NYC Marathon Training Week 3 – Flat & Fast Training

After spending months training on trails for my failure of a 50 miler experience, I’m kinda enjoying some flat and fast running. There’s plenty of downsides to avoiding hills, but in the mean time I needed something to boost my confidence. During the weekdays I took advantage of the more mild Fall weather we started getting.  As much as I am loving the cooler days (I don’t do well in heat), I still shed a tear as it starts to be dark by 8PM and I must end my run/bike etc for the day.

I don’t mind the cold, but the shorter days get heartbreaking as I’m more of a daylight than a night time type of gal.

I had a few great fast medium runs.  At the same time, I had a mentally and physically brutal long run and a lower double digit recovery run with a great group of friends.  On the bad Liana side, I once again avoided the pool.  The Malden Y repulses me more than ever, but my laziness or cheapness to go anywhere else keeps me there.  Once again no swimming this week.  I did bike a little over 10 miles one night at a relaxing pace as we checked out some roads around the neighborhood.  However, after changing my mind on what pedals I want, my road bike is still MIA.

The run down

Monday – 8.4 Miles
About 68 minutes, 8:02 pace. I debated a rest day since Sunday was my brutal long run, but the weather was nice and decided to go with it. Sometimes it’s a struggle to decide what is best for my running goals vs. my running love. I love to run and the biggest struggle is getting myself to take a day off to have more energy for the next day. Sometimes I weight my options. I knew the week was only going to get hotter so I wanted to take advantage of the weather even if it harms my performance for my ultimate goal.

Tuesday – 8.4 Miles + 10.7
The weather stayed chill & so did I! Legs felt better than Monday. 65 minutes, or 7:44 average pace. 7 miles at 7:33 pace before warm up & cool down aka stop lights..In the evening we biked for 55 minutes.

Wednesday – 7 Miles
Reintroduced myself to the treadmill. 7 miles, incline 3, Was going to do progressive but lost patience & turned into interval run. I’ve just been digging the faster runs more than easy pacing. Took about 58 minutes or 8:20 pace.

Thursday 12.2 Miles
8 fast miles on incline 2 on the treadmill. I think I hit a pace PR for my work treadmill. 63 minutes, 7:49 pace. Added 4.4 Miles in the evening for a little bit of road hill work. Times were slow and insignificant.

Friday – Rest day – I love resting the day before my long run, just a personal choice

Saturday 18 Miles

The summary is above. The long story? Well, I had a birthday party Saturday so I knew that with lack of sleep, I would be useless for a long run Sunday. So I set my run for Saturday. However, I was hardly better Saturday. The temperature once again hiked up to 80s, which to me is hot. I know you Florida, Texas etc people are laughing at me but 80+ is heat flashes for me.

One of our friends wanted to try out trails, so we did one reservoir loop in the fells. About 7 miles. The boys called it a day and I drove back with them before heading back onto the road. However, either the trail wore me out, or the beating run, and running out of water had me home within 8.5 miles to lay on the couch in front of the fan. I sat for a bit, tweeted, & continued being lame before I decided to try walk/run on my treadmill in the basement while watching Hart of Dixie. My basement was hot, but it was nice and dark at least. Before I knew it, the 2.5 mile run was over and I felt accomplished because I spent the majority of the run trying to find an excuse to quit.

Sunday 13.25 Miles

Another trail run with the TARC group where North (of Boston) met up with South (of Boston) for a run and BBQ. Good times.  The South Shore TARCs shared some beautiful trails with us and I got to make some new friends.

Total Miles – 67

Total Feelings – Better than usual. I bumped up my mileage a lot this week but am feeling much better as long as I stay out of the sun. I think the trail high mileage agrees more with me than the road long runs.  I love my fast road runs, but I need the shade for anything over an hour.

What’s your favorite thing to watch while running?

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