These two weeks included another travel weekend (this time to NYC), as well as my highest mileage this training cycle, followed by a nice recovery week.
- Monday: An extra rest day after Saturday’s Rock ‘n Roll DC Half Marathon (p.s. remind me never to book another plane ticket that arrives at midnight the night before returning to work)
- Tuesday: 1 warm-up mile, 70 minutes (7.7 miles) @ half marathon pace [9:18, 8:59, 9:01, 9:01, 8:55, 9:02, 8:59, 8:56], 0.8 cool-down mile. This felt great! I even covered a bit of the Owens Corning Half Marathon course.
- Wednesday: 7.2 easy miles in some much needed sunshine in a nearby park
- Thursday: 0.75 mile warm-up, 1600/1200/1000/800/600/400 @ 8:00 pace, and a short 0.5 mile cool-down. Dave’s MIT met at an outdoor high school track, and it was a windy day to run around in circles. I had planned to wear shorts, but the wind cooled the temperature down so much that I never took off the jogger pants I wore for the car trip. I think decreasing workouts are my favorite. They feel equally hard, but it’s nice to tell myself the next interval will be over faster.
- Friday: 7 easy miles – I slept in after Thursday’s evening track workout so I ran these miles after work. It wasn’t ideal but worth the extra sleep.
- Saturday: 10.3 mile solo long run from my parent’s house after a family brunch. I did not want to start this run, and I put it off for a couple of hours, but I got out the door by bargaining with myself. I’d try 4 miles outside, and if I was struggling, I could take it to the treadmill and watch a movie to finish off the miles. I ended up finishing all of it outside.
- Sunday: Pure Barre
- Weekly mileage = 39 miles, 2 PB
- Monday: 4.5 easy miles
- Tuesday: 1 warm-up mile, 5 alternating miles between half marathon pace and 20-30 seconds faster [8:54, 8:31, 8:49, 8:39, 9:13], 1.2 cool-down mile – womp, womp. I gave up on the last 6th alternating mile and opted for an early cool-down. The wind was vicious this day, and my legs were so heavy. I spent too much energy fighting the wind during the first hmp/hmp-30s that I had emptied most of the tank before I even got to the second set. Like last Thursday’s workout, I sucked it up, reminded myself the effort was there even if the number wasn’t what I wanted it to be.
- Wednesday: 4.1 easy miles to/from Pure Barre – I’m glad I didn’t realize how cold and drizzly it was until the door shut behind me. These were relatively whiny miles, but it was great to have Pure Barre and a run finished before work.
- Thursday: (am) Pure Barre, (pm) 1 mile warm-up, 8 x 800m @ ~8:30 pace [4:05, 4:15, 4:13, 4:14, 4:15, 4:12, 4:13, 4:12], and a cool-down home – nailed it! I had a work dinner so I didn’t make it to Dave’s MIT track night, but I got it done at a nearby high school track. I should note that I ran this after a glass of wine and a really big dinner, and I thank my lucky stars that I didn’t feel like hurling it all back up.
- Friday: I planned to run three easy miles in NYC after we arrived that morning, but it never happened. This was a down week, so I didn’t let it bother me too much.
- Saturday: 10 mile long run in Central Park – can I just say how cool the NYRR Run Center in Columbus Circle is?! Alex and I were able to store our things in their lockers, run in the park, come back to change, and even foam roll before going back to our AirBnB to shower.
- Sunday: Rest day
- Weekly mileage = 32.3 miles, 2 PB
Race day is approaching quickly, and the other Glass City Marathon Ambassadors and I can’t wait to welcome you. Don’t forget to study the course maps and take the opportunity to run a few portions of it if you’re local. I know I’m trying to prioritize this during the tempo runs to replicate race day as much as possible.