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#WDWMarathonTraining Week 7

by Meghann on October 11, 2016

Saying good-bye to week 7 of my training plan.


Eh. Not the best week. The Sunday long run the week before really threw me off in the beginning of the week and Hurricane Matthew put a damper on my plans at the end of the week. The good news is I was still able to get in 7 miles on Saturday, so you win some, you lose some.


  • Distance: 3 mi
  • Time: 30:56
  • Pace: 10:19


Stuck to the treadmill for my speedwork session this week. I did a simple ladder that pushed me just enough to hurt, but also where I knew I could hold on for just “a little bit longer.”


  • Distance: 4 mi
  • Time: 41:50
  • Pace: 10:28

I was able to get up a little earlier to fit the 4 miles in and finished feeling great. I ran 4:30 and walked :30. Again, love seeing that pace starting to drop!


I also loved running in my new Brooks Chaser 5” shorts. Since I do the majority of my runs before sunrise, I always appreciate any clothing that has extra reflective details. Unfortunately a lot of running companies (including Brooks) generally save their high reflective designs for their fall/winter line (aka jackets and running tights) when the days are shorter and the weather is cooler. While this is a great feature for anyone that lives up north, it’s not always practical for this Florida girl. Having a pair of shorts with the same level of reflective detail is a big step forward. I can promise you these will be my go-to running shorts for the rest of this training cycle (and beyond).


  • Distance: 7 mi
  • Time: 1:13:36
  • Pace: 10:30


My sister and nephews were staying at our house on Friday night, so my goal was to be back home before they woke up. I followed a new-to-me extended path around our neighborhood and was back at home before 7:15 (just in time for Annalynn to wake up – it’s like she knows the instant I walk in the door). I followed the same 4:30 run/ :30 walk format at Thursday and was really comfortable with the pace. As the miles increase each week, I’m finding myself more and more nervous before the start of each long run. And then I do it and I realize that I CAN do this. It’s an amazing feeling.


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1 Cass October 12, 2016 at 3:38 pm

Long time reader … (like years and years!) first time poster. Wanted to pop in and say that I still love your posts, especially seeing how you are transitioning a healthy life post marriage and post baby. Seems we lose a lot of good bloggers during transitional periods. It’s great to see how things are going and how you have adapted – the good, the bad, and the ugly. 😉 You’re doing great and are an inspiration!


2 Amanda October 12, 2016 at 7:54 pm

So happy to know I’m not the only one nervous before a long run… even though I’ve ran 6 marathons! I still sometimes get nervous that maybe this time I won’t be able to make it. Running is such a mental game!!


3 Linda @ the Fitty October 13, 2016 at 11:13 am

Which of the workouts this week was the hardest one for you?
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4 Kristi October 13, 2016 at 11:21 am

Love reading these training posts! I’m also training for my first marathon back since having babies. It is really different this time around!

And I am also so nervous before the long runs! It’s probably because I’m training with a friend who is faster than I am, so my goal each time is to not get left behind 😉

Good job out there!
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5 Blythe October 13, 2016 at 11:55 am

Way to go!! I just rolled into half marathon training and am inspired by your morning running because I always struggle to just get out the door in all my headlamp and reflective running gear- but never regret getting it in first thing!


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