NYC Training Update #2 + Post Run Selfies

24 Sep

Hi friends!!

Well, it has been 3 weeks since my last training update….so I guess it is time for another little recap!

Training continues to go better than I could imagine. I am staying focused, motivated, and continuing to run faster times and higher mileage weeks than ever before.

The last few weeks have looked like this:

Week of September 2nd…

Monday: Off

Tuesday: 10 miles at 8:05 pace. Ran hard on the hills. Didn’t count how many hills I hit, but it felt like a lot!

Wednesday: 7 miles at 8:50 pace. Post work run, which felt really hard. Ran with Ramsey, which was really nice!

Thursday: 5.2 miles at 8:02 pace. 2 mile warm up, 8x1min interval sprints, with 1min rest in between each. This run was SUPER hard because I am not used to running at a sprint. Crazy how “slow” your speed can feel during marathon training!

Friday: 5 miles at recovery pace – 9:30.

Saturday: Off

Sunday: Broadway Bridge Half Marathon! 13.1 miles at 7:52 pace. Read the recap here.

Total mileage: 40.2

This was a “recovery” week due to the half marathon on Sunday. This was also one of my lowest mileage weeks during training.

So thankful we can run together!

So thankful we can run together!

Week of September 9th…

Monday: Off

Tuesday: 5.25 miles at 9:08 pace. Recovery run following the Broadway Bridge Half.

Wednesday: 10 miles at 8:11 pace. Ran 6 miles hard, with hill sprints and half mile tempos. This was a really hard run, but still felt like a really great workout!

Thursday: Long Run! 16 miles at 8:26 overall pace. Ran about 8 miles at Marathon Goal pace. The rest around 9 minute miles.

Friday: 5 miles at 9:30 pace. Recovery run with Ramsey. Best way to start the day!

Saturday: 8 miles at 8:15 pace.

Sunday: Plaza 10k!! PR ALERT! 6.2 miles at 6:45 pace. Plus 1.5 mile warm up.

Total Mileage: 52

I knew I would be running the Plaza 10k hard on Sunday, so I adjusted the week accordingly. Overall, it was a pretty intense week and I continued to feel the effects of the half marathon for most of it.

Post long run bliss!

Post long run bliss!

Week of September 16th…

Monday: Off

Tuesday: 10.5 miles in the rain, at 8:11 pace. 2 mile warm up, 3×2 miles hard with one mile cool down in between each set. Mile splits for my hard miles: 7:37,7:39,7:39,7:29,7:31,7:36. Plan said my splits should be 7:30, but I was struggling to hit that…I was happy with what I was able to pull off though, considering my legs were pretty tired from Plaza 10k.

Wednesday: 7 miles recovery at 9:17 pace.

Thursday: Long Run! 18.2 miles at 8:37 pace. Plan called for all miles at 8:30 pace. I ran 11 miles around 8:15, and 7 miles around 8:45 pace. Even though my overall pace wasn’t exactly what I needed, I still think this was overall a great run.

Friday: Off

Saturday: 4.2 miles at 9:00 pace. Super relaxed run, and one of those days when I was thinking the entire time – “I love to run” 🙂

Sunday: 11.33 miles at 8:01 pace. Got up and ran with my friend, Krista. She was doing her long run for the week, so I joined her for the last 11 miles. Gorgeous morning with some really great hills and solid paced miles.

Total Mileage: 51.3 miles

This week was supposed to be a 60 mile week, but it just didn’t really work out with my “life” schedule. Sometimes life will get in the way of marathon training!

Rainy run. I was SOAKED!!

Rainy run. I was SOAKED!!

How is your training going?? Please, tell me about it!!

xo,

Ali

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6 Responses to “NYC Training Update #2 + Post Run Selfies”

  1. Jeff Maher September 24, 2013 at 8:16 pm #

    Great update Ali, congrats! My NYC training is picking up too. Posted a 54 mile week last week with a speed day and 17 mile long run. More miles this week! Keep it up, your pacing great for a solid race!

  2. krissy m. murphy September 24, 2013 at 8:47 pm #

    You’re rocking the training….and congrats on the 10K PR!

  3. Anonymous September 24, 2013 at 9:09 pm #

    I love running with my husband! I’m actually starting a new training plan to kill a 5K in November. Hoping to PR and I’m looking forward to the shorter training runs since we’re moving across the state in 3 weeks. This plan only has me running up to 7 miles on my “long” runs. Life is a little crazy right now. Did I mention I have an 8 year old, 6 year old and 4 year old? 🙂

    • Shanna September 24, 2013 at 9:09 pm #

      Not Anonymous. Name should have been Shanna.

  4. Lauren S (@BreatheBlog) September 24, 2013 at 9:22 pm #

    I took an easier week last week, after some weighted lunges killed my legs on monday but then I busted out a nice 22 miles on Saturday! Now I’m tapering because my marathon is in less than 3 weeks! Your running sounds great!

  5. Ashleigh September 25, 2013 at 9:25 am #

    I’m so impressed by the training! Half marathons are as far as I go (maybe when I hit 30 I’ll have a new goal of a marathon??) and I’m not even really “racing” in a half – it’s just kind of to do it and feel good.

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