Sunday Sweats 31: Marathon Training Week 5
July 27–August 2
Monday: 3.02 mile run (8:59 pace)
I'm on an impromptu mini-vaca, but I got these miles in after dinner on Cape Cod. I've been coming here literally my entire life, at least once a year since I was in utero, but I've never looked at the roads through a runner's lens before. I actually thought of these roads as "nice and flat" before I realized that, no, they're actually pretty rolling. Was nice to run without all the humidity, though the bay breeze did add a different challenge.
I was still soaking up my time away from home and managed to squeeze in some maintenance stretching, but no formal flow to speak of. Vacation Alyssa DGAF.
Wednesday: not much
I drove five hours and change today, home from my impromptu mini-vaca. I intended to take Donna's class and then run six miles when I got home, but you know what they say about the best laid plans. Spoiler alert: I napped on the couch when I got home.
Thursday: flexibility free flow (30 minutes) + 3.1 mile run (9:43 pace)
I got back on the horse today and freeflowed to undo a few days worth of not much but sitting. It was nice and disgusting by the time I went out for my run (80º, 84% humidity) so I took it slow but felt good.
Friday: mellow flow (25 minutes) + 6.71 mile run (10:54 pace)
This run sucked so hard. It was supposed to be 12—I like my long runs on Friday nights—but I treated my body like a dumpster instead of like I was about to run almost a half marathon distance all week long, and it sucked. I need to treat these long runs from here till the marathon like what they are: serious distances that deserve respect. (I.e. don't eat Chipotle and a pound of guacamole and then expect to feel good running for 2+ hours.) I abandoned this walk/run and chalked it up to lesson learned, and hopefully will be able to get it together for a Sunday morning long. Fingers crossed.
|At least I was able to steal a beautiful view. Not visible thanks to iPhone camera's limitations: NYC skyline under the blue moon.|
Today was non-stop between birthday brunch for my friend and my cousin's engagement party in the afternoon, but I managed a few minutes of a restorative stretchy flow that I desperately needed. Felt good.
Sunday: 6.05 mile run (10:02 pace) + free flow warmup + backbend yoga (40 min)
Things about this run:
a) Also not 12 miles, obviously.
b) Intended for 5 a.m. (so not my thing, but I was going to give it a shot) but when I woke up and felt the humidity in the mid-90%s, I noped right out. Between that, the rising sun, and my foolishly too-late night (celebrating my cousin's engagement), I would have been setting myself up for utter failure if I'd gone out.
c) I may have finished the 12 if I could have gotten out before 8 (we had a Feather Mag conference call at 7) but by the time I hit the second loop starting spot—a block up from my apartment—it was pitch black, and I just didn't feel comfortable. I was wearing reflective gear, but I couldn't see anything and I wasn't feeling good enough to risk it.
d) I'm disappointed I blew this week's training plan, but I at least talked myself out the door today, which very nearly didn't happen at all.
Running: 18.86 miles
Yoga: 79 minutes
Marathon Training Week 5 Reflections
All said and done, this week was not great. I survived it, but barely. I'd love to say it's just the impromptu trip that threw me off but even when I got back, I was eating like crap and being pretty lazy. It just wasn't a good week of training. That's why there's always next week, right? ...