Indy Mini Training Update - Week #8

Sunday, April 6, 2014

I feel 2834928439 times better about this week's training than I did last week.  This week was focused more on maintaining, which meant my runs seemed a bit more manageable as far as distance and consistency goes.  The goal was 27.75 miles and I managed 25.8 miles -- so I consider it a success.  What I'm even more excited and proud of is the fact that on Saturday I ran 11 miles.
I ran the entire 11 miles!!!

I told my husband I felt like a cartoon while running because my legs just kept going and wouldn't stop.  It was really weird.  Yesterday the trail was full of inspiration and encouraging people.  At about mile 6, I had a man who was obviously a hardcore runner wave at me and shout, "Keep it up! Nice work!"  I must have really looked like I had hit the struggle bus but the motivation totally worked.  Next week it is 12 miles so I'm excited to see how I'll do with that too!

Did I mention I'm just a little sore?  So those million stairs in my house?  Yeah, not liking those too much.

Here's what this week looked like:

How do I feel you ask?
I feel so much better about this week's training!  My knees, however, are a little angry with me.  Next week's training totally intensifies but I decided I'm going to modify it for myself because I'd rather maintain than get an injury.  My long run is supposed to be on Friday but I find it easier to do them Saturday mornings when I don't have to push along a heavy jogging stroller.  I think I'm going to invest in a new pair of running tights and a runner's belt with water bottles.  How fancy is that?  #official runner
Did I mention next week is the 60s and even a day with 70?

My Goals for this Race:
I'm still aiming to run the whole thing and after Saturday's run I think it's totally doable.  I still have four weeks left of training to build my endurance so I know I can get to this goal!  Plus I found a running buddy who has a daughter a week older than Lola.  While she's a major runner, I think she'll be able to motivate me to keep going throughout the race.

What I Want to Do This Week:
I'm going to maintain my training this week and modify it for myself as needed.  My knees are starting to feel a little abused so I want to treat them kindly this week so I don't end up like my old sister in law and snag an injury.

The face of a champion.  Or just a sweaty mom who ran 11 miles.  What what!

Here's to a new (and warmer) week!


  1. I love that you are tracking this on your blog so you can go back and see your progress!! I should start doing this too!

  2. You can definitely run this race - you're only competition is yourself!

  3. Congratulations!!! I'm so glad you feel so much better this week, that's awesome! And you ran the whole 11 miles! SO COOL!

  4. Kudos to you! I think this is wonderful. I'm still working on it. I had a knee injury a few years back that crops up at the most inopportune times.

  5. Wow! I am really excited, proud, & inspired by your progress!

  6. Love that the guy's shout out totally kept you going. You're doing so well.

  7. WTG! I was debating on getting the Nike Fuel band to help track with my Polar just hate spending money on anything.

  8. 11 miles is incredible. I can't run 1.

  9. If you've already run 11 miles, you can definitely handle 13.1. Especially with all of us rooting you on!

    Have you ever tried KT Tape? My husband used it on his knee for his recent marathon, and was really surprised by how well it worked. I used it for my IT band when I walked my half marathon, and I really believe it helped, too. It might be something worth trying if you keep having problems with your knees.

  10. that's an awesome accomplishment! I know you'll do awesome when you get to your race!