Happy Monday Guys!! I can’t believe it, it’s almost here! Six more days and I will be running my first marathon! The journey to get here hasn’t been easy. Over the last 2 years, I have made major life changes, and I have overcome a lot of personal struggles, so this marathon means more to me then running a fast time. I honestly never thought my life would have turned out so beautiful, have so many wonderful people put in it, and become awakened to deepening my relationships with my family. I am grateful everyday for the people who are in my life, and for the daily support they give me. My athletes who I train are also a daily inspiration to me; their passion, diligence, and determination helps me to be a better athlete myself, so thank you guys! I love you so much! Without all of you I do not think I would be where I am today, so thank you from the bottom of my heart in helping me live a life of my wildest dreams! Without further adieu my training from last week, and my upcoming training for this week!

“Dream what you want to dream; go where you want to go; be what you want to be, because you have only one life and one chance to do all the things you want to do.”

Taper 9/15/2014 Monday Rest 0
9/16/2014 Tuesday Easy Run 4 8:20 – 9:00 8:55 pace
9/17/2014 Wednesday Taper Tempo 4.89 1 mile warm up, 4 mile tempo at 7:40 pace, 1 mile cool down Ended up have potty problem – Did about 3.89 tempo (7:30 avg) I should have known better not to eat 2 hours before the run. I ate heavy too. Mung Bean pasta with tomato sauce, so good, just not right before a run for this girl’s belly!
9/18/2014 Thursday Rest 0
9/19/2014 Sunday Recovery Run 4.67 4 miles easy (8:20 to 9:00) w/5 x 20 sec strides 8:20 avg pace
9/20/2014 Saturday Long 10 8:26 avg pace (Ran with David!)
9/21/2014 Sunday Rest 0 90 min massage!
Total Mileage 23.56


Taper 9/22/2014 Monday Rest 0
9/23/2014 Tuesday Tempo 5 1 mile warm-up, 2 – 3 miles at 7:40 pace, 1 mile cool down
9/24/2014 Wednesday Rest 0
9/25/2014 Thursday Easy Run 4
9/26/2014 Friday Rest 0
9/27/2014 Saturday Easy Run 2 15 min shake out easy
9/28/2014 Sunday Race 26.2
Total Mileage 37.2

*I’ll update paces as the week progresses!

Happy Training Guys!

*****Natalie Johnston is USATF & RRCA certified runner coach & Certified Personal Trainer serving areas PA, NYC, & NJ.*****