Sunday, April 21, 2013

Weekend Wrap

Heading into marathon week, I've taken great precision with this past week. The focus I've lacked during this training cycle suddenly seems to have arrived. Better late than never.

I've been fairly diligent about eating well and drinking water this past week, resulting in the disappearance of five pounds. I'm still about 10 pounds heavier right now than my marathon PR last spring. I can really feel the difference that extra weight brings. Let's be honest, the less weight my feet/legs have to carry, the better. It just hurts less... and I go faster. So... if I can scrap a few more pounds before the big day, that's a good thing.

I had my final double-digit run today. I actually reverted back to following the plan... 10 miles at 9:44 pace was the dictated task.
Actual: 10.3 miles at a 9:36 pace.
Woah! That felt amazing! It was exactly the confidence run I needed heading into marathon week. Best of all, it didn't feel overly labored... although I still can not imagine holding that pace for another 16 miles!

Several people have asked me what my workout plan would entail for the week leading up to the marathon. So I'm sharing this week's plan below...
Mon - Easy Run, Spin + Core Strength (teach)
Tues - Spin (teach)
Wed - Run short tempo
Thur - Rest / Little Girl's 5th Birthday!
Fri - Rest / Travel Day
Sat - 2-3 mile shakeout run in Eugene (details below)
Sun - Eugene Marathon... 26.2 baby!

I'd love to meet you!  Join me Saturday, April 27th at 10:00am for a shake-out run (or walk) on the famous Pre's Trail in Alton Baker Park. Entrance is located off Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd near Autzen Stadium. Afterward, we'll be hitting Track Town Pizza for lunch. I'll be at the race expo in the afternoon.


  1. I will be states away, but I'll be thinking of you! Have a great race!

  2. I seemed to have gained your excitement about race/event 'bling' and this weekend I took part in a muddy race and I was a little disappointed that there was no medal at the end but the T-Shirt we got was great quality a proper running top not a cheap cotton thing. I can't wait till my next run to see what we get. Check out my blog to see how I did if you want. Hope Eugene goes well.

  3. 1 week!! :) Wish I could be there! Have a blast and run fun! ;)

  4. Run Happy! We'll be cheering for you!

  5. It sounds like you are going to be set up to do your best! And you should be proud whether you get that PR or not! Looking forward to hearing the results of your hard work!
    I'm dreaming of a full marathon one of these years, we'll see! But thanks for inspiring me!

  6. Good luck on your race, can't wait to hear all about it!

  7. You are so ready Jess!!! Have a great run in Eugene!!

  8. Looks like you are totally ready! Enjoy your race!

  9. I wish I was going to be at Eugene! Good luck and have fun!

  10. Good luck on your race! Sounds like you are ready!


I appreciate your feedback and comments!