NYCM Training Week 18- PEAK WEEK!!

I’m pretty sure I’ve never wanted to rush through a week so badly in my life. I had taper envy and was ready to get there myself and I had a lot of fun things planned for the weekend!


  • PLAN- 8 miles easy
  • ACTUAL- 8 miles 8:54 avg pace and private pilates

Hit a new record in my pull-ups at pilates!


  • PLAN- rest day
  • ACTUAL- rest day/PT

PT was the only thing on my agenda other than heading to Birmingham for work.


  • PLAN- 10 miles. 2 easy, 3×2 mile repeats (comfortably hard 7:15-7:25) with 2:00-3:00 minute recovery
  • ACTUAL- 10 miles 8:05 avg pace. 7:33, 7:20, 7:19, 7:26, 7:22, 7:20

Not a good one. The fall disappeared and heat and humidity were back and I just couldn’t get my breathing right. I had to take breaks every mile instead of every two, but I did what I could. I don’t know that I would describe the miles as comfortably hard, probably more hard than comfortable. Either way, it felt really good to be done with these!


  • PLAN- 8 miles easy
  • ACTUAL- 8 miles 8:42 avg pace

My legs felt pretty tired from the previous day’s workout, but all in all, okay. I worked all day in Birmingham and came home to my finished bathroom. I’m so happy with the cabinet addition. Much better than the granite that didn’t serve much purpose other than to look pretty (when you live in 1000 sq ft, you need all the storage you can get!).IMG_8987 IMG_9084 IMG_9085


  • PLAN- rest day
  • ACTUAL- rest day/PT

No dry needling on the schedule at PT since my 22 miler was all set, so it was manual adjusting and muscle release. My right quad was pretty tight and I can only assume that the speed work from Wednesday didn’t allow me to focus on proper form and engaging my glutes so my quads did more work than they should have done.

That night, Rich took me to see Cirque du Soleil. I haven’t seen a show in Atlanta (they usually come every year) so this was a nice treat.IMG_9103Saturday:

  • PLAN- 22 miles easy, last 6 8:00ish pace
  • ACTUAL- 22 miles 8:45 avg pace

I met Katie early to get our run done. I purposefully planned a hilly route as my last run because I wanted a bit more of a challenge and a run more like the NYC course. Katie needed to run 17 so we looped around the beltline and Piedmont Park and were able to use my house as a refill station before the last 5-6 miles in a different neighborhood.Screen shot 2014-10-16 at 1.16.36 PM

This was a tough run for me. Katie said I looked strong, but mentally I was just so ready to be done. It’s been a tough training season and I knew the light was at the end of the tunnel. I did try a new fueling system (given to me by a nutrition coach I am working with) and so far so good (more on that soon).IMG_9111The last 5 by myself were definitely the hardest and hottest. I didn’t hit the 8:00 pace, but honestly, I was surprised by that and it didn’t bother me. I followed the run with a good coffee and ice bath before celebrating my birthday early with my friends.

We had brunch, beers, and watched football. Couldn’t ask for a better day!IMG_9112IMG_9113Sunday:

  • PLAN- 6 recovery miles
  • ACTUAL-6 miles 9:04 avg pace.

Another early run. It actually felt good to move and loosen up a bit. Rich and I spent the morning with my Allison, Chris and A at Mercier Farms picking apples. It’s been on my bucket list for years, and so glad we made the trip to do it. We definitely indulged in apple pie and apple fritters, and it was worth it!!IMG_9126 IMG_9124 IMG_9125That night, Rich surprised me with a birthday cake since I had to leave for a work trip on my actual birthday.


 Total Miles for the Week: 54

The highest miles for me, probably ever!! I got emotional after my long run, I think because it hit me how much I’ve overcome in a year to get to this point. It was a tough week of workouts, and I can’t wait for two weeks of taper, massage, and relaxing to get ready for this marathon.  Huge congrats to my friends who ran Chicago on Sunday, too!! SO proud of yall!!

Do you celebrate your birthday or prefer to think of it as just another day? When doing speed work with planned rest, is it more important to hit the pace or only take the breaks planned? 

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  • Way to kick ass this week, and your long run elevation chart makes my legs hurt. Happy taper-birthday – not sure if you planned it, but I think it was an excellent plan.

  • Cirque du Soleil!!! So awesome!

    Despite your complaints, it looks like a really SOLID peak week. And a fun one, too 🙂

    Happy birthday!!! I’m all over birthday celebrations 🙂

  • Great week and entire training cycle for you! It’s been so great to hang here and watch you dominate. NYC will be icing on the cake.
    I definitely celebrate birthdays. Why the heck not?
    Happy Birthday!

  • a.l.m.o.s.t there!!! By the numbers, you’ve rocked your workouts, despite not feeling the best during each one- and thats okay! I cannot imagine running 50+ miles in 1 week, yowzers!

    LOVE the bathroom edition, agreed it will make such a big difference 🙂

  • It HAS been a long road, Elizabeth, and I’m so excited for you! Much dedication & patience…only 2 more weeks left to wait!

  • So many miles!! You’re a crazy person 🙂 I think you will be ready, you have put in SO many 20+ mile runs. I’m a firm believer that once you get to 10 miles, it is a mental game.

    Hope to see you in NYC!

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