Hartford Marathon Training, Week 15: 10/5-10/10 (Race Week)

I posted my race review yesterday, but I still wanted to post my weekly workouts from my final week of Hartford training! There isn’t much to say about any of this – just easy miles and lots of REST, so it will be a quick recap! I should have taken pictures of the laundry I did and recapped everything I watched on Netflix all week long – there was some serious couch time happening. I watched the whole season of something called iZombie, which was actually really cute! I felt really good on race day, so it was definitely an effective taper.

Monday, 10/5 – Pole Fitness

I only went to pole class on Monday, and my body still felt beat up. I had fun but made the decision to wait until after the marathon to go back!

Tuesday, 10/6Marathon Dress Rehearsal Run – 7 miles w/2 @ Marathon pace + Core

Felt great on this run – hit the marathon paced miles without a problem and my legs were feeling fresh. Overall pace, 7:19.

Wednesday, 10/6Recovery Run, 5 Miles + Core

Headed to the parkway, did an easy 5 and it was gorgeous out. Overall pace, 8:20.

Thursday, 10/7REST!

Not one thing. It was a glorious day.

Friday, 10/820 Minute Shakeout Run (2.5 miles)

My legs actually felt decent on this. Usually, they feel rough on this run and I start panicking. I didn’t know if that was a good thing or a bad thing. Overall pace, 8:17.

Saturday, 10/9 –  Hartford Marathon

Recap here!

Sunday, 10/10 – REST

I DO have a picture and also some news for you guys. On Sunday, I rested, but I felt pretty good. Good enough that I went ahead and registered for the Runner’s World Half Marathon. It’s on 10/18 and it’s literally about five miles from my house. But yes…like a week away. I’m so dumb. My training partner, Kathy, put the idea in my head and then she even found me a promo code. How could I saw no? In my defense, I was going to run 10-13 miles that day so why not get a medal for it? If I don’t feel like racing it, I won’t race it (I’ve said that line before). No but really – I just ran a marathon. Zero expectations here. In other news, I might not have a black thumb because I did some gardening and found out that my sweet potatoes did, in fact, grow:

imageI might have to stop saying I have a black thumb!

Swim:  0 meters ♥ Bike: 0 miles ♥  Run: 41 miles

How was your week? Do you have a black thumb?

35 Replies to “Hartford Marathon Training, Week 15: 10/5-10/10 (Race Week)”

  1. Cool for RW’s Half. I’ve heard good things about the race and I love Bethlehem.

    I definitely have a black thumb. I killed most plants I’ve own. The two that we have stay alive despite us, not because of us.

    1. I’ve done that half before and I wasn’t going to do any of the races this year because of the marathon on Saturday. But I feel good and I got a discount on it! Ha. I totally have a black thumb. I think the sweet potatoes grew by accident!

  2. The first year I did my garden it was so fruitful! This year, it was horrid. I blame it on being on vacation during like the 2 main weeks I needed to be tending to it to make sure everything grew in the right direction…

  3. Congrats on Hartford and I can’t wait to read your recap. Sounds like you had a good taper and that your recovery is going well. Good luck with the recovery this week and the RW half (and running it easy- I’m not sure I could ever just run a race longer than a 5K as a training run because I’m always going to push myself some). You did amazing at Hartford!

    I definitely have a black thumb. I won a potted flower as a race prize once and it died pretty quickly. Kinda sad to see your award die!

  4. Cool sweet potatoes! I tried to grow regular potatoes once. They grew, but when I dug them up, they were all teeny-tiny little suckers. I think the biggest were about the size of quarters. Oh well!

  5. Those sweet potatoes are so bright and big – you certainly do not have a black thumb! I got a Douglas Fir tree sapling at the Portland Marathon and right now I’m just trying not to kill it, although I have no idea what I will do when it outgrows the vase I have it in.
    Good luck on the Runner’s World Half! Every year I hear about it and it sounds like such a fun race.

      1. You really should run it! It is so well organized, a flat course with a couple good rollers, beautiful views, and the nicest spectators. I’m already eager to run it again!

    1. Ahhh!! I ran the PDX in 2013 and hung on to that sapling for waaay too long. It was like a mini dried up xmas tree by the next summer but I finally got up the nerve to toss it after a whole year. It barely resembled a tree at that point. Good luck keeping yours alive!

  6. I’m super excited you are racing again next week (but that is just personal reasons I guess LOL). It does sound like you had a good build up to your marathon. I think you have the goal you want in you and will PR soon.

  7. I love that you immediately signed up for another race! I totally have a black thumb. I tell my husband that I’m really doing him a favor by not helping out with the garden because if I did contribute, there would be nothing to eat. lol

  8. Hooray for the RW half….I love your rationale….you totally may as well earn a medal 🙂 And I am sure you will rock it!
    I need to grow sweet potatoes next year. My garden was pretty much a mess this year… Newborns sure do take up a lot of time 🙂

    1. I am excited for it! I didn’t run it last year but I ran it the past two years. I still want to try to get to the 5K to cheer if possible – but if not we are totally meeting up at Christmas City! I need to register for that one. Do you do the Pumpkin Pie 5K in Nazareth?

      1. I’ve wanted to…probably not this year though….but i am considering the Turkey Trot 5k in Bethlehem, I haven’t done that one in years! I’m all signed up for Christmas city, so I will see you there for sure.

      2. Last year I did the Pumpkin Pie and the Turkey Trot. I was so mad at myself for doing both and SWORE I’d never do it again…but for some odd reason, I’m considering it again this year. I don’t know what’s wrong with me!! Either way, Christmas City – I’ll be there!

  9. The RW sounds pretty awesome! I’ve seen pics from it and I’d love to run it one day. Oh… and nice job on those potatoes! I have been known to neglect plants, so I would not be able to grow anything that tasty!

    1. It’s a great race! Last year was the only year I didn’t run it. I’d run Chicago the week before and didn’t know if I’d be rested enough – I remember thinking I should have done it! I can’t wait to cook up the sweet potatoes!

  10. My thumb is so black that the plant lady at work takes plants away from me. 😦 A Netflix binge week sounds kind of awesome but those were some great miles you got in too. RW Half sounds awesome, it’s a race I would love to run but airfare- ouch.

    1. Ohhh yeah, that would be a pricy trip for RW – I probably wouldn’t run it if I wasn’t local. They kind of charge a lot for their races (but you get a lot, so there’s that) but since I live close, I have no other expense!

  11. It is amazing how quickly you can recover from a marathon. Good luck at the RW half. I bet you surprise yourself. You really should, given the fantastic training cycle you just went through. Enjoy the race and the fruits of your gardening (or should I say roots?)

    1. LOL!! Thanks, Joe! I’m excited for it. I have a post coming tomorrow about pacing because I did a little recon work. The 3:10 pacer came in at 3:02!!! I would say that is my only negative comment about Hartford – the pacers! Hope you are recovering well!

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