Late again! I’m always behind on blogging life. At least I know that Kim reads these. 🙂Verrazano bridgeLeticia sent me this the other day! Only 72 days to go, so basically the marathon is next week! Ha.

Here is how week 7 went down.

Monday: Easy 4

Tuesday: 8 x 600s, 7 miles total

I had never done 600s before, it’s a weird distance, about .37 miles. I did this on the treadmill, it was raining, maybe? I don’t remember now. I record my splits using the timer on my phone and for most of them I ran the same pace.

600s goal = 2:55

Actual: 2:54, 2:52, 2:52, 2:52, 2:52, 2:52, 2:51, 2:50

Wednesday: Rest

Thursday: 7 mile Tempo (5 @ tempo, 1 mi. w/u, 1 mi. c/d)

This was a great run! For some reason, I felt incredible from the very first tempo mile. It usually doesn’t come that easy for me, it usually takes me a couple miles to settle into a pace and feel good about it. My body felt so ready to run this pace!

Tempo goal pace = 8:58

Actual splits: 8:58, 8:53, 8:59, 8:52, 8:56

I spent the rest of the night packing for Vermont. I think our cats knew we were leaving. 🙂

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Friday: 3 miles with Lauren in Vermont!

Faster than what it was supposed to be, but it felt good to be out of the car and running in clean air!

Saturday: 17.8 miles total at the 100 on 100 relay race (Recap coming soon, I promise!)

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Sunday: REST!!!

Total: 38.8 miles

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Em always sends me the best update pictures when she is cat-sitting for us! Not so patiently waiting for food.

Um. 12 weeks to go.

I’ve written part of a post on how in order to do the Hansons Marathon Method, you have to believe in it 100%. It’s still in my drafts, but maybe it’s time to go back and read it again because the fact that I haven’t run more than 10 miles in a single run is starting to freak me out. Ahh, just watching that gif I posted is freaking me out.

I’ve been following the plan and I technically haven’t missed any mileage, so I know I’m fine and I just need to believe in the plan and know that it works.

Here is how week 6 panned out.

•Monday: Rest

•Tuesday: 9.5 miles total

12 x 400 with 400 meters rest

400s goal = 1:58

Actual = 1:58, 1:56, 1:57, 1:57, 1:55, 1:57, 1:56, 1:55, 1:58, 1:55, 1:56, 1:56

•Wednesday: Easy 2 miles

•Thursday: 7 miles total, 5 @ tempo pace

Tempo goal: 8:58 (marathon goal pace)

Actual: 8:59, 8:58, 8:55, 8:51, 8:53

Nailed it!

I was nervous about this run beforehand. I haven’t pushed the pace to any extent in a while (minus the 5ks), so I wasn’t sure how these were gonna feel and if I would survive the whole 5 miles. All my runs have been easy, 10+ pace since the beginning of training.

But, it felt great once I got into the groove and I could’ve kept going. I felt like I was getting stronger as the run went on. I also think it helped that I fueled well before the run, I ate a piece of peanut butter toast, a salted caramel Gu, and 2 Honey Stinger gummies. I also drank a glass of water. Sounds like a lot, but it was after work and I’m always hungry when I get home and my blood sugar is typically low.

•Friday: Easy 4 miles with Em

•Saturday: 8 miles on the treadmill

I wanted to sleep in and it was incredibly hot outside, so Em and I went to the gym at 6pm Saturday night to run. We are really exciting people to hang out with on t he weekend!

•Sunday: 8.5 easy miles around Astoria

Total: 39 miles

This was a redemption week for sure. I feel really great about how my first week of speedwork went!

I have 2 4-day weeks in a row with a 4 day weekend this week. Hurry up and be Friday, please!

A bit late, I know. My life continues to be crazy busy and hectic and this week made me realize that I am having a very hard time managing training with life. It’s kind of a humbling kick in the face and I feel more determined than ever to STICK to my training plan.

I cannot even believe it’s been 5 weeks of training already. These past 2 weeks had me starting to run 6 days a week, and now the speedwork is introduced in week 6. Yikes! This is when it’s going to get tough.

Monday: 5 miles over the Queensboro Bridge and back.

This is going to be a new goal of mine; to run over the bridge at least once a week. This turned out to be a great run and I’m excited to get stronger on hills.

Tuesday: Easy 5

Wednesday: 4 miles total with a surprisingly awesome 5k at the end

Thursday: Rest

Friday: Easy 6

Saturday: Easy 5

Saturday was spent working on my husband’s short film from 10am to midnight. I was able to pop out for a bit and squeeze this in!

Sunday: skipped 10 miles and felt terrible about myself

The short film was done in our apartment, in our bedroom and it literally had to be taken apart to get it done. Suffice it to say, I got 5 hours of broken sleep from Saturday to Sunday. I was a cranky mess on Sunday morning and did not get my run in. We left at 12 to head up to Garrison, NY to see Abby and Anthony get married.

Me, husband, and Beth & Abby and Anthony

Total: 25 miles

Overall this turned into a disappointing week. But, now that the structured training has begun, there is no skipping runs or changing things around. This plan is meant to be the way it is and it is very specific. I know it’s not good to be so hard on yourself, but this plan only works if you follow it closely.

I’m only running 1 race during training and that’s the 100 on 100 relay race, which I’ll write more about soon because it’s coming up in just over a week. I’m so excited for it!

Onto week 6!