I have been so horrible about updating this and if you’re following my blog (and didn’t just happen upon this page by accident) I sincerely apologize. I’m going to get caught up. I have the time, as I haven’t been running much lately, but that’s a story for a later post.
Week 7 happened in August! I was kind of sick and ran less than expected. But the week ended nicely.
Official disclaimer: I am following the 17-week marathon training plan of my awesome running club the New York Harriers. Their plans are only available to members and, although I’ll be writing about my training here, please know that my plan is specific to me and I’m actually choosing my daily and weekly mileage based on how I feel. Every runner is different and every plan should be different, too.
WEEK 7: August 19 – 25
Monday: Yoga (Yoga with Adriene: Runner’s Yoga)
I had woken up with a sore throat this morning and for the past few mornings. The soreness always went away by the time I ate and I didn’t feel sick in the usual way I feel sick when I’m sick. Today was a day off from running. I’ve decided that instead of doing an upper body strength workout on Mondays, I want to treat it more like a rest day and do yoga. This is a good routine.
Tuesday: EZ (3.14 miles @ 11:03 pace)
My run this morning was one of the worst I’ve ever had. Just horrible. I averaged 11:25 a mile for the first two miles which, for me, indicates something is really wrong. I had to stop running twice and rest. Up the hills going down the west side I was going 13:00, 14:00 a mile. Plodding. There was almost no point in running. To make it worse (and maybe due to this), I had woken up with a sore throat again. I was also still a bit phlegmy. My body didn’t really feel “sick” but something was not right. My original plan had been to do 10 miles: a full loop of Central Park and then repeat the west side again to end up at NYRR to pick up my bib for the Percy Sutton 5K. I decided to just run 3 miles down to NYRR and end it there. I took the subway home.
Wednesday: Lower body strength (Fitness Blender: Body Weight Butt & Thigh)
Even with going to bed the night before at 8:30 and getting plenty of sleep, I still woke up groggy and with a sore throat. I decided to not go to the Harriers workout and either try the workout on my own later or just not do it. So I went back to sleep, waking up two hours later. I went to a walk-in clinic later that morning and was told I had “mild bronchitis.” Ah. I see. The doctor didn’t want to give me antibiotics because my case wasn’t that severe, but I did get Prednisone, an inhaler, and was told to have lots of ginger tea and some Mucinex. Then if I still felt bad a week later I could come back for antibiotics (I never did). I just did a simple lower body workout today.
Thursday: Total body strength (Fitness Blender: Fat Blasting Total Body Strength & Toning)
I finally woke up without a sore throat but still didn’t feel well enough to run. I did feel better today and did a workout at home. I figured another day off from running wouldn’t kill me.
Friday: EZ (3.06 miles @ 10:14 pace)
I felt better today. My sleep hadn’t been great the past couple of nights – at times I couldn’t get comfortable and my brain was too wired – but I later learned that Prednisone is a stimulant, so maybe that’s why. Fortunately I only took it for three days. I ran three easy miles today in Central Park in the light rain. It was finally cool out today! I was so happy to run in the rain. And I felt good. I felt strong, like I could have gone faster. I did a few strides at the end. I was actually looking forward to running a 5K the next morning.
Saturday: Percy Sutton 5K (total miles: 5:47)
This was a good day! Read my race recap!
Sunday: Long Run (18 miles @ 10:18 pace)
This was a really fun long run. First of all, I can’t believe I was able to run a 5K race and then run 18 miles the following day. There was a time I wouldn’t run at all the day after a race. But today felt good. I ran most of it eith a few ladies from the Harriers – we were all running different distances this morning, so I joined a couple of them already in progress and then they eventually dropped out and I ran the last few miles on my own. It was cool to run with others. I hardly ever do that for long runs. And luckily, they all go about my pace so it was easy. The time flew by.
When I got home I inhaled some avocado and egg on an English muffin followed by my favorite snack of the summer: frozen fruit with peanut butter. I could eat ONLY this dish for the rest of my life and be happy.
So the week didn’t start out too great, but it ended well. Sometimes you have to know when to rest, when to get help, and when to back off. I’m still learning but getting better at it.
WEEK 7 MILEAGE: 29.67