Friday, October 26, 2018

Less than 2 weeks to the TCS New York City Marathon: Last week's training

With less than two weeks to the NYC marathon, the big workouts are in the bank. This last week was one that I was slightly dreading as we had scheduled two threshold type workouts following the hard 22 miles from the previous Sunday. I was quite surprised with how I felt in the Wednesday workout, but it did help being in Seattle and having some support from the Beasts. I didn't have to go into the well on the Sunday workout (15 x 1km), but it was definitely dragging. That's the big difference between training for the marathon and training for something like the 10km. Before a hard 10k workout, I have to get myself pumped up and be mentally ready for the intensity, but before a marathon workout like this, I have to prepare my brain to be bored, patient, and ready to focus on the latter reps when fatigue starts kicking in. I would say they are both equally challenging, but in very different ways. With that said, I am looking forward to some shorter workouts this winter!

With the race rapidly approaching, now is the time to put my extra energy into dialing in all the little things. That's not to say I'm not trying to do that all build-up, but I am naturally hyper-focused at this point. I'm doing my best to distract myself rather than toil in thoughts of whether or not I hit all the training I needed to to have my best race. I have to believe that I put in as much work as I was capable of while staying healthy and be confident in my consistency. This is the best round of training I have had in a long time, and I am looking forward to putting it to the test when it matters on November 4th!

Thanks again for reading and feel free to check out last week's training below.

 AM: 14 + strength
PM: 6

AM: 12.5 + drills and strides
PM: 6

AM:  4 mile-1-1-1 @ @ 4:44, 4:40, 4:37: 4:26, rest = 4 min, 1 min
PM: 6

 AM: 11 + strength
PM: 5

AM: 12.5 + drills and strides
PM: 5

 AM15 x1000m @ 2:55 (slowest 2:57, fastest 2:52, 1 min rest
PM: 5

20 miles, finish at marathon pace

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