Road to NYC: Marathon Training Week 9 Recap

Let’s just call this the week that wasn’t. I had every intention of going out hard this week, doing my normal weekly runs and then a step-back 13 miler on the weekend. And with a three day weekend, there were THREE opportunities to knock that one out. Alas, it just wasn’t meant to be…and for no real reason, either. Sure, the weather during the week was abysmally hot (heat indices over 100), and it rained a bit over the weekend. But I just couldn’t get up and go run. Saturday morning, my alarm goes off at 4:30. Snooze. Nine minutes later, snooze again. Nine minutes later, snooze again. Before I knew it, it was 9AM and I knew running just wasn’t going to happen. Couple that with missing a weekday run, and this week was quickly deteriorating.

I don’t know what it is, but I find my motivation seriously lacking. Last year, while training for the Marine Corps Marathon, we rarely missed any runs, save for the weekend that we moved apartments. We would feel guilty for hitting snooze and starting late, let alone sleeping through it entirely. I guess the excitement of training for your first adds some extra motivation; after that, you’re on your own to get out of bed and go. I need to get that motivation back, because NYC is coming up fast (we are halfway through training) and the runs will just get longer and harder. This week will be a 5/7/5/17, no joke for a sometimes runner like me.

The goal for this week is to get back in the game, focus on running strong and hitting the distances. Missing the runs was bad, but it did give a chance for my body to get some much needed rest. Let’s hope I feel stronger moving forward.

NYCM Week 9

Tuesday. Due to some meetings scheduled early Wednesday, I moved up my mid-distance run to Tuesday morning, when I wouldn’t feel rushed. Felt good, no issues here. The heat index is incredible right now, with no break anytime soon.

Wednesday. Tuesday’s run moved to Wednesday. I have never experiences heat like this while running, even in the morning. I don’t understand how people can run after work, when it’s even hotter.

Thursday. Was supposed to be a five mile run, but instead…notta. Couldn’t make it out of bed before it was too late to run and make it to work on time. Crap.

Friday. With it being a holiday weekend, we got out of work at noon. We like to take advantage of days like that by going to lunch at places we can’t normally get to. After getting some recommendations, we headed over to Pyro’s Pizza in midtown. We ordered the Southwestern and it was AMAZING. Spicy, but delicious.

pyros pizza

After resting at the apartment for a bit, it was time to head to the Memphis Zoo for Zoo Brew, a beer tasting event that takes place in the zoo itself. We caught a Lyft to the zoo and headed to the trams to take us to the VIP area. Our tickets got us in an hour early, with more beers to try and some excellent finger foods to munch on. We didn’t see any animals at the lodge, but did catch a glimpse of the elephants and giraffes on the tram ride back to the normal area. Fun event, though we called it an early night to get ready to run in the morning.

zoo brew

Saturday. Again, this was supposed to be a 13 mile run, a step-back week. Instead, we slept right through it. I got out of bed around 10 and headed to Max’s to watch the state of college football. My Buckeyes managed to pull off the victory at the end against a plucky Navy team. That damn triple option is a bitch to defend.

It was also the Memphis Music and Heritage festival, which takes place literally right outside our front door on Main Street. Vendors, food, cooking demonstrations, live music. We walked around a bit and caught some music. We especially liked the gospel performances and Freeworld

music & heritage fest 1

Sunday. Another opportunity to run squandered. Slept in again, then walked some more of the festival.

music & heritage fest 2

music & heritage fest 3

Next week it’s time to get my butt in gear. I know these weeks happen every now and then, and you just have to deal with them and move on. So that’s what I’m going to do. Chalk it up to my body telling me to take it easy for a few days and rest up before the final push.

Marathon Training Totals
Weekly Runs: 2
Weekly Miles: 12
Total Runs: 31
Total Miles: 188

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4 thoughts on “Road to NYC: Marathon Training Week 9 Recap

  1. I swear I read the whole post, but I’m wired to focus on food.
    That Pizza!!!!!
    I’ve missed a couple (a bunch) of workouts lately, but as you say, resting is important, just as important as getting the runs done.
    Hope weather is nice for those 17 miles.

    • The pizza was absolutely amazing! I loved it! And I know missing workouts is part of the gig, I’m more worried about my lack of motivation. Right now the weather is 50% chance of rain, overnight low of 76 (read: humid and gross at 5AM) and high of 89. Should be interesting.

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