New York City Marathon Training: Week 6

Week six wasn’t a perfect training week, but in my defense – it was a bit of an unusual seven days. First off, my twin siblings were staying with us while my parents were traveling in China with my brother. We also had my parent’s dog Charlie and our brand new puppy at home. Two adults, 2 kids, 2 dogs, 2 full-time work schedules, marathon training and puppy training. Overwhelmed is an understatement. The puppy slept progressively better every night, but the first couple evenings were a source of major sleep deprivation, and I couldn’t inhale coffee fast enough in the mornings.

Meet Schezney! He’s a fluffy, little noodle labradoodle.

I’ve gotten into this habit (especially since the big move in late April) of reminding myself that I’m doing the best that I can at that point in time. And most importantly – that my “best” will improve every week as I adjust to the sources of rising stress. For example, I could only finish 3 out of 4 runs this week. I only made dinner at once. I was late to work 3 times. It didn’t feel good…but I was doing the best that I could. This week, I may be able to finish all of my runs, cook dinner a couple more nights, try and be late no more than once (or twice). You see what I’m saying? Success is great, but I need to be kind to myself even (especially) when things aren’t going as planned.

Anyway, here’s what the week looked like…

Week 6
Monday: 1.5 hour of ballet class
Tuesday: 4.0 mile run
Wednesday: Rest day
Thursday: 5.0 mile run
Friday: Rest day
Saturday: 10.0 mile run
Sunday: Rest day
Total Mileage: 19.0 miles

The good: I waited until the evening to run the 5 scheduled miles on Thursday, and it was so hot and humid, but it makes the good category because I pushed the pace where I needed to and it felt great to feel my legs oblige. I also had a solid 10.0 mile run on the 2nd day of my 25th year that boosted my morale and reminded me that I can do this. I didn’t feel great for every minute, but that’s not the point. I need to learn to push through the parts of a long run where I get bored or discouraged or doubtful. I’m also naturally increasing the time I spend running vs. walking, and I can feel my legs adjusting to the building mileage and time on my feet.

The bad: The university gym Alex and I belong to has been shut down for a week to prepare for the new semester, and my cross training has suffered. The temporary close broke my Tuesday and Friday routine and without it, I’ve let some work slide. Completing strength work in my living room (with a couch to sit on in between reps…) can also slow down what should be a quick workout. When I’m at the gym, I’m more purposeful with my time and like to take advantage of equipment I don’t have at home, such as a Bosu ball.

I also missed a shorter 3 mile run on the weekend. I spent the morning watching the women’s olympic marathon and the afternoon saying, “Soon…after this…in an hour…” and suddenly it was dark out and time to sleep. I should know better – there is never a good time for an unscheduled run. I also only did my PT exercises 5/7 times this week – maybe only four. I need to get back to doing it every. single day. My knee has been very nearly 100% pain free because I’m consistent. I can’t have any discomfort creep back because I’m getting lazy.

It’s another week and another chance to get it right! Bring on week 6.

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