Holy crap, we’re already past week 4? The official countdown to the NYC Marathon stands at 96 days and change. That’s getting incredibly close. Up until the taper, I no longer have a sub-10 mile long run; it’s all double digits from here. Kind of scary. You can tell things are getting interesting. People keep asking about how my training is going, how I’m handling the heat, where do I run, etc.
Tuesday was a normal run, though I felt a bit heavy and slow. My time was 45 seconds or so off what I should have been doing for that pace. It was a hot and humid week, so maybe that’s it. Wednesday, again, was slower than it should have been. The distance got bumped up to six miles, but I should be more than capable of knocking out 9s at that distance. Thursday is speed day, so I headed down to the park and ran 4x800m. I felt good during them, keeping my pace as close to 7:30/mile as possible. I could have pushed it harder, but in training right now I really don’t want to injure myself. By the time Friday rolled around, I was more than ready for my rest day. I did walk around a bit that night, partaking in Trolley Night in South Main, but I called it an early night. It was supposed to be extremely hot on Saturday: mid 90s, humid, and a heat index of 105. We woke up at 5:30AM to eat and fuel up and get started. We finally made it out the door at 6:40 and knocked out 11 miles. I was out of water, and feeling the heat, so I was glad when I finished. Afterwards, plenty of water, gatorade and a bit of an ice bath for my feet.
Sunday, I again took off. My legs needed the rest…and so did my head, which was screaming from Saturday night’s festivities. Time to slow that down as we get further into training, I imagine.
Marathon Training Totals
Weekly Runs: 4
Weekly Miles: 25
Total Runs: 13
Total Miles: 70