Woah, long week for anyone else? We’re entering TCS New York City Marathon crunch time (t-minus seven days!), and even with this larger-than-life event, the week still seemed to drag by.
It’s also health fair season. This means I get to go to swanky offices and talk to “real people” about the awesomeness of running and JackRabbit.
But any day you have a view this breathtaking is a good day.
General training notes: Coming off a lackluster few days of training, I hoped to turn things around this week. And for the most part, I succeeded. Each run felt great, and Coach Pat even had me do some pickups this week, which was my first time doing (something resembling) speedwork since … July. Wowza.
Monday – a.m. run
You know those days when you wake up and immediately want to go back to bed? This was one of those days—and everyone seemed to agree. I ran one mile to BoMF, walked two (long story), and then ran four easy on my own. Once I got going, it was fine, but it was a struggle.
Tuesday – a.m. run and strength train
Between mid-run pickups and post-run strides, it’s safe to say Coach Pat is trying to make me faster. He may kill me in the process, though! Just kidding, Pat! Thankfully, I was able to hit and hold the pickup efforts pretty well—aside from the final two when my legs said, “nope, we’re done!” After the six miles, I did some corework and upper-body strength training.
Wednesday – a.m. CompuTrainer class at Tailwind Endurance
This power hour Tailwind class centered on maintaining an even power output—which did not go well. We did a ton of sprints into threshold efforts, and I struggled to dial into an acceptable range; ideally, we were supposed to stay within 10-20 watts, but I had 50-watt swings. Sigh. It comes down to experience and practice, and I keep reminding myself to be patience and keep working hard.
Thursday – a.m. run
You know those runs where everything clicks? You feel invincible and enter a space where absolutely nothing can stop you. That’s what happened during these rainy 10 miles. And it was awesome.
Friday – a.m. CompuTrainer class at Tailwind Endurance and strength training
Oh, erg mode. You get me every time. In erg mode, the CompuTrainer holds the specified wattage, and it’s your job to match the cadence and move the pedals. I’d argue this is harder than a “normal” workout where it’s the rider’s responsibility to hit and hold the desired number. Anyway, we did short, one-minute VO2 max efforts, plus four, five-minute blocks at threshold. More corework and upper-body strength training after.
Saturday – a.m. run
This 45-min. steady run was the toughest and worst one of the week (I didn’t sleep well the night before), but I still felt OK and dialed into the specified pace range.
Sunday – off
And now for a few shameless JackRabbit marathon plugs for the NYC folks.
We’re hosting a pre-marathon party with Saucony, KT Tape, and Zico on Saturday, Nov. 1 at USQ from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.
Live DJ, graffiti artist, giveaways—so much marathon excitement! And you don’t have to be running the marathon to come! (Case in point: I will be there all day.)
And the JackRabbit cheer zone will be at Mullane’s Bar and Grill in Brooklyn, which is situated at mile 8.5. Come be loud with us!