Philly Marathon Training Week 15 Recap

By Janelle @ Run With No Regrets | training

Nov 14

Here we are at the start of a new week!  I will definitely say that this week feels VERY different than the previous week, but I will leave it at that…

Things are getting back to normal on my end since I spent the last full week of VACATION!  I hardly had any trips this year, so this was our opportunity to finally get away from the madness!  Of course, I’m still wrapping up my training for the Philadelphia Marathon, which is now less than a week away!  Let me tell you how my second taper week went!

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Weekly Wrap: Vacation in Colorado and Nebraska

Have things seemed a little quiet around here?  It’s because I was on vacation and when I’m out of town, I like to be off the grid as much as possible!

Bret and I have been due for a vacation, so we were really looking forward to getting away and enjoying his birthday with a full week off.  On Sunday, we flew from Philadelphia to Omaha and then drove to Bret’s grandparent’s home in DeWitt.  We stayed there for the night before taking the drive to Estes Park, Colorado, home of Rocky Mountain National Park. It was a fantastic trip!

If you have never seen the Rocky Mountains up close, let me tell you…photos simply do not do it justice.  We were in complete awe everywhere we looked.  We drove on Trail Ridge Road which is usually impassable this time of year but thanks to climate change we were able to have the full experience even in November.  Estes Park itself is at an elevation of about 7,500 feet, and we maxed out in over 12,000 feet of elevation!  I’ll admit that it did take a little adjusting, but we ended up feeling fine overall!

We stayed at the Romantic Riversong Inn, an extremely charming bed and breakfast.  Every room was amazing, and ours didn’t disappoint.  We had a full suite with a gas fireplace with a jetted tub right in front.  We even had a huge window with views of the Continental Divide.  One morning we saw a deer eating right outside our window!  What a wonderful getaway!

Estes Park is a tourist town, but thankfully it was pretty sleepy when we visited so we didn’t deal with any crowds at all.  The locals were pretty friendly and we quickly learned that they like to make very strong drinks!!  We had some pretty solid meals during the week and I learned that I’m a big fan of elk sausage!

Of course, we had to go running in Colorado.  Unfortunately, Bret has all the good pictures so I have to steal them from him!  We ran on the Cub Lake Trail which was absolutely stunning and increasingly technical.  Every few miles the terrain would change and we would continue to have breathtaking views.  It was an unreal experience!

Sadly, we had to eventually say goodbye to Colorado, but we made our way back to Bret’s hometown in Nebraska on Thursday.  The following day, we went for my 10-mile long run in Lincoln, which turned out to be really nice.  On Saturday we went back to Lincoln for the Nebraska football game vs. Minnesota nd we had great seats!  It was my first time going to a home game and we had a blast!

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Workouts for the Week:

Monday 11/7:  We spent much of the day driving from Bret’s grandparent’s place to Estes Park, Colorado.  When we checked into our room, we explored the grounds and went on a really nice hike up a mountain with gorgeous views.

Tuesday 11/8:  It was our first full day in Colorado.  We did a few hiking trails and enjoyed being thousands of feet in the air!  It was amazing to be in temperatures that were as low as 30 and as high as 55 degrees all in one day.

Wednesday 11/9:  Bret’s birthday!  We looked for a good running trail in Rocky Mountain National Park and ended up going on the Cub Lake trail.  It was absolutely breathtaking.  Normally, this was supposed to be my 6-mile run with 5 miles at goal marathon pace, but with the terrain, the cold, and the elevation, there was no way I’d be able to keep to pace.  It was really challenging but I finally got in the groove for the last couple of miles.

Thursday 11/10:  It was our last morning in Colorado, so we spent most of the day in the car driving back to Nebraska.  What a long day!

Friday 11/11:  Since we had plenty of free time, we went for my 10-mile training run in the late morning in Lincoln.  The first mile went well but then I soon had a horrible pain in my left shin which traveled to my calf, back of the knee, and lower hamstring.  It was unreal.  Thankfully, after mile 3 the pain went away and I was fine.  As you can imagine, I really freaked out over this new pain!

Saturday 11/12:  No workouts as we were bar crawling most of the afternoon before the Nebraska vs. Minnesota football game.  It was my first time in a stadium with over 90,000 people.  It was a really fun time and Nebraska won!

Sunday 11/13:  I finally made it back to Philly in the mid-afternoon.  Since we left so long ago, I’m still not used to the end of Daylight Savings!  I went for my run after 5 pm and it was already dark, ugh!  Regardless, I knocked out my 4 miles.

I always love running in Nebraska - this was from last Sunday!

I always love running in Nebraska – this was from last Sunday!

Week 15 Report Card:

Doing your training workouts while on vacation is always a challenge, but I’m so glad that I was able to run in Colorado and Nebraska.  We had an amazing time.  My only misstep was that I forgot to bring my Stick to massage my tight muscles.  I was very worried about that random left leg pain that occurred during my 10-miler, but I’m hoping that I was just having those “phantom pains” that I keep hearing are a part of the marathon taper.

I’m going to give Week 15  of training an A-!  Sure, the 6 miler could have gone better, but I’m sure that the “elevation training” did some good despite not being able to run very fast.

These are the final days!  Keep an eye out this Wednesday as I share my goals for the Philadelphia Marathon!  Coach Kristy will be sharing her plan for me to execute my very first marathon.  I couldn’t be more excited!  This has been a dream of mine for years and it will finally come true on November 20, God willing!

How was your week of working out?  When did you last go on vacation?

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