NYCM Training Week 1

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.IMG_7483Monday-

PLAN:  6 miles, all easy pace, a range of 7:50-8:50

ACTUAL: 6 miles avg. 8:33 and a private pilates sessionIMG_7416


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. Screen shot 2014-06-15 at 8.08.40 AM


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.IMG_7494

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. IMG_7492

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? 

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  • Wooot for NYCM! I think you’re going to kill it! I’m working with a custom NYRR plan that I’m modifying further because it lacks the kind of speed work I like. My training will start while I’m in NC so suspecting some heat and hills. Joy.

  • Great week of runs! My Chicago Marathon training started last week too and ran 28 miles as well. Doing a higher mileage plan this cycle to see how my body responds. Good luck in Alaska! Can’t wait to hear about your trip!

  • I’ve tentatively picked a fall marathon, depending on my job hunting/budgetary restrictions being lifted 😉

    I looooooooove being on a plan, so I feel you! Have so so so so much fun in Alaska, I can’t wait to see the pictures!!

  • Congrats on your new training plan! I think it’s awesome that you’re getting into the groove of your new plan. I need to find someone to help me make a “professional” plan that I can stick to. Can’t wait to see all of your pictures! I have a few fall halfs I want to do and LOVE having a plan.

  • wow you’re pretty spot on- love that you and Rich can do some runs together- those that run together stay together 🙂

    You’re going to LOVE Alaska and can’t wait to stalk your instagram for photo updates 🙂

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