I once read an article about how Alisha Williams’ chances of being in the Olympics were ruined because she is (or was?) a CPA working in the industry where tax seasons come and come again. Now, I am no where near or even two levels near being Olympic speed even in my dreams but it’s still a struggle to balance a personal goal race like the NYC Marathon on November 3rd with a work deadline where my busiest time all year is September & October. So when I’m not thinking about taxes, I’m thinking about running as I try to hit 60-80 miles a week within the final four weeks before taper.
And as any endurance junkie knows, it involves sacrifice from not only my sanity but also my loved ones. My marathon addiction is an incredibly selfish of me, and its something that at the same time keeps me sane and the person that people love. Unfortunately, often times, I’ll give up my free time on my day off (working weekends now) to go on a long run. instead of spending time with friends and family. I hope they know its temporary <3.
I think the second most important part of marathon training after the long run, are the medium long runs, 10-13 miles mid week. Unfortunately, I am not waking up at 4AM to do that, so I’m sneaking them in piece by piece. 8 miles here, 2 miles there, 5 miles there until every piece of free time has been plugged. My long runs feel good, so maybe its working.
Anyways the weekly recap:
Monday – Rest
Tuesday 13.25 Miles
Two runs, one girl. 8 morning miles around 7:39 pace. Evening ran on the homemill for 5.25 miles at 7:37 pace.
Sunrise on one of my favorite running spots
Wednesday – 7 Miles
My evening run on Tuesday gave me mild insomnia so I overslept my wake up call. Instead, I dug myself some time midday between work and more work to hit the treadmill. 8:18 pace on incline 3 or about 58 minutes.
Thursday -15 Miles
8 slower miles in the morning at 7:58 pace and 7 miles in the evening. The weather was gorgeous and I just didn’t want to go back to the office. Hit 7:51 pace which was faster than expected on tired legs.
Friday – 5 miles
Did short but fast 5 miler on the work treadmill at incline 2, 7:29 pace.
Saturday – 20.2 Miles
Around 8 minute average pace for the long run. My first 15 miles went by great. I hit it in a solid sub 2 hour I haven’t seen on my training runs before. picked a hilly path that I love. Unfortunately by the last quarter of my run it was warm and I don’t carry water on me. My pace started to drop a little so I finished my final 2 miles at home on my treadmill.
Sunday – 11.2 Miles
I started the day looking fresh and clean
But we all know that once you hit the trails you don’t stay that way long. I met up with two of my friends to run around the Fells. I love trail running with great company. Found some pretty fire roads in the Fells, but got a little lost. Since in theory I should have known the areas, I was trying to navigate with my phone (which I couldn’t figure out how to use after updating my IOS eww) and ending up with some trail ouchies/trail trophies.
I tore up my hand a bit, this is after I showered and cleaned all the blood and plasma off!
The pace varied between 10 – 14 minutes depending on navigation. Look at the pretty view/day we had for our run! Next time I need to take some photos with the girls.
Total Miles – 70
Total Feelings – Full of energy but lack of time!