I’m checking in with my weekly recap and link-up with Jess from Jess Runs ATL. Details at the bottom of this post to join us. I am also linking up with Courtney and HoHo Runs/Mississippi Piddlin, who host similar link-ups. Check them out!
Here’s how training for the NYC marathon went last week:
Monday: Rest from running, which felt great after the City of Lakes half marathon the day before. I took a barre class at the Barre. Love that place.
Tuesday: 8 easy miles in the morning with some friends, 4 more miles in the evening with Matilda the vizsla. 12 miles on the day.
Wednesday: Tempo run! 2 mile warm-up, 6 miles at tempo, 2 mile cool-down. Since this was a longer tempo, my goal was a bit slower, around 7:45, which should be easy considering I just ran a 10k at a 7:36 pace! But alas, it was hard, and I struggled to hit those paces. I’ll blame the humidity. Or tired legs. So many excuses 🙂
10 miles total at 8:43 min/mile average. Any time I hit double digits before work, I always feel accomplished!
Thursday: Track Thursday. I met my friends Christie, Lindsey, and Ryan at a local track. 2 mile warm-up, 15x200m repeats at a 6:45 min/mile pace, 1 mile cool-down. 6.2 miles total.
After work, I took a HIIT class at ALTR with my friend Vicki. Read all about it HERE.
Friday: After waking up early to workout pretty much all week, my body really needed to sleep in…which meant I had to run after work. So hot! And I was quite sore from the ALTR class: I just shuffled along as best I could. 7.2 miles.
Saturday: My first 20 mile of the NYC training cycle! And oh my, it was a doozy. Seriously. So humid. I ran with my friends at the Calhoun Beach Running Club and had company for the first 17 miles. The final 3 were brutal..I think I was over 10:30 min/miles (which is slow for me) and just feel so beat. Ugh. The humidity was insane.
Fortunately, I had this amazing savory waffle from Birchwood Cafe to help me recover afterwards!
Later that day, I went to a pop-up sale for MM LaFleur held at the Hotel Ivy downtown. I shared a review of a Bento box from MM LaFleur once (this post) but since then I have continued to buy occasional Bento boxes and I also attended their last pop-up in Minneapolis too. I guess you would say I am a fan!
I really love their clothes for professional attire. Really high-quality, great fit, just overall great stuff.
I was inspired after the event to do a full closet clean out. It was a lot of work, but it feels great to be organized!
Sunday: 4 early miles with Matilda, and then 4 more evening miles. I’m not sure why my coach split up a run of just 8 miles; I’m guessing it was easier on my body after a tough 20 miler. Tilda joined me for the 2nd run as well 🙂 She likes doubles, ha!
8 miles on the day.
PS- I met up with a potential athlete to coach today as well. If you know anyone looking for a coach, send them my way! I have space and time for more athletes and am really enjoying coaching!
Summary: 64 miles of running, 1 barre class, 1 HIIT class. A solid mix!
I pre-ordered my NYC marathon jacket, just to be sure I got one. At the Tokyo Marathon, they were sold out at the expo, so I just don’t want to take my chances again. And I love the jacket! I can’t wait to wear it post-marathon (pre-marathon would be bad luck!)
Speaking of the New York City Marathon…
Jess and I are organizing a meet-up on Saturday morning before the marathon at Starbucks/Central Park. Details to follow!
I am also doing a round-up of tips and advice from experienced NYC runners for the marathon. Have you run it or do you know someone who has? Please send them my way at firstname.lastname@example.org with any and all advice you or they want to share on pre-marathon carbo-loading, marathon day logistics and of course post-marathon celebrations!
In non-running related news, we’ve been remodeling our basement and are finally to the decorating stage.
I’ll share some before and after pics, but I wanted to give a shout-out to Modern Map Art for sending me this cool street map of Minneapolis that I plan to hang in the new basement space!
They offer maps of virtually ANY city in a variety of colors, as well as ski maps, country maps, and skyline prints. Go check them out!
And join Jess and my link-up!
Great update and way to push through on the humid 20 miler. I saw a lot of runners struggling on that day. Good call on the NY Marathon jacket! Always weird to see people wearing them before the event – seems like bad mojo to me!
Exactly! I feel weird even buying it…what if I get injured??
Congrats on another great week! There’s just something about cleaning out my closet that makes me feel super organized as well!
That’s great to hear about the meet up! I’ll be cheering my mom on at the Dash to the Finish Line 5K that morning, but I should be able to make the meet up depending on the time!
Yay! Looking forward to meeting you!
Sounds like a great week! I’m impressed you fit in that closet clean-up too. That’s something I’ve been needing to do but just keep putting off.
It feels so good to have an organized closet 🙂 It’s the simple things, haha!
Great week! I am so excited I’ll be at NYC to cheer you all on 🙂
Wonderful! Hope to see you there.
64 miles? WOW. I don’t think I’ve ever run over 45. But then again, I’m old. LOL. Humidity was definitely the theme for last week. Hopefully that will begin to improve as we head into fall. I need a major closet clean out. Major. Thanks for linking!
I do run high mileage, but a lot of them are at a very easy pace…80/20 rule!
So much going on! Great week of training!! Congrats on your first 20 miler this cycle. The breakfast looks amazing! I’ve heard of that clothing company and I really like the idea of it. I need to clean out all of my closet space. Because I fluctuate weight I tend to hold on to a wide range of clothes so that I can switch back and forth.
What do you think of the barre classes? that’s been on my to do list.
I’m a big fan of barre, particularly for runners. It’s not heavy lifting and I don’t even really sweat that much, but it works all the muscles that you need to give special attention to as a runner (i.e glutes!!)
I too keep clothes that are a little small or a little big since I fluctuate, depending on marathon training!
That humidity is no joke! It is a way of life down here in Mississippi but one never truly gets used to it! great job on your 20 miler, and friends really do make it go easier. I do love a good waffle afterward and yours looks delicious!
Seeing your closet clean out reminds me I really, really need to do this! Good luck in NYC, I hope to one day cross off a bucket list item and run there!
Thanks Tricia! Yes, I don’t think the humidity ever gets easier…so hard! But it makes us stronger runners, right?
The humidity on a Saturday was brutal. I had 18 miles to run, and it was rough!! Great job pushing through! The NY jacket is super cute. Can’t wait to read your recap of that race. It is on my list of marathons to run.
BRUTAL! So hard to keep going when it makes you feel so drained…I was just happy to get in the miles, I didn’t care about pace.
Yes, I will definitely share lots about my NYC experience!