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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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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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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A Tale of Two Marathons: How I PR’d by 12 Minutes (with a BQ!)

Now that I have run two (2) whole marathons, I am a qualified marathon expert. Or at least, somewhat knowledgeable. Okay, I am still an idiot who doesn’t know anything. But now that I have run two marathons, I can at least compare them. Unfortunately, I can’t tell you how to run an Olympic qualifying marathon. Also, if you’re looking to run an Olympic qualifying marathon, you are very much on the wrong blog.

In this post, I’m going to take a close look at the two 26.2-mile races I’ve run in my very short life as a marathon runner: the 2018 TCS NYC Marathon and the 2019 Novo Nordisk New Jersey Marathon. I’m kind of a numbers nerd, and I thought this could be a fun way of comparing the two training cycles and races – examining what I did better, what I could still do better, and how luck and life circumstances played a role. Let’s have some fun! Or maybe it’ll just be me who has fun!

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Thoughts on My First Marathon: What I Got Right & What I Did Not

I started writing this post last December and then never finished it. As I’m winding down my second marathon training cycle (the NJ Marathon is in less than two weeks!) I decided to revisit it with some fresh perspective.

I wrote a full recap about the TCS NYC Marathon I ran last November. This post will be less of a recap and more of a look back at what I got right and wrong – both in the weeks and hours before the race, as well as during. I no longer feel any regret about the race but, as always, I want to learn from my experiences so I can get better instead of worse, which I think is always the idea?

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Spring 2019 Marathon Fueling

I was going to just keep track of my fueling experiments in a spreadsheet, but I decided to turn it into a little old blog post. For the next four weeks leading up to the New Jersey Marathon, I’ll update this post every so often with how I’ve been fueling for my runs, what’s worked for me, and what hasn’t. Probably mostly on my long run days.

Fueling is a highly individual subject. There’s no one right way to do it. I see a lot of runners ask, “What should I eat before a race?” Well, that’s up to you. That’s just one of the things you need to figure out as you train. Experiment, try different things, and see what works.

For example, I once read that Ben True likes to eat six bagels before a race. (I don’t know if he still does.) Personally, this would not work for me. I would not eat six bagels before a race. I would not eat six bagels in one sitting, anytime, ever. But that’s just me.

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