Marathon training and the marathon is starting to feel real. Not frightening or anything, just real. I think the absolutely gorgeous fall weather contributed. As I mentioned, I’m really enjoying marathon training, but shared a few of the downsides over coffee.
Just a quick recap as this was a busy week.
- Sunday: yep, I actually did something worth writing about on a Sunday. A friend texted me Sunday morning to see if I wanted to run, but she was already on her way to the park and I hadn’t gotten up yet, so I didn’t join her. After lazing around much of the day I was feeling itchy for a run and wanted to get the gym visit cycle off to a good start so I ran to the gym. After making use of their amazing foam roller on my super knotted calf, I realized I still wanted to run. I’m not sure if it was the stretch and roll or I just warmed up after two miles, but I ran home too. It was a beautiful Sunday and I didn’t want to waste the weather. Also, Sunday afternoons are about to get more full with football around the corner. Yep, one of my favorite parts of fall. Running on Sunday totally threw off my routine for the rest of the week.
- Monday: sort of missed, but not really. I took advantage of a rainy day and Marie Kondo’ed my bookshelves. I do not have space to add another and my running gear has taken over 1.3 of one, so I made the gels share with a handful of my hard copy running reads. I love my Kindle, but some really need to be read in print. And no, that landline doesn’t work – I just can’t get behind the entertainment center to disconnect it. Project for another weekend.
- Tuesday: back to reality after a 4 day weekend. Somehow I escaped to squeeze in a short run between calls. Strava just made me laugh. GPS clearly wanted an adventure of its own as I promise I did not hover over to the far side of Roosevelt Island. I knew something was off when mile 5 came in at 8+ but was super confused by hitting six while still on the promenade. This run is always six even when it also has a blip, there’s no way it was 6.3. GPS, you funny. Run felt good.
- Wednesday: Rogue group training. The prescribed workout:
The workout: 2 Mile Progressive Repeats: Marathoners will do 2 sets x 2 mile repeats with 2 minutes rest between each. Do the first one at HMGP, (half marathon goal pace), and then the second one between 10K and HMGP. The goal is to get faster on the second set, exactly how much faster doesn’t matter so much. Run easy warm up & cool down according to required daily total mileage.Why?Progression runs teach runners pacing control and to run fast on tired legs. Developing this skill will help prepare runners for better race day performances. Of course as a bonus, we are also doing work at or near tempo effort (especially early), which is also one of the sweet spots of aerobic development.
- Reality? The first time in a while I ran the day before our group workout. That and a dose of 80, humidity made for subpar speed work, but it was a fun effort. We got out a little later than normal and it was a long-ish workout so by the final stretch I couldn’t read my watch to judge my pace. I love the decision to get transition lenses – but they’re really not good for reading. No, it cannot be at all possible that I need bifocals. Nope nope nope 🙂
- Thursday: I’d call this running friends not running, except Darlene ran to meet us. Pier I is one of Elizabeth’s and my favorite restaurants, and it’s not just for the food. The sky wasn’t great when we met, but it exploded with color as Dorian’s fringe clouds came in. A beautiful off day, finally got some walks in too.
- Friday: cold and rainy! Weather has been so weird. I had an after work event in Chelsea (great exhibit) and as has become a bad habit, I got home too late to get avocado toast. I was desperate to fix my fueling issues from the last long run so I spent too much on an avocado to make my favorite dish: ranch dressing and an avocado. Paired that with a handful of Reese’s Pieces for some hard core adulting. Maybe I’ll even buy a toaster, although I have neither room nor outlet for it.
- Saturday: 18! I was glad when the coaches sent out the route on Friday night. It’s flat until you hit the Park and so so scenic. Depending on the shoreline angle, you can see the lighthouse coming and the bridge is visible from the start so it’s a good/bad thing depending on how the miles are going. Yesterday I didn’t mind one bit. I fell behind quickly, which I expected, and listened to Running Rogue’s Missing Goals Part 2. I was surprised when I got to the lighthouse that I wasn’t too far behind the pack or the secondary pack. I ended up running the final eleven with-ish the secondary pack of 5, which was a pleasant surprise. Mo and I ran together and we called the water fountains the great equalizer as that was when we’d catch up with the others. I had excellent practice in holding my hands steady while running when I lost the cap of my disposable water bottle around mile nine. It worked-ish until I finally tossed it coming into Central Park around mile 13. I ended up close to the assigned route, we weren’t sure in CP whether we were supposed to go higher up or just loop the reservoir. BUt the mileage was right so I didn’t stress. We walked part of mile 13 as W. 72nd was crowded with shoppers and I didn’t feel like playing dodg’em. The cool temperatures helped but so did the avocado. I started the day with my now-standard frozen Science in Sport lemon at half strength — that bottle was cold until it thawed. I had two half started packages of Cliff Block margaritas, which I took every ~2.5 miles or so. When I refilled I had a lemon and then a berry SiS tablet. When I tossed the disposable bottle, I just went with plain water in my reusable as I don’t want it to keep that taste forever. I had honey stinger chews with me, but didn’t need to break into them. Overall, very pleased with this run. Perfect? No. But wow, 18!
- Sunday: it’s rare that I spectate races. Usually if I’m not running, I’m not here. Despite being the closest start line to my front door, I’ve never run the Fifth Avenue Mile either. One of those things had to change this week, and I definitely wasn’t racing a mile after running eighteen. My friend Elizabeth and one of my coaches from Rogue were running and I decided to wake up at 6:30 to go spectate. Who am I?!? Also surprised, legs felt pretty good – I think the post-run errands and gym for foam roller/yoga were good choices. Spectators were relatively sparse so it felt good to cheer on random runners. After some further mischief, I went to the gym for some stretching, PT and strength training. Maybe could have cross trained, but that seemed to be pushing it. Still a solid walk in, which felt good.
Week mileage: 32.89 EEEK
Total mileage: 240.24. That’s an easy peasy calculation – otherwise never use my calculator app and it retains prior week’s total.
Plan for the Week:
- Monday: run
- Tuesday: off/cross
- Wednesday: Rogue or run to Memorial as I do for 9/11
- Thursday: off/cross
- Friday: off
- Saturday/Sunday: TBD. I can either do Rogue’s 20, or I’m signed up for NYRR 18 Sunday. I’m a little concerned about timing of NYRR and getting to Giants game, so may run with the group instead on Saturday. I’ll likely decide this on Friday.