Last week was my tenth week of NYC Marathon training.
The week was scheduled to be a heavy week, with some intense workouts. It was also scheduled to be the highest mileage week I have ever done…60 miles (holy cow!!!)
Training called for 3 hard runs, and 3 recovery runs.
And here is how it all went down…
Monday: 12.4 miles at 7:49 pace. 6 miles GP, 5 x 1k @ 5k pace with 400m cool down in between each. I really liked this workout. It was different and broke up the mile repeat routine I have been getting bored with.
Wednesday: 8 miles at 7:54 pace. This is called a progression run. First mile was a warm up, then started to get faster for 5 miles. Splits for my progression miles: 8:04, 7:51, 7:27, 7:16, 7:04. Then cooled down. I was really happy with this run! I had some big hills in there and actually ran the splits a little faster than what my plan told me to! It was definitely hard by the end though.
Thursday: 7.12 miles at 8:42 pace. Easy miles with friends.
Friday: 8 miles at 9:22 pace. Ran with my BFF Eileen. This was a really fun way to start my Friday and catch up with Eileen!
Saturday: 18.4 miles at 7:43 pace.
Interesting running day! Started around 7am, got to 5.8mi before the thunderstorms hit. Found refuge in Roastarie, where I saw my friend Amber (she is running the KC Marathon) waiting for her ride too (we are lucky to have these men that will support our crazy habits!!). This run was basically all warm up miles, with one tempo (7:53).
Run round 2 started at 3pm. I needed to run 10 miles at “goal pace” today, so I had 9 left. I started with one warm up, then hit the miles harder. My tempo miles were much faster than I expected, but they felt good and a natural pace. I am sure I ran these too fast, but I ran them like I felt and didn’t feel like I was overdoing it. Splits for my harder miles: 7:13, 7:30, 7:19, 7:24, 7:24, 7:15, 6:26, 7:19, 7:35. Obviously splitting this run into two parts was not ideal, but it was the way it had to be!
This was a confidence boosting run for sure and gets me really excited to see how well I could do for my race. Based on my training, I should be able to PR NYC (under 3:32)!
Sunday: 6 miles at 8:57 pace. Recovery run with Ramsey. We maybe paused the watch a couple times to walk up hills…..
Total mileage: 60!!!!!
Another thing I have been adding to my training are abs and arms. I have been trying to do these workouts a couple times a week. Stretching has also been something I am really focusing on this time around. I can definitely tell my flexibility is better!
Did you hit any new running milestones recently?