4 Weeks To Go & 70 Miles

October 9th, 2011 | Posted by Lindsay Runs in Blog Posts - (12 Comments)

Today marks the 4 week countdown until I am toeing the line (well, back in the corral…) at the NYC Marathon. While part of me wants November 6th to hurry up and get here already, part of me kinda wishes I could enjoy training a little longer. Dragging myself out of bed each morning has been rough now that it’s dark out, but I love challenging myself on each run to work towards a goal. And more than all, I love challenging myself to hit new records, like a new high mileage for the week.

This past week (10/2-10/8), I capped out at 70 miles off 6 days of running, 1 day total rest. When I set out my marathon training plan a few months ago, I knew I was setting some aggressive weekly mileage totals (for me). It’s pretty tough for me to get in 60-70 miles on only 6 days of training a week. Long runs and workouts really beat up my legs, and it’s often tough to get in quality miles in between. Amidst working 40-50 hours a week and trying to enjoy a social life. My one rest day-no cross training- is essential (for me) to stay healthy, keep my legs fresh, and get a mental break. I know compared to other marathoners, 70 miles per week isn’t much, but for me- a new high mileage total!

I’m gearing up for a goal of 75 miles this week, fingers crossed all goes well and I can hit another new mileage high. There are many benefits of high mileage training, so as long as I’m staying healthy and having fun, I’ll continue to hope it pays off!

Here’s how the week shaped up.

  • Sun: 20 miles in Chicago- felt great!
  • Mon: 9 miles before work
  • Tues: 6 miles in morning; 6.5 run commute home after work
  • Wed: 6.5 miles easy
  • Thurs: 3 easy in morning. 3 warmup, 6 miles CPTC workout, 3 cooldown
  • Fri: OFF
  • Sat: 7 miles easy

Surprisingly, my legs still felt great throughout the week and Thursday’s workout felt great. We did 4 loops of the reservoir, starting around marathon pace and getting faster each lap. It was dark by the time we started, and kinda scary in some spots where the lamps were out!

Mission accomplished! Each lap was consistently faster. I felt really strong, especially on the last lap. Nice practice to get faster and faster and continue to dig even when fatigued. Hopefully I’m feelin’ that good at mile 25 of the marathon :)

Today, I did my last 20-miler of the cycle. Alex and I met in Central Park at 7:45am to do a mile or so before heading over to Riverside Park and then down the Hudson River Path, over the Brooklyn Bridge, back on the Manhattan Bridge, and then back up through Battery Park to finish the run at Chambers Street. The pace was nothing special, around 7:40 average, and I was definitely feeling more dehydrated than normal due to the heat.

After the run, I took an ice bath in hopes to stave off muscle soreness, and enjoyed some warm treats to pass the time. Pumpkin oatmeal and some hot coffee! Excuse the crappy camera phone pics. I was starving and freezing.

After warming up, I decided to take advantage of the unseasonal mid-October temperatures and head to Riverside Park with a few magazines to enjoy the sunshine for (probably) the last time until next summer.

Lovely, lovely view. Lovely, lovely weather. Lovely, lovely week and weekend.

What was the best part of your weekend? What’s the highest mileage total you’ve ever hit? How many rest days per week do you like to take?