marathon training: week 9

Nothing tooooo terribly exciting to note. It was an up and down/kind of emotional week for me, as I realize how much training affects so many other areas of life: mood, sleep quality, energy levels, appetite, social life, concentration, laundry frequency…


Monday: Stretch/ foam roll, light yoga at home
I wanted to go to my usual Monday night yoga class, but my hip was in so much pain I wanted to nurse it at home. I think I need a hip replacement — just another sign I’m legit an old woman.

Tuesday: 5 mile tempo (7:32 pace)
This run was wonderful. I went down the west side highway just around sunset, and decided to pick up the pace and see how long I could hold it. I closed the last mile in 6:55, but felt like I could’ve kept going, which is always a good sign.

Wednesday: Rest
Felt totally out of it and had no motivation to workout. Freaked out about this for a little while but then got over it.

Thursday: Treadmill interval workout, lift
Still felt a little off, but got to the gym and fell back into a rhythm once I started running. Did a simple but tough treadmill workout: sprint on an incline for 1 minute, then run at 7.5mph for 2 minutes. Repeat for 20 or so minutes, with a 5 min warm up and cool down. Then I lifted lots of heavy things and felt great. Then I did core work, and as usual, hated life. 

Friday: 5 miles (8:00 pace)
Woke up early to run before work, and then was greeted with SNOW. WHAT. I ended up running on the treadmill after work and felt fine. But more importantly, I went out to Brooklyn Brewery that night for Danielle’s 25th birthday (!!!!) and watched her house some beers. #LOVEYOU


danielle bk brewery


Saturday: 18 miles (8:03 pace)
This was my redemption run. I went into it super excited, mainly because it was so beautiful out, and the positive energy pushed me throughout. I ran along the east and west side highway and dodged all the tourists/creepy people dressed up as the Statue of Liberty (HORRIFYING). Minus the scary people dressed up as statues, I literally found myself smiling the whole time. My pace hovered just below 8 mins per mile, minus the two times I had to run over the Williamsburg bridge and nearly fell apart. Oh well. Miles 15-18 were pretty tough, but I still felt strong and close the last mile in 7:11. I think I’m doing something right.

Sunday: 3 miles recovery (8:30 pace)
Running 3 miles at an easy pace was mentally and physically way more challenging than the 18 miles the day before. (It’s funny how that happens.) Granted, I got about three hours of sleep the night prior, thanks to going to a bar called “No Fun.” Still unsure about this marketing strategy…

About Laura

marketing director at Possible. formerly at Greatist. Still running, finding zen, and searching for the perfect bloody mary.

Posted on March 10, 2013, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. I took a hip opening workshop last sunday and it made me realize how tight my hips are!!! Like the joint area under my butt, my groin and the sides! I know where you are coming from…. Why were people dressed up as statues? for tourist stuff?

    • haha yeah they were dressed up as the statue of liberty! craazy. but kind of adorable.

      Re: hip opening workshop sounds AMAZING. I would love just an hour devoted to that.

  2. cansathefan4


    (if you can’t tell I’m catching up on your blog right now. ps… you KILLED your 18 mile, holy sheeeeet).

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