering just a few months ago you weren’t able to run at all. I’m curious: did you do your strength training before or after your 18 miler?
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  5. Looks like a great week – I’m sure you are quite happy that things are working!
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  6. well happy to hear things seem to be looking better for you…and importantly, you didn’t give up. so many would have after being so frustrated with injury issues. can’t wait to hear how this week goes…
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  7. Solid week! Perhaps you just need some good momentum like that.

    I’m a fan of active recovery of some sort after a long run-my legs seem to “fossilize” if I don’t get the junk out!
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  8. I’m so glad to see that you are back to training!! You have had a lot of obstacles this training cycle but it looks like you are back with a point to prove!! Go rock it!!
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  9. So glad to hear that you had a fantastic week of training! I sometimes find that an easy bike ride is better for my body than a full day off – I usually am less sore and feel better!!
    Hope you have another great week!! 50 sounds awesome!
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  10. Way to go Amanda. What an awesome week. Keep it going girl.

  11. What an awesome week you’ve had!! I’m at 38.. I’m still really scared! I’ll max out at 53 I think.
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  12. Awesome job! Sounds like a good week and you seriously deserve one after everything that’s been going on.
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  13. That’s a relief. Please do not get sick! I have a cold right now and it is very annoying marathon week!
    It’s good you had no problems with the mileage. After all, that’s probably most important heading into the race! Here’s hoping for a healthy and successful seven weeks!
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  14. Sounds like a great week! Hopefully this is the start of a good trend that will carry you into Hopkinton!
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  15. You are a rock star. Glad you are feeling back on top of things:)
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  16. Awesome week Amanda! Makes me happy to see you coming back. Enjoy your day today and good luck with that 50.

  17. So excellent. Was happy to see that 18 went well!!
    Yay Boston!!

  18. It must feel great to log a week that feels more “normal”. I know what you mean, my cycle has been so different this time for various reasons. Just have to believe that we will get there – which we will!
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  19. Looks like a great week to me. Feeling normal is such a good feeling. Have a great training week!
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  20. Good to hear things are somewhat back to normal. Very cool you can get a long run during the week!
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  21. Sometimes I think the feeling of “normal” is more important than the mileage. Glad things are getting back to normal.
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  22. YAY! so excited you were able to get all these workouts in with no pain or injuries :) this is great news. It’s b/c you’re so smart! I am currently unable to run until I get the ok so reading about your training is very inspiring :D thanks
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  23. Great week!! Glad to see you are feeling better. I hope it continues and you have another great training week.
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  24. hey now, THAT is a solid week! I hope it keeps going really well!
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  25. you are getting there!!! i cannot believe boston is so soon. i feel like i just started training! i’m definitely nervous (and excited)…and the monster month is quickly approaching!!!
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  26. Woohoo 50 miles this week – you got it! The first time I ran over 40 miles my legs were killing me, this time is a little different. Guess it just takes a little getting used to. Plus I do pilates after my shorter long runs and I think that helps. Any advice for fitting in 50 miles in 5 days?
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  27. Congrats on the good week. Enjoy your rest day. Not too much longer until race day … seems like the year has already gone by quick. Cheers!
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  28. 7 weeks already? Wow.

    So happy that you are getting in your mileage and doing so well.

    I think Spring is sneaking up on me cause we have pretty much had the same weather allwinter!
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  29. Congrats on such a strong week! Mine was going well until I twisted my ankle on a long run this weekend, so silly… but hopefully a few days rest is all it will take!
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  30. Oh my. I hereby declare that ye shall have a jinx-less week.
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  31. You are really balanced with your training–I like all the cross training! Hoping that your body obeys your goals and 50 miles happen!!
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  32. Well done on getting that mileage back up. Looks like you had a great week. Hope you soon get back onto marathon schedule and everything goes well for you.
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  33. It’s great that you’ve learnt what does and doesn’t work for you. And if you don’t get any speed work done who cares – it’s not a sprint that you’re training for,
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  34. I don’t think my IT Band enjoys speed that much, well actually the IT Band is just a victim when something else goes wrong :)
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  35. Great to hear you’re back on track:)
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  36. Yay for a great week, I hope you continue to run healthy!
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  37. Yay, you are doing great. So excited for you :)
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  38. Good, good week! Glad things are working out for you. Can’t wait for your Boston report. I know, I know, you still have over a month to go but I am not a very patient person. :)
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  39. Congrats! That is some solid miles!

    I tend to think rest days are overrated, especially in base stages of training. If you need a day – take it. If you feel good – run! I much prefer doing easy 4-5mi recovery paced runs or an easy spin (like you did) than sitting on the couch!
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  40. I’ve been told by trainers so many times that it’s not the quantity of miles you log it’s the QUALITY miles that count. It sounds like you pay attention to your body and only run when you can get that quality workout. That’s the way to do it. You’re training is going so well. Keep it up.
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  41. I just finished a week with no rest day – still haven’t – it’s coming Wednesday – after a week of resting my foot. I seem to be doing okay. Two of the days were just swimming so not all running.
    It must feel great to have a pretty normal week.

  42. I don’t blame you one bit for being gun shy about speed work. I feel the same way after the hamstring saga. You’re doing great. Boston is virtually around the corner!
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  43. Good news for sure!! I bet it was a big sigh of relief when you got through the whole week unscathed!! YAY!
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  44. I’m so happy that you were able to get in so many miles this week! Fantastic! I got in 50 but that was simply because I did 1 long run on Monday and then another on Saturday. I don’t know how people fit in 45+ miles on an average week. I need to figure that out. I hope this increase in mileage causes you ZERO problems and you can carry on.

    Good luck!
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  45. I feel the same way. Nothing about this training has been “normal” or has gone “right” in my mind. I feel glad and relieved (is that weird?) that I already qualified for Boston and now I just “get” to go run it! I don’t feel nearly as much pressure! Here’s to a solid 7 weeks of training! I go in for an xray tomorrow to be sure my pelvis doesn’t have a fracture. Then it is game on…just gonna run through the muscle pain.
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  46. You are back! Great job!!! So happy for you :)
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  47. wow, nice week. must feel so good. i’m happy things are going well!

  48. Nice! Fingers crossed that it all continues to go well for you!
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  49. Congrats on the injury/issue free week. That is a huge step in the right direction.
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