20140713-145619-53779444.jpgMonday: Rest

Tuesday: 4 easy miles

Wednesday: Rest

Thursday: 5 easy miles with Em

Friday: 4 easy miles along the west side highway.

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Ran on my lunch break and it was a hot and lousy run, but a beautiful view. I needed to squeeze it in since I had book club in the evening and ended up drinking #allthewine.

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Saturday: 6 hungover, but amazing easy miles on the treadmill. Somehow this run, despite being on the treadmill, turned out really great. I tried to make it a hilly run and I did the last mile at 8:57, which is about marathon goal pace.

Sunday: 6 easy miles with Em.

Total: 25 miles

Goals for next week: 1 early morning run before work!

I ordered a new pair of Hokas. They are a brand new model that just got released in July, but apparently there was an issue with the production, so they aren’t available everywhere just yet. I have 2 orders in and I’m hoping I will get one of them in August. Fingers crossed! I’m really looking forward to these shoes.

They are an extremely light and versatile road racing shoe and I love this color. Please, please come soon!!!

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07. July 2014 · 5 comments · Categories: Marathon Training · Tags:

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I posted this on Instagram. 2 beer glasses for 2 NYC Marathons I did not run. I will for sure be buying another one this year, but that will be the lucky one that I get to run!

Ahh, the first week of training is done! I ended up running more than I had scheduled, which was fine since it’s the first week, but I won’t be doing it again, I plan on sticking to my plan as closely as possible.

Again, the first 5 weeks are all easy runs, so nothing too worthy of reporting. I need to remember to focus on stretching and foam rolling, I always stupidly skip it whenever I’m in the beginning of a new plan.

Here’s how the first week went down.

Monday: Rest

Tuesday: 5 miles easy

Wednesday: 4 miles easy

The very first 2 runs of my plan were done on the treadmill (womp, womp), but it was awful outside, like over 85 degrees and very humid, so it seemed necessary.

Thursday: Rest

Friday: 4 miles easy with Em

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Woke up early-ish, instead of sleeping in on my day off and ran with Em and took care of this adorable cat, his name is Duck. Our friends were away in Maine for the holiday weekend, so we gladly accepted the responsibility. 

Saturday: 7 miles easy with GB

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It was beautiful in Central Park on Saturday morning and GB and I had a great run together. I originally had 5 on my schedule, but GB and I did about 6 miles together + my cat sitting commute.

Sunday: 7.3 miles easy with Carla

Up early again to head down to Brooklyn, so I could meet up with Carla for a run. We did a loop of Prospect Park and then headed towards Smorgasburg. Again, we underestimated how long it was to Smorgasburg, so we ended up running 6 miles + my commute to cat sitting. I was originally supposed to run 6.

Smorgasburg was amazing though. I was too hungry to take any pictures, but I had a coconut doughnut from Dough, a fish taco, and a maple lemonade. Can’t wait to go back!

One of the BEST doughnuts I have ever had!!! I can’t stop thinking about it.

Stolen from their website.

Total: 27.3 miles

I will note that these first 5 weeks of training are different than what is on the Hansons schedule. The total mileage for the first 5 weeks was super low and then it suddenly jumps to 39, but they do suggest if you are already running more base mileage, just to keep doing what you’re doing. So, therefore, I kind of made up my own schedule for these first few weeks, in order for me to carefully build up to that 39 mile mark where the “real” training begins.

Hope everyone had an awesome long weekend!

As I already mentioned, I am planning on using Hansons Marathon Method for my upcoming training cycle. The scariest part about it is the fact that I will be running 6 days a week. I take marathon training seriously and I very much want to achieve a big PR at the NYC Marathon, and I think this is the training plan will make that happened.

The good news is that the 6 days a week thing doesn’t start until week 5 of my training plan and the first 5 weeks are ALL EASY RUNS. Like, I am not allowed to run faster than a 10 min/mi. pace. Okay then! The real training starts in week 6, so I’m looking forward to the first 5 weeks of base building.

I have never run more than 5 days a week before, but most of the runs will be super easy and slow and they will be used for recovery.

This is the general plan:

M: Recovery run

T: Speedwork

W: Rest

Th: Tempo @ MGP

F: Easy run

Sat: Easy run

Sun: Long run

I should request Wednesdays off from work for the rest of the summer, right?

I’ll be sharing my training week to week if you care to follow along and send me motivation because this plan ain’t gonna be easy.

12 days until training starts and I’m trying not to be nervous about it. I’m not scared of the running, I just hope I can keep myself motivated. I’m going to be running a lot and I just don’t want to get burnt out or injured. There isn’t much room in this plan for for adjustment, so I guess we’ll see what happens! I’m kind of looking at it as an experiment. It’s worked for so many and I am willing to put in the necessary work

I would love any advice from someone who has used Hansons before!

I am ridiculously happy for no reason today and I am feeling motivated to start running seriously again. This is a huge step for me, I’ve been feeling awful about everything over the past few months and I’m glad to feel better in time for training. I’m ready for running and training to take over my life (to an extent) and I always need a running buddy, so let me know if you want to run morning, noon, or night! It’s good to be back.

Have any good snack recommendations that would be good to keep in a desk? I gotta stock up because I’m sure I will be hungry all the time!

So, basically, if you want to hang out with me from now until November 2nd, you better start running! 😉

Lets do this.

PS. I recently binge watched the entire series of How I Met Your Mother, except for season 9!!! So, don’t spoil anything for me. I’ve heard it’s disappointing, but I still can’t wait to watch the final season.