Training for NYC W1

Well I’m going to start naming my posts “training for NYC w (week) 1”.  Because it’s original and while I’m still training for life…now I’m training for a marathon.  Training for New York City Marathon Week Number One…is to long and blogging lingo says I can abbreviate…derp.  So that’s that. (Did I really just use derp on my blog?).  That being said, it’s still exactly the same thing I would have done whether this post was named training for life, NYC or to not be out of breath while walking up stairs.

Moving on.

Monday: Triple R Ranch Cross Country 5k 19:34 (with warmup/cooldown) 6 miles
Tuesday: 11.7 miles easy (8:40)
Wednesday: 11.15 miles with two local (awesome) runners (8:58)
Thursday: AM: 10.7 miles easy with cows (8:45)
PM: (really it was 1pm and hot) heat box tempo 5.3 miles at 6:45 pace
Friday: OFF
Saturday: 11 miles easy
Sunday: Run for the Dream Half Marathon
Total: Roughly 75 miles


Okay well let’s talk training I suppose.  I’m getting into higher mileage training and it’s hot so my pace for easy runs has slowed down from 8:30ish in NY cool to 8:45-9 min pace…which is fine.  I’ll acclimate soon enough.

All my runs were pretty successful.  It was a pretty hard week of training with technically 3 speed workouts (Monday and Sunday are races) and Thursday’s tempo.  The rest easier pace (for me).

Here is a photo of the cows.  Yes, I stopped and took about 10 photos…real runner alert.  I hear you are allowed to do that when training for marathons…or 5ks…or walking up stairs…Since I was only a couple miles away from home, I waited to instagram them until post run.  (I run with my phone when I’m alone incase a: I get lost (most likely and I can have siri tell me how to get home…you think she is bad when driving…try having her yell at you through ear phones while you’re running), b. I get kidnapped, c: any other emergencies).


Last week’s tempo I ran at an overall pace of 6:47 (same route).  This weeks overall pace was two seconds faster and I had a lot of factors rooting against me.  My am and pm runs were a lot closer together due to my work schedule and it was a lot hotter (high 80s and very humid).  So I was quite pleased with my results.  Really, I’m always pleased when things get faster I suppose.

Since the Run for the Dream race starts at 7am…you are probably reading this and I’m done running so maybe I’ll update that…maybe not.   Who knows if I’ve mentioned it but it’s a beautiful hot, hilly, hellish course that I fully enjoy.  So that’s that.


Where is my training going next week?

Let’s see here, now that I have a better idea what to expect with my new work schedule I can do a bit more planning with my running and working out.  I’ll be adding back some cross training again to keep my legs happy and not so running focused.  (Plus it’s June now and my first open water swim is June 23rd LOL).  I’m running another cross country style 5k next weekend (I love those) and I hope to keep my milage around the same.

I feel like this post has more random musings then training…oh well I’m training for a marathon’s like me on roids…

Questions for you:

What do you do differently running outdoors in the summer time?

How was your weekend?