Running through fall

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 comments to this article

  1. Darlene

    on October 20, 2019 at 13:29 - Reply

    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

    on October 20, 2019 at 13:33 - Reply

    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

    on October 20, 2019 at 13:34 - Reply

    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

    on October 20, 2019 at 14:42 - Reply

    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

    on October 20, 2019 at 19:53 - Reply

    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

    on October 20, 2019 at 20:17 - Reply

    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

    on October 20, 2019 at 20:52 - Reply

    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

    on October 20, 2019 at 20:55 - Reply

    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

    on October 20, 2019 at 22:33 - Reply

    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

    on October 21, 2019 at 07:12 - Reply

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

    • cari

      on October 21, 2019 at 08:50 - Reply

      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

    on October 21, 2019 at 17:54 - Reply

    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. Melissa (I Crashed the Web)

    on October 23, 2019 at 09:05 - Reply

    YAY! You know you’re ready for the race when 14 miles seems short. You are doing a fabulous job!!! Keep it up!

  13. Debbie @ Deb Runs

    on October 25, 2019 at 21:41 - Reply

    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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