Prague Marathon Training, Week 9

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It’s hard to believe that I’m more than halfway through training for the Prague Marathon! My training plan was 18 weeks long, but it included an “unofficial” first week. It’s crazy how quickly the time has flown by – there’s less than 2 months to go until race day! I can’t wait!

Monday, 3/6/2017, 9 miles: My schedule for this week is kind of wonky because of work, my getting sick over the weekend, and some extracurricular stuff I had planned this week and weekend. There was no convenient day for me to fit in a long-ish weekday run, but Monday was the best option – except for the fact that I was still sick. I normally hate running when I am sick, and I’m not the type of person who gets out regardless of how bad I feel, but I decided to give my run a try since I had plans to meet up with my friend in the middle. The run actually ended up going great! I ran 9 miles at 9:35 pace and felt surprisingly good, even including the 5 very hilly middle miles with my friend. I’ve decided that running is just better with other people 🙂 I’m so glad I went out for this one!

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Introducing my running buddy, Pearce! You’re probably going to be seeing a lot more of her in these training photos.

Tuesday, 3/7/17, barre3 class: I was so excited to have time to make my way to the barre3 studio this week on my cross-training day! My core work efforts have been slacking – running 9 miles after work doesn’t exactly inspire me to want to then do core work – so it was nice not having to think about it and just be told what to do! Plus, since I don’t teach much anymore, it’s always nice to catch up with my friends!

Wednesday, 3/8/17, 5 mile run: This run was nice and easy – I did half by myself and half with AJ. The overall pace was 9:48. Nothing exciting, but good! Of greater importance is the fact that Wednesday was our first ever kickball game. Yes, 10 years after graduating college, I finally joined a kickball league, even though all my friends did that like…10 years ago. Anyway, it turns out that I am not terrible at kickball – I got on base AND scored a run!

Sprinting to glory at kickball. As it turns out, I would pay for this later.

Thursday, 3/9/17, barre3 class and Cyclebar class: I was on schedule to teach the 6 am at Barre3 Greenville, which I did just fine. By the time I got home, though, my legs were so sore that I could barely move them. Soreness from barre doesn’t set in that quickly, so I think it was my epic sprinting at kickball. That might be the most embarrassing sentence I’ve ever typed, but it’s true. That made Cyclebar particularly rough, and while I thought spinning would help move around some lactic acid, all that happened was I got disgustingly sweaty and now my legs hurt worse. Wahhhhhhhh

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Spin shoes look cute on everyone, right?

Friday, 3/10/17, OFF: You know how I always say I have a love/hate relationship with off days? Not this off day. My legs are still so sore and there’s not enough foam rolling, stretching, and Tylenol in the world to fix it. I’m going to need a miracle before tomorrow’s 15 miler.

Saturday, 3/11/17, 15 miles: I was out the door well before the sun even thought about coming up in order to meet up with Pearce for part of my run. While I really detest waking up super early, there was a huge sense of accomplishment when I was done with my entire run before 9 am! I had incorrectly set my Garmin to track the run as a bike ride, which was only problematic because it only calculates “laps” every 5 miles. That actually turned out to be helpful because I could see that I got progressively faster over each 5 mile segment of my run! I pushed the last mile extra hard just for fun. This run went great and I have no complaints! Overall pace was 9:49.

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Sunday, 3/12/17, optional off day: I had the option of either doing some light cross-training or taking off, and my stomach was a wreck, so I decided to take the day off. Looks like I love rest days this week!

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8 thoughts on “Prague Marathon Training, Week 9

  1. You are hilarious! Love the “most embarrassing sentence ever typed” and I also love kickball. I had no idea kickball leagues were a thing but I think I need to start one around here 🙂

    1. You might be surprised – there might already be one near you! All my friends played after college in Washington DC, but they’ve spread everywhere. It’s really fun and all different ages (At least, here).

  2. Ha, the only experience I have with kickball is getting a welt from the ball hitting me square in the face LOL. I am the same way about rest days but then there are some that I just need.

    1. Oh gosh, hopefully that won’t happen to me! I can’t handle the soreness as it is, let alone a giant face welt 🙂

  3. I would totally embarrass myself at kickball now, but man I used to love it. Any time sprinting is involved, I am pretty much worthless. I sometimes get arm fatigue from walking Ridley and keeping her nose out of the goose poop.

    1. It’s just funny to me that I can run 15 miles without being sore, but sprinting around the bases twice basically killed me. That’s ridiculous! I clearly do not have a future on the track.

    1. That’s awesome! That is one time when being a run leader would be super helpful – the extra motivation to get out the door is SO NECESSARY during weather like that!

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