Training for a 26.2 mile fun run (August 4-10)

Here’s my lone post from last week, in case you missed it (These are a few of my favorite things).

With a business trip, concert, and wedding, I was busy living life last week and didn’t want to blog. This week is a lot more laid back, so I’ll have some posts for you as well as a giveaway!

Now for this week’s training log. If you want to follow along, you can read weeks 12, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7. I also log my training on DailyMile, which is a great online workout log.


If any of you have completed a marathon and have suggestions, I’d love to hear from you too. It’s not like I know what I’m doing here (For real- I have no idea what I’m doing here).

Sunday: 35 minutes of Yoga for Athletes classes on I did this that afternoon while Clay was out at the gym getting his run on. He’s been running a lot lately to do a 5K, but we never seem to run on the same days. Or the same times, he isn’t crazy enough to get up at Dark O’Clock for running. Yet.


Monday: I did my friend Liz’s BodyPump class at East Shore and went heavier on squats, chest, and biceps.

Tuesday: 6.25 miles speedwork. Track with Kindal, Katie, Michelle, and another girl who came for the first time (I don’t remember her name this early in the morning… oops! She was sweet and it was great having 5 of us speedworking together). Warmup, then 8 x 400 (200 walk for recovery), some barefoot grass running, and cooldown.

I did BodyPump again that afternoon because I was bored and wanted out of the house. I came home and made myself a tasty protein shake with my immersion blender– I love that thing lately!

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Wednesday: 8 miles (8:18 average pace). I kept all my splits under 8:30/mile.

I got up at 5:30 AM to head out and run and be ready to work for 2 hours before leaving for Florence for work. I work from home, but my company is based in Florence, 2 hours away, and I went to the office for training.

Training for work went well, and my friend Nick and I went to Redbone Alley that evening for dinner. Redbone Alley is a huge restaurant and the inside is decorated like Rainbow Row in Charleston, so it makes you feel like you’re downtown. Maybe I was homesick or something, but it didn’t disappoint. I had the Mediterranean Shrimp Salad (all the shrimp are on the bottom of the salad).


It was great seeing Nick and catching up with him. I’m trying to convince him to come down to Charleston and visit and run a race here- maybe the James Island Connector Run 5K/10K since I’m an ambassador, hehe. We had a great time and after dinner, I headed back to the hotel to watch Modern Family and sleep.


Thursday: 5 miles around MHFC track in Florence (it’s a .6 mile lap track… so I ran 8 laps then ran back to my car). I used to always run there when I lived in Florence- it’s a great place to run because it’s lit at 5:45 AM.

When I left the track, I hit the hotel breakfast. No make-your-own-waffles = Blasphemy. At least the cinnamon rolls are tasty.


My breakfast kept me fueled for a full day of training at work, along with lunch at Mellow Mushroom with my friends and fellow writers Kelli and Erin. I try to cram in as many meals as possible with friends when I visit.

Mellow Mushroom is decorated like a hippie restaurant and always keeps my spastic, ADHD brain amused. This art is on pizza boxes.


Kelli, Erin, and I were too busy catching up with life and eating to take a picture, but we had a great time. I miss them so much! I think people who work in offices and can just randomly go to lunch with coworkers take that for granted sometimes- I know I did when I worked in the office.

Friday: Rest day, but just from working out . I went downtown to pick up tickets for the Under the Sun Tour (I won the tickets).


I’ll have a separate post about the concert this week, but it was Smash Mouth, Sugar Ray, Vertical Horizon, Fastball, and Gin Blossoms. Basically, this 90s kid’s concert dreams came true. We didn’t get home until 11:45 so I got 4 hours of sleep before my long run.

August 3: 18.3 miles on Isle of Palms with the TrySports marathon maniacs. It was hot and humid, and we were all feeling it! I kept 15 of the miles under 10:00 min/mile pace, which was my goal. I thought about an extra 1.7 to make it 20, but headed home since Clay’s mom came to visit for lunch and we attended a wedding that evening (you’ll see a recap for this soon too).

Weekly totals: 38.5 miles running, 2 BodyPump classes, 2 (short) yoga classes.

It’s hard (but not impossible!) to fit everything in with business trips, training, concerts, and weddings. I have no clue how moms with small children, or those people who work multiple jobs, juggle responsibilities and priorities to make it work. You do what you have to do- but real life friends, jobs, and good times always come before running and working out.

Happy training!

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14 Responses to Training for a 26.2 mile fun run (August 4-10)

  1. spectacuLAUR says:

    It looks like you had a fun weekend! At least you did something different almost every day. The concert is definitely a 90s kid’s paradise! I would have loved to get my Sugar Ray on LOL But really, I would love this concert!

  2. Looks like a great week Amy and were those the weird pancakes that come out on a conveyor belt? (I hope so or I sound strange typing it..we had those at a hotel once!). Anyways glad you enjoyed things outside of blogging and running too. Mellow mushroom is so good!

  3. Nerri says:

    So much goodness in this post! That Mediterranean shrimp salad has me feeling hungry. And that concert!!!! OMG it must have been amazing. I totally miss the 90s.

  4. jillconyers says:

    Great weekend and training! I love Body Pump!

  5. Amy says:

    Oh what a great concert, I bet! Can’t wait to read the review of it. I am so proud of you for getting up for your long run, despite being out late the night before! That is seriously impressive 🙂

    • Amy Lauren says:

      It was a great concert :). I will have the review up later this week, probably Thursday-ish.

      I didn’t really have much choice but to get up for the run. It was either that or run 18 miles alone, and I’d rather function on 4 hours of sleep, haha.

  6. allieksmith says:

    I don’t know how moms or people with many jobs do it either… it baffles me! Anyways, I’d say you had a good training week despite being pretty busy!

    • Amy Lauren says:

      Thanks Allie! I’ve had several mom friends train for marathons, and I have one friend on the TrySports team with me who trains for ultras! I have no clue how she does it because she juggles being a wife, mom of two girls, and working (she teaches at a college).

      To me, those are the real heroes of this sport, not the professional athletes.

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