Vernonia Marathon Training Week 16 and Weekly Wrap (3/6-3/12)

It was a good week leading up to my first half marathon of the year, the Cottage Grove Half Marathon on Saturday. It was week 16 of marathon training and the Vernonia Marathon is now 28 days away. Things are going great, especially after Saturday’s race. 🙂 Here’s what I did from Coach Dawn’s plan:

Monday – Plan: Easy 5.
Actual: I was surprised by the snow that morning and glad it didn’t stick around long. Got my 5.01 miles in before work. Avg. pace 9:41.001Tuesday – Plan: 1.5 miles easy.
3 x 1 mile at 7:40-50 with 0.25 mile recovery in between.
1-1.5 miles easy.
Actual: This was tough but manageable. My  3 x 1 splits were 7:43, 7:39, and 7:40. Ended up with 6.19 miles, avg. pace 8:44.001Wednesday – Plan: 6-7 at recovery pace with 4 x drills after.
5 x box jump downs, 10 x lunges.
Actual: Ran 6.1 miles, avg. pace 10:05. I saw this huge slug on my run and thought it’d make for a great pic. Got the drills, box jump downs and lunges done afterwards.001 (1)Thursday – Plan: Easy 35-40 minutes with 4 x strides after 10 minutes.
Actual: Ran 4.01 miles and got the strides in after 10 minutes, avg. pace 9:26.001 (1)Friday – Plan: Rest day.
Actual: Rest day.

Saturday – Plan: Cottage Grove Half Marathon. Warm up- super easy with a couple strides- around 1.5 to 2 miles. Do some dynamic stretching/lunge matrix.
Actual: Ran a 1.08 mile warm up since I wasn’t sure about having enough time and then did some dynamic stretching and lunges. Race went way better than I expected. I PR’d, woohoo!! Official time was 1:45:24. They adjusted times by 15 sec for some reason, since I had checked earlier and I posted a different time on my FB page. My Garmin had me at 13.05 miles, 1:45:33. The course may have been a little short but still a PR from my previous best of 1:48:26. Super happy! Stay tuned for my race recap.IMG_2495Sunday – Plan: Rest day. Rest but try to get in some walking if you get a break or 15 minutes in the am on the treadmill. Good for recovery. 🙂
Actual: Rest day. I did get some walking in at work.

Total miles = 35.44 miles. It was an awesome week especially with the half marathon PR! Marathon training is still going well and I gotta thank my coach for getting me to where I am. Her coaching is definitely helping. 

As for the rest of the week, nothing exciting since the big highlight was the race. After the race, we went to Buster’s Main Street Cafe to eat since participants got a $10 off certificate.
Here’s hubby and my youngest with their bottled drinks.IMG_2499 I enjoyed this pesto chicken sandwich and fries. IMG_2501There was a bottle shop next door, which was neat. They had a wide assortment of bottled drinks, from root beers, cherry sodas, and other fruity sodas. Have you heard of Fungal Fruit? My oldest got that one and I had a sip. It actually tasted pretty good, lol.

How’d your week go? Any races coming up?

I’m linking up with HoHo Runs and MissSippiPiddlin for the Weekly Wrap.WeeklyWrapI’m also linking up with Courtney, Eat Pray Run DC‘s training recap linkup.



22 thoughts on “Vernonia Marathon Training Week 16 and Weekly Wrap (3/6-3/12)

  1. That is such a cool photo of the slug. It’s like the camera is a tiny ant or something. Congrats on a shiny new half marathon PR! It is weird they adjusted everyone’s time by 15 seconds. They must have had technical difficulties during the race. I’m not sure most timing companies would even bother. I used to love Fanta drinks. I haven’t had one since I was a child. Thanks for linking, Sherry!


  2. Up in Canada we just don’t get pop in glass bottles like that anymore, just plastic bottles and cans.

    Congratulations on your Personal Record. What an encouragement as you continue to train for your full marathon. 😉


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