Bayshore Marathon Week 24

A week in Birmingham for work followed by a wonderful, family-filled and low key weekend. Oh, and the LAST WEEK before Bayshore!!


  • PLAN- rest day
  • ACTUAL- rest day

A VERY long work day, so perfect for rest. Luckily, I slept almost 10 hours Sunday to Monday morning and that  helped me get through the tough day.


  • PLAN- 8x800s
  • ACTUAL-7 miles. 10 minute warmup. 8x800s @ 3:22 with 400 easy in between.

All on the treadmill at the hotel. Life on the road is challenging. Especially when it comes to having enough food, eating right, etc. This is just one day in my car.IMG_1193 Wednesday:

  • PLAN- 6 miles endurance pace
  • ACTUAL- 6 miles @ 8:35 avg pace

Early morning run in Birmingham…pretty uneventful but felt good. I ate the lunch I catered at an office (not thinking chicken salad would have anything I couldn’t eat in it) and ended up insanely sick curled up in a ball for a while in their back room. I had started to wonder if my stomach stuff was “real” and well, I quickly realized it is. I’ve got to be really careful when I’m eating out- especially with the marathon.


  • PLAN- 20 minute tabata 
  • ACTUAL- 3.75 miles. 10 min warmup, 20 minutes of 30 sec 800 pace, 30 sec MGP

Something was up with my garmin and the pace never changed from 2:99. OBVIOUSLY that was wrong…but I ran what I thought felt like 800 pace and then goal pace. Lungs were a bit off from the allergy stuff (doc appt next week to figure out what is going on) and I was kinda okay with the timer being off- that way I didn’t stress too much. I know the hay is in the barn with the marathon and this run didn’t really matter.

Funny enough, I got an email from Coach later that morning to remind me to not over do my taper. I asked what he meant and he said to not run too hard on my runs- and just do as I’m told. I joked and said, his word was my running Bible (which it pretty much is) but after the run I had, there was no way my legs were going to be running faster than what he told me in my plan.


  • PLAN- rest day
  • ACTUAL- rest day


  • PLAN- 4 miles endurance pace
  • ACTUAL- 4 miles @ 8:36 avg pace

Well, foot in mouth. I DEFINITELY found myself pulling back a lot on this run after looking down at my watch and realizing…OOPS. Too fast.

The rest of the morning was full of love, blessings, and family. It was such a good day. We are officially Lila’s godparents. Super thankful to have a really talented sister who is a photographer. The pics below were just quick and easy shots and they are beautiful (in my opinion)!

IMG_1238_3 IMG_1235_2 IMG_1233_3 Sunday:

  • PLAN- 7 miles MGP
  • ACTUAL- 7 miles @ 7:57 pace, restorative yoga 

I started at 6:20 am and it was already 70 degrees. THE SUN WAS BARELY UP and already 70!!! Goodness, I’m so glad I’m not marathon training this summer. The run itself went really well, and I found myself having to pull back again. GOOD signs that the taper is going well. It was a quiet morning out on the beltline and I spent a lot of time reflecting on this training cycle. IMG_1242_2 I went to restorative yoga later that morning and then spent the rest of the day being SUPER lazy on the couch. Just what I needed.

Miles for the Week: 27.75

It was another high stress week for work and it felt great to finally get home Thursday night. Being gone all week meant another week without yoga and pilates, and I am so thankful I could get it in on Sunday. I did my foam rolling and stretching every day, too.

It’s officially race week. More on that to come!!

Has “summer” heat hit you yet? Do you keep snacks on you at all times? If so, what are some of your favs? 

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  • Lila is one lucky girl to have such awesome (and badass) godparents! Gorgeous pics and yay for another great training week. Yikes on the chicken salad. Ugh.

  • It’s basically here! I’m so excited. You have had a great training cycle and will crush it on Saturday!

    Summer has definitely hit us, it’s been hard to adjust to the humidity. I always have snacks on me…but they are for the boys 🙂

    That’s sweet that you are Lila’s godparents (and I love that name). You two look great!

  • Yippee for race week! And summer heat hit us about a month or so ago. Last week the temp for my run (started at 4:40AM) was 78* with 89% humidity. I agree, so glad I’ve only had a few weeks of that and not an entire training cycle!

    I’m the snack queen and there is almost always something in my purse and/or car ‘just in case’.

    Those pics are awesome!!

    Can’t wait to see you tomorrow!!! xoxo

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