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#WDWMarathonTraining Week 15

by Meghann on December 7, 2016

Week 15 is in the bag!


Oh, man. What a week. It felt great to return to a semi-normal training schedule after a couple of hit-or-miss weeks. With less than 5 weeks to go until race week, I can definitely hear the countdown clock ticking.


  • Distance: 3 mi
  • Time: 31:09
  • Pace: 10:23

This was a rock return to reality after being on vacation mode the week before. I wanted to press snooze so bad, but begrudgingly got up with my alarm and made it happen.


  • Distance: 5 mi
  • Time: 52:45
  • Pace: 10:31

I was finally able to fit in a 5-mile run before work. Woo hoo! In my early-morning fog I honestly thought I was running 4.5 mile loop, but realized towards to end it was going to be a bit longer than that. I made it home a few minutes later than I wanted to, but managed to make it work.


  • Distance: 4 mi
  • Time:  39:54
  • Pace: 9:58

A sub-10 pace?! I was honestly wondering if I was ever going to see that again


  • Distance: 17 mi
  • Time: 2:52:25
  • Pace: 10:08

Since I only ran 15 miles the week before, I decided to drop this week’s long run from 18 miles to 17 miles. Considering my whole body pretty much gave up at mile 11, I did not miss that extra mile one bit. Ugh. It was terrible.

finished 17 miles

I had my normal English muffin and coffee pre-run. Had about ½ of my Gatorade/water mix and fruit snacks at mile 7 and the other half around mile 15.  I stashed a single bottle near the entrance to my neighborhood, but I’ll think I need to start stashing two bottles and planning for multiple pick-ups. I could really use the additional fuel out there. I could run with the bottle, but I would prefer not to. I already run with my gigantic phone in one hand (I’m not a fan of the arm case for the phone and I’ve tried just about every belt contraption out there and haven’t found one I love enough to stick with), so running with a water bottle would mean both my hands are full (again, not a fan of fuel belts and I used to run with a Camelbak, but I’d rather not go back to it). Stashing a bottle and carrying the phone is my current chosen method, I just need to be a little more strategic to really make it work.

The run started out fine, but quickly faded from there. It was pretty warm out and I was craving nutrition way before I usually do. Somewhere around mile 11 I went from running 4:30/:30 to 2:00/:30 and eventually 1:00/30. My pace slowed, my legs dragged, and I had to dig pretty deep inside myself to keep going.

But I did it. I got the miles in and I finished. And, now looking at my 10:08 pace, I can see why I felt like death. How the heck did I pull that off?

A little more than a month of training left until race day.

Thank God.


1 Eve December 8, 2016 at 12:18 am

Can I ask why you’d hate to use the Camelbak again? I’m a marathoning mom, too, so I need to have my phone with me on runs to be in touch with whoever has my toddler. I use a Nathan hydration pack and I can stash my phone, chapstick, and most of my gels in the front two pouches. Sure, it’s a little heavy, but it means I have fuel/hydration whenever I need it. This is the one I use ( Just passing it along in case you wanted to try it!

2 Natalie December 8, 2016 at 9:28 am

I’m sure you’ve tried it, but I always use a stow-n-go sports bra. The pocket in the front is plenty of room for a phone and extra gel or two. So much easier than the belts or a heavy pack!
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3 Suzan Brinker December 8, 2016 at 12:01 pm

Great job! Just a note on running with your phone — I did that a lot when I was training for my half marathon and it lead to a pretty uncomfortable injury in my upper back, around the shoulder blade. Even several massages and visits to the chiropractor couldn’t resolve it. It didn’t heal for several months.

4 molly rose December 8, 2016 at 8:13 pm

Go meghann!!! I still am so amazed how you started running again post-baby…to train for a MARATHON! Ya beast! I think your times are great, especially when incorporating walk intervals in there. Do you plan to use run/walk for the race day?

I’m running a half marathon this Sunday that I’ve been training for! Hoping to PR eeeek!!!

5 Linda @ the fitty December 9, 2016 at 7:27 pm

I feel incredibly slow compared to you! Any words of advice? I feel like I’ll never have great runner speed or stamina.
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