Grandma’s Marathon Training

April 12, 2012

June 16th I will be running Grandma’s Marathon in Duluth, Minnesota.

This will be my third marathon and the second time running Grandma’s.

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I have been diligently training since the beginning of February and surprisingly I am almost half-way through my the plan.

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I was even good about running while in Hawaii! I just couldn’t pass up the opportunity to run in shorts and a tank top every day! (I can’t even do that in the summer here.) I absolutely loved sweating it out every day and then jumping in the pool afterward.

Plus, I loved exploring the area on foot. I got to experience and see so many things I never would have never noticed otherwise.

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For this marathon, I am following the 2012 Advanced Marathon Training Plan from the Grandma’s Marathon website.

It is a pretty intense plan that peaks at 70 miles, with 6-7 days of running, and includes a 24-miler! When I ran my marathon last year, I peaked at 60 miles for the week, and I’ve already hit 60 miles this training plan, so I’m feeling pretty confident I will be that much stronger for this marathon.

I’ve changed things up a little here and there—changing the long run from Sunday to Saturday and rearranging mileage slightly based on my schedule—but otherwise, I have been sticking to the plan.

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I’ve been keeping track of all my mileage in my Runner’s World Training Journal. I enjoy documenting everything by hand and love the layout of this log book.

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Overall, my marathon training has been going very well: I haven’t been injured and I have not gotten sick yet (knock on wood). There have been periods of being tired, but I usually get a day off right when I need it and bounce back pretty quickly.

I am feeling very good about the progress I’ve made so far, and I’m hoping this time I can qualify for Boston!


Last night I ran outside in the sun!

I was supposed to go to the Skinny Raven Running Club at The Dome (the indoor track) and complete a speed workout, but there was a track meet going on, so I had to change my plans. This was actually a good thing for my plan because I was supposed to do an easy run instead of a track workout anyway.

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I ran 7 miles in 1:01, which isn’t stellar, but it is okay these days.

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The roads are finally starting to dry up, but now all the snow is melting and I have to dodge the water puddles.

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Another good thing about the snow melting: I can finally get paid to run. 😉 (Money I found on my run.)

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Overall, the run was okay. I always have a bloated stomach in the evening. (I am trying to figure out why: for a long time I thought it was something I was eating but now I’m thinking it is from stress.) Whatever the reason, my bloated stomach makes running in the afternoon/evening very uncomfortable. The bloat wasn’t horrible last night, but still not all that enjoyable.

Anyway, today is a rest day. I already went to yoga this morning and have a massage right after work today. 🙂



If you are training for something, share what you are training for and how it’s going!


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    1. I suffer from afternoon/evening stomach bloat. I went to gastrointerologist and they tested me for celiacs disease (came back negative), Lactos (negative) and small bacterial intestional overgrowth (positive). Bascially, my stomach can’t handle the good bacteria I put into it and it creates a lot of bloat. I also find that if I consume too much protein at one time, it also creates painful bloat.

      In order to keep the bloat at bay for the most part, (I still get bloat, maybe 2-3 times a week still, but that is MUCH better from the 7 days a week before) I try to eat certain foods in order. For instance, if I am going to have a salad, yogurt and apple for lunch, I have to have my yogurt before my apple no matter what. The acid and fiber in the apple will instantly give me bloat and the yogurt gives my stomach a coating so that the apple can be digested a little more easily and less painful.

      I normally work out during my lunch break at work and on a really tough workout I may have 8oz of a protein shake when I am done. If I eat my yogurt too close to when I had the protein shake, I am in the worst pain for the rest of the day. Also, do you find it hard to eat dinner when you have the bloat? My husband gets so upset because I won’t want to eat dinner because I am so uncomfortable.

      I hope it gets better and happy marathon training!

      1. Yeah! I’m so glad someone can sympathize with me because I’m pretty sure my husband thinks I’m crazy.

        I, too, don’t think I have celiacs disease (or even a gluten-intolerant) or lactose-intolerant, which is why I can’t figure it out.

        I’ll have to experiment with the order in which I eat my food to see if that makes a difference.

        Thanks so much for the information.

    1. I ran my first half last month on Maui and posted it a day or so ago. :-). That was my training….but still in the training mode to simply run father and faster.

      1. Congrats on completing your first half-marathon. Did you post about it on your blog? If you are willing to share, can you post your blog’s link again? Thanks!

    1. Man, you crazy distance runners… 🙂 I’ve never run more than a half and can’t imagine doing more! And 7 miles in just over an hour sounds amazing to me! My time for my 1/2 was 1:58. Granted, it was extremely hilly… but still!
      And you’ll be running in the sunshine all the time soon enough- and during the daytime on weekdays! YES!

      1. For the longest time, I could not imagine running anything more than a half-marathon! After a half, I’d get done and think, “there is NO way I could retrace my steps and run the distance again!”

        Yes, running in sunshine every day is going to be amazing this summer! 🙂

    1. That’s awesome! I’m training for the Mayor’s Marathon (in Anchorage!) which is on June 23rd. Training is good well so far. I’m getting very excited.

      I had a week or 2 of bloat about a month ago and finally determined that it was because of the high-fiber cereal that I had started eating. Apparently, I didn’t need that much fiber. Maybe it’s something like that?

      1. I don’t think it is just one food item because I’ve had this bloat for a couple of years now. 🙁

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