Training Log – Week of Oct. 27 (Week 42)

I’ll be honest. I had every intention of publishing this log last night, but after throwing a pre-marathon party at work on Saturday and manning our cheer zone on Sunday, I was spent. Not only did I take an hour-long nap yesterday, but I also slept nine hours last night.

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Marathon-related activities take a lot out of you. And I didn’t even run the thing like 50,000-plus other people.

General training notes: Between marathon madness and general life happenings, this week was both extremely long and emotionally taxing. For whatever reason, when things pick up “in real life,” I find it’s easier to throw myself into training and log some solid workouts. Coach Pat reintroduced speedwork this week, and I had a phenomenal long run, plus two quality bike sessions.

Monday – a.m. run and strength train

One mile at BoMF, plus four miles easy. Closed out the morning with some pushups and corework.

Tuesday – a.m. run and corework

Dun-dun-duuuun! To say I was a little anxious about returning to the track would be an understatement. Up until now, I’ve been building my base and running easy miles, and true speedwork hasn’t happened since July. Basically, I wasn’t sure how it would pan out—but it was surprisingly OK. Coach Pat’s workout called for 800s and 400s, and it was relatively manageable. Sure, my legs were trashed by the third and fourth 400, but that’s how you get faster. And I was also able to hit and hold paces slightly faster than what I could do at the tail-end of the triathlon season, which is promising.

Wednesday – a.m. CompuTrainer class at Tailwind Endurance

Hands down, this is the best I’ve felt on the bike in a while. And I executed this workout really well. After warm-up and a few build efforts, we faced a two-block ride: five minutes of threshold and sprint efforts, followed by a five-minute threshold block. I felt smooth and strong throughout, and for once, I didn’t have 50-plus wattage swings during efforts.

Thursday – a.m. run

Believe it or not, this run topped last week’s 10 miler. Everything clicked, felt good, and I could not get over how quickly the first five miles went by. Great energy in Central Park too with the upcoming marathon. At mile nine, my legs seemed to unwind on there own, and my stride opened up and my cadence increased—but it felt effortless. My average pace was on the faster ride of the range, and my closing mile was 7:15 (which is fast for me). And I felt like I could and wanted to keep going. Is this another running breakthrough?

Friday – a.m. CompuTrainer class at Tailwind Endurance

To get into the marathon spirit, we rode the pre-loaded New York City Marathon course. Nothing too interesting to report: averaged 19 mph and 185 watts during the 26.59 miles. Should’ve been faster and should’ve pushed more watts, but I’ll take it coming off a long run.

Saturday – off

Sunday – a.m. run

Woof. Serious props to the marathoners. The wind blew me around on the West Side Highway, and I lasted 25 minutes outside before I retreated to the treadmill for 20 more.  The fact that 50,000-plus people ran 26.2 miles in those winds is a testament to their toughness. Although I have to say, watching the marathon this year kinda sorta made me want to do it. Not for a long time, of course, but running 26.2 miles doesn’t seem as unfathomable as it did a year ago.

Would you (or have you) run a marathon?

10 responses to “Training Log – Week of Oct. 27 (Week 42)

  1. Yes and it was the best day of my life! I have a feeling you’ll be running one sooner than you think…. 😉

    • We’ll see. 🙂 It may be because we were stationed at mile 17.5 last year, which can be a rough point for a lot of folks–but at mile 8.5, basically everyone was smiling and having a good time. Plus, my long run now is 11 miles, so I could run twice as far … maybe … 😉

  2. I can only imagine how much fun cheering for the race was. For me, we volunteered that day and I passed out and needed my rest.

    • Oh, I passed out promptly when I got home. I was supposed to meet up with people, but could not move. Cheering and volunteering is hard work!

  3. A marathon is next up on my bucket list, after my first two half-marathons which will be done by mid November. I love distance so much. I kind of hate training for speed but ask me to spend hours out on the road and I’m there. Hopefully next autumn maybe?

    • Thanks for stopping by! Yes, training for speed is straight up painful, but necessary to get faster. My pain tolerance is pretty high, but speedwork still gets me every time.

  4. I am so impressed that a busy schedule makes for better workouts! I am definitely the opposite. In fact, the last two weeks have been incredibly busy so my workouts have suffered. I have to get back on the wagon!

    • When life gets busy, I crave that workout/alone time even more–and it’s better for everyone if I get ’em done. 🙂

  5. Great workouts this week, especially with all of the marathon activities! Training for marathon #4 right now, and I’m registered for a 50K and contemplating a 50 miler next year!

    • Philly is right around the corner! And I’m looking forward to it so much more than I was originally–very excited to test my training in a “race-like” scenario. 🙂

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