And the second month of marathon training has begun! This was a cutback week, so my overall mileage decreased compared to last week, but I felt good on each and every run despite a few twinges in my hip that I’ve been feeling lately. Getting to the starting line injury free is a top priority, so I’ll consider it a good week overall.
Monday: Rest day
Tuesday: 5.9 miles
Wednesday: Core strength workout
Thursday: 5.1 miles (1 mile warmup, 5k at race effort, 1 mile cooldown)
Friday: Rest day
Saturday: 9 miles @ 11:09/mile average pace
Sunday: 7 miles @ 10:53/mile average pace
My run on Thursday taught me the importance of carrying my own water, even though I have easy access to fountains in Central Park. It was 82 degrees with 80 percent humidity when I went out for my run at 6:45am, and even the 1 mile warmup jog had me sweating until salty. I carried a small water bottle with me that I drained during the 5k I ran at race pace – pretty slow compared to any 5k I’ve raced, due to the heat, but faster than comfortable – and hit the fountain afterwards. No line there since the heat chased people away from spending time in the park. I think it’ll be an essential for the rest of the summer.
As for my Saturday long run, the 9 miles cut back from 11 last week, feeling good as long as I kept to an easy pace. Laura and I decided that my Sunday recovery runs would be longer than is typical because I do better when I have a few miles to ease into a run, and I never start to feel better during a recovery run day until the fourth or fifth mile. This kind of tinkering with my training plan is why I’m happy I found a coach – Laura really works hard to figure out what works for each individual runner. Saturday’s run was definitely helped along by the fact that it was barely 70 and overcast, a big change from earlier in the week.
Sunday’s recovery run felt okay, 7 miles interspersed with some necessary walk breaks. I went out rather late in the morning because we were at a wedding Saturday night. We hopped in the car for an hour-plus drive to get there right after my long run on Saturday, then enjoyed a beautiful celebration with a lot of dancing and good food, so I was definitely feeling it on Sunday! The run was a good way to ease back to normal more than anything else, and after a post-run refuel at Bareburger I’m ready to take on the next week of training.
Best workout for you this week?
How do you beat the heat running in the summer?
Highlight of your weekend?
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