Adding races to training

Happy Monday!!! I hope everyone had a great weekend!!! There were several big marathons this weekend; Big Sur (which look SO beautiful), New Jersey and London.

I know 2 great runner friends of mine had great races!!!  A huge congrats to Allie and Tina!!!!!!! You guys did awesome!!!

I just loved this and thought you might too!


Lately my training has been a little different because I have been adding races to my weekend. What I have done to adjust is moved my speed workout to Wednesday and then also added speed to my Saturday long run. Two of the times the speed work in my long run has been in the form of a 5k. I have also tried very hard to make sure that at least 1 of my weekday runs is no faster than 8:25. This is more racing than I am used to doing and I don’t want to run myself into an injury. I have tried to pay some attention to the foam rolling and dynamic stretching. I have not done a training update in a while so here are my last 2 weeks:

Mon- 9 miles @ 8:09

Tues- 8.3 mile @ 7:56

Wed- Speed . 3.5 mile warm up, 4 x .25 mile (1:25, 1:25, 1:26, 1:26) with a 200 walk in between, 4 mile cool down

Thurs- 8.3 miles @ 8:02

Friday- 7.5 miles @ 8:24

Sat- 5k PR!!!!! 2 mile warm up, 5k (19:48), 2 mile cool down, 6 miles later @ 8:30

Mon- 9 miles @ 7:52- fast finish

Tuesday- 8.3 miles @ 8:25 pace

Wed- Speed- 3.5 mile warm up, 4 x 800 (3:01, 3:03, 3:04, 3:02), I was doing these fast to beat a storm that was coming. As soon as I finished it started pouring!!! I finishhed my cool down on the treadmill :). 3.5 mile cool down

Thursday- 8.3 miles @8:15 pace

Friday- 7 miles @ I didn’t wear my Garmin

Saturday- 13 miles 3 warm up, 3 at MP, 3 @ 1/2 MP, 3 @ tempo, 1 @MP. I did all my miles faster than I should. (7:54, 7:55, 7:45), (7:19, 7:15, 7:11), (6:39, 6:41, 6:45), (6:57, 6:59, 6:51), (7:18).


There are the last 2 weeks of training. I feel like I have had a few really good workouts and I was really happy with Saturdays long run. This workout is hard. I tried it a few weeks ago and had trouble with the pacing.

Right now I am training for 2 1/2 marathons in May.

Richmond 13.1 and Zooma Annapolis. I am super excited for both. Richmond my husband and I are going to together and Zooma I am an ambassador for!

You can still get 10% off Zooma by using code JEN15! I would love to see you there!!!!


We also got a new addition to our house this weekend!!!!! Exciting!!! This should be great for recovery :). Now we just need to figure out how to use it 🙂


Did you race this weekend? How did it go?

How is training going for you?

Anyone running Richmond or Zooma Annapolis?

Do you have a hot tub?


  1. says

    Thanks so much Jen!!! You are doing so well with all your workouts and training smart. I cannot wait to see how you do in the two half-marathons!! And the hot tub? OMG that is the best ever!!
    I also love that comic because I brought THREE bags for the one night I spent in NJ before the marathon! #HighMaintenanceRunner

    • Jen says

      Thanks :). I hope you are recovering after your awesome return to marathoning!!!!
      Come on over, it will help you recover :). It has calf massaging jets (I am pretty sure that is going to be my favorite thing).
      I am the same exact way!!!! To my half marathon a few weeks ago I brought a whole gym bag full of “just in cases” :). Another shirt, arm sleeves, socks, another pair of shoes….all in case I changed my mind on what I wanted to wear 🙂

    • Jen says

      The funny thing is that my husband definitely wanted it more than. He has been wanting to get one for years…but I have a feeling I am really going to like the calf massage jets!!!!

  2. says

    i am potentially doing zooma. i love the race and have done it before but am getting to the point where i’m over scheduled every weekend so that is a factor for me. 🙂 you are really solid in your training – it’s motivating!

    • Jen says

      Ah! You should TOTALLY do Zooma, we could meet up!!! :)..I understand over scheduling though too! It is such a pretty course and great people!!!!! Thanks :)…it is not always easy, that is for sure, but I do the best I can

    • Jen says

      I am too!!!!! Right now it says that Sat will be 87…yikes! Weather…one of those things you have no control over!

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