Week 2 involved much more running than cross training and strength training which I was disappointed about. Life got in the way a little bit. Each week I learn something new about training and have something to work on for the next week!!
Right before the gym on Monday night, I went outside in my backyard and unfortunately was attacked by mosquitoes. I counted about 30 bites on my legs alone. I had a minor panic attack and took Benadryl immediately therefore did not work out. I am pretty sure I have some sort of allergy because this is not the first time this has happened to me. Thankfully, I feel better. A great friend who is a nurse suggest I take B Complex vitamins and Katie has suggested I take Vitamin D to ward off mosquitoes. Apparently they do not like the smell and/or taste of either. I will definitely be taking both.
- AM- 6.29 mi, 59 min, 9:21 avg pace
For the past month or so, I have been running on Tuesday mornings with Katie, Abby and Beth (or a combination of the three), so I decided to add this run to my training plan and make Tuesday a double session. I read on twitter that Beth and Katherine ran the Queensboro Bridge the day before and I was very eager to do the same due to the face that it is a HUGE part of the NYC Marathon! I talked to Katie and maybe forced her to run it with me? I am not sure Either way, I am so excited that I finally was able to run the Queensboro Bridge! I want to make sure when it is time to run the marathon, I will know how it feels cross the bridge (it is hard) and I will be prepared (I hope I will be). FYI Abby & Katie, this run will become a staple on Tuesday mornings!
- PM- Speedwork – 800s
My favorite day = TrackTimeTuesday. My legs were tired but I was still very excited. Today’s workout was intimidating. When I looked at it, it was another reminder that the paces were a little fast. I reminded myself that I would give it a shot and do one interval at a time. The workout was as follows:
1 mi warm up, 4 x 800 – target time of 3:23 (6:46 pace), 1 mi cooldown
My actual times today were:
Warm up – 1 mi – 9:13
800s -3:13, 3:14, 3:18, 3:25
Cool down – 1 mi – 8:36
I am once again very excited about hitting the paces I needed to (even lower than I needed to). My faith in myself is slowly growing!
I had planned to go to a yoga class at NYSC during lunch but work was way too hectic. I decided to go to the gym after work and do some strength training instead.
I completed at NTC Shoulder Ripper 15 min workout. It looked a little something like this (repeat x3):
I really do love these workouts. They are easy to follow and SO tough. Each workout has a focus but works so many muscles. I am always sweating and feel like I worked very hard when I am finished. I recommend this app to everyone!
I had to really force myself to get out there on Thursday morning. I even wrote a post about how I motivate/force myself to run when I don’t feel like it! However, the heatwave had finally broken and the weather was BEAUTIFUL so I got going.
The plan was 7 mi tempo – 1 mi warmup, 5 at 8:35, 1 mi cool down
My legs felt heavy the entire run (definitely from the double session on Tuesday). I wanted to stop at 5.5 miles but I was late for work and i was on the Upper West Side, nowhere near the NYSC where my clothes and a shower was. So I had to keep going.
Warm up – (1) 8:46
Tempo miles – (2) 8:28, (3) 8:32, (4) 8:29, (5) 8:22, (6) 8:12
Cool Down – (7) 9:07
I ended up being happy with the run. I think my body is still adjusting to the speedwork and the faster running. I have done any type of speedwork or tempo running since my training ended for the New Jersey Marathon at the end of April. I believe (or am hoping) that the dead tired leg problem on Thursday mornings will subside in a couple of weeks!
This was going to be my first long run of NYCM training. Goal was 15 mi with 9:08 average pace. I made plans to meet Fiona, Jocelyn and Theodora at the Intrepid along the West Side Highway and we would all run together! I was excited. New friends = new convos. Conversation helps me run. It takes the focus off of the mileage.
My bus was late of course. They always are. Late to meet new friends. Awful. I ran from Port Authority to the Intrepid and we were off. We decided to run South. Side note: I had never run a successful trip around Manhattan before today. I always ended up in Soho, or China Town somehow. I guess I needed a running bud. Anyway, we ran at a very steady pace which was great! Fiona and I said goodbye to Jocelyn and Theodora near Houston street on the East Side and we kept going. Fiona had brunch plans so she left around 14th street. I completed about 9.5 miles with them and now needed to do the rest. Yikes. I figured I had no music so I would pick up the pace a little to somewhere around marathon goal pace (not sure what that is yet though). I ran up 1st Avenue and across 72nd St. I even caught the end of the 10k race going on in Central Park too! I finished the run right where I started and I was pain free and could have kept going. That is a good feeling!! Map and splits below (Mile 7, was under FDR near BK Bridge, Garmin wasn’t working, probably not the true pace):
I went to NYSC in the morning and went to my first Power Yoga class! I loved it. It was challenging and stretched all of the right muscles. It was perfect for the day after a long run. I will definitely try to make this class each week!
Running Mileage: 26
Actual Miles Run: 33
Workout Minutes: 2 hr 30 min
Actual Workout Minutes: 1 hr 15 min