Week Four of NYC Training 

Monday unplanned rest day – I did manage to get in a little strength training and yoga.

Tuesday unplanned rest day – Rain and another night of very little sleep kept me home again. I’m ashamed to admit I’m failing at this training schedule.

Wednesday – 21 Day Fix Upper Body and Yoga I didn’t make it out on my run so I decided the least I could do is muster the strength for an indoor midday workout. It felt good to get moving and then I took the time to stretch and complete a couple more of my #RunnersLoveYogaTWISTS

Thursday 6 miles – 6 glorious miles. These were some of the most enjoyable miles I’ve ran in a while. I ran solo (without the stroller) and did so in the early evening. The weather was just starting to cool off and the bugs weren’t too terrible. I cranked up the music and ran until my little heart was content. It felt wonderful.

Friday rain rest day – I wanted to get a little 3 miler in, but thought it was smarter to take the day to rest before my long run.

Saturday 11 miles – broke up the distance: ran 5 miles earlier meeting up with my MRTT run group. Then finished off with 6 more to cap off my needed 11 for the day. Averaged 10:30 pace

Sunday rest, roll & stretch

First things first, I wasn’t planning to have the crappy week that I did. Who does, really? Motherhood trumps marathon training. If you’re wondering what I mean, see this post on Harrison’s 10 month check up.

Several nights last week were tough on me. Harrison woke up multiple times and I was up half the nights with him. I literally slept the majority of the night in the rocking chair Tuesday night. It was not fun.

I’d be lying if I said that I felt guilty about skipping my workouts. I don’t, because, again, my life is at a tough phase and full of chaos right now and sleep needs to be a priority before running. (Eek! Don’t repeat that. Ever.) At least right now. I’m still early enough into my training that it’s not going to make a huge difference. And I’m not going to skip my long runs so I figure I can get away with some linency on my weekday runs.
I’m really hoping to get some answers regarding Harrison’s health and nutrition situation this week or next. I’m praying that will allow me to change some things around for the better of my sleep situation. It’s getting to be pretty dang difficult to function on 4 hours of sleep every day. It isn’t any wonder why coffee is my lover these days.

My long runs have been good to me lately. I’ve been running a couple miles by myself and then meeting up with my MRTT run group for the remaining miles. It’s been nice to split them up and it’s made the time fly by much quicker to have friends to talk with. I’ve been taking a few walk breaks throughout the mileage, usually after I hit the five mile mark.

I have mixed feelings about walking through my training. It’s mostly my ego that gets in the way, but I’m beginning to feel like I’m going to continue incorporating a little bit of walking into my training. Don’t get me wrong. I don’t feel like there’s anything wrong with walking. Some pretty impressive marathoners utilize the walk/run method. It’s just a concept that I’ve struggled with in the past years. Truth be told. Taking walk breaks every mile or so is really great for us. Short walk breaks, like 30 seconds every mile, will help fight fatigue, speed recovery and reduce your chance of injury. And according to my source, Runner’s World magazine, strategic walk breaks offer the same distance conditioning as a fast run of the same distance. Unfortunately, in all the past races when I’ve used the walk method to recover and reduce fatigue, I’ve started too late in the race. Typically, I wouldn’t take my first walk break until mile 6 or 8 in a half marathon. By this time, it’s actually too late to receive the benefits of walking. My muscles are already fatigued by that point. So in order to capitalize on this method and it’s benefits, I’m going to begin a new (to me) concept within my training.

Thirty second recovery walk breaks at every mile.

When I began running after Harrison’s birth, I HAD to take walk breaks. I began with shorter distances. I would run a quarter mile then walk for ten seconds. Run another quarter mile, then walk another ten second.

Then I bumped it up to half miles, then three quarters of a mile, then it was a mile. Eventually I admitted that I didn’t have the cardio stamina to knock out 13.1 miles without taking a half dozen breathers through the second half of the races. So I actually ran my last half marathon by incorporating 3/1 intervals. What I discovered was that I didn’t fatigue as drastically after finishing that last half marathon. I had plenty of juice left by the end of the race. The intervals kept me healthy and I was able to cover the distance without boinking out at the end.

With the daunting distance and elevation climbs of the NYC Marathon in the back of my mind, I feel that walking breaks are only going to aid me in my journey to the finish of my first marathon. I don’t view walking as a sign of weakness or failure. Instead, I’m using it as a way to divide and conquer.

In addition to utilizing walking breaks throughout my training runs, I’ve decided to maximize my energy by walking up the hill portion of the bridges. Realistically, I won’t have the opportunity for a lot of hill or bridge work before NYC. I plan to integrate a little bit of bridge work, but I don’t live close to a bridge or any runner friendly overpasses or parking garages where I can practice. And I’m not really in a position to travel far to work this out due to my kiddos and child care constraints. Sometimes I wish that I could live in some of the many apartments for rent that New York City has to offer so that I could get the much-needed practice that I need to be able to complete the marathon. But as I don’t, I’m going to have to make do with what is on offer here. At least this way, I will be able to get in a little bit of practice before the big day.

Now I understand that this decision may be a little premature, but I figure it’s never too early to strategize my race plan. If I feel more confident and stronger by race day, I can always change up the plan. This is how I feel best equipped to tackle the race at this point and time.

How soon into your training did you plan out your race strategy?

Do you utilize a run/walk method into your marathon training?

Have you ever been sidelined or stalled in your training due to your children’s needs?


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