Hartford Marathon Training: Week One

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Week One: Week of 7/3

About 8 weeks ago, I made a [relatively] scary decision. It was something I had been avoiding for months. But, I sucked it up and ignored the 99% of my brain that was telling me “this is a bad idea”.

I emailed the elite coordinator and asked to be included in the field for the Hartford Marathon. Then I waited. Part of me was hoping I wouldn’t get in, but a few days later I got an email back that I was accepted!

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My last attempt at a marathon was a disaster, and it took me a long time to get over that.

But, here we are, and this is happening. I’m determined to make this one count. So let’s catch up on how training has been going.

I took May and June pretty easy so I knew I needed a few base mileage weeks before diving into marathon training. My first week of base training started with a local 4th of July race. Besides the race, the rest of the week was fairly easy. I felt pretty accomplished for getting over 35 miles.

Base Week #1:


T 6.5 miles with 4 mile race (Firecracker 4 23:23)

W 6.1 miles “easy” (8:27/mile… double stroller runs are never actually easy)

Th 6 miles on the treadmill (7:55/mile) + Pilates mat class

F 10 miles (7:02/mile)


Sun 8.2 miles easy (8:05/mile)

(36.7 miles) 

I’m going to end each of these posts with an inspirational quote. Just kidding.

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But, I will give you an insight into my thoughts each week. I felt pretty defeated after my long run. Or, more like out of shape. I have to constantly remind myself not to make comparisons to my past workouts and races.

I spent most of this weekend at a USATF coaching clinic, and there were a few moments that stuck with me. I was reminded to take easy days easy. Like actually EASY. Logically I know this, but it’s something you have to like, actually do.

The other was a sports psych tip, something that initially made me laugh: the circle of allowed thoughts. If you have negative thoughts, you just have to tell yourself that those thoughts aren’t allowed in your circle. It’s so simple that it just works. Supposedly. I haven’t put that into practice yet, but it sounds good in theory.

Do you have any tips or tricks to help turn negative thoughts around? I really like counting because it helps me disassociate from the pain that I’m feeling. Sometimes I close my eyes in races, and it usually works, but that’s probably not great advice for normal people.

I have a few weeks of posts to get caught up with the present, so look for those in the next few days. Hey, I know it’s just putting one foot in front of the other, but with everything going on right now in our country I welcome a healthy amount of distraction in the form of reading, looking at pictures on Instagram and listening to/watching things that make me laugh.

8 thoughts on “Hartford Marathon Training: Week One

  1. I find a couple of mantras/phrases each training block that just seem to stick with me and I use them in tough workouts. Basically ingrain them into my head so that when the big race rolls around, I can latch on to those phrases, which remind me of the workouts I’ve conquered even when they seemed like a disaster. When I was in the elite field for Monumental last year, I had my own water bottles on the course and so I wrote a different phrase on each one (more on that here: https://tgrunfit.com/2016/11/08/monumental-marathon-2016-run-smart-run-hard-and-good-things-will-happen/). I’m excited to follow your training for Hartford!

      • I did a few long runs where I put a bottle on the back of my car so I could practice running by, grabbing it, running a loop around the parking lot while drinking, then putting it back. A better solution would be to have a card table in your yard (or recruit a friend who lives on your running route), but I was working with what I had at the time, haha.

        Lesson learned from after Monumental would be to only fill the bottle with as much as you’ll actually drink. I filled mine pretty much all the way, so they had about 16 oz in them … and they were heavy.

        But taping my gels to them worked great. I taped just the tops so when I pulled the gel off, it left the top attached to the bottle. BOOM.

        (I spent way too much time on bottle prep.)

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