NYC Marathon Training Week 5

So I decided to shake things up a bit this week and I told my coach that I no longer wanted to do a traditional training plan.  Having a plan and specific days to run was stressing me out and I wanted to return to a place where I was just doing strength training with her and I’d figure out the running on my own.

Maybe that’s a bad idea, maybe not but it’s what I need right now as I bring myself back to run fitness & how I need to get myself out the door.

So, that being said, what did I do last week?

Monday – Strength Training, 10 min Peloton Core workout & 25 minutes on the bike.

Tuesday – 2o minutes on the bike, 10 min Peloton Core, 10 min stretching

Wednesday – Strength Training, 20 minutes on the bike

Thursday – 3.25 miles on the tread + pre & post run stretching

Friday – Strength Training, 10 min core, 20 min Recovery Ride

Saturday – 6 miles at Lake Murray

Sunday – 90 minutes on the bike including my 500th ride!! and a 15 min ride PR.  Stretching

Last week was really ride heavy vs run heavy but that’s ok.  It’s what I needed. My desire to run is slowly coming back and I’m honoring that.

My hydration game is on point, I drank over 100 oz of water every day this week.  I am feeling good & am taking it day by day.

 

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.

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?