NYC Marathon Training Weeks 6-7
|Monday:||Elliptical (Precor 100i) + Strength class|
|Tuesday:||AM: 11.4 mile run easy|
|PM: Memorial Scholariship 5k (18:50) total miles 18.75|
|Wednesday:||5.5 mile run easy|
|Thursday||5.5 mile run easy|
|Friday:||15.5 mile long run (8:18 pace)|
|Saturday:||11 mile hilly run in Ct (and a Did not start swim race)|
|Sunday||17 on trails|
Week 6 was all over the place. Monday I decided to cross train instead of run. My goal for August is to keep up with cross training and I haven’t been on the Precor 100i as much as I would like, so made it a priority. Really I am saying I didn’t feel like running in the slightest…so didn’t. I also did the weekly strength class I do on Monday evenings. Tuesday I had planned to use a tempo run. Every year our local race club hosts a memorial scholarship race in the beautiful Botanical Gardens at the end of July. It’s always a lot of fun even though it’s normally around 90 degrees. I ended up surprising myself and running an 18:50 despite the 5k being sandwiched into miles 13.5-16.6. Wednesday and Thursday I took easy. Then on Friday before leaving for Long Island I ran 15.5 before traveling to New York City. As I posted the other day, I ended up not swimming the 2 mile open water swim and just running instead. Then Sunday I had a beautiful (hilly) trail run on Long Island.
|Monday:||5.66 mile shakeout (after driving home)|
|Tuesday:||12.5 miles around town|
|Thursday||AM: 16 mile tempo at 7:04 pace|
|PM: 2 mile shakeout and p90x|
|Friday:||7.35 recovery run (8:32)|
|Saturday:||Mud Fun Run with dad 14 miles total|
|Sunday||12-13 today before work|
Week 7 was a really productive training week for me too and a big confidence booster. My training has changed in the last month (not good or bad) but different. I didn’t intentionally change it, it is just what happened.
In the beginning of the summer I was doing between 10-13 miles daily and calling it a day. Now I’m running further some days and a lot less other days. Some days I run 16…some I run 5. I’m still logging roughly the same miles as I was at the beginning of the summer, just in a different fashion. (and an even more different fashion from last year when I was running every day but less miles).
The heavy hitter of the week was my very solid tempo of 16 miles at a 7:04 pace. I’m pleased with how it turned out because it felt smooth and gave me a good idea of how my legs would react to running a longer distance in my racing flats. I have run all my half marathons and road races in my Nike lunar flats but never longer. I don’t want to jump from a half marathon to full without testing it out. Heck I don’t want to jump from 16 to a full yet so I’m going to do at least a 20 miler in them to check that out.
Training for next week:
I running the Tidewater Strider 1 mile race on the track on Saturday. My mile PR comes from that track race last year and it is the only race (and only time) I visit the track. I’m bummed because it is the same weekend as 4 5ks but since it is a big deal with my club team I will do it instead. I’ll hopefully work a speed workout, rest day and easy miles. As always going by the no plan methods.
Questions for you:
How has your training been?
Do you like tempo workouts, track workouts or fartleks the best?
Tempos make me feel powerful. I’ve only done a handful of track workouts but being out of college I feel no need to go back.