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NYC Marathon Training – Week Nine

15 Oct

Getting caught up again….I really suck at tracking my training on my blog….

Week 9 was another rough week. I had my worst run of training, and my first real mental breakdown. But I just kept reminding myself, “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger”.

Monday – Off

Tuesday – 6 miles at a SLOW pace. This was possibly the worst run of my marathon training….was supposed to do 4 x 1600, all I could do was 2 x 1600 (6:44 and 6:55) and 1 x 800 (3:28). I hate running in the evening, but had to due to tstorms in the AM.

Wednesday – 6 miles at 9:40 pace. Legs and mind were still recovering from that horribly awful run the day before!

Thursday – 6 miles at 8:39 pace. I really tried to push it a bit in this run but I just couldn’t get back up to speed.

Friday – 20 miles at 8:45 pace. I did my long run on a Friday due to a very busy weekend schedule. I ran with my friend Emily and we were both feeling a little beat up and discouraged by our training. We were glad to see this run go smoothly, and we both felt 100 times better. The course we ran was super hilly as well, so that made us feel better too!!

Saturday – 5.5 miles at 7:40 pace. Ran this with Stacy and Kerry, who were in the middle of their 20 miler. Surprised by how fast they were running, but it was good for me!

Sunday – 2.5 miles of stairs and hills. I wanted to try out stair running. It was pretty darn hard but we had some fun while doing it!!

Total Miles: 46

NYC Marathon Training – Week Eight

2 Oct

Week 8 started out tough, but ended strong!

Monday – Off

Tuesday – 8 miles at 8:07 pace. I know we all have those days where we really don’t enjoy running, and this was one of mine. This run sucked! I was tired, I felt slow, I was scared in the dark, I got lost in a neighborhood I haven’t run in for YEARS, and overall just about had a mental breakdown….

Wednesday – 4 miles at 8:22 pace. This run helped me redeem myself a bit from the day before. AND I saw a shooting star!!
TRX class following the run.

Thursday – Off (aka too lazy to run so I made this another “recovery day”).

Friday – 7 miles at 8:21 pace.

Saturday – 16  miles at 8:48 pace. We did a really hilly run for a long run, but it is good for us! 6 miles were under 8 min pace.

Sunday – 8 miles at 9:22 pace. Good run on the trail…but came back to find that my car had been broken into and my phone / credit cards were gone. Sheesh!!! What is wrong with people?! It was a Sunday morning!

Total Miles: 43

I don’t have any photos from this week (because they were on the phone that was stolen)…..

NYC Marathon Training – Week Six

10 Sep

Week six was a little tough for me. I was so worn out from my California travels, and a crazy week of work. I felt like I got completely out of my “groove” and lost my motivation. It was really hard to get myself out of bed to run in the morning, which is probably why I slept through two runs!!!!

So anyway….here was week 6.

Monday – Off day. I laid on a couch ALL day watching bad reality TV, then had hellish travels home from California.

Tuesday – Off day again, for no good reason……just because I was too lazy to get out there and do something.

Wednesday – 4 miles at 9:30 pace. Such a HOT and HUMID run!!! Followed by an awesome TRX class.

Thursday – 6 miles at 9:00 pace. Should’ve done 8 miles, but stopped at 6.

Friday – Off day, simply because I couldn’t get my ass out of bed in the morning.

Saturday – 4 miles at 10 minute pace to warm up for a 10k. Then ran 6.2 miles at 6:50 pace!!! Won the 10k for women, and placed second overall!!!

Sunday – 4 miles at 10 minute pace. Lovely run with Ramsey, we were both pretty sore from our race on Saturday!!

Running across the finish line!!!

Wishing you all a great week ahead…and me a better week of training ahead!!!!



NYC Marathon Training – Week Five

9 Sep

(This post is going up very late….I got a little lazy with the blog last week…)

Week five was a great week of training for me. I knew I would be going out of town to visit Nicole in California, so a high mileage week might be difficult.

I decided to add in extra miles at the front of my week just in case I couldn’t run in CA.

Monday – 3 miles at 8:45 pace. Very hard run…probably due to dehydration.

Tuesday – 10 miles, 2 warm up, 5 x 1600 repeats: 7:21, 6:41, 6:38, 6:33, 6:37, 3 miles cool down. Good run overall. Ran the repeats in the neighborhood to give me some up and downhill practice.

Wednesday – 4 miles at 8:45 pace. Following the run, went to TRX class.

Thursday – 8 miles at 8:15 pace. This felt really hard. It scares me to think this was much slower than what my marathon pace should be…

Friday – Tried out Nicole’s “Cross Pit” class in California. Loved it!

Saturday – 16 miles at 8:48 pace. Awesome Saturday long run in California with the most amazing scenery along the way!

Sunday – 3.5 mile hike. This was crazy hard at parts. I don’t know how trail runners do it!!

Total Mileage: 44.5 miles.

I took this photo on my 16 miler in Cali. Pismo Beach is so pretty!

Mile Repeats: The Side Effects

28 Aug

Mile repeats have been a big part of my marathon training thus far. It seems that every week, Coach (aka Dad) puts crazy mile repeats on my schedule.

While torturing our bodies this morning on the street, my friends and I kept naming off our various ailments. And we had quite the list.

We joked that our list was like a side effect label on a pill bottle….so I decided to make it reality.

And although this run sucked this morning, we still rocked our repeats.

Mine coming in at 7:21, 6:41, 6:38, 6:33, 6:37.

And I can only hope that the best side effect of all with these mile repeats is a marathon PR!



NYC Marathon Training – Week Four

27 Aug

This week was supposed to be a recovery week. I think it was still pretty damn hard….but hey – another week down!!!!

Monday – 6 miles easy, 8:23 pace. Ran during my lunch break at work. Made for a beautiful looking Ali the rest of the day.

Tuesday – 7 miles with tempo, 8:11 pace. 2 mile warm up, 3 mi tempo: 7:19, 6:57, 6:45, 2 mile cool down. Tired morning but a good run overall.

Wednesday – 4 miles easy, pre-TRX run. 9:00 pace. Then did TRX interval training for 50 minutes.

Thursday – 8 miles with mile repeats on the track. 1 mile warm up, 4 x 1 mile repeats: 6:47, 6:28, 6:25, 6:21. 3 mile cool down. Felt great on this run and totally on fire.

Friday – OFF

Saturday – 16 miles, 8:45 pace. Legs were feeling heavy through the run, and the weather was mighty humid.

Sunday – 3.5 miles, easy run and didn’t think about pace.

Total miles for the week: 44.5

NYC Marathon Training – Week Three

20 Aug

Monday – 4 miles easy, 8:47 pace. Felt very “blah” on this run.

Tuesday – 10 miles tempo, 7:46 pace. 1 mile warm up, 8 miles at tempo: 7:40, 7:14, 7:30, 7:15, 7:10, 7:09, 7:15, 7:04, 1 mile cool down. Felt VERY proud of myself after this run!!

Wednesday – 4 miles easy, pre-TRX run. 8:48 pace. Then did TRX interval training for 50 minutes.

Thursday – 9 miles with tempo, 8:46 pace. 2 mile warm up, 2 at tempo: 7:30, 7:20, 2 miles easy, 1 mile tempo (should’ve been 2): 7:30, 2 miles cool down. I try not to make excuses, but I have some for this workout…here they are: It was HOT, I was TIRED, my legs are SORE, the route was HILLY.

Friday – OFF (much needed!!!)

Saturday – 14 miles easy run with Stacy and Emily, 8:55 pace. The weather was AMAZING!

Sunday – 4 miles easy, 9:48 pace. Lovely Sunday run.

Overall this was a hard week of training. I had a very stressful work week, and did not get near enough sleep. I was also struggling with dead legs and humidity on some of the important runs.

Jumping for joy – another week of training complete!!!!

Wishing everyone a happy week ahead!


NYC Marathon Training – Week Two

13 Aug

Another week of marathon training complete! This week was a little tricky to coordinate as I was on vacation for the majority of it.

Week Two

Monday – 8 miles easy, 8:37 pace

Tuesday – 4 mile warm up, 4 x 1 mile repeats: 7:00, 7:08, 6:53, 6:48. 2 mile cooldown
Great run overall, but tripped and fell in a pothole during the first mile. I have got to work on my coordination…OUCH.

Wednesday – 3.5 miles easy, 10:00 pace. Ran in San Francisco on the Embarcadero. Stunning views!

Thursday – Off (wine tasting in Napa!)

Friday – 6 miles easy, ~ 9:20 pace. Another Embarcadero run in S.F. Took break in between miles to do squats, lunges and other cross training exercises.

Saturday – 8 miles easy, 1 mile jog/walk ~ 9:20 pace. Ran with my BFF Nicole. We saw many amazing San Francisco views along the run.

Sunday – 4 miles easy, 9:00 pace. Very tough run following my vacation. Had to run as soon as I landed in KC to fit in the rest of the miles needed for the week.

Total miles for week: 40.5 Miles

NYC Marathon Training – Week One

6 Aug

Last Monday, I officially kicked off my NYC Marathon Training.

My Dad is my official “Coach”, which is scary…but I know he will take care of me and help me run my goal of a sub 3:30 marathon.

Each Sunday, he hands me a training schedule. I then review it, have a minor panic attack, and figure out how it will get done.

Week One

Week one of training looked like this:

Monday – 5 miles easy, 8:40 pace

Tuesday – 1.5 mile warm up (Garmin malfunction), 4 miles tempo – 7:45, 7:14, 7:05, 7:13, .5 mile cooldown. 7:49 overall pace.

Wednesday – TRX, 3 mile run following TRX, 9:16 pace

Thursday – VERY HOT run!! Thunderstorms in the AM meant a 100 degree run in the PM. 4 miles, 8:20 pace.

Friday – Off

Saturday – First long run of NYC Training, 12.25 miles at the trail, 8:58 pace.

Sunday – Was supposed to be 6 miles, but I slacked off due to a Saturday night Bachelorette Party. Not sure my “Coach” understood…

Total miles for week: 30 Miles

Each Sunday/Monday, I plan to post my previous week training. All tips and tricks for marathon training are welcome!



P.S. Follow #AliRunsNYC on Twitter to see all my updates! (Yes, I am trying to create my own hashtag!)

The Story Behind NYC 2012

7 Feb

Last Friday, I received one of the most exciting emails. It was from NYRR (New York Road Runners) and it was letting me know that my application to run the 2012 ING NYC Marathon had been “accepted”.

I was overjoyed.

I tweeted it.

I facebooked it.

I stared at the badge.

And then I really started to think about it.

The New York City Marathon has always been on the top of my “dream list” of marathons. I love New York, and thought it would be amazing to run through this city.

For those of you who don’t know about the process to get into this race, it is a little complicated. The NYC Marathon is a “lottery” marathon because so many people want to run it. You submit an application to run, and then you’re notified whether or not you were accepted.

There are a few ways to get around the lottery, one of these is guaranteed acceptance using a half marathon or marathon time within the last year.

Based on the above chart, I needed to run under a 1:37 half, or 3:23 full to get automatic acceptance into the race. 2012 will be the last year that a 1:37 & 3:23 will be accepted for women, then the times drop a TON (seriously…the new times are insane).

I knew when I applied that my 1:37 half I ran in October 2011 should get me in, but I was still nervous. I waited to apply, and I feared that this would have a negative impact on my application.

Well, it didn’t. I found out one day after I applied that I was “accepted” into the race.

This is when I had my major “aha” moment.

If you have been reading my blog for awhile, you know that I ran the St. Louis Rock ‘n Roll Half Marathon in October 2011. And if you read this recap blog post, you know that I was quite the cry baby over my performance in the race.

I wanted to PR that race, and run under a 1:34. But I didn’t. I ran a 1:36:37.

The day I ran that race, I wasn’t feeling it. I felt like crap the entire race, and my legs killed the entire time. It was everything in me to keep going and finish the thing as strong as possible. And it required pep talk after pep talk to myself.

At many points I thought about turning around and finishing with a friend I knew was a couple minutes behind me. But I didn’t. And not doing that ended up making quite an impact in my life.

Had I let myself slow down during this half marathon, I would not have made it onto the “guaranteed acceptance” list for the NYC Marathon. And quite possibly not made it into the race at all this year. I would not have received good news when I really needed some in my life. And I would not have been given a boost of motivation that I desperately needed as well.

Upon reflection of these things, it was confirmed to me that there truly are reasons why things happen. There was a reason why a voice inside my head was so strong the day of my half marathon, telling me “keep going”. And there was a reason why I did not give up and run 23 seconds slower.

I never would have thought this half marathon would have such an impact on my life. I used to look back on that race and cringe. Now I look back on that race and smile. That race got me into my dream marathon, and brought me good news when I really needed it.

After this, I will always remember that things are happening for a reason, and there is ALWAYS a reason to keep going and finished what you started.




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