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, September 10, 2010

Week in review: NYCM training again

Yay!  Yay!  I have a week to review!!
  • Saturday: 4m with Mike along the river.  You could not ask for better weather.
  • Sunday:  14.2m training run.  Better weather, unbelievably!
  • Monday:  Rest.  After 9 great hours of sleep.
  • Tuesday:  PT.  Overslept (up too late because it's PUMPKIN SPICE LATTE SEASON!!!) and I missed my run.  Almost missed PT.  I debated running at night - even got my running clothes on - but I'm not ready for a back-to-back, night run followed by the next morning.
  • Wednesday: 7.2 or something. I was aiming for 8, with 5x600m repeats at 5k pace.  My first four repeats were spot-on.  My last one... I didn't finish it.  Massive wall.
  • Thursday: 3m. I wanted to do 5, but I got called in to the hospital for my bimonthly do-gooder on-call volunteer shift.  I didn't get home until 1am.  Friday will be rough, I predict.
28.4m.  Not too bad for my first week back.

I have a new training plan.  I'll reproduce it here for you:

As you can see, my sister took away most of my longer runs.  Instead of multiple 20s, I'll now do one 20 before NYCM.  In place of the long(er) runs, I'll have several back-to-back weekends, running three days in a row with two of those runs being double digit mileage.  She thinks that this should keep my mileage low enough that I don't get reinjured, but it will simultaneously get my legs used to running while tired.

I got a groupon for the bikram studio near me, so you'll see that on there as I'm going to try to incorporate yoga.  Let's be realistic; I may not end up doing it.  (At least not that often.)  Basically, anything in red represents "wishful thinking."

Incidentally: today is one month until the Chicago Marathon.  Yup.


  1. OK, wait a minute; you're running Chicago and just one month after that you're running NYCM? Gee, you're a running machine! Wow!

  2. You're running Chicago too? Awesome!

    And totally try the Bikram. It kicks.my.ass. BIG TIME. Plus the freaking heat really helps when running -- it makes running in 80 degrees a breeze!

  3. I should clarify that I'm "participating" in the Chicago Marathon. I'm not even actually running it and I'm certainly not racing it! It's a long training run, and it will be done under the worst possible conditions: the night after a wedding that's 2 hours outside of the city. It's going to be brutal. But I just love that stupid race.

  4. Congratulations! I'm so psyched you're back on the roads again! I've been thinking about Chicago for next year since last spring - that or maybe MDI, or possibly Philly. But NY is my Chicago - I can't seem to fathom NOT doing it.