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Illinois Marathon Training Weeks 11 &12

By Alyssa_dld @alyssa_dld
With the end of week 12, I am officially half way done with my marathon training. Yikes! I am still incredibly freaked out by the prospect of running 26.2 miles.
Week 11
  • Monday - 1.25 hr yoga
  • Tuesday - 8 mile treadmill 
  • Wednesday - 45 min. spin class
  • Thursday - 5 miles with 3 x 1 mile @ 8:41
  • Friday - Rest
  • Saturday - F^3 Half Marathon + 1 mile
  • Sunday - Rest + stretching
  • Total - 27 miles
Strong week (just typed "weak", what an oxymoron) for me on the training front.  I really enjoyed running the half marathon on Sunday.  And getting an unexpected PR was great.  I am still chasing that sub-2:00 time and I know now that I can make it happen!  Unfortunately I did a very crappy job with recovery after the race.  The cold weather prevented me from hanging around after the race and stretching and instead I climbed back into my car.  I spent the rest of the day hanging out with two of my girlfriends and not stretching.  Sunday brought some leg soreness, but I again neglected to stretch a lot and laid on the couch most of the day.  Hence Monday, I was still sore and tired.  I know I need to do more stretching, foam rolling, and icing! 
Week 12
  • Monday - Rest 
  • Tuesday - 6 miles
  • Wednesday - 1 hour spin class (tough class!)
  • Thursday - 1 hour Zumba
  • Friday - 5.5 miles w/ 3@ 9:13
  • Saturday - shoveling + walking
  • Sunday - 45 minute walk
  • Total: 11.5 miles
Week 12 was a recovery week which ended in me recovering more than I had planned.  I skipped my weekend "long" run of 6 miles due to some calf soreness/tightness.  Sans foam roller because I was visiting my parent's, I tried to stretch and rub out the muscle myself.  I also forced Matt to rub my calf but that didn't last long because it hurt so bad! It is feeling better today, but is still a little tender.  I am foam rolling and stretching like a crazy person now.  I think* this soreness is from running on the treadmill so much recently.  My stride is altered on the treadmill as compared to when I run outside.  I need to just suck it up and start getting up in the mornings before work and running outside again. Or run outside in the dark after work.  
Only 12 more weeks of training before the big day!
*really I have no idea.  This is only a guess.

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