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The Final Push!

October 13th, 2011 | Posted by Lindsay Runs in Blog Posts

I’m almost done with my last week of heavy training until November 6th. Remember last week how I said I hit 70 miles and felt great while doing it? Well, the tables have turned this week. My goal was (is?) to hit 75 miles this week, but my legs are just not feeling it. To hit 75 miles on 6 days of running, without a workout, is harder than I thought. I keep reminding myself that taper time is just around the corner, and it’s okay if the volume is making my legs tired for now.

Honestly, I have struggled a lot with motivating myself to get in my runs this week. A combination of training and some exciting personal changes (which I’ll discuss on the blog…soon!) seem to have zapped my energy and focus. Yesterday was one of those mornings where I felt like stopping dead in my tracks after a few miles, walking home, and being okay with that. Instead, I mustered up 11 easy miles as a run-commute to work, though every step was a bit of a mental struggle. This morning I woke up around 6 a.m. before my alarm, and wanted nothing more than to skip my run and sleep forever. I procrastinated on Twitter and email, and finally stood on my doorstep for about 5 minutes before I could actually will myself to run. 9 dark and misty miles along the Hudson River actually flew by, and I questioned why I thought the run would be so miserable.

The point here is, running has highs and lows. Training does not comes easy, and I don’t hit the pavement with a smile on my face every day. Some days I do, but many more days I don’t. But the days I don’t feel like running the most are the days I always seem to return back home, smiling that I did it. Putting in the work isn’t always fun, but the rewards of a new PR (fingers crossed!) on race day motivates me day in and day out to not listen to my body, and get out there and run!

Here’s how the week has shaped up so far. I am planning to take it easier on Friday and off on Saturday before running the Nike Women’s Half-Marathon on Sunday(!). This totals to 75 miles for the week, though I’m not sure how my legs will feel doubling again tonight so I might skip the run to rest.

  • Sunday: 20 miles with Alex in Central Park, Riverside, Battery Park, Brooklyn & Manhattan Bridges
  • Monday: 9 miles in morning, 3.75 at night
  • Tuesday: 6.75 in morning, 5 at night
  • Wednesday: 11 miles run-commute to work
  • Thursday: 9 miles in morning, Planned 4 after work
  • Friday: Planned 5.5
  • Saturday: OFF

I might have forgotten to mention this on the blog, but yes, I am flying out to San Francisco this weekend to run the Nike Women’s Half-Marathon! (NOT the full!) My friend Jill from college is running it with her sister and friends, so I got looped in on their team and accepted into the lottery. My sister goes to college in San Francisco, so it was an easy trip with a free place to stay!

San Francisco is known for its hills, so my game plan is to use this race as a workout versus a race to PR. I’ll aim to run the first 10K  around marathon pace (~6:50) and then work on bringing that pace down for the second part of the race to practice feeling good while negative splitting.

I’ll also use this race to test out my (hopeful) marathon shoes! I’ve had a bit of a shoe dilemma…

Last year, I ran the marathon in an old pair of Nike Lunarsomethingorothers (honestly can’t remember if these are the LunarElites, LunarTrainers, LunarGlides, etc.), which I really liked. They had enough support while still being lightweight and fast.

However, after a few workouts and races, I wanted to find a fresh pair. Plus, the heel came up pretty high in the back and sometimes cut up my skin. Ouch. I bought a pair of Nike LunaRacer’s, because they seemed similar and I loved the color. Sucker for fun shoes.

After a few workouts, I felt okay in the shoes, but didn’t love them. The base felt a bit too spongey. I’ll keep wearing them for workouts, but wanted to find a new pair for the race. Since CPTC gets a 40% New Balance discount, I ordered the 1400s below and am crossing my fingers they work out! I’m hoping to wear them on my easy 4 miles to break them in a bit before the half. How fun are they?

New Balance 1400s, so bright! Hope these work!

Peak marathon training also means my appetite has increased tremendously, enough to feed a family of four at times it seems. To prepare, I made a big batch of quinoa on Sunday night and have been basing my lunches and dinners around it to ensure that I had a healthy source of whole grains and protein with every meal. Otherwise, it’s just way too tempting to eat peanut butter and 16 Handles for dinner every night. Not that there’s anything wrong with that…but I want to make sure I’m fueling my body the best I can to carry me to the finish line. Convenience is my friend in the kitchen when logging tons of miles and spending long days at work. With a bit of prep work, these meals have come together in less than 10 minutes. Hooray!

Wednesday's dinner: Quionoa, spinach, tomatoes, baked mahi mahi pieces and TJ's peanut satay sauce (new discovery- so good). Made this same thing on Monday with a burger patty instead of mahi mahi.

Today's lunch: Quinoa with zucchini, tomatoes, feta, walnuts and TJ's garlic chicken sausage

How’s your running going this week? What do you look for in a good pair of running or racing shoes? Favorite easy (and filling!) meal?

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9 Responses

  • Celia says:

    Ohh you are going to get the tiffany necklace! I have always wanted to do that race for that reason :) Good luck and have fun out there!

    Also, I love how fun those new shoes look!!

  • I’ve had a rough week of training after recovering from my last long run, which was 17 miles total, including a 10-mile race at marathon pace. But I won my age group in that race (first time ever winning anything running-related!), so I’ll take it. :)

    Tomorrow I’m doing my second-to-last long run, 15 miles, before work. Gulp. Doing this because I’m running a 5K on Sunday and would like a sub-24:00 PR, which would probably not be an easy (or smart) feat if I did my long run the day before.

    Good luck in San Fran! Have fun. :)

  • Meggie says:

    WE CAN BE RACING SHOE BUDDIES!

    My running has gone pretty well! The mile repeats went well and then I have that little long run 10 miles at MP thing Saturday. Yay?

    I look for shoes that feel good on my foot? That look good? Eh? I run in Nike Lunar Elites (I’ve used LunarGlides and LunarEclipses before, too). I like them a lot as they are pretty lightweight.

    I’ve liked the 1400s in all 2 races that I’ve worn them. PRs both times! Therefore, they are good luck.

  • Kelly says:

    OMG, can’t believe you’re going to San Fran this weekend! I’ve always wanted to run that race. Sorry your legs aren’y really feelin’ it this week – but like you said, I think it’s normal and ok at this point in training. Taper will be soon enough!

    I love that you and Meggie have the same shoes. I’m just sticking with my go-to shoe, my brooks adrenalines. I made a big batch of quinoa last weekend too, and paired it with salmon cakes, veggies and hummus. It’s been fueling me all week long – and I’ve been HUNGRY.

  • Brenda says:

    I love the 1400s! Aside from the amazing colors, they feel great as well. Hope you like em! Good luck in San Fran! Hope you have a great race!!

  • I hope you had a great time out in SF! I’ve been having trouble motivating myself lately, so I totally feel you there. We need to run soon so we can get each other out the door. I think it’s totally normal to feel a bit drained on a 75 mile week…that’s a lot to ask of your legs! But with the rest that comes with taper, you’ll be ready to go. :)

    I have no advice on racing shoes…I just run in what I train in, although in the near future I’m eyeing up some shoes, so I’ll be interested to hear what you think about yours!

  • Those sneakers look so badass! Love them! I just found your blog but I already love it!

  • I hope you had fun with the nike women’s half marathon! I’ve always wanted to run it solely for the necklace afterward.

    And I am very jealous of your cool colorful sneaks

  • Lauren says:

    Sorry you were struggling with motivation over the past week. But when you’re hitting that many miles, being tired/a little drained is totally normal. I’ve been feeling like that on and off all training cycle and my mileage has been much (much!) lower. Not sure what that says about me and my running right now….

    Anyway, I’m impressed by the great runs you’re getting in despite all that! :) I hope the race went well (I’ve always wanted to do that half!) and the shoes worked out! I love the look of the NB flats.



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