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Marathon Training – 14 Miles

Hey hey!!

Sorry for the absence yesterday, I really intended on getting a post up last night, but dinner, and dishes, and laundry were calling my name. Imagine that!

This past weekend was super busy- a long run, 2 photo shoots, and a wedding! Here’s a quick glimpse at my handsome husband and I at the wedding, and one of our favorite couples…

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Before I get into today’s topic which is to tell you all about my first 14 miler on Saturday, I wanted to do a little bragging on my fellow Sweat Pink sistas. I posted a question on the group’s FB wall last night and was so impressed by all of the genuine, helpful, and encouraging replies I received! Check it out…

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And part 2…

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Tons of great tips there! The Sweat Pink community is an awesome resource and I’ve loved being a part of it thus far!

Marathon Training: My First 14 Mile Run

Ok, so as you know, these last 5 weeks of marathon training are getting slightly more compressed than is recommended, but it’s just going to have to work! (I know you experienced marathoners are probably cringing at my plan, but I’ve talked to a few marathoners and I should be ok!) Last Saturday I ran farther than I’ve ever ran at one time in my entire life: 14.1 miles, 15 if you count the 1 mile walk back to our car!

It went really well, and I felt GREAT up until about mile 11 when my foot/shin bone side muscle started to cramp up and felt tight for the remainder of the run. I think I’ve decided it’s because I was only drinking water, and didn’t have anything to really replace my electrolytes, thus the cramping. My half marathon last week went perfectly, which I think is due to the fact that I was able to alternate between water and gatorade. I’m going to try out some Nuun, as well as probably take a Gatorade with me on my long run this Saturday.

My pace is what surprised me the most! My half marathon time was ALMOST exactly what it was when I PR’d two weeks ago. Definitely wasn’t expecting that to happen! My pace slowed down a lot the last few miles, and I’m hoping to solve that by starting out slower, AND being better about replacing my electrolytes, and taking in more salt during my run!

Here are my splits from the 14.1:
















For a grand total of:

2:07:50 ; 14.1 miles ; 9:04 average pace

So, I’m feeling good about where I’m at pace and stamina wise, just still a little worried about the prospect of cramping feet!

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I think for my 16 this Saturday I’m going to try and start off slower, and maybe try to hold most of my splits right around 9:00. I’d love to run as many miles as possible in the 8’s, but I know once I start compounding the miles, I KNOW my pace will inevitably fall. I haven’t put in enough long miles to be able to hold it like I’d like to. But, I’m still going to try as hard as I can! There’s something motivating about seeing the miles pass by and them starting with an 8, even if I can stay at an 8:59! And as much as I think I can keep an average pace in the low 9’s, like last Sat, I think what it’s going to come down to is how my feet and legs physically hold up, not my cardio! Dear feetsies, don’t fail me now!!

I’m comin’ for ya marathon! One mile at a time. 5 weeks to go.

Tonight’s run was a quick treadmill workout at the gym. 4 miles- 8:49, 8:41, 8:49, 8:00.

I think tomorrow I’ll try and do 6 or 7, then another 4 on Thursday, then the 16 on Saturday. Whew!

When I got home from my run I was flipping through Runner’s World and came across an ad for the Little Rock Marathon! Hows abouts that!

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I’m still iffy on if I’m going to sign up for either race, since my NEPHEW is due two days later! And obvs, baby comes first. I’ve only been dreaming about being an aunt to my brother’s kids I don’t know, my whole life! I need to decide soon though, before rates go up. I love the theme this year, so I’m tempted to sign up and hope for the best! But, I have a feeling I’m going to want to be back home every weekend come March to love on that sweet boy!

Wrapping things up, I’m working on posts to finally review my new Spi Belt, the Perfect Pocket, the Banjee Wrist Band, and finally a review on my Garmin Forerunner 10! Stay tuned!

Do you have any tips to add to the question I asked on FB? Have you heard about the Little Rock Marathon?

Better yet, have you seen THIS…


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  • Reply
    November 5, 2013 at 10:36 pm

    I can’t believe that the LR Marathon is such a big deal! I still have a hard time thinking of it as anything but just another Arkansas race that only locals know about. But man, they’re big enough to have ads in Runner’s World? That’s awesome.

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      Sweet Miles
      November 8, 2013 at 10:08 am

      Bree- Haha yea! It’s actually huge though!! And a blast!! I’m considering running it again this year, depending on some potential family plans that weekend, but it was so much fun and a great course and you will definitely LOVE it!!

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    November 5, 2013 at 11:05 pm

    Way to KILL it on your run! 14 miles, at that speed….you’ve got this. Impressive lady 🙂

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      Sweet Miles
      November 8, 2013 at 10:07 am

      Ashley- Thanks dear!! I think the real test will be my 16, 18, and 20 runs coming up…yikes!

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    Kristin @ A Mom on the Run
    November 6, 2013 at 9:14 am

    You seriously killed that 14 miler! Awesome splits!!

    I didn’t really stick to a training plan for my marathon either, I’m kind of all over the place and I’ve received so much conflicting advice. It’s kind of frustrating, I think I’m ready though.. maybe. Sounds like you will be too!
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      Sweet Miles
      November 8, 2013 at 10:07 am

      Kristin- Thanks! It was still tough! I’m the same way, it almost stresses me out to feel like I have to stick to a “plan” exactly! I think you’re going to do great!!!

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    Jana @ Happy Wife Healthy Life
    November 6, 2013 at 9:15 am

    I wish I had some tips to offer, but honestly, I am still clueless on fueling while running! While training for my half I didn’t include any nutrition while running, which probably wasn’t the best idea, especially around mile 9 or 10! If I decide to train for another race though, I want to do done research and fuel properly!

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      Sweet Miles
      November 8, 2013 at 10:06 am

      Jana- Haha that’s how I was for my first couple half’s!! I had no idea!! It’s amazing what a huge difference it’s made though 🙂

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    Nicole @ Work in Sweats Mama
    November 6, 2013 at 11:20 am

    Congrats on finishing your 14-miler! Since this is your first marathon, I would try not to worry about pace too much for your long runs. Yes, go out slow and try to build, but don’t get hung up on splits. Getting the distance in is the most important thing for you right now. Don’t be afraid to take a walk break or stop for water/fuel.

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      Sweet Miles
      November 8, 2013 at 10:05 am

      Nicole- Thanks! That’s what I think to, I know for sure I need to not think so much about my time, but it’s so hard when I know in the back of my mind I really do have a finishing time goal but in reality it’s my first marathon and I need to focus on just FINISHING the race!

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    Kelly @ Kelly Runs for Food
    November 6, 2013 at 1:50 pm

    That video was so funny! Sounds like you’re all over this training plan, which means you’re basically gonna be amazing!
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      Sweet Miles
      November 8, 2013 at 10:04 am

      Kelly- I’m glad someone else thought it was funny! Ha thanks, we’ll see how these lonnnng runs go!

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    Anne Downing
    November 6, 2013 at 11:24 pm

    Sweat Pink looks like it provides great support. Great work on your run.

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      Sweet Miles
      November 8, 2013 at 10:04 am

      Anne- It really is great! You should look into it!

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    Hayley Hentzen
    November 7, 2013 at 11:49 am

    As Always, loved you post!

    My sorority sister’s mother saw me at a half marathon (her daughter was running too) and gave me tootsie rolls around mile 8. They were AWESOME! I asked her later why tootsie rolls, she is a 50-state marathoner under 50 years old, and she told me it was passed along to her years before and it was a great break away from some of the same tasting running foods. Through my long runs, I have been fueling regularly, but then eating one tootsie roll per mile (starting about mile 10)- Im in love with her method! Plus, Hello? they taste GREAT especially when they are cold!

    Also, since we are pretty much on the same half marathon and marathon running schedule (give or take 1 day lol), have you experienced any burnout? Since the half on 10/26, I had to take a full week off because I am feeling my running is becoming more of a “chore” than enjoyment/exercise and im finding it hard to find the motivation to get back out there. My long run is 18 this weekend, so I am hoping after that my motivation will be back on top! What are your thoughts? How have you been feeling?

    Also I saw these on pinterest and I think I am going to get them made for my marathon training partner and I- thought it was such a cute idea! Motivational “Think Bands” http://www.pinterest.com/pin/50876670763854989/

    Hope all is well! Get in some great miles this week!


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    November 8, 2013 at 5:16 pm

    Way to rock it girl! 14 miles is a long long way! I ended up running 15 during my last half marathon, just because the roads were curvy and if you ran on a certain side of the street, you could add miles. Apparently, I did. Whoops! However, it just showed that I was able to run 15 miles. Good luck this weekend with your next long run! 🙂

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    November 8, 2013 at 10:15 pm

    Dang girl! You ran 14 miles in a little over the time I ran my half marathon… You are the WO-MANNNN. Your marathon is so soon! It will be here before you know it and you will be GREAT 🙂

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    November 9, 2013 at 4:01 pm

    You are going to have no problem with your speed demoness at that distance, you’ll be great!! I am excited for your nephew but kinda hope you decide to run too! There’s nothing like being an aunt – you’ll love it all!!
    HA! And I about died with the video, I hadn’t seen it and was certainly worth the watch!!

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    November 10, 2013 at 6:05 pm

    Hi Sarah…awesome long run!!!!! I have never liked fuel belts and have never carried water until my last marathon last weekend. I carried a small handheld Nathan and I LOVED it!!!! I was worried about my hydration since I had run a marathon 2 weeks before so I got this and just decided to try it. It was awesome and I hardly noticed it. I actually stopped at 2 of the water stations and filled it up and that was all the stopping I had to do. I have tried Nuun and wished I liked it…but I don’t. I don’t like the fizz..but I would try it if I was you! You are going to do awesome!!!!

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