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)


(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


  1. August 15, 2016 / 12:27 pm

    The humidity here at the end of last week was HORRIFYING, too. I honestly don’t think I’ve ever run in weather that terrible, or at least I most certainly have not run that far in weather that terrible, before Saturday. Oof. Smart move on switching your long runs to accommodate your trip! That will probably make your time in Europe so much more relaxing, not having to worry about 18 miles while you’re away!

    • August 22, 2016 / 1:13 pm

      Ugh training in the summer is such a struggle! Whyyy do we do this to ourselves? I swear I need to start running spring marathons instead. At least we have beautiful fall running weather to look forward to soon <3

  2. August 15, 2016 / 2:52 pm

    It stinks that getting used to morning runs means running in the humidity! I’ve been running much more midday when it’s hotter and less humid, so I can’t deal with the morning humidity that well, either!

    • August 22, 2016 / 1:15 pm

      It’s crazy how much more impactful humidity is on running! I can usually tolerate the heat fairly well (now that I’m more acclimated), but throw in high humidity and I’m drowning. Sigh….I can’t wait for chilly early morning fall runs.