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.
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…
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!!
I *love* running with friends!
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.
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. 🙂
As you may know, I am running the NYC Marathon for Team for Kids. I need all of the support I can get on my way to achieve my goals for Team for Kids, if you would like to donate towards my fundraising efforts, my fundraising page can be found here. Thank you for your consideration – no donation is too small! 🙂