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NYCM training: week 15

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Wow. Well, here I am. Just a few days – and only three short runs – away from the New York City Marathon! I am so excited. Training went better than I expected. My back feels fine. And, most importantly, my daughter is drinking from a sippy cup!

Hadley stopped taking a bottle at 2.5 months old, so I’ve been a nervous wreck about NYCM for the past 4 months. I’ve felt so guilty over leaving her that (on many occasions) I almost canceled my registration for NYCM and signed up for Rock ‘n’ Roll Savannah instead (it’s the same weekend, and it’d be a lot more convenient to bring Hadley to). I’ve also thought about taking her up to NYC with me and having her stay with my parents in NJ, but that would still mean I’d be without her for a night. Anyway, none of my crazy ideas need to come to fruition now because I know she won’t starve. This makes me feel 100% better about my race.

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And my legs feel good, too! I am so ready. I’ve said all along that my A goal is to run sub-4:00, and that my B goal is to finish strong and PR (< 4:17). A lot of people have told me that I’ve trained to run a faster race than “just” sub-4:00, but I’m not adjusting my goals. I don’t have a good marathon track record and I don’t want the pressure of some random time goal when any finish time of 3:xx:xx would thrill me. I’m getting a little nervous about the potential winds during the race. Just this past week, the fall winds have made their presence known on my runs and I don’t like it! I know it’s much windier in the northeast so I’m crossing my fingers for great weather.

Here’s how this week looked:

Mon Tues Wed Thurs Fri Sat Sun
5mi at 8:40 6mi including 4mi tempo at 7:40 30min spin + 30min TRX 4mi at 8:13 OFF 10mi at 8:27 OFF

Mileage: 25mi

Some notes:

  • I loved this week. Loved, loved, loved it. I think 20-25 miles per week including a medium-long run and tempo run is my sweet spot. Which means, I should probably stick to half marathons after Dopey.
  • I can tell the taper is working. I feel a lot more rested and my pace was naturally faster all week than it has been throughout training. Ok, the 40 degree Fahrenheit mornings didn’t hurt either!
  • It felt great to be back at spin and TRX. I cannot wait to cross-train again more regularly (I’m going to aim for twice a week again) once I’m recovered from NYCM.

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My bib number is 36560 and I’m in Green Wave 2, Corral F. Is anyone nearby? I’d love some company at the start! Also, I had no idea until yesterday that NYCM has a mobile app. How cool is that?

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NYCM training: week 14

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Remember last week when I was all like “ yay, I made it through marathon training without any major problems”? Well, maybe I should have waited until marathon training was completely over before making claims like that.

On Tuesday I lifted Hadley and aggravated a herniated disc in my back (an old college crew injury). I’m not exaggerating when I say I couldn’t even walk and was vomiting from the pain. I didn’t even care about NYCM for a couple of days – I was only concerned with making it to my brother’s wedding in West Palm Beach this past weekend! What awesome timing.

Thankfully, my husband fixed me within a few days. If anyone is local to the Charlotte area, I cannot recommend him and his colleagues enough for sports-related and other injuries. They have access to some of the most state-of-the-art equipment out there – he even treats professional athletes. So, I was better by Friday in time for my brother’s wedding!

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Good thing, too, because someone had an important job to do.

I missed my long run and one cross-training session this week due to the injury, though. I went back and forth debating if I should make up my missed long run or just be OK with skipping it, and I decided to forget about it. I really didn’t want to push a long run immediately after an injury, and I figure one 12-miler isn’t going to make or break the marathon.

Here’s how this week looked:

Mon Tues Wed Thurs Fri Sat Sun
5.25mi at 8:30 8x 800m at 7:00 pace(7.25mi) OFF (back) OFF (back) OFF (back) 5mi at 8:55 OFF

Mileage: 17.5 <--- I’m taking taper a little too seriously.

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I ran with this view on Saturday.

For the next 13 days, I’m listening to my body and continuing to get treatment on my back. I want to make it to that start line so, so badly and I’d rather arrive a little undertrained and too well rested than hurt. Fingers crossed that I make it!

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NYCM training: week 13

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You guys! I’m officially tapering – and it feels so good. I’ve never made it through the brunt of a marathon training plan before, but I did this time and I’m so proud of myself!

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I know this is no big deal to most of you, but it’s a huge accomplishment for me. I’ve always gotten sick, had stomach issues, had to work extra hours, or had some other excuse that caused me to miss workouts or cut them short. I know I still have a long way to go until race day, but I’m really happy to have made it this far.

This was another odd week. Since I ran the half marathon last Sunday, I had to take it easy pace-wise and skip my usual spinning/TRX class on Wednesday to allow for ample rest days while still meeting my mileage goal. My legs were pretty tired all week from the race, so I didn’t think it was a good idea to attempt speedwork. I'm not happy about the absence of cross-training this week, but I always said my runs were the most important part of training and anything else was a bonus.

This was also my peak week for mileage – 42.5! But since the half was last Sunday and I ran my long run on Saturday, I actually ran over 55 miles in seven days. I’ve never even been close to that number before so I think that’s why I’m so fatigued.

Here’s how the week looked:

Mon Tues Wed Thurs Fri Sat Sun
OFF 7mi at 8:56 pace 8mi at 8:38 pace 7.5mi at 8:53 pace OFF 20mi at 9:15 pace OFF
  • Tuesday’s, Wednesday’s, and Thursday’s runs were all pretty much the same. I was hoping to add in some fast miles, but my legs were still in recovery mode so I didn’t push it.
  • My 20-miler didn’t go so well. My legs felt good, but it was 70 degrees and 100% humidity at 6:30 am when I started. I’m so over this weather – it was so cool last weekend! I never do well on long runs when it’s so hot and humid. My last 5 miles were sub 9:00 but barely. I would have liked to run 8:30’s but I wasn’t feeling well.

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I also took extra walks with my little people to try to stretch out my legs.

Bring on the taper! I used to dread tapering, but this time I’m really excited to take it “easy”. We’ll see if I still feel that way in another week or so!

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