NYCM Training Week 16

I had such a good week. There was a lot going on, but I finally let go of the pressure I’ve been putting on myself about the NYC marathon and it seriously seems like it has changed my running.


  • PLAN- 8 miles easy 
  • ACTUAL- 8 miles 9:00 avg pace, PT, chiropractor

The day after the Omaha 1/2 marathon and traveling and it was a sluggish run. It started to rain and I made “time” deals with myself. If it wasn’t raining at x mile, keep going. If it was pouring, I could stop. It stopped, and I’m glad I actually finished the run.

That night I went to a self defense class. I will share much more soon but it honestly hit me a lot more than I expected it to. I was so thankful that the instructor knows Rich and my story and was able to comfort me when I was in hysterics. It was intense and I have a long way to go, but it was a start. IMG_8921Tuesday:

  • PLAN- rest/cross 
  • ACTUAL- rest

I was mentally and physically wiped, and decided I needed a full rest day. SO happy with that decision.


  • PLAN- 8 miles speed play. 2 miles easy, 8 x 30 second surges over 4 miles (2 per mile), 2 miles easy
  • ACTUAL- 8 miles 8:29 avg pace w/bursts at: 6:55, 7:02, 6:48, 6:55, 7:07, 8:03, 6:53, 7:00

I LOVED this workout. My speed work lately has been a lot of fun and it makes the time go back faster when it has quick bursts of speed. I needed to feel good and I did.IMG_8927That afternoon, Rich had his surgery. All went well, except that the bone was a bit more “mushy” than expected and the doctor had to use longer screws to hold the bone together. He should be back on his bike trainer fairly soon and starts PT next week.IMG_8937Thursday:

  • PLAN- 6 miles easy, private pilates 
  • ACTUAL- 6 miles 8:46 avg pace and private pilates. 

Both nice and easy.


  • PLAN- rest day!
  • ACTUAL- rest day and PT

The only upside to Rich’s surgery is forced rest for me too! It was nice having a low key night in and finally being back in Atlanta for the first weekend in almost a month.


  • PLAN- 18 miles. 3 easy, 3 @8:20, 3 easy, 3 @8:10, 3 easy, 3 @8:00
  • ACTUAL- 18 miles 8:32 avg pace. Goal paces 8:11, 8:23, 8:17; 8:28, 8:08, 8:11; 8:01, 8:00, 8:06

I picked Jesica up on Saturday morning and we headed out to the Silver Comet Trail, a popular area for a lot of Atlanta runners/walkers/bikers. In my 11.5 years in Atlanta, I had never been out there. It’s not “in town” so I never wanted to make the trek out there to run. It’s fairly flat, and our plan was do hit areas our the trail to add in mileage and get something other than a long, straight trail. IMG_8955I had a GREAT run. I felt strong and enjoyed the change of scenery. The only downside is the trail doesn’t allow you to see actual pace because of all the trees, but it somehow calculates the pace after the fact. I’m pretty good at running by feel, and was happy to see my splits after the fact and know I was pretty close if not right on target.

We headed home and I had brunch with my favorite little one (yes, you will see pickles and pancakes because who doesn’t love that combo??) and then had another low key day with Rich watching Netflix and cleaning out my closet. My kitchen remodel/upgrade was finished Saturday, too. It’s insane to see how much a paint color and backsplash changes the look of a room!! The bathroom is next! IMG_8958 IMG_8968IMG_8967Sunday:

  • PLAN- 6 miles easy/recovery 
  • ACTUAL- 6 miles 9:01 avg pace

A nice easy run followed by a productive day of kitchen reorganizing and a quick stroll around the ‘hood for Atlanta Streets AliveIMG_8974

Total Miles for the Week: 46

It feels sooooo good to be enjoying running again and to feel like I’m mentally “back” to my old self. My personal life has been a bit chaotic, but in my mind, I figured get it all over with at once (surgery and home upgrades at the same time).

If you own a home, do you outsource the work or are you a do-it-yourselfer? Have you been to a self defense class? 

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  • Great week! Glad you’re getting over the stress of the race. This should be fun, right? I got my black belt in Tae Kwon Do in my early 20’s. That is the extent of my self defense. I still think about it and what I’d do a lot when I’m out.

  • YAY for loving running again! And how funny that I’ve actually run on the Silver Comet trail and you hadn’t…our friends live out that way so we’ve run there while in town years ago (2008).
    We’re typically do-it-yourselfers, but sometimes when life gets really hectic, we hire it out just to get it done and not have it take forever to complete! I LOVE the changes in your kitchen- looks GREAT!
    Proud of you for confronting your fears and tackling the self-defense class. I can’t imagine the images and memories that brought back to the surface. You are one strong lady and I’m so proud to call you a friend!! xoxo

  • I’m so glad I discovered your blog! I love seeing the Atlanta shoutouts, and I may have been running the Silver Comet at the same time as you! Your kitchen looks great. Looking forward to reading more 🙂

  • NYC won’t come any too soon, will it. You may be ready for a good break & holiday silly runs. Love the updated kitchen. We used to be do it yourselfers but now we don’t have time so we outsource. Last big one was gutting & leveling the back yard and re-doing the patio, new fence, installing retaining wall, & new plantings including fruit trees, and more. It was worth every penny! We use the back yard much more. Do you find that your kitchen makes you more inspired to cook? Maybe even to show Rich how to cook ? 🙂

  • Pancakes and pickles? I’ve never seen that combo.

    Love the new kitchen!

    Are you running the Georgia Publix Half Marathon next year? I have yet to run in GA so thinking of doing that one.

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