NYCM Training: Week 5

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.

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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.  

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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!

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7 comments on “NYCM Training: Week 5

  1. The best piece of running advice I’ve received is to “run your own race.” I am competitive so it helped me focus on beating my own personal beats and not worrying or getting obsessed about what there were doing.

    I had a long run (12 miles) yesterday and it was overcast and slightly cool! I loved it for running but wanted the sunshine and hot weather when I was finished (and had stopped sweating!) Fall is really the best running season!

    Which yoga for runners do you do? I don’t love yoga but need to be better about stretching.

    Oh, and good job on another awesome week of training!!! 🙂

  2. You’re doing GREAT! I’m SO envious of these cool training mornings for all your marathoners! It’s a gift! The best running advice I’ve gotten is trust your training 😉

  3. I’m new to running and also training for my first half. I think this was great advice!! I will use that for sure! Thanks!

  4. Yay for NYCM! I’ll be there! It’s cooler here in Chicago but not that much cooler. Still high 60’s for my runs first thing in the morning. Best running advice is don’t compare yourself to anyone else.

  5. So happy I could help you finish and have a strong run. That’s what jiminies are for 😉 I’ve been loving these cooler temps, as you already know my best buddy. Another great week of training in the books. Can’t wait to see you crush next week too. I’m so proud of you!!!!!!

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