Sunday Sweats: Marathon Edition [3/16 - 3/22]

Monday: (Super) short bike ride + 10 minutes yoga | It was SO insanely beautiful today (70*?! I see you, spring) and I really wanted to run but a) it wasn't on the training plan and b) I didn't really want to because I was still having a hard time functioning after last weekend. BUT I did ride my bike - outside! Okay, it was for like 15 minutes total and I only rode it to the grocery store to pick up dinner, but still.

I got really inspired last weekend by our impromptu hotel yoga classes with Alyssa and Kristen's "Don't Break the Chain challenge" so today I decided to try Erin Motz's 2nd 30-day challenge. I completed the first one last summer but never made it all the way through the 2nd one so I'm giving it another go. Today was Day 1!

Tuesday: 13 minutes AM yoga + 3 mile run @ 8:35 + 15 minutes PM yoga | I woke up this morning feeling like my legs were actually working properly (a rarity during marathon training), and it was nice enough out that I decided to ride my bike to school, meaning I had about 10-15 minutes of extra time getting ready. So what did I do with that time? I knocked out Day 2 of the yoga challenge.

Other than the fact that it was beautiful outside, there was nothing special about my run. I'm running out of miles left before Sunday! When I got back from my run I did some yoga while I watched TV. I don't use phrases like "free flow" but I guess that's technically what it was? Just did what felt good and what I felt like I needed to do (some sun salutations and hip openers, mainly).

Wednesday: 12 mile bike ride @ 17.3mph + 30 minutes yoga | Today I finally made it to that point in my training cycle where I question every single workout I have ever done in my life, as well as my plans moving forward. It was so pretty outside again today and ALL I wanted to do was run...but I had cycling on the schedule instead and running Thursday and Friday. I spent nearly 3 hours trying to decide what to do, and ended up sticking with my plan. I was so busy with school that I didn't make it onto the trainer until 9:30pm. Not what I would have preferred, but it's what I had to work with today. After I finished I got ready for bed and cooled down with Day 3 of the yoga challenge. And then to fall asleep I did a bedtime yoga video.

Thursday: 2 mile run @ 8:10 + 8 minutes yoga | Why yes, Mother Nature, I would like ice pellets in the face from both directions.

Friday: 2 mile run @ 8:36 + 13 minutes yoga | My last training run was early and rainy. I altered my route slightly since I knew that there would be a lot of worms out on my normal paths. That's where I draw the running line, people. Not bad weather, not sickness, not even injury sometimes...but worms. I have to dodge them because I don't want to step on them, but in order to dodge them I have to look down and look at them to see where they are and they're just gross. And my plan totally backfired because there was one dip in my alternate route that was basically just a giant worm puddle. Blech.
Anyway, this was not my best run by any means but maybe that will mean I worked out any yuckiness before the race?!

After my early run I went to the chiropractor and hit the road to Virginia Beach! I picked up my packet at the expo, went to dinner, and even though I was beyond exhausted, I made sure to get in Day 5 before bed :)

Saturday: 10 minutes yoga | I had a pretty busy day, on top of getting ready for the marathon, but I made sure to get in Day 6! It was a relaxation flow which was actually perfect for my pre-race nerves.
Sunday: SHAMROCK MARATHON @ 9:50 + 12 minutes yoga | I'll have a full recap of the race later this week, but for now know that it was my best marathon ever - and not strictly because I beat my PR by 31 minutes. When I finally got home after the longest/most painful and uncomfortable drive ever, I got in Day 7 - that Warrior flow was super fun to do with non-functioning quads!

Running: 33.62 miles
Cycling: 12.34 miles (+6ish to the grocery store and school)
Yoga: 111 minutes


  1. First things first: Yay, another medium for me to congratulate you through! ;) I'm so insanely proud of you for today's victory and so, so happy for you. I can't wait to hear all about Shamrock (and I definitely can't wait to join you on the course next year!) and how you beasted that race. I'm so thrilled for you!
    Also so glad last week's "classes" sparked something in you and you're working on the second challenge! There are some really great videos in there that I put on repeat. The lower body work in I think week 3 will be a nice gift when you get there.
    Oh and I was totally trying to figure out what "worms" was a metaphor for and then I mean actual worms! Is this a VA thing? because I mean obviously I've seen then but never to the point where they've been a problem on a run. I'm really curious about this!

  2. HOLY CRAP! Sounds like your marathon went AMAZING. I can't wait to hear about it!!!!! :)

  3. CONGRATS on your amazing marathon!!!!! Also, I'm seriously impressed that you still did yoga after...but I guess that's probably good to relax your muscles?! Either way, you rock :)

  4. I seriously CAN'T WAIT for the full marathon recap. So so so happy you PRed and had such a great race :)

  5. You did it! Can't wait to read your recap! Congratulations!

  6. You beat your PR by 31 mins?!?!? Whoohoo! Congrats and I can't wait to hear about the race!

  7. I am also super curious about the worms, I never see worms here, let alone have issues with them whilst running.
    Cannot wait to read your recap, seriously. I am so happy for you and ridiculously proud, as if I had a part in it ;) You're so awesome and fabulous.
    I have been meaning to redo the first challenge, and then start on the second one.

  8. Crazy Crazy Crazy happy for you and proud of you!! :) Not only the PR but the stick-to-it attitude for 7 days of yoga!

  9. Marathon PR for the win! Congrats! Can't wait to read the full recap.

  10. Congrats on a great marathon!! That is awesome! I did Erin Motz first 30 day challenge but did not realize there was a second one (probably because I had not really looked but still) ! I just added it to my queue. Thanks!

  11. Ahhhh congrats!!!! I cant wait to read more about your marathon! That is awesome girl!!! Hope you have a great week :)

  12. 31 minutes??! excuse me but that's ridiculous and amazing. I'm happy there was a bell because frankly that is something worth making noise over. Congrats missy, also I like that your workouts are so varied. Yoga is such a good balance for runners tights leg muscles

    1. Aw thanks, Urs! So true about the bell - a PR is always rewarding but now I feel like having a bell to ring is mandatory from here on out. I can't wait to get back to yoga once my quads actually start supporting my legs again...I tried to do some last night and it was so not happening! :x

  13. Congrats on the PR! Can't wait to read about it!

  14. You beat it by 31 whole minutes??? Good Lord girl you are freaking awesome! Cant wait to read your post! CONGRATS AGAIN!!!