Running through fall

By | October 20, 2019

What a crazy couple of weeks. All is good on life & work front, but work is so busy and to be honest the last thing I want to do when I get home is sit at a computer.

Linking up with Kim and Deborah for a double the fun Weekly Run Down

Week of 10.6

  • never miss a Monday: running long on Saturdays has been good for Monday runs. This one nearly didn’t happen as it was supposed to storm, but I made it out and I was glad as it rained all week. 5+ miles on the east side. Yeah, this is that route that never ever measures the same. Six ish is fine with me.
  • Tuesday: gym. Probably PT. I don’t remember as it was ten days ago as of this writing.
  • Wednesday: Rogue. The prescribed workout:
The Workout: Speed Fartlek
Runners will do 2-4 sets of a 30/60/90 fartlek. One set equals:

– 30 seconds ON at 5K effort followed by 30 seconds easy

– 60 seconds ON at 5K effort followed by 60 seconds easy

– 90 seconds ON at 5K effort followed by 90 seconds easy

  • the reality: this was chilly hard fun. Fast too! I saw times I hadn’t seen since our July time trials (almost on the dot!), and this included easy/recovery. I was happy with this especially as no one was pacing me. This was on my own. I can push it when I need to. I like fall speed work.
  • Thursday: off. Tickets to the amazing production of Little Shop of Horrors. Sometimes theater way better than running.
  • Friday: benefit of a Sunday race is I could run Friday. I went home with Mom & Bob after Thursday’s show and had a gorgeous fall run through my hometown. The funniest thing about this route was that the first part was the route Dad gave me and a friend for riding to tennis camp to make the best of some hills between home and the courts. I was happy to incorporate and alleviate those hills for something other than my usual out and back down Broadway to the Hook.
  • Saturday: off, drive to Albany and five year old’s Batman party.

Week’s mileage: 13.66 due to long run moving.

Week of 10.13

Finish Line focus!

  • Sunday: Hannaford Half Marathon + a couple warm up miles.  Nice to have some free race shots, but Judy and Heidi’s were better, mostly because I heard them and could Ham

who says there are no east river sunsets?

  • never miss a Monday: lazy lazy lazy Monday. Finally got myself out the door and although my legs were sore & stiff from car ride home from Albany, ran some. It was a true shakeout run wherein I needed to stop in mile one to stretch, but was overall good. Six wasn’t happening and I’m OK with that.
  • Tuesday: off, Jack o Lantern Blaze. So much fall fun.
  • Wednesday: Rogue, Dellinger redux. I came down with a case of, as Liz introduced me to, maranoia. We had a n’oreaster come through and I was so worried I’d slip and fall on wet leaves especially in the super dark segment. The group was tiny and did not include me as I went to the gym instead. I realized just how spoiled rotten I’ve been with a not terrible summer. This is the first time I “had” to take my run inside since July’s heat wave. Since I began running in January, I was never anti treadmill (I was actually anti outside! ” I jogged outside for the first time. It was.. underwhelming. I realized quickly I didn’t actually like running on pavement. It was too jarring.”), but I’m glad to have trained almost exclusively outdoors. The run was 13 seconds slower than last time, but I had a pacer then. I was proud of this effort and consistency.
  • Thursday: what I have taken to calling yohab. Yoga, PT exercises. I probably could have run, but it was dark and chilly by the time I left so I decided a solid gym session would be better.
  • Friday: planned on PT/yoga again for the hammy. Reality was at my desk until 8p. Unplanned off day. Despite success with real food last Saturday, I went back to the avocado for dinner. I need to fix this for spring.

Wind burned and smiling

  • Saturday: 14 never felt so short after the 18s and 20s of the last month or so. A picture perfect fall day for a run up to the lighthouse and back. I did the first five with Mo until she turned back as she’s only doing ten with Marine Corps next week and then the next two-ish with Nicole and Sarah to the lighthouse. I went out too quickly trying to keep up, but held it together for a solid 14m run. Only one podcast as I was social the first half. Marathon Race Questions sounded good, but was mostly a recap of current events and not enough on questions. This felt strong and like I’m ready. The most surprising thing came post run – normally I pick up my laundry on the way home, but I was carrying too much for that so I went up my stairs and willingly back down. My knees didn’t hurt! I’ll be honest though, I’m looking forward to this being my max distance. I am tired. Second surprise, I was not craving sushi for the second long run in recent weeks. Wonder if that’s lack of a need for salt as in summer. Speaking of salt, has anyone else tried REFIX? It’s a seawater based drink. JackRabbit had samples yesterday post run. I think I’m a fan.
  • Sunday: off, Giants game

Weekly/total mileage: 37.7 // 403.47. Holy cow.

Plan for the week:

  • Monday: run after work
  • Tuesday: off/cross
  • Wednesday: Rogue
  • Thursday: run?
  • Friday: off
  • Saturday: the last ten miles(!)  with JackRabbit/Rogue


14 thoughts on “Running through fall

  1. Darlene

    OMG. Theater is way more important than running.

    You are so ready for this marathon thing.

    And yes, I ran 12 and boy was that way easier than 18 or 20,.

    EEK…TWO WEEKS TO GO!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Deborah Brooks

    Race day is coming soon! Looking ready girl! I have not tried sea water sounds interesting and salty :). I do think my hydration needs have changed again with the cooler temps. Thanks for linking up!

  3. Liz Dexter

    Yohab – love it! And you will be tired, you’ve done well to beat that, I’m usually in the fatigue zone for a good six weeks before a marathon. Not long to go: so exciting!

  4. Chocolaterunsjudy

    You are in that home stretch now. Maranoia — I hadn’t heard that one, either.

    I can eat sushi any where, any time, for whatever reason. I don’t use the soy sauce, though, so it’s not salty for me. Still you may want to eat more of it before a marathon. And yet not go crazy, either. What time is your start time? The late start times for NYC must make things tricky.

    I am totally ok with missing a Monday. It really just matters how my week shakes out.

  5. therightfits

    Race day will be here so soon! Wishing you all the luck. Ha, it’s funny that 14 feels short during marathon training 🙂

  6. Lisa @ TechChick Adventures

    My daughter’s high school performed Little Shop of Horrors last year. It was so good! Yohab is a great word. Gotta take care of yourself! Do you take a yoga class to help with your hamstrings, or a video?

  7. Laurie

    So funny to read that a 14-miler felt short. Your training went really well. You are gonna do great in your race. Good luck!

  8. kookyrunner

    LOL, isn’t is funny how 14 miles seems short? That’s how you know you’ve been marathon training 🙂
    Awesome job on all of your workouts!

  9. Kim at Running on the Fly

    All of our big race days are fast approaching! It’s really surreal to think this time next week, I’ll be ready to head back home from mine 😉 Great job…you’re in the home stretch!

  10. Marcia

    Maranoia and Yohab. Love these terms! Great week for you. I’ll bet you’re tired but it’s almost time. Excited for you!

    1. cari Post author

      Do you have any tips from when you ran NY? I haven’t browsed back through your archives, so happy to just have a link. Loved the one you did last week for Chicago? Thank you!

  11. Coco

    Wow, I can’t imagine a 14 miler seeming “short.” You have had such a great training cycle! LOL on yohab – could be the start of a new craze! Loved your pics from the Giants game. I was glued to the couch watching tv yesterday afternoon.

  12. Debbie @ Deb Runs

    Good job, Cari! By the time I’m commenting you’re down to just over one week until your marathon. I know it’s early, but are you stalking the weather yet? 😉


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