I just completed my 9th week of NYC marathon training and you know what that means? I am halfway through and I only have 9 weeks left!
It’s been a whole week since Hood to Coast and I finally feel almost recovered. My body wasn’t left sore, but it was left incredibly tired. I am so happy to have tomorrow off from work to have another day to catch up on sleep.
Let’s review, shall we?
Sunday: Traveling day/Rest
Monday: Rest (Lots of sleeping)
Tuesday: 5 miles – Pretty sure I was sleeping through most of this
Wednesday: 8 (good) miles with Jocelyn
Thursday: Easy 5 miles
Saturday: 20 miles
Total: 38 Miles
Not bad for being insanely tired all week.
The 20 miles ended up being solo, which is completely fine, but it was definitely a physically and mentally tough run. It was hot, humid, and I was overdressed. I also happened to pick the hilliest route possible. I started in Astoria, ran over the QB bridge and at that point, I realized I forgot my metro card, so that meant I had to run back home instead of taking the subway. I headed to Central Park from the bridge, ran a few loops and then ran back over the QB bridge a second time to head back home. Hills galore!
It was hard. I kept stopping and refilling my water bottle, I desperately needed cold water and most of the fountains were warm. I also walked a bunch in the last 5 miles, but somehow still came out with an average pace of 10:05! I’m pretty happy with that, it’s where I should be in terms of my training and if I can do that on a hilly ass route in high 70 degree weather, then I should be good come cooler weather.
I came home to a hungover husband who was still willing to go out and buy me bags of ice so I could take my first ice bath!
I read Emily’s post for some tips, and I wore a sweatshirt and drank some tea to keep warm. I used 3 bags of ice and it still didn’t really seem like enough. It definitely did the trick, but maybe 4 bags next time. And it was obviously freezing cold, but I survived and I am pretty positive it is why I am feeling really good today. I’m not sore at all. I did a 3 mile recovery run and my legs feel pretty fantastic considering I ran 20 miles yesterday. Maybe there’s something to these ice baths…
More HTC recaps coming soon!