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NYC Marathon Training (Week 7)

I can’t believe I’m almost two months into marathon training! I definitely rushed to get my mileage up in the first month and was worried about the consequences, but I’m happy to say that I’m finally comfortable with these longer distances (*knock on wood*).

Previous weeks:
NYC Marathon Training (week 1)
NYC Marathon Training (week 2)
NYC Marathon Training (week 3)
NYC Marathon Training (week 4)
NYC Marathon Training (week 5)
NYC Marathon Training (week 6)

15 miles

(15 joyful miles around Central Park)

WEEK 6 (8/15/2016 – 8/21/2016)
Monday: rest
Tuesday: rest
Wednesday: 7 mile run (1:09:26 @ 9:55 min/mi)
Thursday: rest
Friday: 15 mile run (2:30:16 @ 10:00 min/mi)
Saturday: rest
Sunday: 4 mile run (40:39 min @ 10:09 min/mi)
TOTAL = 26 miles

Thoughts: So, I think I’m *officially* acclimated to morning running, cheers! This also means that I’m much more tolerant of the heat and humidity…finally. After last week’s horrific torturous 14-miler, this week’s 15 mile run was pure joy. Redemption run! I only stopped a few times to refill my water bottles and stretch out my knee. Yay for endurance! I ran two loops around Central Park and finally started eating Shot Bloks again for fuel. I’m probably going to stick with a similar fueling strategy as last time – 1/2 of a Shot Blok every 2 miles starting around mile 7. I’m also loving doing my long runs on a weekday because it leaves my entire weekend free. On the downside, I began running with music again after years without it. I’m hoping to ditch this habit before the marathon though…

With that said, next week is a mileage cutback week and I’m so excited! Only an 8 mile “long run”?!? Oh the joys of marathon training. I think I need to start focusing on adding in some speedwork and tempo runs because I obviously don’t alter my paces at all. Maybe this is the week!

♥ Irina

NYC Marathon Training (Week 6)

Hello hello hello! Happy Monday, and happy mid-August! I know right…whaaaaat?!? I’m baffled too, especially since fall officially starts next month. In all honesty, I’m so over these ridiculously hot and humid summer days, but I know I’ll regret even writing this in a few months.

Previous weeks:
NYC Marathon Training (week 1)
NYC Marathon Training (week 2)
NYC Marathon Training (week 3)
NYC Marathon Training (week 4)
NYC Marathon Training (week 5)

NYC

(I flew back to NYC on Tuesday and fell right back in love ♥ Sometimes we need to step away from something in order to start appreciating it again.)

WEEK 6 (8/8/2016 – 8/14/2016)
Monday: rollerblading 6 miles
Tuesday: 5 mile run (48:57 min @ 9:47 min/mi)
Wednesday: rest
Thursday: rest
Friday: 14 mile run (2:21:49 @ 10:08 min/mi)
Saturday: rest
Sunday: 5 mile run (48:50 min @ 9:45 min/mi)
TOTAL = 24 miles

Thoughts: Another week, another failed attempt at “cross-training.” I think I give up. I began my slow transition to morning running this week – every single run was done in the AM! And the struggle was oh so real. The humidity is always so much worse in the mornings and I’ve been struggling again. Needless to say, mid-run breaks have been key. I’m trying to not get too hung up on this because I know that, come cooler temps, I’ll have zero issues running nonstop, but one would think I could learn to deal with the humidity by now!

I’m slowly starting to move my weekly long run to the middle of the week in order to accommodate the 18-miler I’ll have to complete next month right before leaving to Europe. I can’t even talk about Friday’s 14 miles without getting chills because it was truly a horrific experience. It was easily the worst run I’ve had all training season. My stomach hurt, I felt like I was being crushed by the heat and humidity (oh mah gawd the humidity was so bad), my legs felt like lead, I had no Shot Bloks with me, and I never felt truly awake. I also stopped a million times. Awful. I’m quite honestly shocked that I even managed to complete the run, but in the end I’m proud, especially considering that this was the most I’ve run since…my marathon maybe? BAM!

♥ Irina

NYC Marathon Training (Week 5)

Somehow we’re done with week 5 already, what is happening?!? I have a serious question for all you seasoned runners – I’m traveling to Europe for 10 days next month and am not sure what to do about training. I was thinking of somehow sneaking in 2 short runs (6 miles each) and skipping the long run while abroad. Luckily, the trip falls on a cutback week where the long run would only be 10 miles, but can someone please tell me how detrimental this will be? I’m probably exaggerating everything and I suspect it’s not too risky, but of course I’m worried. Help!

Previous weeks:
NYC Marathon Training (week 1)
NYC Marathon Training (week 2)
NYC Marathon Training (week 3)
NYC Marathon Training (week 4)

28th birthday

(Happy 28th birthday to me! Yikes…)

WEEK 5 (8/1/2016 – 8/7/2016)
Monday: rest
Tuesday: 6 mile run (57:59 min @ 9:39 min/mi)
Wednesday: rest
Thursday: rest
Friday: 4 mile run (39:04 min @ 9:45 min/mi)
Saturday: rest
Sunday: 12 mile run (1:54:04 @ 9:30 min/mi)
TOTAL = 22 miles

Thoughts: Ok so cross-training, I know I know. I spent all week at home and didn’t even rollerblade once! But in my weak defense, I kept going to the city in the evenings and spending the nights there. And then it was my birthday. So everything just kind of failed. Running has been going well though, except for Friday’s (my birthday!) 4-miler that was supposed to be 12 miles but I foolishly went midday and melted under the sun. That 12-miler though…it felt so so so great! My knee barely bothered me and I was cruising along and even dancing. Yup, I ran with music for the first time in forever and it did wonders for calming my thoughts. I kept trying to actively slow down my pace but eventually gave up and just went with what felt good.

There’s just one little problem though – I keep running in the evenings! Seriously, I have yet to do a proper long run in the morning, which is NOT the way to prepare myself for a super early morning marathon. I’m determined to complete every single long run in the early morning from now on. That’s a promise…

♥ Irina

NYC Marathon Training (Week 4)

Previous weeks:
NYC Marathon Training (week 1)
NYC Marathon Training (week 2)
NYC Marathon Training (week 3)

One month into marathon training! And I’m loving it, heat and all! I had to do some rearranging of scheduled runs this week in order to accommodate a day at Lollapalooza, and it worked out well. Speaking of Lolla, I decided that I really wanted to go on Saturday and ended up stalking down an insanely overpriced ticket on Craig’s List. But #worthit. I wish I made up my mind earlier though and went for the 4-day pass. I know I’m old and always surrounded by children there, but I have such a blast regardless! It’s who you go with, not who you’re surrounded by, right?!?

Lollapalooza

(Lollapalooza!)

WEEK 4 (7/25/2016 – 7/31/2016)
Monday: rest
Tuesday: 5 mile run (49:10 min @ 9:50 min/mi)
Wednesday: rollerblading 6 miles
Thursday: 10 mile run (1:33:19 @ 9:20 min/mi)
Friday: rest
Saturday: 4 mile run (38:57 min @ 9:43 min/mi)
Sunday: rest
TOTAL = 19 miles

Thoughts: I mentioned last week that I had finally acclimated to the heat, but I struggled a bit this week with Saturday’s 4-mile run. I’m sad to admit that I’ve become a total evening runner and running in the morning is the biggest struggle ever for me. Well, I was adamant about squeezing in my 4 mile run before Lolla and woke up super early to do so, but the humidity got the best of me and I ended up stopping halfway through to rest a bit. Oh well…I’m not beating myself up over it because I know that I’m finally back in shape. The 10-miler I ran on Thursday evening was amazing and I felt so strong, minus the subtle left knee pain near the end. ITBS 🙁

♥ Irina