What My Training Has Looked Like the Past Week

Last week was a down week for me and I took full advantage of it. My body was feeling the effects of being on the backend of marathon training, so I cut some of my short weekday runs extra short and did a little pool running instead. An IT band that was feeling a bit angry probably would have dictated this move even if I wasn’t on a down week, so it all just worked out perfectly.

My long run over the weekend was only 6 miles (with a moderately paced 5K thrown in the middle). Not doing a long run felt so bizarre!! On Saturday night I actually had TWO dreams about running!

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Overall this refresher week was much appreciated, and now my body (and mind) are feeling 120% ready to tackle the last month of training with a BANG!

I took this yesterday, so it's actually only 40 days away!
I took this yesterday, so it’s actually only 40 days away!

Since I was spending a lot less time running last week, I ended up actually fitting in three strength training days instead of my usual two. I’ve been bad at keeping a log of my lifts, but from memory here’s a collection of what I did over the three days:

  • Bench press 5 x 5 @ 40lbs
  • Shoulder press 5 x 5 @ 30lbs
  • Lateral raises 5 x 5 @ 5lbs
  • Overhead tricep extension 5 x 5 @ 15lbs
  • Planks 30 secs, 30 secs, 45 secs
  • Rowing on machine 5 x 5 @ 40lbs
  • Bicep curls 10 x 3 @ 10lbs
  • Tricep pushdowns 15 x 2 @ 50lbs
  • Bent over rows 3 x 5 @ 45lbs
  • Dumbbell squats 5 x 5 @ 50lbs

I also did more of Kim’s stability ball exercises!

New moves I tried included the Side Leg Pulls (on the right, then the left):


And the Leg Squeezes with Butt Lift:


The Side Leg Pulls were SUPER HARD for me, and the Leg Squeezes with Butt Lift definitely had me feeling the burn. Kim recommends 44 reps for each move, but I did 45 (not to show off, I just felt weird stopping at 44).

(The other stability ball moves I’ve tried are in this post.)

With an increase in strength training, comes an increase in protein shake making:

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Cecil is really good at putting together a tasty shake!

It’s actually taken me YEARS to find a protein powder that I like, but I’ve finally found it: Jarrow Brown Rice Protein in Mixed Berry. I put the mixed berry powder in with frozen peaches, frozen mango, vanilla greek yogurt and a bit of milk … and it actually tastes really good! It’s gluten free and vegan. I’ve heard that Scott Jurek uses Jarrow too, not that I care what he does or anything : )

Whooo, this was a long post for a Monday! I hope you’re off to a great week of work and training!

What do you put in your protein shakes / smoothies?


  1. Amy

    Way to take the time to listen to your body! And Kim has the best exercises, right? She thinks of things I would never dream of that all look easy (and hard!) at the same time.
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    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      Agreed! Kim’s blog is such a great resource!

  2. Jennifer

    Nice job strength training! I love putting in blueberries and bananas – sometimes I add greek yogurt as well.
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    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      Ohh yes, I love putting in bananas too. I oddly do not like berries… I don’t mind the flavor (hence the berry flavored protein powder) but I don’t like actual berries! So weird, I know.

  3. Hanna

    Cutback weeks are VERY important to marathon training – glad you got the opportunity to rest up a bit! What’s even crazier about the countdown is that I realized I only have 3 weeks – 3 more long runs – until it’s time to taper! Wow!

    Oddly enough, I almost never dream about running. Go figure, huh? It’s not like I do it and talk about it all the time in my waking life!!
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    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      I KNOW!! I can’t believe the taper is right around the bend. It’s exciting and scary!

  4. The running Schlub

    Recovery weeks are amazing and they really do wonders to get you recharged. 40 days holy crap it’s coming up fast lol.
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    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      No kidding! I feel like just yesterday I signed up for the marathon, but really that was back in December of last year! Ahhh!

  5. cheryl

    You know you are in marathon training when 6 miles seems short… 🙂
    I bet your legs will feel refreshed this week!
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    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      They are feeling like brand new legs! 🙂

  6. Megan @ Meg Go Run

    Ooh those leg pulls look like they would be good for your glutes! I have been sooooo lazy with my shakes. For the past 6 months, if I even MADE a shake it was simply vanilla whey mixed with milk.
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    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      My legs were literally DYING at the end of the leg pulls! I had to do them in sets of 10s with little rest breaks in between lol

  7. Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy

    Haha, my cats look at anything milk related in exactly the same way.

    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      Haha Cecil was ready to jump in head first! 🙂

  8. Kim

    Hooray for a cut-back in running before you enter your last stretch of marathon training!!!
    Thanks for the link and pictures – you make them look much better than my pathetic slap them on the post!
    You know why I do 44, right? In 3 weeks I will start doing 45 reps of everything!!!
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    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      I can’t believe I just now realized what the 44s are all about! 🙂

      The fact that you take the time each week to take pictures and videos of your workouts for us is so appreciated. The quick pic collage is really the least I can do as a thank you!

  9. Courtney @RunningforCupcakes

    That picture of Cecil with the protein shake is awesome! My body is definitely feeling the effects of marathon training. I have a half marathon this weekend and I’m actually relieved. Isn’t it crazy that 13 miles seems like nothing now?!
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    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      I know EXACTLY what you mean!

      I really wish I had a half marathon scheduled into my marathon training plan, but unfortunately the first half marathon in my area isn’t until November. It’s just too hot down here before then :/ I bet you are going to have such an awesome run this weekend!

  10. Lisa @ Running Out Of Wine

    My go- to smoothie is frozen banana, spinach, kale, mixed berries, greek yogurt, peanut or almond butter, and orange juice! I always get excited to buy some different stuff and change it up, but those are items I always have. Oh and you really know you are in the thick of marathon training when you are dreaming about running:)
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    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      I’m still too nervous to put anything green in my smoothies. I bet the fruit really balances out the kale, but I just can’t do it! 🙂

  11. Lou @ Running Through China

    Great way to listen to your body and have a pseudo-rest. 🙂
    Yum to the protein shake! Currently we have no blender but we are thinking of getting one, so watch this space, may be mixing up some smoothies soon, I hope.

  12. Ali @ Hit the Ground Running

    I’m glad you got a little rest. I think at this point in your training, making sure your body stays healthy is a priority!
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  13. Kristen @ Glitter and Dust

    I ALWAYS have dreams about running and triathlon. I think it is our way to cope with the stress, emotions, mentality, etc. I should really jump on the smoothie wagon. I always buy them, which adds up quickly.
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