It’s here! It’s here! It’s finally here! I have officially kicked-off my training for the 2011 ING NYC Marathon! I decided to go with an 18 week training plan, and this first week was solid, and I was really happy with the results!
- Monday: Smiles for Sophie 5K, 3 mile warm-up, 3.1 mile race, 1 mile cool-down = 7.1 miles
- Tuesday: 9 mile run
- Wednesday: 30 minutes elliptical, 60 minutes yoga
- Thursday: 3 mile warm-up, 4 x 1600 hard w/ 800 m jogs in between, 3 mile cool-down = 12 miles total
Mile repeat breakdown:
mile 1: 6:45
mile 2: 6:55
mile 3: 6:53
mile 4: 6:53
- Friday: 60 minutes yoga, 8 mile run
- Saturday: Run for the Pierogies 5K, 3 mile warm-up, 3.1 mile race, 2 mile cool-down = 8.1 miles
- Sunday: Long run: 14 mile run, in 2:02:57, 8:46 pace per mile,
Run with the hubs: 2 miles
Week 1 total mileage: 60.2 miles
Snap! What a big training week! This was a unique week as I had 2 races thrown in there. I felt rather great on all of my runs, with the exception of today’s long run. It was already rather hot and humid at 7:00 am when I headed out to the roads. It literally took me to around mile 10 to feel any sort of relaxation, which was a total bummer, I live for my weekend long run! But alas, I needed to be reminded of a key component for summer training, I melt in the heat and I need to get on the roads before the sun comes up. Also, I need to refocus on proper hydration, I was pretty lazy about it this week, and I definitely felt the repercussions of my actions this morning. Lastly, I was reminded why I rarely consume alcohol and fried food. Last night the hubs and I attended a charity event that included various wine, beer and mixed drink tastings. I literally had 2 ounces of Skinnygirl Margarita, 2 sips of a wine that was nasty and maybe 3 sips of a slighty better sangria. I ate a veggie burger the size of my face that was OH so tasty, with a side of sweet potato tater tots and also had some fried pickles gross, who am I?! My stomach has become increasingly sensitive with age, and I just feel horrid after dining on these particular unhealthy options. Last night before falling asleep I literally thought I was going to toss my cookies, and broke out into a sweat. Be jealous. I eventually fell asleep and woke up feeling mediocre, which quickly turned to horrible once I started pounding the pavement.
One of my high school coaches always used to tell us ‘Garbage in, garbage out’, basically meaning, if we don’t fuel our bodies with quality calories, our running performance would suffer, and I am always reminded of this valuable lesson I picked up over a decade ago on mornings like this. Some people can handle eating and drinking basically anything they want and not be impacted negatively, but I guess I am not one of those folks, and I’m okay with that. I am really looking forward to having a great training season and a stellar race performance. I will do whatever I can do within my power to ensure that this all happens. Sayonara adult beverages, fried food, and sleeping in!
What foods/beverages would you give up if you knew it would help you perform better in your sport?
118 days until I’m racing through all 5 boroughs of the Big Apple!