NYCM Week 9

My body seemed pretty tired all week from the jet lag and I was still having pain in my left glute. It seemed like a week of going through the motions and surviving on multiple cups of coffee each day.


  • Plan-  8 miles easy 7:50-8:50 pace
  • Actual- 8 miles easy 8:26 avg pace IMG_8443

I had another chiro and dry needling appointment scheduled to see how I felt post vacation. I honestly didn’t feel bad, but the needling really helped release everything.


  • Plan- flywheel
  • Actual- flywheel

I actually overslept and missed my usual morning class and ended up going that afternoon to a different instructor. He sucked and I won’t make that mistake again!


  • Plan- 8 mile tempo run. 2 easy, 4 at 7:00-7:20 pace, 2 easy
  • Actual- 8 mile tempo run. 9:24, 9:13, 7:27, 7:15, 7:10, 7:18, 8:48, 9:04 and barre3 

I ran the first 2 with Rich and we each did our own workouts on the beltline after that and then did our cool down back to the house together. I missed the first tempo but wasn’t surprised considering it was my uphill mile but overall happy with pace.

I went to Barre3 that night and even with adjustments to make some of the moves easier for me (post tempo work and to help with my glute pain) I walked out pretty miserable. I had a feeling that Barre3 was making things worse and that I need to put my membership on hold until after NYC.


  • Plan- 6 miles easy 7:50-8:50 pace
  • Actual- 6 miles easy 8:35 avg pace and private pilates

Thank goodness for Laura and pilates…she had me focus on stretching out my body and what we are realizing is that my right hip is still tight and the left one may be having to work harder. Either way, I was able to stretch it out.


  • Plan- rest day
  • Actual- rest day


  • Plan- 20 mile run. 10 easy, 11-15 at 8-8:20 pace, last 5 at 7:50
  • Actual- 20 mile run 8:37 avg pace.

I met Jes and we ran with the Chattahoochee Road Runners around Grant Park, the VA Highlands, Midtown, and Inman Park. I loved the run, even if it was challenging. The thing about Atlanta and training in the summer is you can’t avoid heat, hills and humidity. This is pretty much an average run for me.Screen shot 2014-08-17 at 8.45.46 AMJes had to do 15 so I did the last 5 by myself. She agreed to do the last 5 at the 8-8:20 pace but we never quite stuck to that pace. I don’t know why I couldn’t quite get there. Hills, humidity, lack of fluids (there were some along the course but they were running low), the heat, me being tired from travel, or the glute pain but something wasn’t working. I ate my 3 huma gels and don’t think it had anything to do with lack of calories/fuel…I think it was one of the other things mentioned.

I went out for the last 5 and was dreading it. I had to look Grant Park twice and around mile 18 I just lost it. I couldn’t get to my goal pace of 7:50. I was tired. I could wring the sweat out of my shirt. I literally stopped and was in tears. I was frustrated and beating myself up. I started questioning myself and if marathons were for me and if the training was worth it. Yes, I’m insanely type A and don’t like missing a goal. I am very aware that this isn’t normal and most likely isn’t healthy, but I don’t sugar coat on here and I want to share how I really felt.

I sucked it up and finished the run. I know my average pace was still great but in my eyes, I still missed my goal. Thank goodness for dear running friends who reminded me race day is months away and they won’t always be perfect.IMG_8472

I went to icebox therapy after the run and waited for Rich to finish his workouts for the day and we had date night before my dad came in town. A much deserved pizza! 10486195_10152578007285782_4213675614445831261_n


  • Plan- 6 miles recovery 8:55-9:40 pace
  • Actual- 6 miles recovery 9:18 avg pace

Another early morning run so I could squeeze in family time. I was pretty sore and was tempted to cut it short, but around mile 3 I loosened up. I’m glad I finished the run and then spent the day with my favorite little one. IMG_8478

Total Miles for the Week: 48

All in all, it wasn’t my best week. I think that I was exhausted from my vacation and the jet lag and I didn’t rest as much as I should have and it caught up with me. I know that I won’t hit every pace, every goal, and every run won’t be perfect…I just need to be better about not beating myself up when those days happen.

How do you handle training weeks or days that don’t go your way? Do you treat yourself post long run? If so, what’s your favorite treat? 

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  • I’ll be honest with you – you are doing far more than I ever did when training for marathons! I rarely exceed 45 mpw, for one thing, and while I think the extra strength and classes are great for your body, that would have exhausted me. It might be time to cut out barre and perhaps just do a short (15 min) barre routine at home to keep those muscles strong but not exhausted.
    I will tell you this – if that long run was a failure, all my longs runs are failures! There were a few 20-milers that I cut down to 7:30 pace or something but usually even at my fastest an 8:30 long run (in the heat, too) would be a resounding success. Give your type-A self a break on that one 😉

  • I’m always amazed how determined you are. You really work hard and you never have a silly excuse. Soo amazing!! Even though this was a tough week, but it will help you in the long run. It puts everything into perspective and you will appreciate the good runs next week.

  • Great job! You still have a ton of time until race day, so don’t sweat it. When I have a run that isn’t perfect, I try to focus on the positives (no matter how simple they are). 20 milers in Atlanta in the summer are hard. No way around it. Just keep thinking about the cools temps you’ll be treated to in November!

  • Awww 🙁 We all have bad days. I have been having a ton of them lately.

    I don’t think I could maintain that kind of mileage and do the XT you do, AND work??? You must be superhuman!

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