Flexibility with Marathon Training

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First of all, Happy 4th of July! Who’s got fun plans this weekend?


I’m hoping for a nice weekend filled with a good combination of fun and relaxation. Can you ask for anything more?


Anyway, I’m in the heat of marathon training… I’m only a few weeks in but I’m definitely still in the thick of it, there’s no question. I’m already finding the dedication and early nights that are necessary to get in those long runs before the summer heat and humidity take over. But regardless, I’m also finding there has to be a bit of flexibility. This week, I’m learning and doing my best to embrace that flexibility.


Friday 6/27

Strength: 4RM overhead squat 55#

WOD for time:

-run 1 mile

THEN 3 rounds:

50 double unders (100 singles)

5 power snatch (35#)

TIME: 14:58


Saturday 6/28



Sunday 6/29

9 mile run


Monday 6/30

Strength: back squat 3-3-3-3-3 (w/ :03 rest at bottom) – 80#

WOD 3 rounds for time: 40 air squats / 30 push-ups (w/ purple band) / 20 deadlifts (55#) – 10:41


Tuesday 7/1

Strength: 2 snatches every :03 for 4:00 (40#)

WOD for time: 60 box jumps (12″) THEN 3 rounds: 20 burpees / 40 sit-ups, THEN 60 box jumps – 15:41

3 mile run


Wednesday 7/2

Strength: Hang clean 1RM – 60#

WOD AMRAP in 8:00: 5 Strict Pull-ups (green+red) / 7 Power Cleans (35#) / 9 Front Squats (35#) – 4 rounds + 2 front squats


Thursday 7/3


I woke up Thursday morning with a slight headache. It was one that I wasn’t sure if I could run through or not, but decided to wake up, eat something small and relax while my body digested and see how I felt in an hour. …nearly 2 hours later I woke up. Oops! But when I woke up, the headache was worse and I knew it wasn’t something I could run with so I made my way to the chiropractor for an adjustment and then to the coffee shop to get my day of work started.


Being a holiday weekend and knowing I want to enjoy time with friends, I’m figuring out how to best plan out my weekend of workouts, especially with yesterday’s sudden rest day. There’s a definite balance between sticking to the training plan and letting it control and take over your life; I’m working to find that balance and allowing myself the flexibility to adjust when and if needed.


With that, I’m off to run and hope you all have a fantastic weekend!


How was your training this week?

What are your plans for the weekend?

4 thoughts on “Flexibility with Marathon Training

  1. Amy

    Being flexible is so important! I ran a marathon this past fall, and I definitely was not flexible enough about my training. I ran through shin splints, they ended up becoming a stress fracture, and I couldn’t run at all for about 4 weeks leading up to the marathon. At least I finished, though!

    Have you read Kara Goucher’s book about running for women? She gives some great advice about this.

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