PEAK WEEK PEAK WEEK PEAK WEEK! Is done. ~exhale~ And what a week it was, for better and for worse. Last time, my peak week was my best training week. This time was turning out to be the same until the 20 miler came along and killed me. Sigh…at least I’m finally tapering!
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)
NYC Marathon Training (week 11)
NYC Marathon Training (week 12)
NYC Marathon Training (week 13)
NYC Marathon Training (week 14)
(6 miles in Denver! I was so scared of dying in the high altitude after training at sea level, but I rocked it without issue. Maybe it had something to do with all the dessert my sister and I consumed, like these sugary sweet churros…along with chocolate cake, ice cream, soufflé, and warm beignets…at D Bar.)
WEEK 15 (10/10/2016 – 10/16/2016)
Tuesday: 6 mile run (54:20 min @ 9:03 min/mi)
Thursday: 10 mile run (1:26:30 @ 8:39 min/mi)
Saturday: 20 mile run (3:06:27 @ 9:19 min/mi)
TOTAL = 36 miles
Thoughts: This was a week of new happenings for me. I felt super strong (but a tiny bit tired initially) during my 6 mile run, which I ran in Denver while visiting my sister. My first ever high-altitude run was a success! Now let’s talk about Thursday’s speedy 10 miles. I really pushed myself on this run and had to overcome some mental barriers, and surprised myself each time I hit a mile only to see that it was under a 9 min/mile pace. AND THEN, at approximately 8.75 miles, I TRIPPED and FELL. You guys, this has never happened to me in all my years of running. My right knee was completely destroyed and I was bleeding profusely. Ugh I was so mad! My run was going so well, and then I found myself sitting and trying to stop my knee from bleeding so I could finish. My anger worked to my benefit though, and I eventually knocked out the last mile with a 7:51 min/mile pace!
I had high hopes for my 20 miler, but it didn’t go as planned. I felt dehydrated and regretted the mussels I ate for dinner the night before. My stomach started complaining around the halfway point and I eventually had to stop around mile 14 and mile 16 to chill out. You know you’re dehydrated when every sip of water tastes like the elixir from the heavens. I kept drinking often, which only made my stomach pain worse, but I had no choice. I felt like I was running on empty, and the Central Park hills destroyed me near the end. Somehow I made it though, somehow. Also, at one point my Garmin lost satellite reception and marked mile 6 at a 7 min/mile pace. Hmmm yea nope not possible, meaning I probably ultimately came out slightly short of 20 miles and my pace was actually slightly slower. Whatever.
Here’s a list of everything I did wrong so I will never ever ever ever repeat it again:
– ate mussels (oh mah gawd so delicious though…in coconut broth) and too much bread the night before at Flex Mussels
– drank half of a cocktail the night before (my NYC bestie moved this weekend and we went out for one last time, so so so sad)
– didn’t hydrate enough in the days leading up to the run
– didn’t carbo-load at all
– dressed too warmly
– started out way too fast (this one is key…I was too ambitious!)
– walked too much the day prior (I actually flew back from Chicago to NYC on Friday and, because of a cancelled flight, ended up walking all over O’Hare between terminals to catch another flight…all in heels)
Luckily, my knees barely bothered me! I started doing basic squats (double and single legged), clamshells, and leg lifts at least every other day as per Bethany’s suggestion, and it seems to be helping. Whyyy did it take me so long to do such simple yet helpful exercises?!? Anyway, it’s taper time and I could not be more thrilled to run shorter distances. The 20 miler secretly damaged me mentally just a little, and I’m hoping that these next three weeks will boost my excitement and confidence for November 6th.