NYC Marathon Training Weeks 3 & 4

How is it already week 3?

We got back from our quick visit to the Bay Area and were planning for a  camping trip to Yosemite for the next weekend so I took my schedule and switched up some of the workout days.

I got a hydro-jug after I got back from the Bay Area and started increasing my water intake. I’m putting this out there because honestly I suck at getting in enough water.  Every year I start the year out and am like I’m going to drink more water but in January it’s always cooler and drinking cold or even room temp water doesn’t interest me. But I need to make some changes so I’m starting now in summer so it will hopefully be a habit by the time it gets cooler outside :).

I’m pretty proud of myself because with the exception of the time we were in Yosemite I have finished my 73 oz Hydro-Jug + a few Spindrift, every single day.  I find that I am craving water and while I know it’s still really early in my drink enough water journey, I already have noticed that my skin is feeling nicer.

So what did I do these last 2 weeks?

Week 3:

Monday – 60 minutes on the Peloton. 15 min ride to warm up, 30 min Sweat Steady ride with Jess King & 15 min low impact ride.  I did a little stretching too.

Tuesday – Strength Training + 30 mins on the Peloton.  I did 5 min warm up & cool down with Matt and a 20 min pop ride with Ally Love. I did a bunch of stretching yesterday too.  Drinking all the water was making me feel really tight and bloated so I stretched a lot!

Wednesday – It was ugly out! I hate gray days but these days are cooler so they are better for running.  It was pretty warm when I got to Lake Murray though but I did a nice 10k around the lake with a 1 mile cool-down walk afterwards

Thursday -Strength Training

Friday – I took Friday as a mostly rest day since we were driving up to Yosemite & a 7+ hour car ride is a long ride.  We did go for a 2ish mile hike around Glacier Point though.

Saturday – We did a short 2ish mile run around Tuolomne Meadows and then an 7ish mile hike to Cathedral Lakes.

Sunday – 6ish miles around Tenaya Lake and then a 5ish mile hike on the JMT/PCT following the lake from our campground.

Week 4: This week was tough, after a long drive back from Yosemite I was exhausted & honestly I struggled with run motivation this week and literally only got one run in.  I decided to drop run coaching with my coach and stick to just strength training and I’ll figure out how to run NYC on my own because forcing the runs isn’t really working.

Monday – Super long drive home from Yosemite

Tuesday – 30 minutes on the bike

Wednesday – Strength training

Thursday – 35 minutes on the bike

Friday – Strength training

Saturday – 6.33 miles running at the San Diego Harbor

Sunday – Rest Day

So, lots to think on as we are about 11 weeks until the race but honestly I’m good.  I’ll do my best to make it work and then we’ll go from there but st this time, running is just not bringing me the joy that it has in the past.

Balboa Park 8 Miler 2021 Race Recap

This is the first time I’ve run this race.  We are normally out of town, AC 100 is normally this weekend or another 100 mile race so it isn’t on our radar.  This year however with us not traveling quite as much and staying closer to home, when my teammates from Arete said that this was going to be our August race, I was like ok let’s give it a whirl.

The Balboa Park 8 Miler is sponsored by the San Diego Track Club & San Diego Running.  It’s got quite the history dating back to 1955 and is one of the oldest races in the country and one of the few that uses a course that is very similar to what it was in the beginning.

The race starts, is run and finishes in Balboa Park.  It’s got a little bit of everything, through the park by Spreckels Organ Pavilion, by the Museum of Man and onto the bridge over the 163, out on to the road where Rock n Roll San Diego normally starts, around the park that I’ve run a lot of times with Run619, back through the main part of the park and then on to some trails before you come back up towards the finish.

We picked up our packets at Road Runner Sports the night before, it was super fast because we got there about 30 minutes before close.  There were no assigned bib numbers, at least not in our case, we were just given the two that were next in the box.  We got a tee shirt, which in this case was actually decent, I think it was a cotton blend, but it had a v-neck for the women’s version and I actually thought it was comfortable which isn’t common for me.

It only took us about 15 minutes to get to the start on Saturday, we left a little late and were still there by 6:30, used the portos and were at the start line for a team photo  by 6:45a.  I’m not sure if there were less people than normal or if it’s normally that easy :).

I knew that I wasn’t going to be running any PRs so I started back a little ways.  Sean asked me if I wanted him to run with me, but I was ok running solo and letting him run his own race.

Because I was a little bit behind I ended up in wave 4.  I didn’t even know there were waves but apparently there were & they were about 30 seconds apart so nothing crazy.

I was planning to just take the race really nice & easy and while it wasn’t quite as nice & easy as it should have been, I’m pretty proud of myself for dialing it back whenever I started getting in over my head.

It was overcast the whole race, which was nice because I left my sunglasses in the car.  I know that when it’s like that even if I have my sunglasses on my head they get sweaty and then I can’t see out of them and I was wearing a crop top that was going to be soaked.  It did burn off not long after I finished though and it was a beautiful San Diego day.

Sean crushed his race, he got 36th overall and 3rd place in his age group!  We stayed for a bit because he got an age group award.  Two of my Arete teammates were first in their age groups so that was pretty cool as well!

My race wasn’t quite as speedy, but I was happy to finish with a smile and without any issues.  And I don’t think I’ve ever run an 8 mile race so it was an auto PR!

After we finished they had bottled water, nature’s valley fruit & nut bars & bananas.  There were a few tents set up at the finish, but it wasn’t like the other races we did this summer with snacks and other drink vendors.

So that being said, I would totally run this race again.  I thought it was a nice course, mostly flat with a few hilly sections on the trail portion, one at mile 6 was especially rough but overall it was a really nice course and we of course got lucky and had great weather.

Oh and they have free race photos, which is one of my fav perks!

Are you running more local races this year?  I’ve done 3 local races in the last 2 months which seems like a lot to me!

NYC Marathon Training Week 2

Week 2 of training went about how I expected based off how the last 7 months of running has gone. For whatever reason it seems like I have one great week of training and then one not so great week, which really makes it hard to get to a place of consistency.

After running the Balboa Park 8 Miler on Saturday, I was exhausted and actually took a nap that morning before we went out to get food.

I took Sunday completely off as my coach had on the schedule.  This isn’t my normal MO, I prefer to still do something like walk or hike but I didn’t do anything and I think that might have been part of my problem as the week started.

Monday my stomach was a little off and I just didn’t feel well so I didn’t eat a lot.  I had just a bowl of rice for lunch and then was probably starving which didn’t help the situation. I did eat dinner and felt a little better after a nap.  I did manage to get in my strength workout but didn’t bike.

Tuesday was a little better but I was not in the mood to run that afternoon.  It was hot and I had a headache when we left the house but Sean & I went down to the harbor and it was a lot cooler and I ended up having a really nice run.

Wednesday, I again didn’t feel really well, I don’t what my deal was this week but I ended up taking my rest day because I felt so bad.

Thursday, I did my strength workout and we went on a nice hike.

Friday, I ran 5 miles on the treadmill and it was a little brutal, I don’t enjoy running on the treadmill these days, I’ve transitioned into different shoes and they are not treadmill shoes so that makes a difference.  Plus I feel like my knee hurts everytime I use the tread so that doesn’t make me want to use it.

Saturday, we traveled up to the Bay Area to visit my sister and I didn’t have access to weights so I went for a short run with Sean.

Sunday, after a very very early flight home, I was super lazy and exhausted so I skipped my long run.

If you are curious, here is what I was supposed to do:

Day 1: Strength + 20-30 min ride
What I did: Strength Only
Day 2: 6 easy miles + stretching
What I did: 6 miles & I stretched
Day 3: Strength + walk/hike/easy bike
what I did: rest day and moved this to Day 4
Day 4: 5-7 miles easy + stretching
what I did: Day 3 workout + 4 mile hike
Day 5: Strength + 20-30 min ride
what I did: 5 miles + stretching (day 4 workout)
Day 6: 9 miles easy + stretching
what I did: 4 miles easy & stretching
Day 7: Rest day
what I did: took a second rest day.

So overall, week 2 was kind of a toss up, I did 2/3s of my work-outs, but it happens and we just move on.  Onward to week 3!

Marathon Training – 2021 NYC Marathon Week 1

Here we go my friends.  I haven’t officially trained for a marathon in many, many years.  In fact I would go so far as to say, maybe the last time I legit trained for a race, any race, but especially a marathon was back in 2014 when I ran the Rome Marathon.

Since I met Sean & moved to San Diego, we have spent every year running one race after another and haven’t really focused on actual training.  We have always just run  & then whatever happens happens.  Sometimes I’ve been in great shape, like when I PR’d the marathon by over 40 minutes at Mt. Hood the week after a 50k, other times, like Chicago 2019 I managed to get in under 5 hours with little to no training.

But this year, things are a little different.  I’ve run a fraction of what I normally run in a year & while I can still hold my own, my cardiovascular endurance isn’t really there right now.

So, that means I might have to actually train to get to the finish line. Say what?!? LOL

I have been working with Nicole from Heartnsole Running on strength training since March, it’s the one constant thing that I have actually done on a consistent basis this year.  We are adding in running now and will be taking it nice & easy.  Hopefully by not getting overwhelmed I’ll be able to start running again on a consistent basis.

I know myself and I know that too long of a training session and I will get bored so we have I believe 12 weeks until race day & just under 100 days.  I have no time goals at this point in time and just want to finish without having to walk the majority of the race.

I have run 30+ marathons, twice as many half marathons and about 15-20 ultras so a 12 week almost couch to marathon is not an issue for me, I ran Coldwater 52 miler one year with only 2 half marathons as my training so I know that 12 weeks is sufficient to get me a good base & ready to run.  If you are running your first marathon I think most plans are for around 16 weeks, which is what I did when I was first starting out.

Week 1:
Monday – Strength Training & 30 minutes on the Peloton
Actual – Strength Training + 5min warm up ride, 20 min main ride, 5min cool-down
Tuesday – 4 miles easy & 20 minutes on the Peloton
Actual – 4.01 miles + 5 min warm up ride, 20 min main ride
Wednesday – Strength Training & walk
Actual – Strength Training
Thursday – 5 miles easy + stretching &/or yoga
Actual – 5.02 miles + glute bootcamp with Sean
Friday – Strength Training + 30 minutes on the Peloton
Actual – Strength Training + 30 min ride
Saturday – 6 miles easy + foam roll/stretch
Actual – Balboa Park 8 miler + stretching
Sunday – Rest Day
Actual – I actually took the day off and rested outside cleaning the house

I normally wouldn’t track my training here but since I haven’t actually done much actual training in years I thought this might be a way to hold myself accountable and help me to actually get out the door.

Are you training for a fall marathon?  Which one & how’s your training going?

July 21 Recap

While June was an awesome month, July not quite so much.  This emotional roller coaster I’ve been on for the past year is continuing to derail me but I’ve made some decisions to start making some changes to get off this coaster so hopefully August will come with some clarity & peace.

July kicked off with the Crown City Classic 12k on July 3.  The first race back in San Diego since early 2020.  It was nice to see my Arete teammates & cheer them on.  I had a decent race considering how little I have been running.  It was about a minute slower per mile than last time I ran this race, but considering, I’m happy.

I tried a new pair of shoes for this and the San Diego Half that I ran later in the month.  I have really been liking New Balance lately and got a pair of the New Balance RC Elite 2 which I really like!  To me, they feel a little stiff as you are putting them on but once you stand up, they are like little clouds on your feet.

After the race we went home and got ready to drive up to Bishop so we could hike White Mountain & then hit up Death Valley NPS so Sean could do an hour or so of training in the heat.

White Mountain – well – it’s a very easy hike outside the altitude – the part that makes it the most challenging is the drive to the trail head.  16 miles of super sharp, rocky trail.  My friend Catra told us to drive very carefully because a lot of people get flats which made me quite nervous because my new Crosstrek has run-flat tires which are expensive to replace LOL.  So each way it took us over 90 min to get to/from the trailhead to the main road.

The nice things about White Mountain are 1) you don’t need a permit, 2) it’s a pretty easy trail to actually hike outside the elevation & 3) because of the crazy drive there weren’t too many people there.

Cons: It is a really long drive & there is a potential to get a flat so make sure you have a spare, etc. because there is minimal cell service.  It’s also beautiful but there is a lot of cover so you are exposed the whole time unlike when we went to San Gorgonio and were in the forest a good portion of the time.

I did not go to the summit. I went up to about 13,000ish feet and then decided I was done.  I’m not sure why I quit, maybe it was the slight headache I had, maybe it was that I’m not in my best physical or mental shape right now, I don’t actually know, but I was done and after a few minutes of pouting I turned around and headed back while Sean went to the top.

The next day we went to Death Valley so Sean could 1) get an idea of the course and 2) so he could do a run in the heat as prep for Badwater 135.

Back home again, we hit up Cowles Mountain for a few hikes the next week, I went to Phoenix for work and I decided that I wasn’t going to crew Sean at Badwater.

I ran the San Diego Half Marathon, which is normally in March, while Sean was gone and had a fun time even though it was really hot out!

Now for my July stats:

Running – I did 2 races, the 12k and the half and this was a good portion of the running I did last month.  I think I came in at around 40ish miles for the month?

Peloton – I biked more last month than I ran – 29 rides for 122 miles including a 2021 PR in Kendall’s Gwen Stefani ride.

Strength – I probably say this every month but it’s really the only thing I’m consistent on right now.  I think I missed 2 days due to work because it is really hard to do anything on the days when I’m getting up super early & am on all day long.

Campaigns – I probably have never shared why I do a lot of ads on here and on my IG, but I honestly love trying new things and sharing with you all.  Some things are more athlete driven, others are food related, because I love food and some are for things that I just want to try.  I do get paid to post about some products, others it’s just a product exchange, but I do try my best to share my personal thoughts but also keep in mind that just because something doesn’t work for me, doesn’t mean it won’t work for someone else.

So that being said in July I shared posts about Silk Oat Milk, which is super yummy!! Ultima Replenisher’s new Mocktini flavors.  I gave away some products from Sideaway Foods, I also gave away a super cool Rumpl x All Trails blanket.  I shared Oofos Woodland Camo sandals that are perfect for post run/hike.  And the FlexTemp™️ Hot & Cold Joint Wrap from Sunbeam.

I’ve got a few new projects coming up in August and we have a few trips planned which will be really nice.  Also, NYC Marathon training kicks off.

How was your July?