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A Terrible, No Good, Marathon Training Week

by Nellie

I’m pretty sure I have officially entered the dog days of marathon training.

Friday Fitness (1)

Hey Guys!

Happy Friday, what is happening? Did you enjoy your labor day weekend? Our trip to Orlando was a really good one. We missed Hurricane Hermine by a couple of miles and I was super present for the kids, it was also REALLY nice to come home and not having to worry about commuting to work the next day!


The flip side of all of this is now that I am responsible for my children full time again, I am also responsible for getting them to school and picking them up. This can be quite a handful when you have errands to run, work to complete and a house to clean. How do you stay at home moms/work at home moms do this? I need some kind of routine, just when I think I’ve gotten everything together, it all falls apart again! Any tips, would be greatly appreciated!


Marathon Training

I have to admit, marathon training was less than stellar for the past two weeks. I’ve have a serious case of lead legs and no motivation. I was scheduled to do a 10 mile run last weekend in Orlando, but unfortunately I ate something terrible the night before that had me awake at 3am and with zero energy. I was really sad to miss my long run but I knew I’d be a mess if I even tried.

(Did you miss my announcement? I am a Social Media Ambassador for the TCS NYC Marathon!)


Tuesday: Because my running was non-existent over the weekend, the first thing I did was come back and run 10 miles early Tuesday morning. The last mile I was crawling…it was so bad. I felt fantastic up until mile 7 but the wheels fell right off and the last 3 were brutal.

don't be fooled by this tired smile! :)

don’t be fooled by this tired smile! 🙂

Wednesday: Strength training day was so great. I took the time to really pay close attention to my hips, as you may remember that my hips were my main source of pain post mile 18 last year. I did a ton of weight lifting moves including:

  • Deadlifts
  • Deadlifts with clean and press (30lb barbell)
  • Squats with 30lb barbell
  • Single Leg dumbbell row


Thursday: I gathered up every single piece of motivation and I got on the treadmill for another 4 miles. I should have run these miles outside but honestly I’ve been freaked out since the runner was murdered a couple of miles from my home. I know I shouldn’t be! I don’t even run that particular trail, but the fact that the murderer is still out there…ugh.

As the weather gets cooler I will have to start running outside again, but it will be in VERY open areas. This weekend I have 15 miles on the schedule and I am apprehensive about it because a) I’m pretty sure I can’t ever do another long run (over 8 miles) on the treadmill, b) it’s outside–stranger danger and c) this week was AWFUL with a slew of bad runs, and I’m nervous this one will be bad too.

I’ve decided to break it up into three parts: 5, 5, and 5 miles. I want to get out as early as possible so the beaming sun isn’t an issue, plus there is a caribbean group of guys who play soccer on the field that I run around which somehow makes me feel super safe running out there.

Wish me luck!

Have you ever had a bad week of running? How was your fitness and health week?

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Allie September 9, 2016 - 6:18 am

Yep – these runs happen and the motivation wanes but you will get your mojo back! Breaking up the run into manageable pieces is a very smart idea so you’ve totally got this!!
As for the stay at home and work from home thing? Wake up before the kids do. That is seriously my number one piece of advice. I get up about 2 hours before the boys and get A LOT of work done so, once they wake up I can focus on getting them out the door to school.
Good luck 🙂

Janine Huldie September 9, 2016 - 7:19 am

Nellie, you described my life pretty much to a tee being a mom, who works from home and honestly have no real advice I just do the best I can and sometimes things work out and sometimes not so much. This week, I just gave into the fact that the kids started back up and our block party got re-scheduled, because of the supposed tropical storm that was to hit last Sunday here. It really didn’t and now we will be having the party tomorrow. So, between cleaning all week and preparing for it, as well as school starting back up and some extra-curriculars, as well for the girls, it has been insane here. Therefore, my blogging took the hit and only published once this week with comments off. Did I feel guilty? Yes, but still something had to give and that my friend was it. Hugs and just know you aren’t alone and we are in this together my friend!! <3

Kimberly G September 9, 2016 - 7:53 am

Good luck with your 15 miler this weekend! This week is a cutback week for me so I only have 10, but for my 14 and 16 mile runs the last two weekends I got started at 6:00am. It was nice because I was able to get in a good hour of running before the sun decided to make an appearance lol.

It’s a little dark at 6:00am not so maybe starting at 6:30 would be better!

Danielle September 9, 2016 - 8:52 am

For the past 2 marathon training cycles usually around week 6-8 is when I hit a slump – low motivation, questioning why I am doing this! I think it is just the fatigue setting in and your body getting used to the demands of training again. I’ve been able to move past it both times, often with a little help from training buddies! I have just over 4 weeks to go until my next marathon and this week has been a mix of feeling great and now not feeling so motivated… usually I turn to more sleep 😉

Renee September 9, 2016 - 1:12 pm

actually, reading your recap it doesn’t sound like it was a “no good” training week. you actually still accomplished a lot considering all circumstances! having a plan and following the plan is GREAT but it’s NOT THE LAW. if you miss a run or the wheels fall off it’s actually the time you want that to happen and NOT during the marathon. I personally feel like my training has been nothing but poop for the entire duration but when I look at it objectively that is simply not true! So be proud of what you accomplished – I said it before on facebook this week but you have my utter RESPECT for doing what you do on the treadmill! You DO it. You GET IT DONE. Totally my hero!!

as for the running outside stranger-danger thing… I get it. BUT… i absolutely refuse to give in and stop living my life the way I want. To be honest I have started letting Ron know what I’m wearing, when I’m going and WHERE I’m going and I am being more aware of things like what time the sun is going down, how well lit/ busy is the area I’m going to, those sort of things. More than that I will not control. I want to be out in the fresh air, I want to see the trees and the buildings and maybe even the stars. I want to go from point A to point B. And you have loads of things to live for, and people who care for you and rely on you, just like I do (OK maybe not the rely bit), so if G-d Forbid something should happen, yes that would truly be awful, but I (in any case) will not be held down or held back from what I want to do because there are psychos out there. I’m not saying it’s wrong to feel what you feel, but don’t let it hold you back too much. That’s all xxx

Tamara September 9, 2016 - 4:32 pm

This: “How do you stay at home moms/work at home moms do this?”

I’m two years in and I still don’t get it sometimes. Routines, of course. And I really have to ask for help because even though I do most parenting stuff during the week, I am also still “at work” – just as much as Cassidy is. So I have to remind myself of that.
And of course, I had to hire a housecleaner.. no shame there.

Britt September 9, 2016 - 5:32 pm

Oh my gosh. I honestly think balancing everything when you are home is harder than when you are at work. It’s like you are being pulled in too many directions! I have a schedule, which helps me. Also, I plan out in advance the week before so I know how much time I have and then I create a to do list for the week. It’s not perfect but it works ok!

Terri September 10, 2016 - 3:51 pm

I wish I could tell you the magic trick for being a work-from-home/stay at home mom but I can’t. I’m still learning how to work from home while managing my almost three month old – especially when I’m still breastfeeding. My blog schedule is completely off the rail, barely have time to choreograph new zumba routines and i struggle to find time to submit pitches to mag editors. I am proud to say that I do manage to do something for myself everyday for atlas 30 minutes. I definitely think those few minutes for myself helps me get through such hectic days.

Jennifer Lefforge September 10, 2016 - 8:18 pm

I wish we lived closer! We could run together! I’m so with you on this right now. Had food poisoning Friday night and still not up to par. Hoping to get 6 in tomorrow morning before church but honestly, we’ll see. I can always do it Monday. How awesome is that? The whole, “I have more than just the weekends to run long” thing?!?! Love our new lives. Hoping this weeks training is stellar for us both!

Ej September 13, 2016 - 8:03 pm

The truth is when I need motivation to go walking, yes walking.. Someday it will be running, I come read your posts.

Nellie September 13, 2016 - 10:19 pm

your comment made my entire day!! <3 thank you so much.

Amy Stone September 15, 2016 - 1:10 pm

I think that sounds like a pretty impressive week with a ton of running.

Do you have a local marathon training group that you can maybe join up with for the longer training runs? I hate starting long runs in the dark by myself. I think every sound is a monster coming to get me.

I look forward to hearing how your 15 miler goes!

I was a social media ambassador for the NYC marathon back in 2012 when I ran it. Such fun times. I love that race.


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