Marathon training was rough last week. I gave my best, but I certainly did not get my best results.
I just have to keep hoping that despite the fact that I’m basically seeing zero progress, that the work will eventually pay off.
I also have to be honest with myself about the impact the relentless humidity in NYC had on my training last week. To say that I’m over hot weather running, is an understatement.
Regardless, here’s how last week’s workouts went.
Monday: Elliptical 45 minutes
If Meb can use an elliptigo, I’m not too good to use the elliptical. It’s cheaper and more convenient than going to spin class, therefore my extra day of cardio each week is happening at the gym. I really love the gymtime sessions available via classpass. (Sign-up for classpass using this link and we’ll both save $20)
Tuesday: Easy 5
Nothing special to report. I thought if I postponed my speed workout to Wednesday it would go better.
Wednesday: 3×1600 = 8.22 miles
This was horrible. These were quite possibly my slowest mile repeats ever. I set my watch on the interval mode for repeats which means I cannot see my splits. Thank goodness for this feature, because if I had been able to see the splits I would have quit.
I ran these around a partial loop of Central Park and not on the track or on a flatter section of the park, which means they were a little hillier than they had to be. Overall this workout made me question everything.
Thursday: Upper Body + Core
Friday: 17 miles + 1 hour in the normatec sleeves
At 6:00am it was 82 degrees with 80% humidity. I wasn’t looking forward to the amount of sweat I was going to produce during this run, but I was excited to check my 18-miler off my to-do list. After struggling from mile 12-17, I called it quits a mile early. There was no way I could eek out another mile. I was completely drained and over it.
I feel all of my long runs except one have been pretty brutal, but this one was the worst so far. I’m really, really hoping they don’t get any worse than this.
Saturday: 2 miles
I felt like crap and every quarter-mile felt harder than the last, so I called it quits and walked home from the west side of Central Park. The heat on Friday really took a lot out of me, and I knew going home would be more beneficial than pushing through.
Total mileage: 32.3
Pretty crappy week of training. You win some, you loose some. Regardless, I’m going to keep trucking on.