My ‘Marathon’ Week

Last week was a big week for me in terms of running. I ran a whole entire marathon over 5 days! I was so proud of myself when I realized how much I had run during the week. Obviously it doesn’t come close to comparing to anyone who has actually run a marathon in a day, but it was great for me in terms of motivation and training for my race this weekend.

Distance: 26.2 miles
Time: 4 hours and 10 minutes (over 5 days)
Calories: 2883

I am not nervous about the race itself, I am more nervous about what to do this week in terms of training and also what to eat Saturday during the day and Sunday morning for breakfast fuel. I have done races before, but they have all been short, never one this long. I want to be at the top of my game. Last Monday I totally pushed myself for the 7 miles in 60 minutes. But the rest of the week, I was dragging and definately tired from that push. I want to be able to push myself on Sunday and be at the top of my game.

Any suggestions for 5 days before the big race day?! I think I may do a ‘longer’ run today, maybe 5 miles, and then just do 2-3 Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, just to keep loose. I took yesterday off. Thoughts on the tapering down? Race week/day eats? Help!

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  • Reply Lacey Nicole April 28, 2009 at 2:47 pm

    yeah short runs to stay loose/warm and lots of stretching and water!! and if you are sore at all- ice 🙂 such a great idea to recap a “marathon” with the time, so cool to think about 🙂

  • Reply Gen April 28, 2009 at 2:49 pm

    I’ve read that people tkae it easy the week of the race, and save their energy for the race itself. I’ve only ever run a 5k and I didnt do much to prepare the week of the race.

    I think you should get in touch with Bobbi @ she just recently ran a marathon, maybe she could help ya with some pointers 🙂

  • Reply Rose April 28, 2009 at 3:52 pm

    I am curious about all the same things. Can you repost your findings?

  • Reply SuperDave April 28, 2009 at 9:23 pm

    Hey Leslie!
    You won! You are the new owner of a Pink, yes pink Zen! You lucky dog…
    Taper – its okay to run that 5 miler today and 2-3 easy miles both Wed and Thurs. Hold off the run for Friday. Most plans want you to take 2 days off before a race.(half and full)
    There is a reason that they call it “taper madness” because it drives you crazy thinking that you should be running to keep sharp.
    Great 26.2 last week!

  • Reply SuperDave April 28, 2009 at 9:31 pm

    Food intake.
    BTW I am a Dr and know a “little” about nutrition even though I can’t seem to keep bad food out of my mouth. haha
    Start carb loading on Friday(eat more carbs than normal, not more calories) and start drinking more water also.
    Studies show that the increase of H2o and increased carbs 48 hours before a race will decrease chance of hitting the dreaded “wall.”
    Good Luck!!!

  • Reply BOBBI McCORMICK April 29, 2009 at 2:31 pm

    hey girl send me your email addy and I will send you some tips! love your blog by the way!

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