Tunnel Light Marathon Training – Week 12 (8/20-8/26)

Week 12 of marathon training is complete. Just three weeks to go until I run the Tunnel Light Marathon in North Bend, WA. Here’s what my workouts looked like from Coach Dawn’s plan:

Monday – Plan: Rest day.
Actual: Rest day. It was nice to rest after Sunday’s recovery run and the half on Saturday. I still need to work on that race recap. I’ll get to it soon.IMG_6140Tuesday- Plan: 5.0 miles Easy-Recovery pace.
Actual: Ran 5 recovery miles on the treadmill due to the bad air quality.IMG_6139Wednesday – Plan: Fartlek
Easy 15 minutes
8 x 30 seconds fast/2 min easy
15 minutes easy
+ 4 x drills after

Strength Workout#2
1. Lunges- 12
2. Box Jumps- 5
around height of park bench, or a height that is challenging but you can do safely.
3. Planks- standard and side (30 sec- 1 min)
4. Bench Taps

Actual: The air quality was better so I ran outside. Ran the Fartlek as planned and felt fine. Also, did the drills and strength workout afterwards.IMG_6152 2Thursday – Plan: Easy 1 hour.
Actual: Had a nice easy hour run.IMG_6174Friday – Plan: Recovery run – 35 minutes.
Actual: Always nice to run somewhere else. Ran from my brother’s house, northeast of Seattle, and ran some on one of my favorite trails there, the Burke Gilman Trail.IMG_6188Saturday – Plan: First 10 easy
second 10- 8:15-20
You can finish the last 2 miles at 8:10 if feeling good.
Foam roll and stretch later

Actual: I was planning to run this in the morning on the Burke Gilman Trail by my brother’s house but the air quality was in the red saying Unhealthy – “everyone should limit prolonged outdoor exertion”. So I waited until I was back in Oregon. I ended up running 20 miles in the afternoon. I took 3 scoops of UCAN about 30 min beforehand and hydrated with Nuun. It went better than expected and I hit the paces. So happy it went well. The last mile was probably closer to 8:20 due to a hill at the end, but my GPS went wonky and said I went 7:25. Not sure how that happened but my last 10 mile paces were: 8:15, 8:14, 8:14, 8:15, 8:13, 8:15, 8:15, 8:15, 8:09, 7:25*GPS messed up on last mile. Felt pretty good overall but that last mile up the hill did me in.

I’m so bad about foam rolling but I did a few minutes later that night.

Sunday – Plan: Rest day.
Actual: Rest day.

Total miles = 40.87. It was another good week of marathon training. I can’t believe there’s just 3 weeks to go now. But I’m feeling pretty great after that 20 miler that went well. My endurance right now is awesome! Big thanks to Coach Dawn who’s helped me get to where I am!

As for highlight of the rest of the week:IMG_2271I did spend some time with family in the Seattle area. We love bubble tea.

It was a short trip to drop the kids off. The kiddos were supposed to spend the week with their cousin but they changed their minds and we ended up all going home. Oh wells.

That pretty much wraps up my week. How’d your week go? Any races coming up?

I’m linking up with HoHo Runs and Wendy of Taking the Long Way Home  for the Weekly Wrap.

14 thoughts on “Tunnel Light Marathon Training – Week 12 (8/20-8/26)

  1. Fantastic job on the 20 miler! You’ve had such a strong training cycle with Coach Dawn. You are more than ready for this marathon! School starts so early here so it’s odd when I see kids that haven’t returned yet. It’s too bad they didn’t want to stay with their cousin but I’m sure they had their reasons. Thanks for linking!


  2. It’s crazy about the smoke from the wildfires. We’re even having some haze from them here. Congrats on finishing a fantastic marathon training cycle. It’s all downhill from here! :p


  3. Great job as always! Your splits are so consistent! That’s too bad about the air quality issues…I can’t imagine! Fortunately that afternoon run wasn’t too brutal in the weather, so that’s a plus! No pun intended but you are going to smoke this upcoming marathon! 🙂


  4. Looks like you’re having another great training cycle! That is a hella strong 20! Like Wendy said, we’re getting some of that haze all the way here. Boo on poor air quality.


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