IL Marathon Training: Week 8 Day 4

What a week! It flew by!!

So Monday I did 9 Miles Easy on the Exercise Bike followed by some random strengthening exercises.

Tuesday we had an awesome opportunity to speak to our local running clubs training program for a local race. The group is called “Catch The Wave” and it gets together weekly for a few months to help provide people pace groups to do training runs with and share running information. Rob and I were asked to come and speak to the group on our experience of losing over 100lbs collectively with our training and nutrition changes (I’ve lost 48lbs and Rob has lost 65lbs). It was a bit of an off the cuff speech where we went over how we went from zero running experience to completing multiple marathons and I BQed. I was so psyched to share our story. I do need to sit down and write it out and make a page for it on the blog. One of my favorite parts was getting to say that people shouldn’t worry about saying they are not a runner or a marathoner because I used to say those same things and it’s surprising what can be accomplished incrementally over time. And if you aren’t sure about a marathon, what’s the worst that’s going to happen? You get picked up by the SAG wagon? So what, you still get a story out of the situation. I did have another thought that I forgot to say there because there was so much to cover so I’ll say it now in case anyone who hasn’t raced or raced a longer distance reads this blog.

I guarantee with every finish line you cross you will leave with a new experience and a new lesson. Aren’t you curious to know what it is? I know I am!

After our 15 min speech we got to run with one of the pace groups and I got to hang out with one of our friends. I was so excited to get to spend some time with her. I got in 3.08 Miles Recovery. It would have been about 5 Miles had I remembered to start my Garmin after the water and stretching breaks, but oh well no worries.

Wednesday was 11 Miles VO2 Max W/6 X 100M Strides at 5K Race Pace. And tonight was 15 Miles Med-Long.

13 thoughts on “IL Marathon Training: Week 8 Day 4

  1. I am really looking forward to you blogging about the speech you gave! I am sure it will inspire your followers.


    1. I hope to sit down and add it as a page this weekend. I guess worst case I could get something drafted and always update it later if needed. 🙂


  2. I was wondering how much weight you and your husband lost, there was definitely a noticeable difference if you look at previous pictures that you posted. 100 lbs combined is quite the success story! Your health, and the health of your body in the future has improved by leaps and bounds! You can be such an inspiration to those by sharing this awesome story! Congratulations and keep up the amazing work!


    1. Thanks Molly!! The biggest lesson I’ve learned is to stop setting limits on myself and just keep looking for ways to improve and enjoy the journey.


  3. Speaking of success stories, I just came across this contest being conducted through Fruits & Veggies More Matters: In 1000 words or less, let us know how you maintain a healthy lifestyle, how you’ve lost weight or how you get your kids to enjoy eating fruits and vegetables. Share your fruit and veggie recipes or your tips related to selecting, storing or preparing fruits and vegetables. Send us your testimonial about how you’ve overcome your trials and tribulations and changed your life for the better! We want to know!

    One (1) Grand Prize Winner will receive $1,000 worth of nutrition education materials and products AND $500 worth of fruit and vegetable related products/coupons.
    Four (4) First Prize Winners will receive $500 worth of nutrition education materials and products AND $250 worth of fruit and vegetable related products/coupons.

    You should totally submit you and your husbands story! 🙂


  4. C- I hope you know what an inspiration you are to all kinds of people everywhere. Your hard work has shown through your blog, and I’m sure your “reall life” friends see it, too. Whenever you feel down or frustrated, remember how far you’ve come and how there are people everywhere looking up to you! Congrats on being a role model!


    1. Rebecca thanks so much for this post! You always know the exact right thing to say that keeps me motivated! No wonder you are such an amazing teacher and coach! Thanks for always being there for me through this!


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