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#WDWMarathonTraining Week 11

by Meghann on November 9, 2016



And just like that, I’m gaining back my running confidence.

When I first committed to this plan a few months ago I questioned everything about the goal and my sanity. Running a marathon had become this distant thing I used to do in my past – I was basically starting from scratch here. Seeing what I needed to do to reach my goal scared the hell out of me and it would have been so much easier to stay home on my couch.

I didn’t want to give up, though. I’d made a commitment and wanted to see it through, so I put on my shoes and I went for a run. Each week I added a little more and each week I surprised myself with what I could accomplish. I’d been out of endurance training for so long that I forgot how great it felt to just get out there and run. I forgot that my body can do these amazing things when I give it the trust to do so.

I ran 12 freaking miles on Sunday and finished on cloud 9. It’s an incredible high I missed dearly. I’m not just running, I’m remembering who I am out there.


  • Distance: 3 mi
  • Time: 30:49
  • Pace: 10:17

Finally worked back in some speedwork here. Focused on 30-second pick-ups, and hope to continue to increase that week-to-week.


  • Distance: 4 mi
  • Time: 40:51
  • Pace: 10:12


  • Distance: 4.52 mi
  • Time: 46:59
  • Pace: 10:23

I know I need to wake up earlier if I want to fit 5 miles in, but I enjoy sleep way too much. I think 4.5 miles may be my tipping point for weekday runs. I’m okay with that.


  • Distance: 12 mi
  • Time: 2:02:37
  • Pace: 10:13

Garmin 920

I was really surprised with how great I felt on this run. We had a rare night out the night before and didn’t make it home until way past my normal bedtime. Luckily daylight savings time gave me another hour of sleep, and the late night out really wore Annalynn out. She was still asleep when I returned!

Again, I had coffee and some toast before leaving for the run, then stored a water bottle and fruit snacks at the entrance of my neighborhood. I did a double loop and stopped around mile 7 for the water and fruit snacks. It ended up being just the burst of energy I needed to finish strong.

Next week I have 13 miles on tap. Eeeekkk

1 April Cunningham November 10, 2016 at 8:46 pm

Way to go! I totally know how you are feeling about remembering who you are out there. So important to embrace that feeling when you have a little one!
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2 Amber November 11, 2016 at 2:12 pm

Don’t psych yourself out about your next long run… if you aced the 12, you’ll totally be fine on 13!

Great job 🙂
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3 Linda @ the Fitty November 11, 2016 at 5:18 pm

Because you felt pressure to perform, did you feel that you ever dreaded going into your workouts (before you surprised yourself with the results?)
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4 Paige November 12, 2016 at 12:01 pm

Really loving following you along on this journey! Thanks for sharing and congrats on a great long run! 🙂

5 Jamie November 14, 2016 at 9:33 pm

You got this!

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