Week 2 of NYC Marathon training completed . . . woohoo!! I was in Dallas this past week for a couple of days for my son’s college orientation so I rearranged my training schedule so that I didn’t have to run the 2 days I was in Dallas. I don’t like taking 2 days off in a row but I didn’t want to run in the heat of Dallas and we were so so busy I would not have had the time or energy to sneak a run in. I successfully got all my runs in and ended the week with an 8 mile run down at the beach.
A few “aha” moments I had this week while I was running and doing my strength workouts:
1. I don’t like hills and the irony of that is I live in a very hilly town!! Just to get to the beach it’s up and down, up and down and that’s the first mile! I am training by heart rate which means I am working on keeping my heart rate under 140 so going up hills is a discipline in slowing down and at times feels like I am just shuffling up the hill.
2. I LOVE the flats . . . no surprise there! Controlling one’s heart rate on flat roads is just so much easier!
3. A good podcast is a great thing to listen to while doing a long run! I am building up my base and learning to keep a slower steadier pace that I can sustain over the long haul . . . podcasts keep me from running too fast. Plus it’s a great changeup to music and there are so many good podcasts out there.
4. I hate pushups no matter how much I do them! A minute of pushups doesn’t sound like much but it’s still the longest minute of the short strength circuit I do each day. 🙂 I don’t think my dislike for them will ever change but hopefully, my strength will!
Recap of Week 2:
My body feels good – I’m not sore, I am diligent about doing a quick strength circuit and using these loops to work on my glute strength as I know as great as running is strength will ultimately help with my speed and reduce my risk of injuries.
My favorite run of the week was a 30-minute free run where I didn’t think about my heart rate or miles . . . I just ran for 30 minutes based completely on how I felt. It’s a great changeup and a great workout pre-long run day!
Upcoming Week 3:
My long run this will be 10 miles and I will be adding some pick-ups onto my easy runs to work on speed. 🙂
For those of you that don’t know I am running the NYC Marathon for Grassroots Soccer, an organization that uses the universal appeal of soccer to educate, inspire, and mobilize youth in developing countries to overcome their greatest health challenges, live healthier & more productive lives, and be agents for change in their communities.
FACT OF THE WEEK:
Did you know childhood mortality has improved 80% over the last 50 years while adolescent mortality hasn’t budged?
One of the goals of Grassroots Soccer is to change that statistic for adolescents! To date, over 2.1 million youth in more than 50 countries have graduated through the Grassroots Soccer program! It only takes $25.00 to change a life through Grassroots Soccer programming. Any donation is greatly appreciated and I am so thankful for your support.
To give online, and learn more click on this link: https://impact.grassrootsoccer.org/fundraiser/1454421
Here’s to a happy, healthy week and BONUS we all get a holiday mid-week! 🙂