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Marathon Training Week 10: Embracing the Unexpected

Posted Aug 29 2011 11:10pm

Well this week was not what I expected.

As I mentioned last week , I had two races on the calendar. Thanks to a little hurricane named Irene, I ran neither – both were cancelled. And my long run got pushed back a day. So, my training looks a little different this week:

Monday: 3 mile easy run

Tuesday:  4 mile tempo run

Wednesday: 5 mile run

Thursday: rest

Friday: 3 mile easy run

Saturday: 3 mile easy run

Sunday: Rest

Monday: 13 mile long run

Total Mileage: 31 miles

I was really proud of myself for fitting in all my shorter runs, something I’ve struggled with the past few weeks. Monday I didn’t think I would get my run in, but I committed to doing it and Nate and I headed out for an easy 3 miles at night. That’s right friends – my first ever night run in the city after 3 years. I thought it would be scary, and it was a little – I still don’t think I’d ever do it without Nate. But there were plenty of people in the park, a little light (though there could have been more lights – sometimes I couldn’t see the path in front of me) and overall it was gorgeous. The reservoir, the city lights – there’s something about it at night that was just different, and awesome. Highly recommended, but if you are a girl I’d recommend bringing a large guy with you. I have one you can borrow if you need.

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My other runs were nothing too special – since my races got cancelled, my original plan was to do my long run solo on Saturday until my rockstar run coaches emailed me and said they were doing their long runs Monday and invited me to join. I said heck yes and instead went for an easy run  on Saturday with Nate pre-hurricane.

Even thought I was bummed about my races getting cancelled (especially since I had some goals to meet) I decided to embrace the unexpected. You can’t plan for anything while running – anything can happen on race day, so it’s good to get in the mindset of rolling with the punches and working with what you have.

My long run today was killer. I pushed myself to keep up with Meghan and Jessica and kept a pretty steady pace, finishing 13.1 in about 1:57. I was pretty sore all day, but definitely proud of myself for pushing it and feeling good about my run. I’m looking forward to yoga tomorrow morning for sure.

This week involves my first ever track workout (why yes I am scared to death, thanks for asking) and another 15-16 miler! Oh and have I mentioned that I am a mere 6 weeks out from my marathon? Holy crap.

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