On I went, out of the wood, passing the man leading without knowing I was going to do so. Flip-flap, flip-flap, jog-trot, jog-trot, curnchslap-crunchslap, across the middle of a broad field again, rhythmically running in my greyhound effortless fashion, knowing I had won the race though it wasn't half over, won it if I wanted it, could go on for ten or fifteen or twenty miles if I had to and drop dead at the finish of it, which would be the same, in the end, as living an honest life like the governor wanted me to. -Alan Sillitoe, "Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner"

Friday, August 6, 2010

Week in review: NYCM training week 5

This week was kind of weird for me.  On one hand, I had some of my strongest runs yet: an okay-but-not-great-but-not-bad long run, a solid tempo run, and two solid runs (for the treadmill, anyway).  And yet... this was the first week for me that my morale has kind of been flagging.  I'm tired of training.  When I wasn't training, if I skipped a run, life went on and I ran the next day.  Now, if I skip a run, I feel like I've made a Very Bad Mistake and my training is going to suffer for it.  The runs are getting just long enough that I have to plan around them: early dinner Friday night to accommodate the Saturday long run, leaving work early to get to the gym in time during the week, that sort of thing.  It's temporary and it's worth it, but the marathon is still too far away to be tangible and yet my training is happening now.  At the same time that it's getting harder, it's also getting easier (the running, anyway).

So what did I do?

  • Friday: scheduled rest day
  • Saturday: unscheduled rest day. Woke up late.
  • Sunday: almost - but not quite - 15m at the NYRR long training run.
  • Monday: rest.
  • Tuesday: 6m w/4m at HMP.  Couldn't figure out why the first two were so easy and the river looked so lovely and frothy until I reached the turnaround in my run - duh, it's called a tailwind!  Slightly faster than HMP for the four, and they were my first four instead of my middle four, but it felt good so I went with it.
  • Wednesday: 5m recovery, on the treadmill because the heat is back.  Turned into a progression run accidentally because I wanted it done.
  • Thursday: 6m on the treadmill, again.  Faster, partly because it's getting easier and partly because I wanted the treadmill OVER and OUT OF MY LIFE.

31.86m.  It would have been higher if I hadn't blown off Saturday.


  1. I am feeling 100% the same way this week. Must be something about week 5? It's too far away to be 'real' but the training is getting tough time wise (which it always does huh?)

    good luck gettging there mentally! and know youre not alone!

  2. That's my main trouble with the treadmill, I just want it over so bad, I just keep upping the pace, until it's almost like a speed workout, and I am dead when it's done.

  3. I've never done a full, but during my half marathon training, it was always around week 5 or 6 where I would be like "oh my goodness this sucks." But then shortly after I would have some sort of breakthrough that made me realize it was all worth it.

    I hope your breakthrough comes soon. You deserve it!!!!!

  4. It's really, really nice to hear that I'm not alone! Hopefully it will get better soon, then. Yes, it will. Must maintain a good attitude :)

  5. Hey girl, just found your blog off of Skinny Runner and thought I'd stop by!

    Come on by One Fine Wire if you get a chance, I'd love to see you there!

    So nice to meet you!