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.
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)
(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)
Tuesday: 9 mile run (1:25:35 @ 9:30 min/mi)
Thursday: 6 mile run (52:19 min @ 8:43 min/mi)
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?!?