Here goes all effort to post weekly about my training since I’m now following an official plan. I did exactly what I wanted to do this Winter/Spring. Build a solid 20-30 mile base and build my strength again. I knew all along I would hire Jessica as my coach again and she would help me with my New York City Marathon training.
I was getting a bit restless and bored with what I was doing (literally the same workouts every single week for months) so we started my plan a few weeks early. Last week was my first week.Monday-
PLAN: 6 miles, all easy pace, a range of 7:50-8:50
ACTUAL: 6 miles avg. 8:33 and a private pilates session
PLAN: spin class
ACTUAL: flywheel and barre3 class
PLAN: 6 mile tempo. 2 mile warmup, 3 mile tempo, 1 mile cooldown. Start tempo at 7:20 and work way towards a 7:00 pace
ACTUAL: 6 mile tempo (8:46, 8:44, 7:21, 7:07, 7:02, 8:54). My legs were still sore from the half marathon and I was not in the mood (surprise, surprise). Rich ran the first 2 with me to the beltline and then I did my thing and he did his and we met back up to run home. Perfect way to start the day.
I know I always talk about the beltline, but this gives you an idea of how my out and back run is every time I do it.
PLAN: pilates/barre class
ACTUAL: barre3 class. It’s nice to be able to get 2 classes in a week. I love that they give variations for what works for your body each class. I tend to go easier on my legs and focus on core and upper body.
PLAN: 12 miles nice and steady between 7:55-9:00. Start closer to 9:00 and work way to sub 8 the last few.
ACTUAL: 12 miles between 7:55-9:00 with the last two at 8:08 and 7:56. I ran the first 6 miles with Rich closer to the 8:45-9:00 and then the last 6 were on my own. I dialed it down a bit into the 8:30ish range and tried to get to closer to 8:00-sub 8:00 range towards the end. I felt pretty good- a little tired and definitely insanely hot and humid. But, all things considering it was right on target.
One of my best friends from home, Amanda, came in town to visit and help me finish decorating my guest room/office (she refused to be in any pictures because she is pregnant).
PLAN: 4 mile recovery run at 8:55-9:40 range
ACTUAL: 4 mile recovery run avg. 9:11 pace. I swear, the recovery run was the hardest for me to do. I had to stay mindful to not run too hard or too fast, but I know it’s good for my body to take a REAL recovery run.
Later that morning, Amanda and I hit up Scott’s Antique Market (only comes once a month and is amazing) and found the perfect trunk for my room. I’m obsessed with how the room has already transformed just by two lamps and a trunk. I still have to find a few more things and work on a gallery wall, but I love it.
Sunday- rest day. I did a lot of little things around the house and then we went to my sisters for a low country boil.
Week 1 NYCM training total mileage: 28 miles
All in all, a pretty good week. This upcoming week is my trip to Alaska and I’m SOOOO excited!!
Do you have a goal race for the fall? Do you like following a set training plan?