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

  1. afastpacedlife October 13, 2015 / 7:19 am

    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.

    • allisonfiorini October 13, 2015 / 9:27 am

      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. Megan @ Meg Go Run October 13, 2015 / 8:15 am

    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…

    • allisonfiorini October 13, 2015 / 9:21 am

      I am terrible at gardening. I had a really small area in my yard devoted to a garden. I got some stuff, but not a ton. I was excited by the sweet potatoes!

    • allisonfiorini October 13, 2015 / 8:59 am

      LOL – I usually kill all plants. I still think I grew these by accident!

  3. Amy Lauren October 13, 2015 / 9:27 am

    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!

    • allisonfiorini October 13, 2015 / 9:37 am

      OMG If I won a plant, it would totally die! I am sure I will still run the half hard, I just don’t know how fast that will translate to the week after a marathon! I’m excited!

  4. Katie Pridgen October 13, 2015 / 9:57 am

    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!

    • allisonfiorini October 13, 2015 / 10:21 am

      Ha! I strategically placed my larger ones on top, but most of them looked like fingerling potatoes. They are pretty cute. I can’t wait to cook them!!

  5. thisrunnersrecipes October 13, 2015 / 10:43 am

    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.

    • allisonfiorini October 13, 2015 / 10:45 am

      That is so cool that they gave you a sapling!!! I need to run Portland. I keep hearing good things about that one!!

      • thisrunnersrecipes October 13, 2015 / 11:06 am

        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!

    • Sam October 13, 2015 / 8:42 pm

      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!

      • allisonfiorini October 14, 2015 / 5:59 am


  6. suzysuzyheather October 13, 2015 / 10:52 am

    You are HILARIOUS. I can’t believe you’re racing again next week! Ha ha ha! BEAST.

    • allisonfiorini October 13, 2015 / 10:53 am

      I got a discount!! I couldn’t help myself…ha! It probably won’t be pretty, but it will be fun!

  7. Hollie October 13, 2015 / 11:59 am

    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.

  8. Alanna October 13, 2015 / 1:33 pm

    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

    • allisonfiorini October 13, 2015 / 1:55 pm

      That is EXCELLENT rationale…I might have to try that next summer!!! I got lucky with the sweet potatoes!

  9. DarlinRae October 13, 2015 / 3:25 pm

    Like you said, might as well get a medal for those miles! You crazy gal 😉 Great job with those sweet potatoes–they look delish!

    • allisonfiorini October 14, 2015 / 5:52 am

      Thank you!! I can’t wait to make something with them!!

  10. Laura October 13, 2015 / 7:20 pm

    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 🙂

    • allisonfiorini October 14, 2015 / 5:55 am

      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?

      • Laura October 14, 2015 / 9:19 am

        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.

      • allisonfiorini October 14, 2015 / 9:29 am

        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!

  11. klregan October 13, 2015 / 7:34 pm

    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!

    • allisonfiorini October 14, 2015 / 5:56 am

      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!

  12. Susan - Nurse on the Run October 13, 2015 / 10:50 pm

    Maybe I’ll see you at the RW Half! Fingers crossed this calf pain will go away and I’ll be able to run it – it’ll definitely be easy if I get to the starting line. It would be fun to meet you, and it’s a really fun race!

    • allisonfiorini October 14, 2015 / 6:02 am

      If you come, what are your travel plans? We definitely need to meet up!!! I hope the pain subsides!! I am frustrated for you, ughhhh!

  13. Fallon @ Slacker Runner October 14, 2015 / 12:52 am

    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.

    • allisonfiorini October 14, 2015 / 6:03 am

      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!

  14. Pinball Joe October 14, 2015 / 8:43 am

    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?)

    • allisonfiorini October 14, 2015 / 8:51 am

      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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