NYCM Training Week 12

A little more work travel, PT, and heat, hills and humidity this week!


  • PLAN- 8 miles easy 
  • ACTUAL- 8.10 miles at 8:41 avg pace, private pilates, PT

Morning run with Jes! We did our loop from her house. That afternoon I had a PT session and private pilates. All the glutes!


  • PLAN- rest/spin
  • ACTUAL- flywheel 

Morning flywheel before heading to Birmingham for a few days of work.


  • PLAN- 10 mile tempo. 3 miles easy, 5 at tempo (7:00-7:20), 2 miles easy
  • ACTUAL- 3 miles easy, 7:21, 7:50, 7:33, 7:29, 7:27, 2 miles easy

Hot, humid, stomach issues, and my breathing was a mess. Not at all ideal, but I’m learning to accept each run for what it is. This one involved A LOT of stopping and starting. The only real problem with this was that I gave myself the exact amount of time to get the workout in properly before work. I didn’t have time to waste and ended up rushing to get ready for work in time.IMG_8598Thursday:

  • PLAN- 6 miles easy
  • ACTUAL- 6 TM miles avg pace 8:36

I had a work event at 7:30am and that meant running on the treadmill so I didn’t have to run alone in the dark. Honestly, I didn’t mind it. I’m really loving House of Cards and it gave me the excuse to get an episode in.IMG_8613Friday:

  • PLAN- 18 miles easy
  • ACTUAL-18 miles easy 8:47 avg pace, PT

IMG_8625My Saturday was booked for football, so that meant long run in on Friday. I wasn’t sure how it would go after a few days of travel and standing at an event all day the day before.

I’ve learned I need about 3 nuun bottles (and 3 huma gels) for this distance in this heat, so I went out on the Beltline, changed it up and hit midtown and Georgia Tech, and headed back to Piedmont Park just in time to fill the bottle back up with another tablet.

My runs seem to always have some sort of entertainment, and in the park I saw two kids openly smoking a bowl before heading over to the high school nearby and then saw a homeless man masturbating. Awesome job with the security, Piedmont Park!

I honestly felt good until it warmed up. The last few miles were tough but a solid run.

I had a PT appointment and it was a little more needling and a few new glute strengthening exercises. My right hip joint is still tight…leaving me wondering if I did enough PT last year to truly be where I needed to be. Or maybe I slacked off on my exercises in the Winter/Spring. Either way, Lamar (PT) is helping me loosen my right hip so that my left side isn’t over compensating and he is helping me strengthen both glutes so that they fire and work properly.


  • PLAN-rest day 
  • ACTUAL-rest day. WAR EAGLE!

OMG. I LOVE football season. We took Rich to his first Auburn game and left bright and early so he could experience our typical football Saturday on the Plains. Yall. If it doesn’t cool off soon, I think I will melt. The pics below will prove that. IMG_8633 IMG_8637Sunday:

  • PLAN- 6 miles easy
  • ACTUAL- 6 miles easy 8:40 avg pace

Morning run with Rich around the Highlands, Inman Park, and the Beltline. A few starts and stops to get my breathing right but not too bad. I love when our schedules align and Rich and I can run together. A super productive day followed and we cleaned out my storage unit at my condo and then hosted a birthday party for Abby (which meant no pictures apparently). Oops!

Total Miles for the Week: 48.10

Not my best week, not my worst. I know so much of it has to do with the weather and the air quality (several code orange days) and I’m learning that it’s all part of the training cycle. Fall marathons are tough to train for in the South!

What’s the craziest thing you’ve seen on a run? If you run marathons, do you do several a year, or choose one to focus on? If one a year, do you prefer winter or summer training? 

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  • Not the craziest thing, but the most memorable thing on my run was meeting a blind runner. He asked me at which mile marker we were and we started to talk. He was training for an ironman!! Super motivating!!

  • Good work! This summer I really started accepting each run as it comes as well. I think it’s kept me a lot more relaxed about my training and overall that worked well (esp with the heat)! I haven’t seen too much crazy on the run (you win that one!), but I did have an old man tell me the Russians were gaining on me. That was a bit odd.

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