Weekly Workouts and Updates 6/13-6/20

Since yesterday’s post was all about my dear friend Lauren’s wedding, I’m sharing my usual weekly workouts and updates today instead. I ended up deviating from Laura’s plan for my second week of marathon training a little bit because life got in the way, but I think I’ve got it all under control since it’s still so early. Read on for a look at my running this week, and a glimpse of other life happenings during the week and weekend!


Monday: Rest day

Tuesday: 5.3 miles at an easy pace

Wednesday: Strength and core workout (15 minutes)

Thursday: 10 mile long run at 10:56/mile average pace

Friday: Rest day

Saturday: 5.2 mile fartlek (interval) workout

Sunday: 8 mile run at very easy 11:14/mile pace


I usually do my long run on Saturdays, but decided to do it Thursday on a whim because I was a little worried about squeezing it in before the wedding – not in terms of time, but sitting in a car for hours after a long run without access to constant snackage isn’t really my cup of tea. And I woke up in what I consider the middle of the night on Thursday, around 4am, and knew once nearly an hour passed that I wasn’t going to get back to sleep, so that gave me two hours to get the workout in. I started out a little quick and ended up rather dehydrated, since I didn’t fuel appropriately so early, but I did finish the 10 miles. Don’t ask me how sleepy I was at my desk later.



Sneakers on the East River Esplanade



On Saturday, I did my first fartlek (interval) workout. I won’t share the specifics here since Laura tailors the plan to individual runners and what works for me won’t necessarily be what would be recommended for others, but I felt like it gave me some good starter speed work and when I’m doing it on a weekday morning it will be a nice change from the usual. Then on Sunday, a recovery run of 3-4 miles is typically scheduled, and I planned to do 4-5 since I hadn’t done the long run the day before, but I was actually pretty sore and once I got out on a very slow jog, started feeling so much better as I went that I felt the need to keep going for 8 rather slow miles. Monday was a rest day, so it’s back to the plan as of today, but you can see I mixed it up a little. Good thing Laura and I had a consultation call this week to keep me on track!




Philharmonic in the Park




The evening of our call, Brett and I ventured out to Central Park to see the New York Philharmonic play one of their free concerts in the park. It’s a lovely way to spend an evening, listening to the music and watching the world go by on the Great Lawn. We only caught the middle of the concert and not the fireworks at the end, but those are generally pretty spectacular.




Philharmonic in the Park




The weekend was mostly focused on Lauren’s wedding. I can’t express enough how happy I am that one of my closest friends from childhood got to marry her best friend in a beautiful ceremony in a place that means so much to both of them.




Lauren and I at wedding




Sunday night we had a little time to relax, and for that, a walk in the park and a splurge on some Sant Ambroeus gelato is in order. So that’s how last week ended and this one began.



Sant Ambroeus gelato peach








Were your workouts good last week?


How do you fit in training for a race around life happenings?


Any fun happenings this weekend?












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4 thoughts on “Weekly Workouts and Updates 6/13-6/20

  1. Sounds like a lovely weekend.

    I shift my runs all over the place as life dictates. I’m not a professional – I can’t set everything aside to fit in a specific run on a specific day most of the time, so I just try to get in all the important runs each week in whatever order I manage.


  2. You had such a strong week – and are so wise to move around your long run when you know the events of the day won’t facilitate recovery well. Lauren’s wedding dress is gorgeous and that gelato looks delicious! Sounds like you had a fun weekend!
    I move around long runs when life happens – especially on vacations. We’re toying with trips to Montana and Colorado for this year, and I already know those weeks will mean midweek long runs. I’m certainly not going to do 20 miles at 3000-5000 feet elevation!


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