NYCM Training: Week 10

Happy Monday y’all!  I’m in Arizona for work for a few days, so my inner clock is way off, but I do know it’s Monday and that means I’m recapping my latest week of workouts in training for the NYC Marathon! It’s finally starting to feel real.  I just started reading the book my running buddy gave me (A Race Like No Other) and it’s really getting me pumped for November 2nd.

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This week was a little bit of a cut-back week and things felt thrown off from doing my last long run on Sunday vs. Saturday, but here’s how things went down:

Monday 9/15: Rest.  Much deserved after that tough 18-miler on Sunday.

Tuesday 9/16: 6 tempo run.  Two mile warm-up, three miles at 8:50-9:00 pace (8:52, 8:54, 9:01), 1 mile cool-down.  If I’m being totally honest, this run felt HARD.  Looking at my schedule, I thought “pshhh..no problem!” about those paces, but it was not “no problem” when I got out there.  Moving on…

Wednesday 9/17: Rest.  I went to Richmond, VA and back for work and although my gym bag was all packed for CrossFit and in my car, I just didn’t make it.  Oh, well!

Thursday 9/18: 6 easy miles (10:27 average pace).  This run was totally mental.  I hit the trails instead of the paved bike path and just let Oprah speak to me (I’m listening to her audiobook of “What I Know For Sure”).  It was just what I needed…challenging, but peaceful.

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Friday 9/19: CrossFit.  When I woke up and saw the workout was “Fight Gone Bad” (a benchmark WOD that is known for being tough but fast-moving), I almost didn’t go.  I’ll be honest-I was scared.  But I told myself, that’s all the more reason to go.  First, it would help be a base measure of my fitness level for when I start going to CrossFit more after the marathon.  Plus, I only had to run 10 miles the next day.  Don’t you love saying “only” for something like 10-miles?!! Anyway, the workout was as brutal as I expected, but definitely passed by quickly and I survived.

Fight Gone Bad:

3 rounds of:

1 minute max Wall Balls (14lb for me)

1 minute max Sumo-Deadlift High Pulls (55lb)

1 minute max Box Jumps (20″ box)

1 minute max Push Press (55lb)

1 minute max calorie Row

Rest 1 minute between rounds.

My score: 219

Saturday 9/20: 10 easy-paced miles (average pace 10:21).  I was sore from Fight Gone Bad and this run did not come easy to me.  It got better as I went along for sure, but I’m seriously glad it was only 10 miles.

Sunday 9/21: 3 easy.  I flew out to Arizona for work but managed to squeeze in a few treadmill miles before bed.

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Weekly totals: 25 miles, 1 CrossFit class, 2 rest days

Is it just me or does lower mileage sound great but make you crazy instead?  Am I going to survive 6 more weeks of marathon training brain?  HELP.

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5 comments on “NYCM Training: Week 10

    • Annie, that makes me so happy! I need to come out and visit (and meet the boyfriend!). I’m more than happy to keep sharing the WODs. I do most of them modified too! 🙂

  1. Sometimes low mileage weeks seem harder because it’s when your body NEEDS recovery, and is therefore tired (hence the method to the madness!). Also, there’s a certain level of excitement seeing a challenging long run to conquer at the end of the week, and when it’s “just” 10, it seems very blah to get ready for it!!! Keep it up, the little AND big runs will get you to the start AND the finish!

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