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Portland Marathon Training Reflections: Final Week 17

Portland Marathon Training Reflections: Final Week 17
Portland Marathon Training Reflections: Final Week 17

On October 9, 2016, I will be running Marathon No. 2: the Portland Marathon. Follow along as I post my weekly training recaps. All training recaps can be found here.

Here is week 17 (final week) of my marathon training: 

The final week of marathon training was not at all what I wanted. I ran once because my right piriformis was giving me so many problems. I tried to stay active with walking and yoga but all I could think about was my body falling apart in the marathon. Dramatic but true. Fortunately, that didn’t happen!

Stanley Park Lost Lagoon

October 3: group personal training in AM + acupuncture and Epsom Salt bath in PM

Last acupuncture session before the marathon! I told my acupuncturist about my right leg freaking out post-acupuncture last week and she said that is pretty normal. I did an easier session today to avoid any problems.

October 4: long walk in AM + 90 minutes power yoga in PM

October 5: 6 miles (10 km) easy + stretching in PM

Stanley Park

October 6: strength training in AM + massage in PM

I was so antsy from not doing much working out that I decided to go to my building gym and do a strength workout of my own. Here’s what I did, it was a good one!

1000 skips total (I did 200 skips after every circuit and at the start and end of the workout)

Circuit A: 2 rounds, 50 seconds on/10 seconds off per exercise

  • Squat with dumbbells on shoulders
  • Forward and backward lunge (50 seconds per leg)
  • Push-up
  • Prone row and reach

Circuit B: 2 rounds, 50 seconds on/10 seconds off per exercise

  • Split squat (50 seconds per leg)
  • Bent-over row
  • Tricep pushup and hold
  • Wall sit

Circuit C: 2 rounds, 50 seconds on/10 seconds off per exercise

  • Single leg deadlift (50 seconds per leg)
  • Walking lunge with weights overhead (arms straight above your head)
  • Plank to pushup
  • Plank hold

October 7: long walk in AM + 75 minutes flow yoga in PM

Amtrak Train Seattle

October 8: rest (travel day)

October 9: race day (stay tuned for race recap)

I survived the marathon and did manage a PB. I couldn’t be happier! I have never pushed myself so hard in a race before (I almost passed out at the finish line) nor have I been in so much pain. Stay tuned for my race recap!

Marathon Outfit

Thank you for following along on my marathon training these past few months. How was your weekend? 


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