NYCMarathon Training : Week 14
Monday – Cross Training - REST – Legs felt alright after my 20 miler and I even considered trying to make it to Yoga but in the end I opted for rest.
Tuesday – 5 Miles – Got up early and hit the road. I was curious to see how it would feel to “run” since my legs felt ok during my everyday tasks. Let’s just say they were tired…and heavy…but not too bad. It took me a bit to warm up and even when I felt warm, I wasn’t moving too swiftly. 5 Miles @8:58/mi pace.
Tuesday Night – YOGA – Yeah, you read that correctly. Almost 2 full months since the last time I had a chance to do Yoga so I was beyond happy to walk in the door at the studio. My ribs have technically been pain-free for about 3 weeks but certain movements have caused discomfort. I was very tentative and told myself if I felt anything, to stop. Thankfully it went well aside from the obvious and expected loss of strength that comes with a lot of running and not a lot of core/upper body work. I only felt pain once on a roll up technique with about 10 minutes left in class, so I deem myself 99% healed. I miss the full body stretching, strengthening and the drenched clothes that come with knowing you just gave your full attention to your health for 1 hour. Glad to be back at it.
Wednesday – 5 Miles – Decided to hit the trail after work to give my body some extra rest. Everything went well but my legs were definitely still fatigued. My first two miles averaged out at 9:17/mi which I was ok with, trying to take it easy. 5 Miles @8:37/mi pace.
Thursday – 5 Miles – I woke up on Thursday morning with a slightly swollen and sore right big toe, not sure what caused it but I decided not to force the issue with a morning run. I opted to let my body warm up throughout the day and if it felt ok after work then I would get out that evening. It felt ok when I arrived home so out the door I went. I didn’t plan on pushing it too much but the Dodgers first playoff game started at 5:30, which is about when I started my run, so there was a little extra pep in my steps. My first mile was quick, so I slowed it down a bit and changed my route starting at mile 2 to add some hills. I was so distracted by the fact that I was missing the first few innings of the game that I was looking at my sports app while I ran since I couldn’t get the radio broadcast on my phone. I banged out the last mile, took a quick shower and joined a buddy to watch the Dodgers earn the game 1 victory over the Atlanta Braves. 5.00 miles @8:20 pace.
Friday – REST – Yeah, no problem! Almost. My buddy ended up inviting me to see Youth Lagoon (which I mentioned in a previous SSC here) play at a church in Los Angeles. I really wanted to be asleep at 9:30 but he already had the tickets and said the show would be over by 10pm (since it was at a church). Well, as I expected he was wrong and even though I got him to leave early, I still didn’t get to sleep until just after Midnight. If I hadn’t been so exhausted then I would’ve enjoyed the show more but I was starting to get blurry eyed. Very interesting experience all the way around.
Saturday – 8 Miles – As I write my recaps I always pop up my Nike+ activity so I can give you guys the accurate data (like you care). Sometimes I forget my runs and it helps refresh my assessment. I remember this particular run SUCKING, but the data shows otherwise. I remember not being able to focus so there is little inconsistency between miles but overall this was one of those rare runs where the mental doesn’t match the physical. 8 miles @8:29 pace.
Saturday Post Run – I really wanted a change of scenery this weekend and my brother’s place in La Quinta (Palm Springs area) just happened to be free. The desert is awesome in the Fall, usually pretty hot during the day and cooler at night, which is perfect for laying out and then getting in the spa once it cools. It was 90 degrees when I got out there on Saturday afternoon and I immediately threw on the board shorts to soak up the sun. Lazied around after some time outside and then headed to dinner at a decent italian restaurant. After dinner I hit the spa and by 10pm I was OUT. Pasadena is always loud but especially on Saturday nights so the silence was something my body thoroughly enjoyed in La Quinta.
Sunday –12 Miles – I wasn’t sure if I was going to do my long run in the desert or wait until I got home that evening. I actually didn’t decide until late Saturday night and even then I gave myself the ok to sleep in if that is what my body wanted. Well I woke up at 6:30 feeling kind of fresh so I decided to get ready and get out the door. I hadn’t planned out a route but I know the area fairly well so I just grabbed a couple of waters and went.
I guesstimated that if I made my way to the main highway and then looped towards the polo fields where Coachella is held that I could probably make a solid 10 mile route and tack on whatever distance was needed after that. Well, by the time I hit the Coachella grounds I was just over 6 miles and everything was going smoothly.
I just let my body do whatever pace it wanted, which happened to be mellow. City blocks in the desert are long (easily a half mile to a mile) and there is not much besides houses and dirt. The last thing I wanted to do was be caught dehydrated or hurt from pushing it too hard so cruise control won. The miles were extremely boring at times and like any new route, the unknown makes things seem a bit longer than they really are. I did enjoy the cool temps, the golden sun, roadrunners, and other birds during the first half of the run. The second half was a bit different, lots of nothing and quickly climbing temps.
About mile 8 I could feel the sun. I was still feeling well but I would have loved some shade which was nowhere to be found. I grabbed the wrong shorts for this run, the same pair that I had a bad chaffing experience with at RAGNAR, let’s just say, I will NOT be wearing these shorts for NYC. Thankfully that was the only uncomfortable thing about this run. When I hit 10 miles I knew exactly where I was and exactly what route to take. I hit Old Town La Quinta and made my way towards the house. With about a half mile left I remembered that there was an entrance to the golf course that the house and since the course is closed for maintenance I had the chance to run on the fairways…so of course I took it. Running on dry fairway feels like heaven compared to the road, if I could run all my runs on golf courses and not want to shoot myself out of boredom, I would.
The best part of this drawn out recap is that just as I hit the back porch my app informed me that 12 miles had been completed. PERFECT. There are very few times that I impress myself, but being able to draw out a 12 mile route on the fly is one of those times. Nailed it. 12 miles completed @8:53/mi pace.
Summary : My legs definitely felt tired all week so although my 20 miler went well, it definitely took its toll. Getting Yoga back into the mix will be great during my taper and I still want to get into the gym for some light lifting this week. Overall a decent step back week but I think my body would have benefitted from a massage after the 20 miler to help it recover. I will definitely be scheduling one for this weekend to start my taper off on the best foot. The change of scenery was great, although the entire time spent in La Quinta was only about 30 hours, it was much-needed. I think I may go out again the week before I leave to New York and do my last two weekend runs out there now that I have a better grasp on the temperature and routes.
Do you run on vacations and if so, what are your favorite places? La Quinta wasn’t my favorite but it was definitely nice to explore the city some more!
Almost taper time!