Marathon Update: Less Than One Week to Go

I am so close to my first marathon ever! I started to write this post on Monday, but I’m not sure what happened. I should have plenty of time on my hands since I’m not running that much. 🙂 Onto a quick recap of last week–sorry for the lack of pictures, I don’t know what I was doing last week.

Monday: My friends couldn’t play racquetball on Monday, so I didn’t do anything. I rode my bike to/from campus and I figured that was close enough to cross training. 🙂

Tuesday, I ran 4 miles. My legs were a little sore from the Ragnar Trail Race for the first mile or so, but after that I felt fine. I went early (for me ha), and it was only 46 degrees when I started. Ahh my favorite running weather. It’s a little cold for the first mile, but then it’s absolutely perfect. Due to that cool weather, I was able to run at a 10:12 pace while keeping my HR at an average of 158. 🙂

Wednesday I ran with Dustin for the first part of the run, which always speeds me up a little bit. I kept that pace up because it felt good, and ended 5 miles with an average pace of 9:53. It was a refreshing run, and although my HR was a little higher than Tuesday’s run (average 161), I was still happy with it. Racquetball was rescheduled for Wednesday, so after my run I went to play, but only lasted about 20 minutes before I felt really worn out. I left early and headed home for food.

On Thursday I ran in the morning before my class, and although it was a little warmer than Tuesday morning, it still was rather cool at 57 degrees. I kept it slow and easy, and finished my 4 miles at a 10:40 pace.

Friday was a rest day. 🙂

Saturday I ran 3.1 miles at 9:55 pace, with an average HR of 155. I was very happy to have this HR while still keeping under a 10 minute pace. I took Nova for the first mile, and then dropped her off and ran the rest on a slightly larger loop from our neighborhood. In the evening I went to an arts and crafts festival with some friends, which was really neat. There were several bands performing (they were all really good!), food trucks, booths with crafts to do, and several vendors selling various items. We took advantage of a photo booth they had set up.

Sunday I had 8 miles on the schedule. I went to my lab in the morning and worked until about 12:30, when I went to local event with friends. I thought we would only be there until 2:30 or 3, but we ended up being there until 4:30, so I didn’t get back until 5. I was hungry, so I made some food, then ate it while watching TV. I’m not sure what happened, but somehow I fell asleep on the couch for about an hour. 😮  I woke up at 8 pm and it was dark. Bah. I got up and put on running clothes, grabbed a headlamp and took off. I wanted to keep around a 10 minute pace (still trying to decide what speed to pace my marathon at, and I thought this might help inform me), but after about two and a half miles, I felt horrible. I don’t know if I was fighting off some sickness or what, but I was sweating profusely and felt like I was going to throw up. I took a break and just sat down on the path for a few minutes and decided to continue slowly (because how else do I even get home ha). I continued on the loop and felt slightly better at a slower speed. I still ended up cutting the run to 6.5 miles, because I figured that one week before the marathon, running while feeling sick was not helping me in any way. I was not excited to have such a crappy run only a week before the marathon, but at least I got my bad run out of the way, right? 🙂

Now that I’m in the week before the marathon, I have almost no running on the schedule. On Tuesday I ran 3.1 miles at a 10:19 pace. This run felt harder than I wanted it to, but it was warmer than it has been (75 degrees), and I ran after a full day of lots of work, so maybe I was just slightly worn down. Today/Wednesday I have 4 miles on the schedule. Thursday and Friday are rest days, and then I have 2 miles on Saturday just to shake out my legs. Ah, I can’t believe the marathon is almost here!

My Bib is number 31699 if you want to check up on me during the race. 🙂 I think that I’m going to run with the 4:30 pacer group, and hope to have a little bit of energy left at the end to speed up slightly. I am really tempted to run with the 4:20 group, but I know that it’s better to hold back slightly for the first 20 miles than to wear yourself and have nothing left in you to finish. Plus I can  get a free pair of shoes from New Balance if I run a negative split! What a deal. Follow me on Instagram, to see updates from the weekend in Chicago! 🙂

Anyone else have racing plans for the weekend?

Have any of you run with pace groups before? Did you enjoy the experience?


6 thoughts on “Marathon Update: Less Than One Week to Go

  1. runningschlub

    46° are you joking, I’d be in full blown winter clothes lol.

    So excited for your race, start with the 430 group and speed up at the end. You’re legs are going to be well rested and I know you’re going to kill it.


  2. Hanna @ TheMillennialNextDoor

    I have never run with a pace group. I’ve considered it to help me start out slow but ultimately I like to go it alone in races. Since I train solo I think it makes sense for me to race that way, and I also want my finish time to be something I achieved on my own – it just takes some of the satisfaction out of it for me if someone paced me along. But everyone is different and I think anyone who can finish a marathon rocks whether they do it alone or with 100 people.

    I can’t believe your marathon is so soon!! Eeeeek!! So excited for you! Enjoy every moment of race week, such a special time!!


    1. I also train solo, so I’m not totally convinced that I’ll love running with a big group. I figure that it won’t hurt to try it. I can always go off on my own if I don’t like it. I’m trying my hardest to enjoy every moment and not get too anxious about the actual run! 🙂


  3. That’s so cool about the free shoes! What a great incentive!

    I’m very excited for you. We are just DAYS away now! GO DENISE! I’ll definitely be tracking you and sending lots of positive marathon vibes your way!


    1. I can’t believe New Balance is giving away free shoes to everyone who negative splits…I wonder how many pairs they’ll give away! Ahhhh and we’re so close now. Thanks for the encouragement, I am hoping everything goes well. 🙂


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