NYCM Training Week 14

I wasn’t sure how this week would go after everything that happened in Madison with Rich. Jess told me to listen to my body, but honestly, running was my sanity and I was glad to get my stress out. The beginning of the week was in Madison, I was in Atlanta for about 36 hours, and then Savannah the rest of the week.


  • PLAN- 8 miles easy
  • ACTUAL- 8 miles easy 8:45 avg. pace

I wasn’t sure I would be up for running after everything that happened on Sunday, but it was exactly what my mind needed. I ran the bike/running paths and through a bit of the aboretum.IMG_8765We had breakfast at Bassett Street Brunch Club and took it easy the rest of the day before traveling home to ATL.


  • PLAN- rest day
  • ACTUAL- rest day, PT

I didn’t have it in me to get up for flywheel and luckily Laura needed to cancel my pilates sessions. I also had the opportunity to speak with 11Alive, our local news station, about runner safety. There have been several assaults on women runner’s lately, all in different parts of town, and I was asked to share my story. You can watch it here if you would like to see more.


  • PLAN- 10 miles total. 3-4 mile warmup, 8 x 20 sec pick ups with 2-3 minutes recovery 
  • ACTUAL- 10 miles 8:56 avg pace. 4 mile warmup, 9 x 20 at 7:52, 7:20, 7:35, 7:22, 6:31, 6:57, 7:20, 7:37, 6:58, 3 mile easy

I LOVED this workout. I wasn’t sure how I would feel. I drove to Savannah after we had Rich’s appointment and worked and didn’t get this started until that afternoon. It was HUMID. I looped downtown Savannah until it was time to do the pickups and I headed to Forsyth park to make it easy. The workout flew by since I was constantly checking the time for the intervals. I had no clue what each 20 second split was until I uploaded my garmin data. Definitely a speed work session I would recommend!


  • PLAN- 8 miles easy
  • ACTUAL- 8 miles easy 9:07 avg pace

This one was tough and kinda sucked. Again, the humidity. I got up and ran this one early, and I’m sure my legs were just wiped from the night before. The views are gorgeous in town, and I can’t wait when I go back in the Winter for work when it’s cooler! IMG_8773Friday:

  • PLAN- rest day
  • ACTUAL- rest day

Glorious rest day! I had to drive to St.Simon’s Island for work and make a pit stop at the Tibi Outlet. If you are ever that way, you must stop. I found a beautiful cocktail dress that I will wear to a wedding in November for next to nothing.

That day Rich and I checked into our Airbnb for the weekend in Savannah for one of his friends wedding. We were home early since he didn’t feel well and I had my 20 miler bright and early the next day.10477141_10152668590515782_3732698332738286408_nSaturday:

  • PLAN- 20 miles easy
  • ACTUAL- 20 miles easy avg 8:54 pace

I met my oldest friend, Ashley, and her running friends bright and early. They weren’t doing 20, but had a group doing 6 out and back, then another 6 out and back with a new group, so I just needed to come up with the other 8 or so.

I ran the first mile early and alone before meeting them and was already drenched. NOT a good sign. Based on the weather, I knew it would be tough.IMG_8784We ran the bridge. The only hill in Savannah, also known as the bridge to South Carolina. Not quite sure it was legal, but apparently the running groups in Savannah do it all the time.IMG_8785The group in general was a bit faster than me so I was alone for a lot of the run, and that was fine. I was worried I may have been pushing it based on the way my breathing was and the humidity (my asthma was not playing nice). I honestly felt good until mile 15 or so and then the wheels fell off. It was a struggle. I pulled a Corey and talked myself into every mile. I went through 2 nuun water bottles and 3 water bottles and was still dying of thirst when I finished. I was able to wring my clothes out, so I call that a success.IMG_8788Rich and I had brunch at B.Matthews, walked around downtown, watched football and went to the wedding. We were still home nice and early but had a great weekend.IMG_8789 IMG_8798Sunday:

  • PLAN- 6 miles easy/recovery run
  • ACTUAL- 6 miles easy/recovery 9:18 avg pace

Definitely felt stiff, but loosened up pretty quickly. Rich and I had brunch at Collins Quarter and hit the road back to Atlanta pretty early.IMG_8802

Miles for the Week: 52

All in all, solid miles and solid training. And, solid brunch. For real, the best meal of the day.

Is it cooling off where you live? How you do you handle the humidity? What’s your favorite meal of the day? Weddings- love em or leave em? 


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  • Love brunch and love weddings 🙂 And, NOOOOO, it’s not cooling off where I am (Arkansas) – it’s still hot and humid. It’s cooled off a couple of times for a day or two, but it was always just a tease and then it gets hot again. Great job finishing that 20 miler and pushing through those last few miles, it will build your mental toughness!

  • Good job on a good week of running. And great job on your interview. I just saw it for the first time and you did amazing. I hate thinking about everything that happened to you, but I hope your story will help others. Looking forward to running with you next week! xo

  • Awesome week, especially in spite of last week’s events. I’d love to run RnR Savannah one of these years but the humidity there keeps me away. Plus flights there are $$$. Good luck with your half! This would’ve been a perfect week for a half for me, alas I was asleep at the switch and didn’t realize it in time. Oh well.

  • Oh my – Great dress & those food pics made me hungry. My next 20-miler is the morning after a dinner/auction fundraiser and I was just complaining to Sally about it, thinking I might just bail. You pulled a 20 right after a wedding so I think I just need to suck it up & channel your discipline! Damn you!

  • Busy week and weekend for you!

    It has been chilly here in Chicago. Not sure if I like it. 😉

    Oh and just our of curiosity but what app do you use for the temperature that is shown above?

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