Cleveland Marathon Training Week 15: Ready to start back up

It was pretty easy to take it easy last week after running the Athens Marathon. My legs were sore but not unbearable. I was tempted to start running again on Wednesday but waited til Thursday to be safe. The first run back, everything felt fine but the legs just felt super heavy. Like someone had tied bricks to the tops of my thighs. To be honest every run since then has felt really heavy which has made me be extra careful not to push myself yet. It is really important to let your muscles heal after running long.

Monday: Rest Day
Tuesday: Rest Day
Wednesday: 45 minutes of Strength Training
Thursday: 3.1 mile run in the morning and 3.64 mile run after work (super windy!)
Friday: 45 minutes of Strength Training
Saturday: 4 mile run
Sunday: 5K run/walk with my Sister (her recap coming soon)

My Sister after her first 5K
My Sister after her first 5K

Total Mileage: 13.84

This week I will increase my mileage back up, get in a mini speedwork session, a 5K and a long run. I will be tapering for the Cleveland Marathon before I know it! I think running the Athens Marathon last week was the best thing to prepare me to run Cleveland. I made a lot of mistakes since I had not run a marathon in 2011. I’ve got that out of my system and I’m ready to go!

Cleveland Marathon Safety Update: During a news conference today, it was announced that there will be added security, undercover officers, anti-terrorism specialists and K9 units to the Cleveland Marathon race. Progressive Field also hosted a full emergency, man-made disaster drill today. Sounds to me like everything in Cleveland is under control.

What are your concerns for the marathon? Weather? What to wear? Under-trained? Over-trained? How to wear your hair? Which flavor gu to use on race day?

4 thoughts on “Cleveland Marathon Training Week 15: Ready to start back up

  1. The weather is my greatest fear. I don’t do well in the heat, whether I’m running or just walking from my car into work. I might also have under-trained, since I gave up on speed work due to my lack of self-discipline many, many weeks ago.

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