Philly Marathon Training Week 6 Recap

By Janelle @ Run With No Regrets | training

Sep 12

Do you feel like September is already flying by, or is it just me?

I’m glad that we’re in September, and I really look forward to summer winding down and fall kicking off, but at the same time, I don’t want things to move too quickly!  Training for the Philadelphia Marathon that’s coming up in November is going great, but I need these next 10 weeks to be as gradual as possible!

So let me catch you up on my last week of training for the Philly Marathon.  I’m linking up with Hoho Runs and Miss Sippi Piddlin for the Weekly Wrap!  It’s a great way to see what your favorite health and fitness bloggers are up to each week!

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Weekly Wrap: Kennett Square Mushroom Festival


On Sunday, we decided on a whim to head all the way to Kennett Square, PA to check out their famous annual Mushroom Festival.  Kennett Square is the mushroom capital of the world, and I was curious to find out what all the hype was about.  Thankfully, it was a beautiful day and perfect weather.  Everyone was out and about and there was plenty to see!  Normally when I see a local festival, it’s a few blocks long at most – but the Mushroom Festival was huge!  There were tents, there was a soup and wine tasting event (for extra admission), live music, and plenty of mushroom-featured meals and products for sale.  We also got to learn about the mushroom harvesting process.

I’m really glad that the fall is here and as the weekends continue, there will be even more festivals to check out, especially Oktoberfest.  We had a really nice time, even though it’s such a far drive!  I do have a much greater appreciation for mushrooms now, lol!


Thanks for the photobomb, Bret!

Week 6 Workouts:

Monday 9/5:  It was Labor Day and for some reason, I decided to be lazy and not go out for a run.  At least I did do a 1.5-minute plank!

Tuesday 9/6:  I went to yoga class after work.  Once again it was taught by the instructor that really pushes our limits!  We attempted some headstand moves against the wall, but I was NO good!  I miss being a kid and not worrying about falling!

Wednesday 9/7:  I went for my 5-mile run.  It was supposed to be a tempo run with 1-mile warmup, 20 minutes at 9:10 pace, and finish up the distance.  It was nearly impossible for me to reach a 9:10 pace.  I had no idea what I was doing with my route and the changes in elevation really threw off my momentum.  When I made it to “flat” land I did push myself to run fast, but the increasing humidity kicked my butt.

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Thursday 9/8:  Rest day!  It didn’t help that the temperature had a heat index over 100 degrees!

Friday 9/9:  It was a very busy day!  I started out with a 6 am yoga class, which was a great way to start the day.  Shortly after that, I went for a 4-mile run in the neighborhood and it was pretty miserable!  I have to now get used to my easy runs being 4 miles instead of 3 miles long.  Then finally, I had barre class.  It was intense as always, but I really enjoy the challenge.

Saturday 9/10:  I went for my 8-mile long run.  While my 14-miler went really well the previous weekend, this one was a real struggle.  The weather was back to being insufferably hot and humid, and I think I was fatigued from all of my workouts on Friday.  Still, I pushed through and climbed all the hills.  I was so glad to be done!

Sunday 9/11:  No running!  I finally did squats (only 20 but better than none!) and some clamshells, on top of a 1.5-minute plank.  We did a lot of walking on Sunday but unfortunately my Fitbit died while I did a lot of it!

Week 6 Report Card:

This was a really busy week of fitness.  Since I was off on Friday, I was able to go to the yoga and barre studio 3 days in a week, which I’m really happy about!  To be honest, none of my runs felt good thanks to the humidity, but I was glad to get through them.  That was hopefully the last week of the year that will be that miserable, so I’m glad it’s in the rear view mirror!

The longer planks continue to be a challenge and I’m wondering if I’m actually strengthening my core…it sure doesn’t feel like it!  But I have to keep at it. I also need to step up the squats and make sure that I’m rolling my calves and shins – coach says I should do it every day!  I am realizing that barre class is killer on my calves – why didn’t anyone mention this??

With all of that said, I’m going to give Week 6 a B+.  I should have spread my runs out and not loaded the end of the week the way that I did.  I think that would have made the long run on Saturday a little easier, but what’s done is done!

How was your week of working out?  Do you ever have calf or shin tightness from running hills?  Go to any fun festivals over the weekend? 

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