NYC Marathon Training – Week 2

NYC Marathon Training – Week 2

Day 1, Monday, July 6: cross-training:

During my lunch break, I walked to the Downtown Y and back. While I was at the Y I rode 6 miles on the bike.

Workout summary: walked 1 mile walked, biked 6 miles in 30 minutes.


Day 2, Tuesday, July 7: 3 miles:

Originally I planned to run with my friend, Katie, after workout as her “send-off” run before she left for her first 70.3, but with rain predicted in the evening, we decided to just meet for coffee and I planned to run in the morning before work. David and I both checked the radar and it seemed clear so I left for my 3 mile run. During the first mile, there were a couple sprinkles, but I thought maybe it was just moisture falling from trees or something…during mile two: COMPLETE DOWN POUR! Since David was following me on RunKeeper as I ran, he got in the car and met me to grab my phone so it wouldn’t be damaged – lightning wasn’t in the area, so I kept on running. I was already soaked, and it was “only” three miles! When I got home, David had towels, water, and fresh coffee waiting for me. 🙂

Workout summary: ran 3.1 miles, total time: 34:46; avg. pace 11:13; 11:40 / 10:58 / 11:05 / 10:42 for .1.

David should win a
David should win a “Husband of the Year” Award!

Day 3, Wednesday, July 8: 5 miles:

Due to needing to be downtown earlier than normal (which meant leaving home around 6:45 AM), I decided I would need to run in the evening, no matter how terrible the temperature. Well, Mother Nature heard my cries…

Thank you, Mother Nature!!!
Thank you, Mother Nature!!!

Humidity was still high, but the lower temperature felt amazing! Since 5 miles is a little bit of a stretch after a long day at a convention, I turned some music on during the second half of my run to help keep me moving!

On repeat until November 1...
On repeat until November 1…

Another friend, Katie, told me that I needed to make sure to listen to ALL of the latest Taylor Swift album, so I downloaded it a few weeks ago. (I love to listen to Taylor Swift – feel free to judge me! Ha!) I put this song on repeat for the last mile to help me maintain the pace I wanted.

BAM! My hope is that my pace for the “race pace” workouts will be 10:45 avg, so for me to do this on an evening training run made me feel awesome!

Workout summary: ran 5 miles, total time: 54:39; avg. pace: 10:52/mile; 11:22 / 10:42 / 11:08 / 10:42 / 10:28.

Day 4, Thursday, July 9: 3 miles:

Another after work run, and I ran earlier than I normally would for a summer evening, but 1. cooler temps and 2. David was taking me out to celebrate our 6 months anniversary, so I needed to get out the door to make sure I had time to get ready!

Several of my friends were chosen for the Nike Women’s Half Marathon, so I wore my socks that I received for fundraising for the 2013 Nike Women’s Marathon in their honor!

Workout summary: ran 3.1 miles, total time: 34:14; avg. pace: 11:02/mile; 11:22 / 11:10 / 10:40 / 9:53 for .1.

Day 5, Friday, July 10: rest day:

I met my friend, Jamie, for lunch at Fuzzy’s. And during the evening, David and I went to the Dunn’s for dinner and dessert! Rest day achieved!

Clara selfie!
Clara selfie!
Rest days = eat all the food, right?
Rest days = eat all the food, right?

Workout summary: ate pizza and cake.

Day 6, Saturday, July 11: 8 miles

My plan has a race pace run on Saturdays and a long run on Sunday. I wanted to get in some miles with my friend, Stephanie, to kick off our summer training, so I switched the days to work with her schedule. We met at 6 AM in Norman and got to see a beautiful sunrise!

Sunrise at OU!
Sunrise at OU!
Downtown Norman

To continue our traditions from last year, we got our first mid-run selfie for marathon training 2015! I am so excited for Stephanie to start this journey. I know she will have ups and downs (as will I!), but knowing the triumph she will have at that finish line already gives me goosebumps!

The first mid-run selfie for marathon training 2015!

David ran 4, and we ran 8!

Workout summary: ran 8 miles, total time: 1:40:00; avg. pace: 12:11/mile; 12:01 / 11:44 / 12:34 / 11:37 / 11:54 / 12:13 / 12:32 / 12:57 / 11:36.

Day 7, Sunday, July 12: 5 miles at race pace:

A small group from our spring training group met at the Oklahoma River Sunday morning to run various distances – so great to see them!!

Summer running fun at the Oklahoma River!

I *love* running with friends!

Practicing my runfie skills!

Huge THANK YOU to these guys for pushing me to reach my pace goal! David paced me for the first two miles, then Michael helped me through the last mile.

So…OMG! My plan was for 10:45 avg, and honestly, I didn’t think that was possible. I typically don’t run that fast AND I just ran 8 miles the previous day! Well, with the help of my friends (and Taylor Swift), I crushed my goal! It also ended up being my fastest 5 miler ever!!


Workout summary: ran 5 miles, 51:47; avg. pace: 10:21/mile; 10:37 / 10:03 / 10:54 / 10:15 / 9:58.

Believe Training Journal:

I purchased this recommended journal to begin specifically when I started training for NYC – my post workout journaling has become a favorite time for me! Bonus: when I get to drink coffee on my back porch while completing my journal entry. 🙂

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NYC Marathon Training – Week 1

NYC Marathon Training – Week 1

Day 1, Monday, June 29: cross-training

Hiking in SW Oklahoma with David! I went on a hike the week before closer to the Quartz Mountain Lodge, but we went hiked a lot higher on this day. I was completely and utterly exhausted afterwards, BUT I loved every moment, even when I kept asking, “how are we going to get down?” as we got higher and higher…

As seen on our hike in SW Oklahoma!
Love all of the wildflowers!
Feeling on top of the world with my love! Seriously thankful for his patience as we climbed so I could get to this view!
Another shot of the gorgeous view! Love the Quartz Mountain area!

Day 2, Tuesday, June 30: 3 miles

Well…as I mentioned earlier, I was completely exhausted after hiking. Not to mention, I was already exhausted after the conclusion of my third summer at the Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute. I made the stupid summer mistake of NOT running in the morning because I decided sleep was more important. Since it was my first official running day of training, the thought of skipping my run wasn’t even in my mind. My stubbornness got me through 3 miserably hot miles before dinner. David met me in the driveway with ice cold water. 🙂

Week 1, Day 2 – first miles towards my 11th 26.2!

Day 3, Wednesday, July 1: 5 miles

I actually got my rear out of bed to have a sunrise run! The heat index was nearly 20 degrees cooler, so these 5 miles felt much more comfortable. And, I love when I actually get my run completed before work — the rest of the day feels awesome!


Day 4, Thursday, July 2: 3 miles

Thursday was a day off from work for me, so I started a little bit later in the morning, but got it done and David joined me!

Day 5, Friday, July 3: rest day

I had a very successful rest day! (BTW, I think I am really going to love having my rest days on Fridays!!!!) We drove to Kansas City with a stop in Emporia to grab a quick coffee with our friend, Katie! Friday evening we got to attend the concert of one of our niece’s and watch fireworks with David’s brother’s family!

Day 6, Saturday, July 4: 4 miles

I modified the mileage for this run and Sunday’s simply because I didn’t have incredibly high weekly mileage while I was at Quartz Mountain, so I am trying to not do too much too soon. The plan called for 5 miles at race pace, I went 4 a bit slower than race pace. My legs actually felt the best they have since starting training! David also joined and embraced the Kansas City hills with me!

Forgot our patriotic running gear – boo! But we still ran 4 for the 4th!

Day 7, Sunday, July 5: 6.2 miles

Plan called for 8 miles, I modified to a 10k which also completed my virtual 10k hosted by nuun. David and I started around the same time of day as Saturday, but it was MUCH sunnier so we should have started earlier…at least we had the hype of running somewhere new together!

Love the paved running trails through Blue Springs! Interstate in the way? No problem!
One of the water fountains along the path!
Did I mention it was super hot?! WATER!
My bling and my honey!
Awesome race swag!

Overall, it was a great first week of training for the NYC Marathon. I know there will be ups and downs, and I plan to journal (and blog) along the way so when I get too tired, too cranky, too whatever, I can reflect back to encourage me. I am thankful for all of the support from my family and friends that have already encouraged me in my training – thank you, in advance, for your continued encouragement! I am reaching for a lofty (to me) goal for this marathon and I will need all the support I can get! 🙂

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