Marathon Training: Week 13 of 20

Another week is in the books as far as hammering through runs. We do not have too much longer to go before we get to the Columbus Marathon. I have been working really hard to nail all of my runs, hit my required paces, and tack on the mileage as required. Things have been feeling pretty good, and while I am nervous, I know that I am putting in the work.
I am 13 weeks in to this training plan, and I have really been working hard to make sure that I am hitting all of the workouts that I want to get in. Some short, speedy intervals, some longer, faster than MGP intervals, all of the mileage, and really trying not to let myself come up with excuses this cycle. That has always been my biggest hurdle, mental training. I struggle when I hit double digits mentally, and I am working hard to break that habit. In fact, I am purposely pulling myself further away from my house (or wherever I am running from) in order to force myself to get the mileage. And yes, I could stop and walk, but when I just want to be DONE running is faster. It forces my mind to work in a different way. And hopefully it is going to make me stronger on race day. *fingers crossed*

So let's look at Week 13, shall we?
Monday: 3.5 mile walk
Tuesday: 7.5 miles, speedwork. 1 mile @ 7:15, 2x800m @ 7:03, 1 mile @ 7:15
Wednesday: 7 miles, easy pace, 8:32 average
Thursday: 10.2 miles
Friday: 3.25 mile walk
Saturday: 18 mile run with a half mile cooldown walk. (8:37 average for the run)
Sunday: REST

Total: 4 runs, 2 cross training (walking) for a total of 49.95 miles (D'OH!) 189.71 miles for the month of August. This MIGHT be my highest month of all time. I think I ran around 185 in September of 2012. I think.

Less than 7 weeks until GO TIME!

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