NYCM Training: Increasing Mileage and Racing
As New York City Marathon looms closer and closer, I feel less and less prepared. My only goal is to start and finish healthy, something I couldn’t do for Big Cottonwood. I’m at peace with that decision, although I do wish my hamstring felt better than it does. Running doesn’t make it worse, actually walking and sitting is the worst. It doesn’t hurt or alter my stride, but it’s noticeable when I run faster than about 6:40 pace. Anyway, running is going as well as it could right now.
|Monday||Easy 50 minutes|
|Tuesday:||Easy 50 minutes|
|Wednesday:||10 miles averaging 8:06 fast finish|
|Friday:||Easy 60 minutes|
|Saturday:||Heros to Hero 5k 20:30|
|Sunday:||Gritty 5k 20:45 (total mileage 15)|
As you can see, it was a busy week. I got in miles. While traditionally, this should be “peak week” for NYCM, it won’t be for me. I’m hoping to sneak in one more week of bigger training for the New York City Marathon. I want to do a 20 miler beforehand because I want to know how my hamstring will respond to that. It’s getting better but I do find I’m on the edge of pushing it, but not pushing it too far too set me back. I don’t want any surprises running 26.2 miles.
I don’t think I’m going to do any “traditional” speed work before NYCM because I’m already increasing mileage and with races, I think that’s enough.
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10 miles in the bank. Had a faster finish closing the final mile in 7:27, which is faster than what I closed my last mile last weekend wearing a cow dress. 🤣🐮 . I don’t think I’ll get into any traditional speed workouts this month before NYCM, but nice to get some leg turnover.
I didn’t have the time to swim last week (because I chose to sleep).
Heroes to Hero 5k: 20:30
This is one of my favorite 5ks in the area. It’s flat, fast, and fun. The weather was ideal, but my legs just didn’t feel good. It wasn’t my hamstring but general soreness of upping my mileage. I could have stopped at mile 1 and not felt guilty about it, but it was a point to point course. I’ve come to terms with where I’m at fitness-wise right now.
Gritty 5k: 20:45
If it were most other 5ks, I wouldn’t have run two in a single week. The Gritty 5k was billed as a “fun run” with all proceeds going to charity. They didn’t do awards for winning, just best dressed. If you are any sort of Gritty fan, I highly recommend it. Even if you’re not, I highly recommend it. Which is fine. It was a lot of fun and my legs didn’t feel as bad the second race (weird right)? I felt like I could have run another few miles.
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Questions for you:
How was your week of training?
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