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.


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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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Hard Reset: My Convenient Cold, Global Running Day, and Meeting Deena Kastor

I took a break! More from blogging than from running. But now I’m back. Hello!

I wasn’t planning on running the week after the hot ‘n hellish Brooklyn Half (which I can’t believe was only four weeks ago). Last year, I think I took two days off from running after the half. This year, this ol’ body needed more. I needed a reset.

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Weekend Reads 3.3.19

Time for another late-on-Sunday installment of health/sports/running news items that I find interesting. I’m going to keep this one short, as I’m in the middle of working on a race recap for a 5K I ran earlier today! I’m trying to get those out a little sooner these days.

While I’m here, how crazy is the weather lately? It barely snowed here in NYC all winter, and then we got a bunch on Saturday morning, and it’s snowing again now and will into the morning. Like, we had all winter for this, guys. It’s too late! We’re want spring now. Come on.

Here are some things to read. Enjoy!

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I Watched It: the 1981 NYC Marathon

Note: This is the first in a series of several posts about some old school NYC Marathons (and perhaps other races?). There probably will be nothing all that surprising here if you’ve already seen or participated in these races, but if you haven’t and are curious to know what they were like, then I hope you find this interesting.

I had originally intended to publish it as one long post before the 2018 NYC Marathon but couldn’t get it done in time. So it languished in my drafts until recently when I’ve had more time to finish it. Thank you, unemployment!

I’ve decided to break them up into smaller posts, one for each year’s race I watched. Otherwise, this would be ridiculously long and you would grow very tired of reading it. You might already be tired of reading this. If not, please continue.

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How to Get Your Ass Out of Bed

My running/blogging pal Chelsea over at The Dancing Runner recently posted something about how much she loves getting up early, which led me to think about how I love it too, which led me to write this post.

Some of you may not be morning people and do your best work at night. That’s great, and you should keep doing that if that works best for you. But for those who WANT to get out of bed in the morning but struggle with it, I thought I’d share my tips.

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