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#WDWMarathonTraining: Weeks 2 & 3

by Meghann on September 13, 2016

Oye. What a week.

I just returned from my final work trip of the season. I worked 40+ hours over 3 days and am hanging on by a thread. I tried to post my week 2 recap last week, but I was having issues logging into wordpress and it’s near impossible to find the time to blog while I’m away. Unfortunately I had the same issues trying to post tonight, so I’m hoping this goes up tomorrow – fingers crossed!

Due to the technical difficulties, I’m going to combine week 2 & week 3 recaps below.

Week 2


Some thoughts:

  • My body doesn’t recover like it used to, so I’m getting better at stretching after each run. I think it helps a lot with my post-run stiffness.
  • I’m becoming pretty flexible with fitting my training runs in. I had two lunch runs this week, and had to move my Saturday miles to Sunday.
  • I’d love to say the miles are getting easier and I’m getting my speed back, but I’m afraid it’s going to take longer than 2 weeks to tell that story.


  • Distance: 2 miles
  • Time: 26:34
  • Pace: 13:17 /mi

Nothing special too special here. I ran with Maddie, so the time/pace includes a lot of sniffing and potty breaks.


  • Distance: 3 Miles
  • Time: 37:41
  • Pace: 12:34 /mi

Hurricane Hermine was just starting to make her presence known on Wednesday. I woke up to rain and it stayed pretty crappy all day. Instead of throwing in the towel I decided to pack my run stuff and visit the office fitness center during lunch. I’ve worked here 4 years and I’m sad to say it was my first time utilizing the fitness center at all. I was worried there would be a lunch time crowd, but all of the treadmills were empty.


It was also my first treadmill run in well over a year and another humbling experience. Out of habit I drove up the speed to 6.5 (which used to be my “easy” speed) and couldn’t hold it at all. I ended up going down to 5.5 and felt I was pushing it at that. I ended up running 3 minutes  and walking 1 minute.


  • Distance: 2 miles
  • Time: 22:57
  • Pace: 11:25/mi

Thanks to Hurricane Hermine, Derek and I were able to work from home on Thursday and Friday. All of the schools were closed (including Annalynn’s daycare), so we traded off playing with her and working. Thankfully Hurricane Hermine didn’t hit Tampa directly, but we did get some pretty nasty outer bands, the worst of which hit us Thursday night/ Friday morning. Because of this, I had to push back Friday morning’s run due to the rain/wind.

The rain/wind began to clear up mid-day and I was able to get my 2 miles around lunch time.


  • Distance: 4 miles
  • Time: 46:53
  • Pace: 11:43/mi

We had early morning plans on Saturday, so my run was pushed back to Sunday. Not big deal. I was able to get all of my miles in before Annalynn was up, which felt great.

Week 3 


Clearly this was not a great training week. Traveling for work always throws me off. Frankly, I just don’t have much left in the tank after working 12+hr labor-intensive days. Does moving barricades and lifting sand bags count as cross-training?


  • Distance: 3 miles
  • Time: 35:28
  • Pace: 11:49/mi

Pretty much the only decent run I got in this week. Nailed it.


  • Distance: 2 miles
  • Time: n/a ( watch wasn’t working)
  • Pace: n/a (watch wasn’t working)

I had such high hopes for this run! My co-worker and I arrived onsite early and were so excited to get a run in. I mean, look at that view!


We made it about 1.5 miles out and had to cut our run short. There was an emergency at the trailer and we had to beeline it back to resolve the issue. We promised to get another run in before the week was over, but it never happened. I’m just thankful it was my last event for the season and I won’t have to worry about traveling for the rest of my training plan.

1 CaitlinHTP September 14, 2016 at 6:52 am

I’m proud of you for being consistent. It’s soooo hard to train with work and a kid so kudos 🙂 I’m really excited for you!

2 Stephanie @ My Freckled Life September 14, 2016 at 12:32 pm

I know that week 3 wasn’t the greatest, but I do have to give you MAJOR props for even getting those runs in while traveling! I always find that even with the best intentions, when work gets crazy my workout/running plans just totally fall by the wayside. So you are a total inspiration, girl! Keep it up! And thanks (as always) for sharing that your running schedule isn’t always perfect – sometimes that’s a reminder I need to hear!
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3 Kimberly Blake September 14, 2016 at 1:57 pm

Have you ever thought about yoga to help combat running-related stiffness? I know its additional time-suck, but two one hour sessions per week would really help with the stiffness that comes with running. Some yoga places even have childcare.

4 Meghann September 22, 2016 at 10:46 am

Yes! I love yoga and miss it dearly. As you mentioned, it’s the timing part of it. I need to talk myself into waking up earlier on my rest days to fit in 15 minute yoga sessions. I would love to try join a studio, but it’s just not in the budget at this time.

5 Emily September 17, 2016 at 3:20 pm

Mom of a 18 month old here so a big congrats for getting the runs in! Just wanted to say I know how hard it is to balance baby, family, work, friends, working out and all the other stuff. I sneak in workouts over my lunch time too. I can’t imagine trying to train for a race! So keep up the good work and be easy on yourself when a run doesn’t happen. And as a reader, I have to say I like the little run recaps!

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