Sunday, September 9, 2018

TCS NYC Marathon Training Week 12 - Weekly Running Update: Sept 9, 2018

Hi Everyone!

Hope everyone is doing well. How's summer training going? Anyone do any races or have some coming up? Which ones? Have some recent bling, let's see it! 

This was week 12 of marathon training for me. A "cutback" week. Week started off with the usual heat and humidity, but cooled down for my weekend "long" run. Would be nice if we could get that every weekend.. lol 

My week in training: 

Monday: 6 miles. Labor day, day off work, trail day! Yay! Up at my normal time, but took my time getting ready. Coffee and hydrated, saw the forecast and packed a gel as well. At my trail by 8:30. Park in the middle, did the side with the steady incline. Felt the humidity, but hanging in there. From the end of the trail, had to add about .5, off to a nearby neighborhood, steep hills. Faded a bit. Turn around to the trail again. Gained  a few seconds back on the gradual decline, but didn't overdo it. Fueled around the 4 mi mark, and hydrated plenty after. On my way back, I passed a cross country team, in awe, good for them, but not trying to pace with them!
Tuesday: 3.11 miles after work. Had full intention of getting up early to beat the heatwave(index 100). Had a work issue from 2-3 am and tried to sleep a bit before heading into work. Plenty of coffee today, and with the heat wave, hydrated extra in the afternoon. Through the motions for today.
Wednesday: 5 miles before work. Tried to get a good night's rest, and I did! Fell asleep on the couch and went to bed early. Up by 5, coffee, workout, hydrate, and out the door by 6. One of the biggest lies I tell myself, is that I don't need to stretch. I've been getting better at it, but slacked this week so far. Could feel it, just a bit tight everywhere. Humidity 92%, could feel it. Faded through the hills, gained a few back after.
Thursday: 3.11 miles before work. Stretched last night and again this morning! I have to get back into routine of stretching! Coffee, work out, stretch, and out the door by 6. Beat the heat, but humidity 94%! Stretching helped, but faded through the hills. Picked up speed after the hills, but not much.
Friday: 4 miles after work. No morning run for me! Was up till 12:30 am watching football, go Eagles! Needed that extra hr sleep. Plan to hydrate well throughout the day and head out after work. Started raining just before I head out. Temps cooled, but didn't feel much of the relief yet. Plan to hydrate some more and go to bed early.
Saturday: 8 miles. Yay cutback week, "only" 8miles to do today ! Got 9 hours of sleep! Set my alarm for 5:40, if I knew there was thunderstorms I may have slept anther hr! Coffee, hydrate, and stretched. Thunderstorms changed to steady light rain around 7. At the trail around 7:30. Pennypack CreekTrail. Plan to do 8 miles, had to figure out what sides of the trail to do. Park in the middle. Middle to Lorimar Park (steady incline) and back to middle for 3.2 ish. Hydrated as I passed my car. Over to the other side, flatter with a hill at the end and back. Cool down of about .25 after 8. Felt great today! Well rested, stretched, temps and light rain all contributing factors. First couple min were 8:10, slowed it down for a steady 8:25-30. After the hill picked it back up to get it down.
Sunday: Rest day, one for the streak. Streak day 960. Woke up at my normal time, tried to sleep in, didn't happen. Took my time getting ready. Coffee, stretch, hydrate, and work for a few. Stretching, my back was a bit tight, felt great after. Out the door around 8:30. Chilly to start, my hands were cold! Loved it! Paced up the hill to start and kept with it through the down slope and second hill. Felt decent. My left calf is a bit tight, will be sure to stretch again and lacrosse ball it. Right at the end of my run, saw a hawk eating breakfast! It let me get pretty close for a pic. As I was leaving I saw it working on it's food. Posted a few pics to my IG, but not the actual breakfast. Didn't want to be gruesome, lol
This was week 12 of of marathon training, using the below plan. 
Scheduled to do this week: 
Miles: scheduled 25 miles / completed  30.
Strength Training(planks/crunches/leg raises/weights: scheduled 60 min/completed 80
To credit the images, it was pulled Coach Jenny Hadfield's training plans
marathon training program
Fall Schedule: 
10.07.18 - Army Ten Miler A revenge race for me. My 2017 review, here!

10/19-10/21 - Runner's World Half Festival. (5k & 10k). My 2017 5k review, here! 
Use code RWHALF18BIBRAVE for 15% off any/all 4 races! 3.8 Altra, 5k, 10k, Half marathon!

11.04.18 - TCS New York City Marathon! 

Spring Schedule 

04.06.19 - Hot Chocolate 15k Philadelphia. Use code BRHCPhilly to receive a free smart phone arm band. Check out my preview, here. 

Good luck to everyone with training! Kick some butt! 
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  1. Hello, discovered your blog via Google+
    Good job and nice week.
    I have also a blog but it's in French, maybe you can visit :-)
    Great day further and best regards.

    1. Thx for stopping by and encouragement,I appreciate it! I will be sure to check out your as well!
      Thank you, hope you have a great day as well!

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