Sunday, September 21, 2014

Columbus Marathon Training: Week 12

This was the week I was fearing. Getting to the point of being completely drained. Physically, mentally, emotionally drained. I knew it was coming. It always does. I thought I would have been over it with two 20 milers under my belt. Nope. 

It's just really nice to know I am not alone in this. A have read a bunch of people hitting this same exact wall this week. 

So this week I had four workouts. They totaled 22 miles. I have 92.1 miles for September and 898 for 2014. 

This is the first week I have been under 30 miles in a week. I also didn't hit my third and final 20 miler. There is a reason, I am hurting. My foot is killing me and my IT Band is flaring up. With under a month until the race, I am very okay with skipping that long run. It's about getting to the start line healthy. 

My taper starts next week. I'm adjusting it a little with the added hurt. I will not be doing my last track workout. I will supplement it with an easy few miles. 

I will also be taking on the first and second legs of the Akron Marathon Relay with Sarah's recent diagnosis. That will also play a factor in my training this week. 

Week 13 seems a little early to start a taper, but I have two races next weekend and it's just how it goes. I can only be extremely proud of myself for everything I have already accomplished the last 12 weeks. Two 20 mile runs, my second fastest half marathon and 388.6 miles. 

Yeah, I'm good with it. 

I leave Friday for Akron and I cannot wait to tell you guys all about it! 

What week of training is your usual mental block? How do you get yourself out of it? 


  1. Steffany, you have done SO GREAT with your training; thank you for being a constant source of encouragement and motivation, chica! Since I trained for what was "supposed" to be my first full marathon last winter, I remember feeling completely done with all the training business about 4 weeks before the race; I was just ready for it to be over. I think some of that had to do with the grand expectation of finishing my first marathon, and some of it was because I was just tired of training! You are doing great; so excited about Akron, and I can't wait to hear all about it!

  2. The only thing that gets me through those mental blocks is picturing myself running the race I am preparing for - and knowing that I will take a much needed break after the race. You are so close to race day, you can do it!

  3. I am with you on hitting the mental block. I even adjusted my taper weeks to help me get though it. I think I just want the race to get here so I can see what I can do.. Good luck in Akron to you and your team