First and foremost, GO CUBS!!! I’m not a baseball fan at all, but the Cubbies are going to the World Series for the first time in forever and I’m pumped. I bought a last minute flight home for this upcoming weekend to watch the 4th game in the Series (I’m dreaming of a sweep so there will be no need for a 5th, 6th, and 7th game)! And I’ll get to celebrate Halloween with all my friends. Two-for-one special. I simply couldn’t deal with the FOMO anymore. #yolo
Second, I updated my blog layout and I love it! If you’re reading on Bloglovin’ or Feedly, head over to my site and let me know your thoughts.
Third, I may or may not be caught up in taper madness. I keep questioning my readiness for this marathon and my shins are suddenly bothering me after last week’s 20 mile run. I know the taper is necessary for our bodies to recover and mine is clearly still recovering, but come on…cut me some slack!
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)
NYC Marathon Training (week 15)
(Running across the Queensborough Bridge to see what all the hill hype is about. Well, it’s certainly valid…a near 1 mile climb up, which happens to fall right around miles 16-17 during the NYC Marathon. I’m scared.)
WEEK 16 (10/17/2016 – 10/23/2016)
Tuesday: 6 mile run (56:42 min @ 9:27 min/mi)
Thursday: 6 mile run (53:44 min @ 8:58 min/mi)
Saturday: 12 mile run (1:45:08 @ 8:45 min/mi)
TOTAL = 24 miles
Thoughts: It’s taper time and I’m utterly exhausted. This is not encouraging, especially when 6 miles feels tough. I’m pretty sure the same thing happened last year too, so I’m not getting too hung up on it. I think it took me all week to recover from my 20-miler, and my muscles feel swollen (i.e. my jeans feel super tight and I hate it). I decided to run the tougher parts of the NYC Marathon route just to get acquainted with the route, so I ran across the Queensborough Bridge (mile 16-17) on Tuesday and the uphill part of 5th Avenue (mile 23) on Thursday. Well well well, I get it now. While the hills themselves aren’t too steep, I can only imagine what the climb will be like after running for 2-3 hours.
My legs felt exhausted during the two 6 mile runs this week. I think it has something to do with the fact that I started doing squats and other exercises ~5 times a week, because my poor quads were shot. The scab on my right knee (from last week’s brutal fall) isn’t helping either, especially because it cracks and hurts whenever I bend my knee too much while trying to stretch. The 12 mile run was awesome though, and it almost didn’t happen! I ran it at my half marathon PR pace and it didn’t even feel too intense, whaaaaat?!? It was cold and rainy and I ended up having to run at 4PM because I was volunteering in the early morning. But the weather was a blessing in disguise, pure fall bliss even with the light drizzle. I don’t know where this speed is coming from, and I probably should actively slow down since I’m tapering, but the fast (for me) pace is feeling pretty good.
I tried a bunch of new things during the 12 miler though:
– new running shoes: Brooks PureCadence 5s, which kind of gave me a blister but I didn’t hate them
– new arm warmers: HOW did I live without these?!? love love love
– iFitness belt: the same one I wore for my first half marathon
I do wish I ran my 20 miler wearing all these but alas…I have some time to decide if I’ll risk wearing them for the marathon.