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Week 5: ING NYC Marathon Training

Posted Aug 15 2012 10:51pm
As much as I love to talk about myself & running until your eyes/ears bleed, you'll see some radio silence on here as Anand & I prepare to move. I know, I'm sad about this too. I love talking about myself. Anyway...

Here's a quick run down of Week 5 of NYC Marathon training:
Tuesday - Tempo Run, 6.5miles (1 mile warm-up, 3 loops of the Reservoir at 30-45sec faster than MGP, 1 mile cool down)
Wednesday - Cross Training 
Saturday - Group Long Run, 10.5miles on Summer Streets
Sunday - Recovery Run, 3 miles
Last week was a cut back week, which is exactly what I needed. I was dealing with an infected knee.Oh you didn't want to see that? I don't care. This is my knee actually healing with antibiotics on board.

And I developed some fever and chills at the end of the week. I didn't feel well enough to squeeze in a 4th run, so I didn't. And I don't regret it. What I do regret is sleeping through the Olympics Thursday night. I was pretty upset the next day.
By Saturday morning though, I was extremely tired, but ready to tackle 10 miles for breakfast. I was mainly excited because our route took us down Summer Streets. I ran through it all last year, so I was really looking forward to it.

This 10 mile run was what I needed after last week's disaster . I had so much fun (I know that sounds psychotic to some of you), and didn't even need any music for the 10+ miles. Not having music is pretty rare for me, so you know I must have been having fun.

Stolen from Coach Emily. Part of our group in front of Grand Central!
I may not have run many miles last week, but my body and mind were very grateful.

This week, I'm heading into an all time mileage high for me. Coach Cane e-mailed us on Sunday with an opening line of, "No more Mr. Nice Coach." Fantastic. I'm already counting down the days till another cut back week.

Time for me to get some cross training in, in the form of packing boxes. Yay.

And if you're interested, this Saturday is the last day of Summer Streets . Park Avenue, from 72nd Street to the Brooklyn Bridge, will be closed for runners, walkers, and bikers. And there's tons of fun stuff to do on the 7 mile course. Check it out, and make NYC your gym!
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