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! 🙂

I have been asked a few times recently, so I am posting the information again. I am running the NYC Marathon for Team for Kids (!!!) and still working on my fundraising goal! If you would like to donate in support of my fundraising efforts, you can donate here. THANK YOU!!

One thought on “NYC Marathon Training – Week 1

  1. Layla July 8, 2015 / 12:16 pm

    The hiking and Blue Springs running path look so pretty!! I had no idea Oklahoma was greener than California! And the drinking fountain photo made me grin. Sounds like a good start to training!!


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