Still catching up on these! I had a couple of weeks where my running was off. Physically I was fine, but I just didn’t FEEL like running. Especially the long runs. I think knowing that this marathon won’t be my fastest (and in fact will now definitely be my slowest) made it easy to take my foot off the gas during training. I kept thinking each week that I would turn it around, but then I would catch myself stacking up my Saturday with plans (and sometimes work) then being too tired/busy/annoyed with the rain or heat waves on Sundays. I considered my prior tactic of doing midweek long runs, but wasn’t really feeling those either. I think having the first few weeks of a marathon training cycle be ‘off’ is more normal for me, but this time weeks 6-10 were the hardest.
8/30: Rest day
8/31: AM weight lifting then 7.1 miles along my favorite route in the late afternoon.
9/1: Rest day. My friend Carla visited from Chicago and I just missed the start of the downpours from Hurricane Ida.
9/2: 3 miles around town; flooding impeded one of my typical running routes along the Rippowam River.
9/3: AM bench press and Peloton ride at the gym. Then the long drive up to Northern New Hampshire to my friend’s home in the White Mountains.
9/4: 3.2 mile hike up Mount Willard.
Hmm, not much better in terms of running. In fact, even worse.
9/6 (Labor Day): 3 mile hike to Champney Falls. Pulled out the grill at night and had fun trying to perfect ribeye.
9/7: 5 hour drive back to NYC area from NH. Finally tried the Starbucks pumpkin cream cold brew (TWICE because 5 hour drive). Exhausted regardless after I got home and did not run.
9/8: 4 mile run
9/9: Weight lifting and 4 miles including a 5K time trial. I did it as a progressive run. The 9 minute miles felt good, the 8:30s less so. Didn’t quite make it to the 8:00 zone as I had hoped.
9/10/21: 4 recovery miles
9/11: Tried the Dunkin Donuts pumpkin cream cold brew. Also acceptable and a full $2 cheaper than Starbucks.
9/12: Weight lifting in the morning, then seeing Shang Chi in theaters.
Did you see any long runs? I didn’t see any long runs. More to come next time.