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.
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.
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.
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.