Running On Average

Marathon #3 Training Kick-Off

Uncategorized | February 12, 2015 | By

In June, I’m running my third marathon, the Hatfield McCoy Marathon. I’m super excited for it, although pretty nervous. According to the Weather Channel, it is one of the Toughest 15 Marathons (source). But after reading reviews, it sounds like it is one of the coolest marathons to run…I mean, it’s in Kentucky and steeped in history. I’m in!

This week kicked off my 18-week marathon training schedule. I used Hal Higdon’s two Intermediate Training Plans as a base for mine, adding in strength training and yoga. I’m training to run a 4:03 marathon. Now, I doubt I’ll actually run that, but I’m hoping I’ll at least PR. Why do I doubt my capabilities? Because, well, here’s the course:


That’s some hills! In mid-June! It’s going to be hard, but I’m going to push for this one. I hope it all works out.

Without further ado, here’s my week so far (with some food snapshots!)


Pre-training start, but Dave and I celebrated one year since we got engaged and three months since our wedding. On Saturday night, he took me to dinner at Le Mont, a fancy-pants restaurant on top of Mt. Washington. It overlooks the city and it was pretty fun to get dressed up! He even brought two slices of our wedding cake to celebrate. Which I enjoyed with some Irish coffee. It was such a great night.


*I use for my treadmill paces…I actually run at a 1% incline which supposedly makes my paces slightly faster than I’ve written them, but since I’m not sure if that’s legit, I’m recording the slower of the two options.


Training begins! Tonight was actually pretty easy. Three miles at slow pace- I did 10-minute miles on the treadmill. The pace was half torture/half relaxing. I was supposed to do BodyPump as part of the training, but didn’t get to the gym in time for both. Bummer.


Also, lunch was leftovers from Le Mont. Yesssss.



5 miles. 1 mile warm-up (9:23 pace), 3 miles at marathon pace (9:05), 1 mile cool down (9:41). My Garmin Forerunner got a little excited on this run, so it looks like I really booked it (by my standards). That’s not true. Haha


Also, made slow cooker jambalaya for dinner. My parents gave some food to me and Dave last time we were home and one was this all-natural, jambalaya slow cooker mix. All you have to add is boneless, skinless chicken thighs and cooked sausage. Dave was kind enough to shred the chicken and add the rice and sausage after work so it was ready when I got home. We have a lot of leftovers that will be great another night.


Last night was a tempo run. 1 mile warm up (9:22), 1.5 miles tempo (8:34), .5 mile cool down (9:30ish). I followed that up with an Ab Burner workout from Nike Training Club. Has anyone used that app? Last night was my first night, and I’m definitely feeling the new moves in my back today!

Also, I found this recipe on Pinterest and made it for dinner. A definite win…I’ll make this again, for sure!


Today is a rest day, leftovers for dinner and early night because I am going to try my damnedest to get up at 4:30 tomorrow morning for a 5-mile run before work…I’ll let you know how that works out!


  1. Leave a Reply

    February 28, 2015

    Yay! I just found your blog! Great!

    I¨ll be running my first marathon in September… wohoo! Can’t wait 🙂

    • Leave a Reply

      March 6, 2015

      That’s so exciting! Which marathon are you running?
      Good luck and let me know how it goes! 🙂

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