Marathon Training: Week #6

Another week of marathon training is in the books!

My knee felt fine at the Beach to Beacon 10k on Sunday but by Tuesday I was really tight.  So tight and achy that it felt like my knee was locking up.  Mobility was a serious issue so I did my best to rest, ice, and stretch.  The easy days on the elliptical helped loosen things up without the stress of running.  I still felt a little rough on Thursday so I decided to run on the treadmill instead of the pavement to give it a shot.  By mile three, my knee felt much better and knock on wood, it felt great this weekend.


MON:  Rest
TUES:  30 Minutes Elliptical / Core
WED:  30 Minutes Elliptical / Core
THURS:  6 Miles {Easy}
FRI: Rest
SAT:  Walking with the Family
SUN:  14 Miles {Easy}

Total Miles:  20

Lusk Reservoir

Lusk Reservoir

Honestly, sometimes it’s hard to follow the marathon training of other runners via blogs, FaceBook, etc.  I wish my mileage this week was higher but I have to remember that if my body needs the rest and recovery, I have to do it, even if that means sacrificing some mileage.  For the Marine Corps Marathon, my goal is to cross the finish line of my first marathon… that is it.  And, to do that, I have to make it to the starting line.

While social media is usually motivating, how do you deal with wanting to “keep up” with others?   What do you do to stay motivated when your training isn’t going 100% according to plan?  Does training ever go 100% according to plan anyway?!


  1. Healthy Strides says:

    I know what you mean! Even though my mileage is pretty average in terms of marathon training, I'm not doing crazy track workouts with insane splits and I'm not ever going to run 10 miles midweek. I try to focus on the plan and trust in it. And, with a first marathon, it's more important to find a process that you not only enjoy but one that will help you enjoy the race.

    • Lisa_Cupcake says:

      Thank you for this! Agreed on all accounts. I don't want this to be such a miserable process that I hate running. So I want to stay healthy because no one likes a cranky, injured Lisa.

  2. I missed a 5 miler last week, my 1st week of Marathon training and it's ok. It didn't set me back, just like your rest days won't set you back. You are right, you have to make it to the starting line.
    You are about 5 weeks ahead of me!

  3. Glad to hear your knee started feeling a little better over the week. Don't worry about other people's marathon training plans. I don't think everyone can do those high mileage weeks — I don't put in that many miles either. Keep focusing on your plan and what works for you, and I know you will make it to the finish line of your first marathon!
    My recent post OBX Marathon Training Week 6

    • Lisa_Cupcake says:

      Thank you! I know you are right and I am right. Sometimes it's difficult to put everything into perspective. THANKS!

  4. Training plans are always altered and do not feel badly about that. Last year I was nervous about missing some training for the Goofy Challenge, but honestly, it did not make any difference. It is hard looking at other blogs and seeing people crank out high mileage and fast mid week runs, but you need to do the best for yourself. That is easy for me to say because most of the blogs I read are written by people half my age! There is no way I want to compete with all you youngsters! I have my own goals and hope to reach them in the next couple years!
    My recent post Training Tuesday: Another Injury Time Out!

  5. I totally understand where you're coming from! Some of the bloggers I read run more in a week than I do in a month. I just have to remind myself that while I love running I love other parts of my life, too, and overall I really am happy with how my running fits into my life. As far as training goes, I think it's more important to stay healthy than to necessarily meet your mileage every time and if that meets making adjustments then it's fine. You've been running long enough that you know what's right for you!
    My recent post Back to Training

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