2019 NYC Marathon Training: Week 6 of 17

Week 6 in my marathon training was during a hot and humid week in August. I was feeling run-down and borderline sick throughout the week, but ended on a fairly good note. I started running with a washcloth to mop up my sweat. At this point I haven’t worn a shirt on a run in well over a month.

As I wrote in week 5’s post and will probably repeat a version of each week:

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 wouldn’t necessarily work for everyone. I have my own estimated weekly mileage goals, and I’m choosing how many miles to run before and after my speed/tempo workouts and on my easy days – a lot of that depends on how I’m feeling that day. Every runner is different and every plan should be different, too.

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WEEK 6: August 12 – 18

Monday: Yoga (Yoga with Adriene: Hips & Hamstrings & Yoga for Runners)
I was really tired today but did two yoga routines that seem good for runners. I was still coughing up phlegm after a week and wondering if I needed antibiotics. I took an hour and a half nap in the afternoon. I also took a food sensitivity test I’d ordered months ago – I wonder if I’m low on iron or something.

Tuesday: EZ (7.1 miles @ 10:08 pace) /// Upper body strength (Fitness Blender: Bored Easily)
The first two miles were a slog but I managed to pick it up a bit in the last five. Sometimes it takes me a few miles to feel good.

Wednesday: Intervals (7.85 miles w/ 13 x 400 @ 5KP-ish) /// Lower body strength (Fitness Blender: Body Weight Butt & Thigh)
I was happy to run this morning’s Harriers workout with a couple of others, and it helped – especially when I’m using my watch to time it and calling out when to start each interval. Can’t slow down if I’m in charge. Thirteen quarter mile repeats around Central Park, including Harlem and Cat Hills. It was tough. But we did it.

Thursday: Yoga (Yoga with Adriene: Abs, Arms & Attitude6-Minute Yoga for Hips) /// Upper body strength (Fitness Blender: Get Strong)
I decided to start running five days a week instead of six. A lot of other Harriers do this, and they are all faster than me so I can’t imagine it will hurt. If anything, I think it might help alleviate some of my fatigue. So I did a bunch of yoga and upper body strength training today. I’ll see how this schedule goes.

Friday: Hill Repeats (7.9 miles w/ 3 x Harlem Hill clockwise) /// Lower body strength (Fitness Blender: Squats & Deadlifts)
Everyone’s favorite: hill repeats! I ran this with the Harriers but really I ran by myself because I was the slowest one out there. Which is fine. I ran the uppermost hill clockwise three times – the entire length of the up and down portion faster, and then the 102nd Street transverse at a jog. This was hard, I’m not going to lie. My breathing has been labored a lot and I wonder if I’m going too fast for my lungs or if it’s something I can control better and I’m just… not?

Saturday: EZ (3 miles @ 9:52 pace)
I felt run-down and tired today. When I woke up my throat had that possibly-on-the-verge-of-getting-sick feeling. I was worried I was getting a real cold. I was all ready to run at 7 am and then I did something I don’t do often: I lay down on my bed for an hour. I fell asleep again. I finally ran at 9:30 but by then I was out of energy. And it was very humid. I called it after three miles. It just wasn’t my day.

Sunday: Long Run (16.89 miles w/ 9M easy, 8 x 4 min. @ MP)
This was tough. The humidity was 91% this morning. Ninety-one percent is basically the same as one billion percent. See the above pic for what I looked like about 14 miles in. I was supposed to do 19, half of which had marathon pace intervals. I wound up running 9 miles @ 10:19 pace and then 7.43 miles with 8 x 4 min. (about half a mile) at MP (or thereabouts) with 5 min. recovery jogs. I nailed the first six intervals, dragged on the last two. I ran mostly on Central Park’s reservoir and bridle paths. My shoes and lower legs were caked in dirt by the end. Running home, I was so tired I was hobbling at 14:00 min/mile (no joke) until I thought “Wait, what am I doing, this isn’t even running,” so I just stopped. Still, almost 17 miles with six solid MP intervals isn’t bad. And I’m not sick after all.

WEEK 6 MILEAGE: 42.74

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Smells Like Team Spirit: 2019 NYRR Team Championships Race Recap

Still getting caught up over here! I have never been this far behind on my blog and, frankly, I am somewhat embarrassed. But I must finish what I start, so here is my brief recap of the very fun 2019 NYRR Team Championships race that happened back on July 27th!

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2019 NYC Marathon Training: Week 5 of 17

Week 5 in my marathon training happened a month ago but I am writing about it now! Rest assured, I’ve been running more than I’ve been writing lately. Still playing catch up over here.

I am following the 17-week marathon training plan of my awesome running club the New York Harriers. Their training plans are only available to members and, although I’ll be writing about it here, please know that my plan is specific to me and wouldn’t necessarily work for everyone. Also, I’m choosing how many miles to run before and after my speed/tempo workouts and on my easy days, so some of it I’m making up as I go.

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Sweat Fest: 2019 Front Runners New York LGBT Pride Run 5M

It’s been a while since I ran this race and I have finally gotten around to recapping it. Hallelujah. Do we all get more lazy in the summer or is it just me?

This was not a good race for me. Honestly, I think that is partly why this recap has taken me so long. I wanted to forget it ever happened. But I’m a completist, and if I don’t write this I will remember it forever and mention it over and over on my deathbed to confused caretakers.

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2019 NYC Marathon Training: Weeks 1–4

I always think it’s silly when people take breaks from posting online and then apologize for their absence. I think it’s okay to take breaks. Also, I usually hadn’t noticed their absence until they announced it. But now, I feel the need to apologize for not posting for over a month. To be honest, I’m never sure how many people are reading this blog. (Two? Five? Negative one? Wait, how would that be possible…). Lately, I’ve had so much going on elsewhere in my life that I’ve let blogging slide. I have been feeling guilty about it so here I am! Pretty much everything I do is to avoid guilt.

I’m going to start by writing a post about weeks 1 through 4 in my marathon training. I’ll then resume writing about each week individually, plus the two races I need to recap! There will be a bit of catching up to do. Bear with me.

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Quest for the Holy Pint Glass: Northport Downhill Mile Race Recap

I guess it’s somewhat ironic that one of my shortest races has taken a heck of a long time to recap. This is partly because I’ve been so busy with photography work lately, for which I am grateful. I’ve also been focusing on some fun, new, creative upcoming projects that I’m SO excited about and will let everyone know about in time. But right now, let’s get this done. This was a super fun race!

Those who follow me in places other than this blog may have already heard the story of how I decided to skip this year’s Queens 10K and instead take a 5:55 am train to Northport, Long Island, to run its annual mile race. A brief backstory:

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