NYCM Training: Week 2

28 Jul

Hi there and happy Monday!  So last Friday, NYRR posted this to their social media:

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And then I panicked a little.  Am I really going to get to the start line in 100 days?!  It seems so far away still, but 100 days will fly by so quickly.  Today starts week 3 of training for me and I’m feeling confident, but it’s ONLY week 3!  I already recapped Week 1 of training, so let’s see how week 2 went.

Monday: CrossFit.  This was one of those workouts where I had to really force myself to go.  I saw the workout Sunday night and was dreading it all the way up until I walked in the door of 516 in the morning.  We did 4 sets with 4 min rest between each of:

3 rounds (each for time): 5 thrusters (I used 45lb), 7 pull-ups, 9 push-ups.  All of these movements are tough for me, but it’s good to focus on your weaknesses, right?!  My times were 3:11, 3:09, 3:42 and 3:40.  Woof.

Tuesday: My plan called for 4 miles with 5 x 2min @ 8:30 pace.  I have to say I was am a little intimidated by these faster (for me) paces, especially in the midst of the summer heat and humidity.  But I woke up, laced up my Asics, strapped on my Garmin and headed out anyway.  And then waited and waited for my freakin Garmin to find signal:

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Which it never did.  Or at least didn’t for almost 5 minutes, which is the longest I will wait.  So I switched it to timer mode and took off.  I ran for 40 minutes (approx 4 miles based on my regular route) and guessed my pace for the pick-ups.  I felt good, but definitely tired by the last one.

I was feeling a little tight at work Tuesday, so opted to do a nice and short yoga practice at night.  I had purchased a Groupon for YogaDownload.com, so I would have access to yoga videos for times like this, so I did a 30-minute restorative yoga that involved a lot of breathing and stretching.  Just what I needed!

Wednesday: CrossFit. The workout was more rowing and I felt pretty strong (and stayed consistent) during.

cfThe rowing was quite the workout, but let’s quickly talk about GHD sit-ups.  GHD stands for Glute-Ham Developer and it’s a full range of motion exercise where proper form is crucial.  The workout engages all of your abdominal muscles and you truly feel it in the day or days following.  For me, my abs were sore until Sunday from these sit-ups.  Laughing, sneezing, sitting upright in bed…all not fun while sore from GHD.

Thursday: CrossFit.  After a serious warm-up, we partnered up for Team Thursdays, which happened to be one of the benchmark workouts, “Angie”.  For those not familiar with CrossFit, there are several benchmark workouts (named after different women-more on that here) that are periodically repeated to track progress.  I’ve heard how brutal Angie can be and have seen how badly it beat up boyfriend a little while back…so I’m really glad we did it as a partner workout.

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I paired up with Astrid, a bad-ass girl who is also training for the NYC Marathon!  I used bands for the pull-ups and did “girl” push-ups, but my partner kicked ass doing it normal.  It was still brutal, but we pushed each other and finished in 14:16.

Friday: Rest-I was supposed to do 4 easy miles, but just never got to it.  I slept in on Friday morning and after a crazy day I just didn’t have it in me.

Saturday: 12 miles.  Once again, I struggled to get myself out of bed with my alarm, so I started late.  Or late for summer running, anyway.  I decided to run out to the beach, along the Jones Beach boardwalk and back.  When I started it was overcast, but the sun quickly came through and it got HOT.

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Beautiful, right?  I still miss running in NYC and Central Park, but Long Island has some pretty sweet views.  To fuel, I brought dates stuffed with peanut butter and sprinkled with salt.  I took two at 4.5 miles and 2 at 9.5 miles. At the turnaround, I made sure to refill my handheld water bottle and splashed water over my head, which felt AMAZING in the heat.

Sunday: 4 recovery miles (10:28 average pace).

Weekly mileage: 20, so far so good! :)

Who else is training for NYC?  Another fall marathon?  How do you work in cross-training?  Have you ever been in GHD pain?  Tell me about it!

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13 Running Questions

24 Jul

A few days back I caught this run survey on Audrey’s blog and decided to do one myself.  I always think surveys are a fun little way to get to know more about the person behind the blog, and in this case…their running!  Plus, after all that talk of ice cream earlier in the week it’ll be good to switch gears back to something healthy!  Haha! So here goes…

1. Best run ever: I think this goes to my 20-miler from last year’s marathon training, where I ran the 5th Avenue Mile in the middle.  I accomplished big things in both distance and speed that day, and it was awesome!

2. Three words that describe my running: Humbling, calming, fun.

3. My go-to running outfit is: Nike Legend 2.0 Dri Fit CaprisGapFit Motion Racer tank, Moving Comfort Fiona bra, Asics Gel-Cumulus/GT-2000, Balega Hidden Comfort socks, Sparkly Soul headband.  As pictured here: 767291-1317-0003s 4. Quirky habit while running: I have to admit I have a few, but the quirkiest is probably my rapping.  I run to a lot of hip-hop/rap music and don’t hesitate to rap while running!  I also am super anal about my bib (and everyone else’s for that matter…) being perfectly centered and straight for races. You people and your half-pinned, sideways, floppy bibs blow my mind!

5. Morning, midday, evening: Morning is definitely my fave, although I can get a run done anytime.  I love morning runs the most because once they’re done you feel so accomplished all day.  And I love running by houses thinking “they’re sleeping and I’m running!” Whatever makes you feel good…right?!

6. I won’t run outside when it’s: icy, I guess.  Otherwise I’ll run outside in the rain, snow, heat, cold, whatever!  Much prefer outdoors to the treadmill.

7. Worst injury—and how I got over it:  ITB/hip issues/weakness during training for Philly marathon last fall.  I did a lot of Physical Therapy, took a lot of time off and then started over and focused on getting STRONG with CrossFit!

8. My Personal Best half marathon or marathon: Currently training for my first/best marathon (NYCM on November 2, 2014!), but my best half is from Brooklyn this year-1:58:45! :)

9. Next race is: As of now, the TCS New York City Marathon!  I haven’t signed up for any shorter distances yet, although I’m sure I’ll add a few into my training.

10. Running goal for 2014: Start (and finish) that damn marathon.

11. What GPS watch do I use: Garmin Forerunner 10. It’s cute, it’s simple and as long as it’s not taking years to find a satellite (like it did this past Tuesday…), I love it!image (4) 12. How do I stay motivated to run during summer: I’m sure some people will hate this response, but I don’t think my motivation dips in the summer.  If anything, I’m more motivated by finding new and interesting outdoor places to run, whereas in winter I tend to stick to the routes I know are cleared of snow!

13. Favorite post run treat: Chocolate milk. Duh!  Oh and pickles in the summer when I want some more salt.  No, I’m not preggers…just a sweaty runner girl. chocmilk

 

Now wasn’t that fun?! Your turn…pick 1 or 2 questions and share your answers in the comments below! :)

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