NYC Marathon Training Week 2 – A reminder of mental strength for the long run

I picked up the mileage this week, unfortunately it came with a price. A huge lack of cross training. No biking, no swimming, no Jillian Michaels.  Well that’s a lie. I did one other thing. 50 chair leg step ups per leg that 5 days later I am still whining about a lot, a bit.

I did do some shopping though!

It’s a Jamis Ventura Race from EMS. My prior hybrid is also a Jamis from EMS, so I guess I’m a loyal customer at this point. I found a review of it and maybe once comfortable I might upgrade, but I don’t expect to be the next Lance Armstrong, so I think I’ll be okay. Unfortunately, especially the lower end of the market, road bikes are not designed well for petite females. I tested a few models and besides there being a limited amount of good bikes in 48cm to begin with, my options were slim to none that ended up hitting my crotch more often than I would like a stop.  Yes, crotch beating is not what I want from cycling.  If only more bike companies would listen.

Through a mix up, I also got 100 gear bucks on a purchase of $150 so I purchased some bike shoes, and my first pair of bike shorts with the padded butt! Now I’m waiting for my pedals to arrive. I ordered these shimano pedals from amazon. I know, they’re not the fastest, but I’m not sure I’m ready to commit to 100% clip-in style.

Anyways, enough gear ramble… I’ll resume once I get myself more situated. Last week:

Monday – 7 Miles

8:19 Pace Incline 3

Tuesday – 8 Miles

7:47 pace Incline 2, my fastest run on the workmill yet.

Wednesday – 13.2 Miles

This run ended up on an average 7:57 pace. It was just one of those perfect nights where the weather finally cooled off to perfection. I did one thing different. I reversed my path a little. Started on flat 5 miles before adding a hill that I usually start with. I need to remember to warm up, not race straight out, my runs are always better that way even if the first few miles feel boring.

Thursday 7 Miles

8:08 Pace on incline 2. I was only going to do 5 miles, but legs felt happy so I added two more.

Friday – Rest

I wanted to run, but decided it was best to rest up my legs before my weekend long run.

Saturday – 6 Miles

6 Trail miles 13:09 pace at the Fells with a great group of TARC friends. We even had a picnic.

Sunday – 16 Miles

Sunday was a reminder that I’m mentally stronger than I think I am. I waited too long to run (bad sleep, lack of food, lazy) and before i knew it, it was too hot to run. So instead I decided I will run in the evening. Well at 5:30 as soon as I stepped outside, it poured rain. I’m like okay, I’ve run marathons in the rain, I can do this. I kept running, then I heard thunder and decided not to wait for the lightning. How far did I get? .7 miles.

Okay, maybe I could do some miles in my basement treadmill with no AC. I put on a fan, slowed my pace down a lot and got to 11 miles total before I couldn’t bear to be sweating so much anymore. By the time I crawled out of my womanhole, I noticed the weather looked perfect outside! I chugged some orange juice with a strawberry banana GU (yea not a bright a idea) and was on my way. The last 5 miles were pure suffering of lets just get through this. I was running 9:05s on a path I’ve run 7:30s on and can usually run at 8 without much of an effort. None the less, I came home smiling. You know what, I put one foot in front of the other and while I wasn’t getting the pace I wanted, I got my 16 miles done.

Average pace, not counting my break was around 8:37. However I did take a 5-10 minute break after the basement to cool off and hydrate.

It’s amazing that even with a history of so many miles behind me, no run is ever guaranteed. There will be days when 5 miles or 20 miles will be struggle; however, I just need to remind myself, one foot in front of the other and it will get done, even if it’s slower than expected.

 

How was your training last week?

Week 4 Triathlon Training Recap

I don’t know if people taper for sprint triathlons, but when you give yourself 4 weeks before your big day to train, the luxury to taper isn’t really there.  It’s a precious week of working on my base.

I did decrease my swimming to workouts to 2 vs my usual 3 I’ve been making myself do.  I also knew, that I needed to get in at least 1 ten mile bike ride before Wednesday.  As for running?  Running is always a big part of my life.  I’ve been wanting to sustain 50 miles a week but I had to give that up.  I did come pretty close!  Why 50? I don’t know, seems like a nice number.  Last year I was content with 35 a week.  My, my how ultra training will change your perception.

Once thing I also didn’t do was take a rest day this week.  It was probably a little dumb, but I told myself I didn’t earn it, after taking 4 days off last week.

Monday 8 Mile Run 1,000 yds swim
I had a pretty good run.  About 8 minute miles before I knocked the treadmill key out. Nothing like ruining my groove with a sudden stop. For swimming, I wanted to see if I could actually swim half a mile without a break.  So slowly but surely, and many awkward turn around moves, I swam 900 yds while trying to avoid putting my feet down in the shallow.  I got tired, But it’s good to know it was possible.

My eyes always get goggle eyes

Tuesday – 6.5 mile run, 12.34 mile bike
Not a pleasant run.  I overheated myself by starting too fast and had a miserable last few miles. The evening bike ride went much better.  I wanted to go a little faster than usual to test out my legs, unfortunately, there’s nowhere I can bike nearby without cars.  I hit a few stop lights and almost skid in a parked car but got up to a 13.8 MPH pace.  It sounds way too slow for a bike, but I have traffic, stop lights and MBTA buses to work with.  I like to avoid getting hit by a bus!

Wednesday 8 mile run
Still couldn’t focus.  Couldn’t mojo myself into a higher incline.  Stuck around 2 at 8:22 pace.

Thursday 1,000 yds swim, 6.4 mile run
I learned a new thing.  Kicking.  Yea, when people swim, they should kick. It helps you move forward. Unfortunately, I got tired of kicking very quickly. After swimming, I waited for Tony to get home and we ran a little bit on the Malden bike path.

Friday 8.3 mile run
While I can’t say I completely got my groove back, it was a nice start.  Maybe the nice 70s weather helped. I decided I couldn’t miss out on running outside, so I went on the Charles. There was some construction that derailed me and frazzled me, but I eventually got back in my groove.  Ended up being around 8:26 pace.  Not my best for the Charles, but a happy run.

Best view of Boston from the Charles

Saturday 4.2 mile run
Shaking out the legs. Went for a short brisk run around a hilly pond.  Was doing 7:45 minute miles.  I think it was here where I tweaked my adductor, because I felt the pain Saturday night but chose to ignore it since I had a race.

Sunday – 900 yd swim, 10 mile bike, 3 mile run
The big day.  So big it deserves its own recap.  Check out my Appleman Sprint Triathlon race recap.

Total Miles – 44.4

Total Feelings – Proud but injured 

I gave up doing 6 more miles Sunday night to reach 50.  I had the energy; however, my adductor on my left leg felt very sore.  On Monday when I woke up, it hurt to walk.  Luckily, with rest for 2 days, where I barely moved myself off my work chair or couch, I am back to being my wonderful running self!