July 24, 2012

New York City Marathon Training: Week 2

This morning, I started chatting with a guy at the track about speed work, race plans, etc. He's aiming to BQ in Philly and when I told him my plan to go sub-4 in November, he said, "You can totally do it." New York was his first marathon and his longest run had been 16 miles. He wanted to be realistic and set a goal to go sub-4. He ran a 3:30.

It's obvious that this guy is in shape and based on the fact that he's at the track each week with a bunch of teenagers, I'm guessing he's a track coach. I don't think I'm going to go out and run a 3:30 but he's the first person (with the exception of Gia) who has run New York before and has actually told me that I can totally go sub-4.

So thanks Mr. Track Coach Man.

After our brief chat, I proceeded to have one of the best workouts I've had in awhile and came home on such a runners' high that I didn't think I'd ever come down from it. Until I looked at my Garmin splits and realized that instead of running my 800s in the minute/second equivalent of my marathon goal time, I ran them at marathon pace. So instead of 5 800s at 3:50, this is what my 800s looked like.

*Garmin Connect wasn't working today and after sitting around waiting for 4 hours for my splits to load, I'm just typing them manually*

3:54, 4:17, 4:21, 4:20, 4:30 - Yea, and I actually tried to run SLOWER to hit my MGP.

Crash and Burn.

I was so frustrated. Then I took a cold shower and got over it. I'm not going to stress myself out over every bad run or every workout I miss this training cycle. It just creates bad energy that spills over into your next run and creates a domino effect leading to a string of bad runs and I'm just not going to let that happen this training cycle.

So let's recap:

Total Mileage Last Week: 18
Missed Workouts: 1, Food Poisoning derailed my long run
Trouble Spots: None
Planned Mileage This Week: 30-35

I'm obviously bummed about missing my planned long run of 10 miles but I'm not too concerned. It would have been my 3rd 10-miler in 3 weeks so the base I've built up allows room for a missed long run early on. I just need to make sure I'm on track this week, especially after royally screwing up this morning's workout.

Last week, I mentioned a few things I'm doing differently this training cycle compared with my last few. One other thing I'm doing, is giving my planned mileage a range, rather than a set number. It's a lot easier to aim for 30-35 miles/week rather than 32 so I think that's going to work in my favor.

So, there we have it! Week 1 is in the books and Week 2 is under way! I've got a 5k race this weekend which I'm super excited about...I PRd my last 5k by 6 seconds but came just 3 seconds shy of breaking 25:00 so that's the plan for this weekend! Wish me luck!

Are you training for anything? How's your training shaping up?


  1. It's way to early to be stressing over the numbers, your body needs time to get back in the swing of things and get used to the plan. I bet in one month your splits will be perfect, if not faster. Week 1 and done!

  2. This training cycle I have a weekly range as well and it works really well for me. God luck at the 5k this weekend!!


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