Cleveland Marathon Training Weeks 7 and 8: Hello Pain Train!

I wish I could say that Week 7 and 8 were the “Pain Train” because I was lacing up my shoes and crushing some hard miles. However, I have been on the “Pain Train” for some hamstring issues. In the past, I have had IT band issues, piriformis issues and plantar fasciitis issues. These hamstrings just couldn’t wait to join in on the fun.

By the end of week 7, I had so much pain that I could barely get through an easy 8 miler. Luckily, my husband has had hamstring injuries and was able to help me loosen up but unfortunately it wasn’t enough. I ended up having to make an appointment with a specific sports chiropractor in the area but couldn’t get in for a full week! I ended up doing the elliptical a couple days for week 8 to be able to do my key workouts.

Training Week 7

Monday – 7 Easy Miles (8:51 pace)
Tuesday – Speedwork – 1 mile warmup, 3×1600 (in 4:57 not sure of pace)  with 400 jog in between and 1 mile cooldown.
Wednesday – 1 hour Elliptical
Thursday – 1 mile warmup and 9 mile tempo  (7:47 pace) and 1 mile cooldown
Friday – Rest Day
Saturday – 15 mile long run – Treadmill! – (8:24 pace)
Sunday –  4 Mile Run with lots of pain

Total Running Mileage: 42.6

Bodhi and Bandit recovering after one of many long naps.

Training Week 8

Monday – 1 hour Elliptical
Tuesday – 1.23 mile warm up, 6×800 and 1.23 mile cool down
Wednesday – 1 hour Elliptical
Thursday – 1 mile warmup and 9 mile tempo  (7:47 pace) and 1 mile cooldown
Friday – Full Rest Day – What do I do with my free time!
Saturday – 16 Mile Long Run – 4.5 outside on the ice (8:53 pace) and 11.5 on the treadmill (8:23 pace)
Sunday –  4 Mile easy run (8:39 pace)  with Francesca and then Runner’s Yoga at Second Sole in Rocky River

Total Running Mileage: 38

Yoga! With Runners! At a Running Store!

I’m really looking forward to getting some hamstring answers. I’ve been lucky enough to be able to run through most of the pain but it’s not too enjoyable. I look forward to giving you an update on this minor issue! (Spoiler – I’m going to survive, my leg will not be cut off and I can still run the marathon!)

Putting my legs up, drinking a beer and cuddling with the pups.

My Schedule

I’ve had a few emails inquiring about my workout/work/life schedule and how do I do it all! That’s easy, I love to run so it’s never a challenge to get my workouts in. Most of the time I have to hold myself back from running too much!

Monday – up at 4:30 am, at the gym or running by 5am, work by 8, home sometime after 5 unless I have errands to run and then music practice from 7-9.
Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday – up at 4:30 am, at the gym or running by 5am, work by 8, home sometime after 5 unless I have errands to run.
Thursday – up at 4:10am, at the gym by 4:45 in the hopes that they open early ( tempo runs take awhile to complete), work by 8, home sometime after 5 unless I have errands to run.
Saturday – up by 6 or 6:30 in the winter (once the sun comes up earlier I get up earlier too). If the weather permits and the sun is up I am running by 7, if I have to go to the gym I start at 8.
Sunday – up by 6:30 running by 8 or earlier. On Sundays I alternate between yoga and spinning.

As you can see, my schedule is monotonous. I do the same things over and over again but it makes it easy to fall into a schedule so don’t miss any workouts. And yes, I go to bed by 9pm every night to be able to get up this early.

Anyone else on the pain train? Anyone else with a specific schedule or an early bird like me?

3 thoughts on “Cleveland Marathon Training Weeks 7 and 8: Hello Pain Train!

  1. Glad that the hamstring isn’t going to be a major issue but smart to switch to elliptical for some workouts so you can save runs for the key stuff. I give you tons of credit for being an early bird! although I am hoping to get in some more morning runs now that daylight savings and warmer temps are coming.

  2. I’ve been having piriformis issues this week too. One day I felt like someone was pinching my butt. I told my friend who ran in NCAA and she told me it was most likely my piriformis. I’ve been stretching all week and it went away 🙂

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