Last week was a weird week for my marathon training.
I started the week off thinking I was training for Wineglass but not being totally sure how I felt about it since I had some knee issues.
But by the end of the week, I knew I shouldn’t run Wineglass as my goal race any more and switched to NYCM as my goal race.
Confession: while I had decided it wouldn’t be my goal race, a small part of me held on to the idea that I could maybe run it “for fun” anyway. (This is what happens when one of your friends is about to break a Guinness world record to be the youngest woman to run 100 marathons. You think you can do crazy things like this.) While I probably could have done this safely and slowly, the idea of running a “for fun” marathon a month before my goal race was too stressful an idea for me, especially since this is something I’ve never done before. I kept the deferral link open in a tab last night, got distracted by being super productive and finally clicked over just after midnight last night to definitely defer. (The link still worked FYI.)
So, I guess I was training for two different marathons last week?
Monday: 3 miles to test out the knee + strength. No pain!
Tuesday: planned rest day
Wednesday: accidental rest day
Thursday: yoga day! Took Sun Celebrations at Laughing Lotus with Justin Ritchie. I was all blissed in for the rest of the day. I’ve usually taken evening or lunchtime yoga classes, so starting my day with yoga was pretty awesome.
Friday: Ran 6 miles with Jen. It was cool but humid out but it was fun to catch up with her.
Saturday: Summer Streets!!!! This was such a fun run. Great company and a great route. I met up with Fiona, Steph and Shaya (all of my favorite running buddies) and we ran up Summer Streets, into the park and straight to Levain. They were all done so stopped for cookies and to discuss where to brunch, but I still had two more miles to go, so no cookie for me. I ran into Riverside Park and then met back up with them at Jacob’s Pickles for a total of 10 miles.
Sharing the route because it was a fun one and awesome boredom buster.
NYC FRIENDS: if you have not been here yet for brunch, get yourself here. The food is absolutely freaking amazing. I had the Coop breakfast, which was eggs, sausage, bacon, a biscuit and grits. I did not eat all of it, but I did put a decent dent in it. You know, in the spirit of recovery and getting some protein and all that.
If you are into Bloody Marys (I am not), this is their Bloody Mary. A pickled egg and bacon. Tons of protein, so it must be a great recovery beverage.
Sunday: evening 3-miler.
Last week was a really low mileage week since I was coming back from an injury. This week will be slightly higher but still easy (no speedwork) to really get back safely to where I need to be. Which means next week will be an ass-kicker, I presume.
BUT, I finally feel like I’m actually back in the game and I’m genuinely excited to run, rather than trying to trick myself into enjoying it like I did for all of July. Today is a yoga day, and I just want to run.
How was your week of training last week? How do you get your running groove back when it’s gone missing?
Also! Another chance to win an NYCM bib! Asics and Foot Locker are hosting a sweepstakes.