New River State Park Trail

Marine Corps Marathon Training – Week 9

My mileage continued to increase this week, but I’ve been feeling pretty good. My legs are in a constant state of fatigue, but they’re holding up. It seems like my calves have been feeling rough since training picked up about three weeks ago. This past week I started putting a focus on lots of stretching, foam rolling, and icing after every run and it seems to be helping.


Oh yea, and I’m halfway through training now. Eeeek!

Monday- Easy 5 miles with Sven (the treadmill). My calves were a bit sore but overall I felt pretty good. I enjoyed watching the first half of the Blind Side while I ran. Football season is finally here (almost)!

Tuesday- 6 mile track workout. This week my intervals continued to increase and I had 5 x 1,000 meters with 400m recovery on tap. I felt really strong during this workout and it was a big confidence booster for me. I’d say this was my best track workout so far during training.

Pulaski County High School Track
It was pouring down rain when I took this picture. Don’t be fooled by the sky.

It was in the mid-70’s outside and rained on an off, with steady rain during the last half of my workout. The gnats were really bad and I had them all over my face, arms, and chest. It was disgusting! I kept getting them in my eyes, too, which really sucks.

I completely forgot to check what I was actually supposed to run my intervals at before I left the house (oops!). So instead I just ran them at the same pace all the others have been at. For 1,000 meters that equated to 5:37. My splits were: 5:34 / 5:35 / 5:36 / 5:32 / 5:29. When I got home I found out I was actually supposed to run them at 5:30. But the good news is I was usually backing off right at the end of the interval to come in above 5:30, so I feel alright about that.

Wednesday- Rest day. My kingdom for a rest day!

Thursday- 8 mile tempo run, 10 miles total with the warm up and cool down. This week I jumped from 5 miles to 8 miles for my tempo run. There were a lot of strong storms moving through the area, so I ended up doing this run on the treadmill. Hopefully next week I can do my tempo run outside. There were a few times where our power flickered and the treadmill would kind of stall and then start up again. Luckily I was able to get my run in with no catastrophes. My middle 8 miles were right on marathon pace, which is not surprising since all I had to do was set the speed on the treadmill and run.

Friday- Easy 6 mile run. Once again I ended up on the treadmill (lots of treadmill this week). When I got home from work I was tired and just didn’t feel like running outside. To be honest I didn’t feel like running at all, but I got it done. The treadmill has become very convenient for my occasional introvert tendencies.

Saturday- I decided to take it easy in the morning and sleep in, because my body was really tired. I had a low key morning with the dogs while doing some stuff around the house. Around midday I headed up to do my easy 5 miler on the Huckleberry Trail (about 40 minutes away) because I had other errands to do in the area afterwards.

Huckleberry Trail

I had a decent, leisurely run. It’s not hard to hold myself back to my easy pace when my legs are already tired 🙂

Huckleberry Trail

Sunday- 15 mile long run on the Dora and New River Trails. Kim joined me for the first 3.5 miles, and then I was on my own from there. I had a pretty good morning for a long run – mid-60’s. It was 100% humidity outside, but it didn’t feel that bad initially.

New River State Park Trail

I was feeling pretty good initially, but then I hit a rough patch shortly after 3.5 miles through 5 miles. I actually stopped when I got to 5 miles and stretched briefly and took some fuel. With my head on straight I continued down the trail to my turn around point (7.5 miles). My turn around point was just a bit after the Draper junction. It’s pretty neat when you run to another town as part of your long run 🙂

New River State Park Trail Draper

I stayed pretty strong from miles 7.5 through 13, but after that hit another rough patch for the final two miles. I fell off my pace a bit but I never stopped or walked, which took a lot of willpower. Overall I finished with an average pace about 10 seconds slower than what my goal long run pace is. But I’m not beating myself up too much. It was a high mileage week (a new personal mileage record, in fact) and I have plenty of long runs ahead of me to nail my pace.

New River State Park Trail

In the evening we celebrated Scout’s second birthday with some puppy ice cream!

Bloodhound puppy ice cream

Total Miles: 47 miles


6 thoughts on “Marine Corps Marathon Training – Week 9”

  1. Congrats on reaching your highest mileage week ever! What a satisfying feeling that must be. And I will be the first to admit I LOVE doing trackwork in the rain, especially in the summer.

  2. Congrats on another solid week of training! I can’t believe you’re halfway done. Love the second to last photo. It captures some motion, which I think is cool. The last one is adorable 🙂

    1. I know, right!? Nine weeks down and 9 to go. The first half kind of few by, but I’m sure during the second half I’m going to hit a point where I’m ready to be done with training and run the race already 🙂

  3. Counting down and getting closer. Looks like another succesful week of training. Looking forward to the weather cooling so I can hit the roads a bit more. Got to get some miles under my belt so I can keep up with you.


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