NYCMarathon Training : Week 12
Monday – REST – Decided to sell my concert tickets for the Weeknd since I didn’t have someone to go with and because my Cincinnati Bengals were playing divisional rival Pittsburgh on a rare Monday Night Football matchup. A Bengals victory made my night…although I was super bummed one of my favorite artists at one of my favorite venues.
Tuesday - I wasn’t sure how my legs would feel after a solid 18 on Sunday but they responded somewhat well. After the first mile @9:39/mi, the rest were sub 8:30/mi. I didn’t push it at all so my cruising pace is getting slightly quicker in this cycle. 5 miles @ 8:36/mi pace.
Tuesday Night : …well, I wasn’t happy about missing the show on Monday night so I checked Ticketmaster and discovered they still had single seats available. Being the old man I am, I decided a solo concert was fine with me. I am long past caring what other people think. It ended up being a highly entertaining night. Banks and the Weeknd were both awesome and the concert was over at 10:30…unfortunately I still didn’t get home until 11:30 due to the high amount of traffic getting out of the venue.
Wednesday – Of course I slept in and opted for a post work run on the trail. I was exhausted and as I was heading to the trail, I kept telling myself … if you don’t feel like running more than 3.5 miles…its fine, just cut it short, you’re tired. I was extremely exhausted when the run started but during the first mile I started to liven up and by the time I was halfway through my second I had begun to question my ability to run New York at the pace needed to reach my goal. Next thing you know I had convinced myself that it would be a good day to push myself, something I hadn’t done in this entire cycle. I stepped on the gas for mile 3 and 4 and then slowed it down a bit over last.
It probably wasn’t the best day to test myself but it felt GREAT to know that I still have some speed. I was really beginning to get concerned that my goal time might be too quick, this run helped me realize that it is totally attainable. 5.1 miles @ 7:39/mi pace. I am excited for my next 5k on Thanksgiving!
Thursday - I got to bed early on Wednesday night because I was going to be running on Thursday morning since I had another concert on tap that night. I took it easy and ran comfortable. I don’t know where the fresh legs came from but I was happy to hear my time at the end of the run. 5 miles @ 8:31/mi pace. Miles 2-4 were all within seconds of each other, just consistent cruising!
Thursday night I had a chance to see the Cold War Kids kick off their Fall tour at the Wiltern in Los Angeles. Awesome venue, awesome band with my awesome best bud. But what wasn’t awesome? Getting home at just before 1:00am on a school night. I knew there was going to be hell to pay the next morning.
Friday - Oh rest days. That long Thursday night led to a terrible morning of stumbling and stupidity. I open the office building at work…well, let’s just say that is a little hard when you leave your key at home. Did I mention my commute is just over an hour in the morning? Long story short, we didn’t open until 10am when the owner arrived. I was so happy once the day was over. I did laundry, watched Seinfeld, ate Pho and passed out by 10:00pm.
Saturday – I won’t dare curse myself and say the heat is officially gone…I will say that this weekend was very mild. I took advantage of 80 degree highs and slept in because at that temperature I could run at any point during the day. I slept from 10pm until 8am…I wish every day could be 10 hour sleep days! I then peeled myself out of bed around 8:30 and headed to my favorite breakfast spot…they had this on their counter…
After breakfast I decided to relax some more before heading out for my run around noon. It was a little warmer than expected but warm is not hot and it was definitely tolerable in comparison to the 90 degree evening runs a week ago. I was forced to explore a new trail due to the UCLA football game but I didn’t mind. Pasadena is incredible, the more I explore, the more beauty I find! 8 miles @8:13 /mi pace. Yeah, for some reason I felt like turning it up on almost every run this week. My last 4 miles were all under 8:00/mi?!?!
Sunday – 13 miles - The Cincinnati Bengals took on the Green Bay Packers at 10:00am which meant that I needed to be done with my run, showered, caffeinated and fed before kick off. I got out the door just after 7:00am. I kept telling myself, take the ENTIRE run easy, you pushed it a lot this week and you have a 20 miler next weekend. Well that went great until mile 10 when I started to feel the need to go faster. I didn’t go all out but I definitely picked it up. I was pressing, but not too much…just focusing on my effort level and seeing how my body responded. At no point did I feel like I was doing too much. 13.05 mile @ 8:27/mi pace.
Summary : Leading into this week I had some serious questions about my goal and if I should re-adjust. This entire training program I have been focusing on one week at a time but not really testing myself in relation to the end goal. My goal is to hit 3:35, and I know that means my pace is going to have to be in the low 8′s. I also know that almost all of my runs in this program have been in the mid 8′s on average, none of my runs hit the 7′s and that was somewhat of a concern. I just kept telling myself, build the endurance, the speed is there, trust your body but for some reason, I felt the need to prove it this week. The Wednesday run was good but the 13 mile run was the one I needed. Half way through that run I told myself, if I can’t hit the low 8′s at the end of the run without stressing myself then my goal may be too aggressive. Thankfully I squashed the doubt. I am definitely not comparing a half marathon to a full, but the way I felt during and after that run told me that I am on track at this point in training. I have 6 weeks of hard work left!