Marathon Training Week 8 Recap

It’s getting better.

I was feeling pretty low after last week and while I still didn’t get/meet the mileage on my plan for Week 8, I’m a lot better about it. We’re just going to have some of those weeks where life is busy and it’s that much tougher to squeeze in runs.

My husband was out of town Tuesday and Wednesday last week and I wasn’t sure I’d be able to get in my speed work on Wednesday but I did! I wrote about how well it went here πŸ™‚

I didn’t get in a run Thursday or Friday but forced myself up on Saturday for my long run. I had 14 on the schedule and decided I’d just gauge it and see how I felt.

Early into it I decided 12 would be the magic number.

The first 6 miles were going great. I was averaging just under 10:00/mile which is where I wanted to be. At the end of the 6th mile, I passed a stenchy section of the canal where I run and my stomach begin doing somersaults.

I needed a bathroom. Fast.

Of course there wasn’t one in sight.

(TMI ahead!!!)

Around mile 7, I couldn’t hold it in. I found a nice bush and my running buddy kept watch. Luckily, she also had necessary bathroom supplies (which I now will always remember to pack in my water pack).

I couldn’t really recover after that. I finished the 12 with a 10:30/mile average which I still felt was pretty good considering.


On Sunday, a run was calling. I looked outside and the weather didn’t seem like it was going to cooperate. Haboob!

So I took it inside for a nice 4 miler.


Overall mileage for last week (Mon-Sun): 19

How has your running been going?

Ever had to “go” during a run?

22 responses

  1. You don’t want to know how many times I’ve “taken a tree” (get it? not taken a knee hahahahaha. ha. Ps I just thought of that. I am going to shut up now). It is far superior to actually crapping your pants. Trust me. That said, just don’t get arrested. it kind of sucks being in Chicago when there are people everywhere and you are out before any of the public restrooms are open.
    I’m going to stop now.

  2. I am training for my first marathon and finding the hardest aspect is being able to find time to fit in those longer runs! I had a 15 miler planned for yesterday but had to finish around 5 because my knee tighten up so bad I began to limp even walking. Looks like I need to be doing way more squats. Keep up the great work on your training! When is your race?

    • My marathon is in October and I’m looking forward to it for sooo many reasons–one, the nicer weather! πŸ™‚
      Bummer about your knee 😦 My hip started flaring on my last long run and that was another reason I cut it to 12. Sometimes you have to listen to your body. Hopefully things look up for you soon!! When is your first marathon? How exciting!!!

  3. Sounds like a good week to me! You got in your quality runs and that’s what counts right? My Monday easy run just doesn’t seem to be happening on the regular – couldn’t get out of bed again this week. I’m still getting in my Tuesday speed work, Thursday tempo, and Saturday long runs, so I’m getting in the good stuff at least.

    I did have to go once before a run started and I was so afraid I’d have to go off-trail. What was weird was that as I started running it went away and came right back when the run was over. (Thank you bowels). My favorite place to run actually has porta potties along the trail – I haven’t had to use them yet though.

  4. NOT ANOTHER HABOOB!!! (I love your haboob selfie. ❀ )
    This week sounds like it went MUCH better minus the little pit stop problem! I need to remember to carry stuff on me too in case of emergencies.

  5. That’s a great long run considering the little pit stop! It’s always so hard to keep going after having to stop for a bit like that. That’s happened to me a lot, but luckily I was close enough to my house or a bathroom each time. You would think making it back to my house would be a good thing, but while it was at the time, it was tough to get back out there after already being at home πŸ™‚

    I have a shirt I bought from Oreganos a few years ago and the proceeds went to the Breast Cancer Foundations, so it says “save the haboobs” haha.

  6. I hear ya!! Your post sounds like how I’ve been feeling the past few weeks. Now that I am getting back into a routine, I am hoping I’ll feel more confident about my long runs. Haven’t gone out on the bush yet. haha

  7. oh yikes that’s the worst! At least you had a friend to keep watch! I have knocked on doors of stores or apartment complex club houses before and somehow made it out alive. Running this week is slow for me, my legs are still tired after my 9 miler on saturday since I haven’t taken a decent rest day in too long… at some point I’ll get around to that!

  8. My legs are SO TIRED from going back to school and standing all day. I’ll bet that played a role in how you felt. I’m sooo glad you had a good week! If I break the seal on the run, I can’t recover either. I constantly feel like I have to pee the rest of the run!

  9. Haha, sorry about that. I try to run where there are facilities near by, but I know that’s not always the case. I’ve seen all sorts of things come out of people during races….ALL SORTS!!!

  10. I think we’ve all had that one unfortunate bathroom incident! I always carry TP with me just in case!!!! Nothing worse than ducking into a port-o-potty at a construction site that’s been baking in the 100 degree sun all day AND THEN realizing there’s no tp. Not that it’s ever happened to me or anything…

  11. Oh this happened to me on a trail run a couple of weeks ago. Not pleasant at all – but luckily I had some TP packed (stomach issues all weekends). Hopefully it was a one-off for you and congrats on getting 12 miles done.

  12. Even though Disney provides plenty of portapottiesat their races, with 14,000 plus runners waiting for them before the start, it’s inevitable you end having to stop at some point mid race. Just once, I’d like to be able to get through a half without having to stop for anything except character pics!