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NYC Marathon Training (Week 11)

Assuming all is well (this post is pre-written), I’m currently frolicking around Europe as you read this! As you’ll see below, I completely rearranged my training schedule to accommodate all my runs prior to leaving the country. I’m determined to sneak in at least two runs in Europe, but who knows! It is a vacation after all, and my knees could use a short break. Plus, I totally consider all the endless walking we’ll be doing as exercise.

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)
NYC Marathon Training (week 7)
NYC Marathon Training (week 8)
NYC Marathon Training (week 9)
NYC Marathon Training (week 10)

Chicago

(Hello Chicago! I flew in on Saturday and then left to Europe a few days later.)

WEEK 11 (9/12/2016 – 9/18/2016)
Sunday: 18 mile run (2:54:44 @ 9:42 min/mi)
Monday: rest
Tuesday: 9 mile run (1:25:35 @ 9:30 min/mi)
Wednesday: rest
Thursday: 6 mile run (52:19 min @ 8:43 min/mi)
Friday: rest
Saturday: rest
Sunday: rest
TOTAL = 33 miles

Thoughts: That 18-miler though… I can’t believe I’m at the point in my training where I’m running such long distances! I’m not a fan of running in suburbia because there isn’t really a decent place to run other than a park preserve, which freaks me out a bit because #solofemalerunner. I ended up running in circles…literally…five times around a local lake to cover 11 miles total before running home. Not ideal but it is what it is. My left knee did bother me a bit and I ended up stopping multiple times to stretch it out. It’s time to incorporate hip strengthening into my routine, ugh. Better late than never?

The 9-miler went really well. It’s incredible to see how much progress I’ve made since starting this training cycle. 9 miles feeling easy? What is this madness?!? I love it though, I feel strong and powerful and am truly enjoying running. I love it more than ever! And can we please acknowledge my pace for Thursday’s 6 miles? I have no idea what happened but I’m not complaining. It was technically supposed to be a 50-minute tempo run, and that’s basically what it ended up being. The only downside of that run was when one of my toes randomly and suddenly started hurting so badly that I had to stop immediately, sit on the pavement, and wrap the toe in leaves (#improvise) so I could keep running. It was so painful! I thought I would have to call my parents to come pick me up, but the leaves helped and I made it home. You gotta do what you gotta do, right?!?

♥ Irina

NYC Marathon Training (Week 10)

I finally entered my first 30 mile week! My left knee is still being a little wonky but I’m diligently stretching and foam rolling…most of the time. I’m currently trying to cram in all my runs for week 11 before jet-setting to Europe on Thursday (!!!), which is why my long runs are scheduled so awkwardly. I’m hoping to run in Europe and am definitely bringing all my gear. I’m hoping to sneak in at least two 6-mile runs, but no pressure. A one-week break might be just what my achy knee needs! We’ll see.

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)
NYC Marathon Training (week 7)
NYC Marathon Training (week 8)
NYC Marathon Training (week 9)

Shenandoah National Park

(Hiking in Shenandoah National Park! This was last week but I had nothing cooler to show, so alas.)

WEEK 10 (9/5/2016 – 9/11/2016)
Monday: 17 mile run (2:46:35 @ 9:48 min/mi)
Tuesday: rest
Wednesday: 8 mile run (1:19:59 @ 10:00 min/mi)
Thursday: rest
Friday: 5 mile run (48:24 min @ 9:40 min/mi)
Saturday: rest
Sunday: SEE NEXT WEEK
TOTAL = 30 miles

Thoughts: Ok so my left knee officially sucks! It was bothering me quite a bit in the final hour of my 17-mile run. I kept stopping to stretch it out, which helped immensely but was super annoying. Sigh. I should really start doing strengthening exercises because otherwise the marathon will be a nightmare.

In other news, I’m super excited for the month of September! Spare me the pumpkins and cinnamon, I’m just excited for the cooler weather! Sadly, another heat wave arrived to NYC on Friday, making 5 miles feel quite torturous. But I managed to finish with no breaks after a very long mental mind game.

♥ Irina

NYC Marathon Training (Week 9)

I’m halfway done with marathon training! Each passing week makes me more and more excited for conquering my second marathon. Week 9 took place along the shores of Virginia…and partially on a treadmill because #boilingheat.

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)
NYC Marathon Training (week 7)
NYC Marathon Training (week 8)

Shenandoah National Park

(The most stunning sunset at Shenandoah National Park)

WEEK 9 (8/29/2016 – 9/4/2016)
Monday: rest
Tuesday: 16 mile run (2:42:40 @ 10:10 min/mi)
Wednesday: rest
Thursday: 6 mile run (57:18 min @ 9:33 min/mi)
Friday: 6 mile 3 mile run (29:29 min @ 9:49 min/mi)
Saturday: 3.7 mile hike
Sunday: rest
TOTAL = 25 miles

Thoughts: Who says that taking a vacation means taking a break from exercising? I was adamant about continuing my marathon training and chose to knock out my long run on Tuesday. I awoke with the sunrise and managed to run 11 miles back-and-forth on the boardwalk before succumbing to the heat and finishing off the last 5 miles on the treadmill. Whyyyy is it so much harder to run on the treadmill than it is to run outdoors? My left knee was acting up the rest of the week so I approached the remaining runs with caution. I ended up shortening my scheduled 6 miler to 3 quick miles along the boardwalk. No regrets, better safe than sorry!

The next few weeks are going to be oddly scheduled because I’m trying to cram in two more long runs before jet-setting off to Europe next week (ahhhhh)! This means that my weekly training recaps are going to be abruptly cut off and will start on random days to properly showcase a full “week” of training. Make sense? Probably not, but you’ll see what I mean later.

♥ Irina

NYC Marathon Training (Week 8)

Eight weeks down, ten more to go! This week I’ll be running in Virginia – my parents and I are escaping our cities for a beach vacation in Virginia Beach! I’ve been stalking the weather and it’s looking rough (holy heat and humidity), but our hotel will have a gym so I can always hit the treadmill. I’m a bit scared for the 16 miler I need to run this week though…

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)
NYC Marathon Training (week 7)

Brooks PureCadence

(I somehow managed to hunt down some Brooks PureCadence 4s online #miracle)

WEEK 8 (8/22/2016 – 8/28/2016)
Monday: rest
Tuesday: 8 mile run (1:15:27 @ 9:26 min/mi)
Wednesday: rest
Thursday: 5 mile run (47:02 min @ 9:23 min/mi)
Friday: rest
Saturday: 8 mile run (1:16:40 @ 9:35 min/mi)
Sunday: rest
TOTAL = 21 miles

Thoughts: It’s absolutely incredible how much my pace is affected by the heat. I mean, look at my paces this week! The temps were no longer in the high 70s/low 80s (most days) and all my runs were so much more bearable. I feel so much stronger and faster while running, even the Central Park hills are tolerable! Looks like my training is finally starting to show some progress, which is some much-needed motivation and encouragement.

The cutback week was nice, although my shin splints randomly returned on Tuesday! My new PureCadence shoes arrived right in time for Saturday’s 8 mile run, and my shins luckily didn’t bother me at all. Speaking of Saturday’s run, I was out way too late the night before and shamefully had a few drinks. I somehow still managed to wake up at 7AM and knock out the run, BAM! Social life and marathon training, maybe I can have it all?!?

♥ Irina