Training for a 26.2 Mile Fun Run (June 30 – July 6)

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Today’s another training log for my journey toward the 26.2 Mile Fun Run. If you want to follow along, you can read Week 1 and Week 2.

I am signed up for the Darlington Marathon on September 28. It’s an inaugural race. I don’t really have any goals except to finish the race with a respectable time and uninjured, although it would be nice to beat Oprah’s marathon time, just because she has coaches and personal trainers and stuff. Does anyone know Oprah’s time? Surely I could beat Oprah…

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June 30: After my Isle of Palms Beach Run 10K and Idiotic Night Run on the West Ashley Greenway, I took a much needed rest day. I don’t remember what I did on Sunday, except that it probably rained because the weather here is bipolar and it rains for 20 minutes, stops for 15 minutes, then rains for 20 more minutes. It’s crazy.

July 1: 5 mile treadmill runch (run at lunch). I added a few pickups for speed in there and also talked to my friend Will a little. He’s a personal trainer at East Shore and was pretty amazed at me running at 7 mph and still chatting up a storm. Really I just like to talk and that’s why I went to the gym at lunch.

I went back to East Shore that night for BodyPump– Will and two other instructors team taught, which was really cool because one of them walked around and helped with form. My legs were shot after all the lunges! Since they get killed during hard runs, I’m not trying to increase my lower body weights in the class.

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July 2: I ran 4 miles easy on the treadmill, then the rain stopped so I went outside for my last 2 miles.

July 3: Rest day! I cleaned my house a bit and also baked cookies for our July 4 cookout. My cookies looked like a Pinterest fail (they were chocolate cake mix cookies with red, white, and blue M&Ms).

I watched Big Brother 15 that night and stretched a LOT… I actually made a stretching/recovery area in my office so I can do yoga or put my legs up against the wall in the room. Hooray for living in a home big enough to have a yoga area- that’s my torturous stick massager and compression socks.

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July 4: My first 20-miler as a part of the Pointless 12-Hour Ultra, which I’ll recap later this week. After running the 20, my butt hurt majorly and I felt the twinge in my left hip, but aside from that, I was fine. Everyone told me I looked super strong so I guess that’s a good thing? I finished in just under 4 hours, which is good considering I had bathroom breaks in there and stops for candy, water, and random chats.

July 5: I did 45 minutes of Yoga for Runners. I found a really excellent yoga tutorial website called Do Yoga with Me. If you like yoga and can’t always get to a studio, the classes are very easy to follow along with online. The videos are free, and they have a big variety of beginner, advanced, and intermediate classes. Check it out if you like yoga.

I also laid out at the pool for an hour to even out my runner’s tan lines.

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July 6: I went to run club and ran 10 miles from Patriot’s Point, over the Cooper River Bridge, down East Bay Street, and to the Battery. I ran with my friend and TrySports Ambassador Gary, who is also shooting for a sub-45 minute 10K. We also had a few new faces come out and some people who haven’t been coming much but are starting to train again- it was good seeing them.

My flat and downhill miles were all under 9 min/mile pace, and my uphill miles weren’t that much slower. We started at 6 AM and that made the run easier, then finished up with breakfast at Mozzo Deli in Mt. Pleasant and Starbucks. You just can’t beat a skinny café mocha after a long run!

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Weekly totals: 41 miles, 1 BodyPump class, 1 yoga for runners class.

Running my first 20-miler this week was pretty empowering. I won’t lie, it hurt at the end, but when I was driving home, sipping on my protein shake from Earth Fare, I felt confident that I could complete the 26.2 mile fun run. Even though my 20 wasn’t super fast, I did it, and I guess it boosted my ego a little that maybe this won’t be so bad after all.

Happy Workouts!

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11 Responses to Training for a 26.2 Mile Fun Run (June 30 – July 6)

  1. What a great week! Way to go on completing 20 miles. Was that before you had a big group of people over to your house? That is even more impressive! ANd I like how you are framing your first marathon. I like that you are taking it easy and pressure-free. Oprah’s finishing time was 4:29, which you can easily beat!

    • Amy Lauren says:

      Yep. I ran 20 miles that morning, drank a protein shake, came home and showered, then cleaned up the house and had a party that night.

      Guess I’m kind of an overachiever…

  2. My Goodness Amy if you have a been a busy little runner bee haven’t you? Whew. It must be so nice to go over the bridge… (My stomach wouldn’t make it to the starting point) but I bet pictures from there are gorgeous! 🙂
    Good luck with your running and have a great week!

    -Mel

    • Amy Lauren says:

      The first time I ran over the bridge… and the first time i drove over it, actually, were kinda scary. You get used to it living here. It’s just life and what you’re used to, I guess. When I coached, our kids even ran over it, I thought for sure some of them would be scared but they weren’t, because they grew up around it I guess.

      I hope you have a great week too!

  3. you are a workout fiend! i am sure you will beat oprah – you’ve been running strong this year!

    • Amy Lauren says:

      Thanks. I’ve been running strong, but aside from a few races, my racing this year has been pretty lackluster. I’m hoping for good times in the Fall after so much training this summer!

  4. Steph says:

    Wow, that’s amazing for a first 20 miler! Great job! It sounds like you will have no problem finishing that marathon! And you should have no problem beating Oprah as well =) Hopefully I will on my next marathon! Seriously, how did she finish so fast??

  5. Congrats on a great week of training! I remember when I did my first 20 miler….whew… it was interesting! I’ve actually learned to like them though, you don’t go into a 20 miler with a “workout” mentality so it’s nice to just relax and get the time in!

  6. Wow. Amazing workouts this week. 41 miles is killer. I think my marathon training peaks at about 38 due to all my injuries I’m trying to take it easy.

    • Amy Lauren says:

      38 miles is still incredible! I honestly doubt I go too much higher myself… the reason why this week was so high was because of Pointless and the 10 miler Saturday morning. It’s hard to turn around when you’re running in Downtown Charleston, even if you don’t need the miles.

      I’m not following a plan, just listening to my body and gradually increasing, backing off every third week, and doing lots and lots of cross training and yoga! I find plans incredibly restrictive and none of them really take non-running activities into account.

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