Sunday, September 29, 2013

NYCM: Five Weeks To Go

Like last week, this week started off great but ended off less than ideally. While I ended up with a weekly mileage high, I also missed two runs due to an untimely head cold. Overall I'm happy with where I am with my training but at the same time I know I'm capable of more if I could stay healthy.


When I woke up Monday morning I had every intention of doing my prescribed 7 mile interval workout. When I started running my legs not so gently reminded me that on Saturday I did a tempo run and Sunday I did a very hilly long run. Since Saturday was supposed to be a recovery run I made Monday my recovery run instead. My calves were pretty tight so I did 40 minutes in the morning, planning to do the last 3 miles in the evening.

Thankfully my second run of the day was much better. My boyfriend an I drove over to Patapsco State Park to get in some trail miles. I ended up taking a good fall, leaving my right hip a bit sore and bruised but the 900+ feet of elevation gain and gorgeous sunset views more than made up for it.

4 miles, 10:02 avg
4.88 miles, 11:09 avg


Normally I swim on Tuesday evenings but due to my eye infection I'm not allowed to swim until next week. This ended up being a much needed rest day that my legs thanked me for dearly.

rest day


As much of a struggle as I had last week getting out of bed to run this week was even worse. I snoozed for an hour and had all but put the run off until the evening until I saw that there was a soccer game meaning the track would be closed. Based on my warm up I had no expectations for this run. Glad things turned around quickly.

I did a pretty similar workout as last week, except this week featured more repeats at each pace
15 min warm up, 3x 1 mile @ 8:45, 3x 1 mile @ 8:30, 3x 1 mile @ 8:00, 15 min warm down, with 1 minute rest after each repeat and 4 minutes rest after each round
8:39, 8:42, 8:39 / 8:31, 8:25, 8:25 / 7:56, 7:56, 7:53

Somehow each round felt easier, which was the goal, but it doesn't make a whole lot of sense to me how that happens. I'll take it though. This workout isn't the kind that has you pushing yourself out of your comfort zone on the verge of puking from pushing so hard. It is the kind of workout that gives you confidence. I found myself having to slow down to not go too fast to the point that I almost felt like I was walking at times. Mission accomplished.

Afterward I headed to the weight room for a quick 30 minute strength session. I've definitely been slacking in the strength department but am trying to get back on track.

12 miles, 8:33 avg
30 min strength


Thursday night Lululemon run club. I normally don't like running with other people as I tend to get too competitive and run faster than necessary but after the track and strength combo on Wednesday my legs are all about recovery come Thursday. Such a fun group of people too.

3 miles, 10:11 avg


First true long run done. 18 strong miles that flew by with the help of my dad. Really never expected to feel so good over so many miles.

A few hours after my run my face started hurting and I noticed I was getting congested. I've been sick enough times in the past to know this was not just allergies. I also wasn't hungry and only had a smoothie and an egg sandwich the whole day.

18 miles, ~9:10 avg


Planned bike ride but skipped said bike ride in favor of sleeping in and resting all day.

rest day


Another unplanned rest day. I almost went out for a run but fell asleep on the couch instead. 

rest day

41.88 miles
7 hours


  1. Looks like even though the week started off less than favorably, you finished strong! Way to go!

  2. That is one solid week of workouts! You must be getting pumped for NYC. I suspect that after what happened last year, this year will be pretty amazing.

  3. Sorry you weren't feeling well but that definitely still a great week, 40+ miles in the bank towards NYC!