I really cannot believe I am already at week 14 of marathon training which means only 5 weeks to go until the Chicago marathon! When I first started this journey, I was really nervous. I thought I would get injured, the long runs would be boring and unbearable, I would not have the time for training runs among other hesitations. Well, with only two really longs runs to go, I’m still healthy, I’m still enjoying my workouts and have yet to experience any race day anxiety. 

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I just got a new pair of sneakers to break in for the marathon. I love my old Adidas boost but feel like they are breaking down after wearing them throughout the entire training period. After 3 runs in the new ones though, I feel like I’m starting to get blisters on my pinky toes at 6 miles. I’m scared to wear them for longer runs since I didn’t need to break in my Energy Boost 2.0’s at all. 

Yesteday, I received an exciting new gadget to test out. I used it yesterday for my 6 mile run and so far, I love it! I will share my full review after a few more uses but basically it is the TomTom Run Cardio watch that has GPS AND a heart rate monitor built into the wrist watch, the first of it’s kind!

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It picked mine up after 2 minutes of warming up. The GPS signal was reached within 3 minutes of hitting start. I love my TomTom multisport watch so I’m hoping the HR monitor really can pick up my HR through my wrist after many uses. So far, so good and I felt like it was accurate. 

Given the additional cardio, I’ve been eating more quality calories, specifically more carbs. Normally, I am a salad at lunch kinda girl, but sandwiches have been hitting the spot. It’s funny though, my skin has totally been breaking out since I started eating more gluten and cheese. I’ve also been having heartburn. Just confirms my previous suspicions and why I’ll probably cut back again after the marathon.

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I’ve been saying yes to dessert even on the week days. This is a banana cream pie with chocolate covered bacon fudge from Tremont 649 in the South End. 

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Through my sandwich cravings, I discovered an incredible sandwich at The South End Buttery. I can’t remember the name but I think it was called the Californian. It came with bacon, avocado, cheese, sprouts, tomato and kale pesto! I added turkey for the extra protein. OMG. This is my new favorite sandwich in Boston. 

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My jaw kinda hurt afterwards from trying to fit this thing in my mouth. 

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For breakfast, instead of smoothies, lately I’ve been having 2 slices of Ezekial Cinnamon Raise toast with a little almond butter or MaraNatha Coconut Almond Butter blend, which is delicious, expensive ($10!!) and does have a little added sugar so it’s not something I will have on a regular basis but is a nice treat before morning runs or teaching. 

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I think this post calls for an updated “What I Eat In A Day” marathon training edition. I am going on vacation for a little over a week starting Thursday so it will be tough to get in my training while abroad in the UK. It is my first visit and this trip has been planned for a whole year. I can’t believe it is still here. 

I have a 20 miler tomorrow and then a 22 miler when I get back on Saturday of next week. After that, I have just 2 “long runs” consisting of 10 and 15 miles and then it’s show time. Holy crap! I can’t believe it is almost here… 

On my long runs, I’ve been listening to Divergent on Audible. It’s has helped pass the time for sure! I’m almost done book 1 and will probably finish it tomorrow. I do wish I had people to run with but since my schedule is so random compared to other people, it would be hard to organize a regular run buddy or group. I don’t mind running alone but if I didn’t have an audiobook, I think I would hate it! I look forward to my longs runs because I want to know what happens next. During my run, I just focus on when I get to eat my next gel or shot block. They really are quite delicious. 

Any advice for my last 5 weeks?

For those who are running Chicago too, the meet up is going to be on Saturday late morning. Exact time and place is TBD but I was thinking of doing a group shake out run. Not sure how long those are since my trainer Jess hasn’t filled in on my training schedule what I’m supposed to do on Saturday but I feel like people usually run like 2 easy miles the day before, right? 


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  • Lauren

    Can’t wait to meet up with you in Chicago for a group shakeout run! With marathon training you definitely need more carbs so I’ve been eating carbs with lunch and more sandwiches too. I have been loving Vans gluten free blueberry waffles with PB for breakfast!

  • Ashley

    Way to go, Sarah! And that Californian sandwich looks amazing!!

    I am training for a half right now and I have noticed my face is breaking out as well. I think it is because of the extra carbs that I don’t usually eat. I get super embarrassed, but know once I get back to my normal routine my skin will clear up again.

    I look forward to hearing more about your training, etc!

  • Nicole

    I’ll be running the Chicago marathon as well! This is going to be my fourth in the past two years. If I could give any advice for your last five weeks is not to stress about the race. You’re more prepared than you think!

    I would love to meet up for the run while in Chicago. I am an inspiring fitness blogger. My website http://www.runsandwods.com is launching tomorrow. It’s all about how CrossFit has made me become a better runner and helped me finished 98th overall for female runners at the 2013 NYC marathon.

    Run fast!

  • Marie K

    I’m experiencing the same break out scenario! I’m 2 1/2 weeks out from my first marathon and since bringing gluten and dairy back into my diet, my face is a disaster!! I also feel pretty terrible and have crazy sweet cravings. I removed all gluten and most processed junk carbs (other than energy chews during long runs) from my diet in hopes of some improvement and I’ve started feeling better. I agree…this definitely validates my original thoughts on these items.

    • Sarah

      haha yes it would however -- I eat dessert pretty regularly throughout the year -- I have a huge sweet tooth, I just don’t take pictures because it’s usually in a dark restaurant or I forget before it’s gone! It hasn’t caused me to breakout or have heart burn prior to marathon training.

    • Sarah

      Yes, I know! This one was planned before the other one which was for my 30th birthday. I had never been before and probably will not be back for a long time. Trying to get all my travel in while I’m child free! haha

  • Kim

    Sarah! Hello I have been watching your videos for 2 years I think all over YouTube. Thank you for all your wonderful information. I ran my first Marathon in Rome earlier this year….All I can Say is AMAAZiNG experience. Like you I to run my training runs mostly alone as well, or my husband rode his bike beside me lol. Running an Marathon is a great accomplishment . Hence, I am scheduled to run The Venice marathon in October and the Disney Marathon in Jan… You got this,.. good luck and happy running

    Ciao Bella!

  • Michelle

    I’m doing my 22 mile run Saturday the 20th too. If you want to run together (with the group I run with -- L Street in Southie) let me know!

  • Brooke@SweetnSweaty

    I am training for my first marathon and am a month behind you. My race is November 8th. I love these post. Thanks for leading the way and sharing your experience. I am thinking about downloading an audiobook for my long runs now!

  • Renee Benda

    I have never run a marathon so I have nothing to offer you here. Just the basics listen to your body it knows! Enjoy the UK! I love those sneakers what a fun color and great workout out up top I’m stealing a few of those moves for my class today!

  • Meghan

    Just wondering how you’re liking the Tom Tom now that you’ve been using it for awhile and for longer runs. I’m thinking about investing in a GPS watch, but I’m not sure which one to get. Any advice? I’m mostly looking for something basic. I run regularly, but would still consider myself a more beginning level runner and I’m not doing any serious training, just want a better way to track my workouts.

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