NYCMarathon Training : Week 11
Week 11 was the highest total mileage in my training program and I didn’t realize this until yesterday. That is kind of the way my life has been going for 2013. Sometimes its better to just put your head down, focus on an end result and next thing you know you’ll be done. I had a lot of activity this week to fit in but it was a good busy for the most part.
Monday - Cross Training – REST – Still not ready to attempt Yoga physically. Getting close.
Tuesday – 5 Miles - After 17 miles on Sunday I was curious to see how my body would respond. I had a tight window on Tuesday morning so I woke up earlier than usual and hoped that I would be able to push the pace a little. The new album “Kiss Land” from the Weeknd downloaded to my phone which was perfect background noise for my run. My legs felt livelier than expected. Each mile was progressively quicker and I was able to get into the high 7′s for the last. 5 miles @8:28/mi. Bang.
Tuesday Night : More of this….
Well, the early wake up and run had me exhausted. Of course the game moved extremely slow and of course it went into extra innings. A normal baseball game is over in about 2.5 hours, we were pushing almost 4. My buddy was about ready to force us to leave since it was near 11pm…thankfully we stayed and then this happened…
Wednesday – 8 Miles – Considering the previous nights festivities, the last thing I was going to do was wake up early and hit the road. I opted for a trail run after work, which as I discussed last week, are in short supply as the sun is starting to disappear much too early for my summer loving soul. I started this run with a little daylight left but by the time I finished it was dark. This made for some treacherous sections of poor vision and near missteps on uneven ground. Thankfully I made it through the run unharmed but that may have been my last midweek trail run of the program…which blows. Completed 8.1 miles @8:27/mi.
Thursday – 5 Miles – An early trip to LAX meant that I would be close to the beach so I decided to get in my 5 miler before work and leave my evening open for another potential visit to Dodger Stadium. I ran this same strip of beach last year during marathon training and it was extremely boring. For some reason, this time around it worked out alright and was fairly enjoyable. 5 Miles @8:57mi. I took it easy on my legs and focused on keeping my pace relaxed.
Thursday Night : Wouldn’t you know it, I happened to end up here yet again…
And wouldn’t you know it…the game moved very slow and of course it went into extra innings AGAIN.
Friday - REST - I didn’t do a damn thing. Stayed at home after work and watched Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo…so it was a great night. Vertigo is to San Francisco what Manhattan is to New York City. It’s a historically mesmerizing visual time capsule of San Francisco in the 1950′s.
Saturday – 8 Miles - I hate admitting this but you guys will get it, my friends do not. I woke up at 5:30am to go to the Lululemon Warehouse sale at the LA Convention center. You guys know how many times a week you have to wash clothes during training and if I could find a few pairs of shorts and a couple of shirts it would be worth the time. I didn’t find much for myself but grabbed some items for others so it was technically worth the trip but I walked away somewhat disappointed. Scored 1 jacket, 1 pair of sweat pants (for sleeping), and duplicates of a singlet and shorts that I already own and kind of like. I was hoping to get out of there earlier enough to get my run in before it got hot but it didn’t work out. I opted for a breakfast burrito and a lazy Saturday before heading out for my run in the evening.
I hit the trail around 6pm because I wanted to finish before it got dark and because I wanted to leave at least 12 hours between this 8 miler and my 18 miler the next morning. The run went well but it was HOT. The good news is that I explored a new section of the trail and I must say, Pasadena is awesome, so diverse. It really is a runners paradise. 8 miles @8:48 pace.
Sunday –18 Miles - I did my water drops after my trail run on Saturday so I slept in a bit and got out the door around 7:30. The temperatures were supposed to hit the mid 70′s by the time I was scheduled to finish so I thought I would be ok. The first 6 miles weren’t difficult but I was definitely a little tired from the trail run the night before. I ran through a car show in South Pasadena which was awesome but it also explains my 10 minute mile 5.
I took a gel pack at mile 5 and mile 11, I had 4 bottles of water throughout my route and at around mile 13 I refilled one because that mid-70′s heat had already came and went. At around mile 14 I was starting to feel a bit dehydrated, I noticed that I had stopped sweating and I was becoming extremely thirsty. Thankfully I had a bottle hidden around mile 15, when I grabbed it I decided to walk while I
drank chugged it down. The water took a few minutes to hit my system but once it did I felt much better. I did well in staying positive, I was starting to question myself and then I assessed my body…no aches, still felt somewhat fresh, a little parched and a lot hot…most of the things getting to me though were completely mental so I told myself to stop making excuses and finish the run off strong. Mile 18 was my fastest! 18.1 miles@9:09 pace. Oh, and the temperature when I finished? 84 degrees.
Summary : 45 miles in one week, I never thought I would say that. That’s more than I use to run in a month less than 3 years ago. I am happy with the way my body felt all week considering I kind of deprived it of rest. I rewarded it though by booking a massage on Sunday night, my legs were extremely thankful. The 18 mile run went significantly better than last year and I am much more confident in reaching my goal than I was last year. I am still having mental failures but I need the tests like I had this week to get me ready for everything that could happen come race day. a couple step back weeks and a couple 20 milers are left between me and the taper…it’s getting down to the knit and the grit.