Happy Monday, guys! Hope you all had a great weekend! It definitely seems like summer is slipping away from us and fall will be here in no time. And speaking of fall, the weather has been insanely cool and almost fall-like for the past few weeks, which makes training so much more bearable. I’m still getting super sweaty, but it’s not a disgusting mess like August in NYC usually is. Knock on wood it keeps up! Last week was a pretty good week for me, and as of today there are just 76 days until the NYC marathon! Eek! Let’s recap:
Monday 8/11: I opted to sleep in and skip 6am CrossFit. I was also feeling some tightness in my right calf, so instead of just hitting up a night WOD, I did a 60 minute yoga for runners. With my yoga partner, of course.
Tuesday 8/12: My training plan called for 5 miles (1 warm-up, 4 at 9:15 pace). My stupid Garmin decided to act crazy again today, so I had no clue what my paces were. It was bouncing around from 7:50-10:30 and it seemed like if I sped up, my pace slowed. No clue what was happening, but of course I pushed pretty hard to make up for it, and resulted in these splits: 9:45, 8:57, 9:09, 9:05, 9:08.
Wednesday 8/13: CrossFit. If you follow my recaps each week, you’ll know Wednesday=rowing. The workout was 4x500m row (each for time) with 4 minutes rest between. I was pretty happy with my times: 1:58, 1:54, 1:57 and 2:01. Definitely burned out for the last one. Then we did some shoulder mobility and kettle bell swings (not for time).
Thursday 8/14: 6 miles with 10 x 1 minute pick-ups at 8:00 pace. This felt good at first, but definitely got harder as I went along.
Friday 8/15: Rest
Saturday 8/16: Cutback week!!! Which meant I “only” had 8 easy miles to run, but they were not so easy. I felt like everything hurt and I was slow and wah, wah, wah! But then I texted my running buddy and she gave me the best advice: “Don’t think, just run.” Thanks, Beth! It totally changed my attitude and I just ran. I finished feeling much stronger than when I started and have moved on. Shitty runs happen, and this one wasn’t even that shitty. 10:10 average pace.
Sunday 8/17: 3 easy miles, 9:51 average pace.
Weekly totals: 22 miles, 1 CrossFit class, 1 yoga session, 1 rest day
What’s the best piece of running advice you’ve received? How much are you enjoying the cooler summer temps? Tell me about it!