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New York City Marathon Training: Week 5
Week 5 of marathon training was a week. It was just…a week. An emotional one, a stressful one, a not-feeling-like-myself one. It was also the first week that I felt like marathon training really started to catch up to me. I was super tired every day, my appetite was off, and even though I got my workouts done, my head wasn’t really in them.
But yay for another week of training. Here’s how it shook out…
Monday, August 15: Yoga (75 minutes) + IronStrength
I started my day at 5 AM to get work done before heading to yoga at Lyons Den. I got super hot during class, and spent much of the second half modifying poses and doing a more restorative practice. I was sad we didn’t do any headstands, because, as you know, I am a professional headstander now.
At night, I joined Dr. Jordan Metzl for his second IronStrength workout on board The Intrepid. Just like last time, it left me sore for days. We did lots of high-intensity interval training moves and plyometrics, followed by a yoga cool-down (more stretching than yoga) with the super fabulous Kiley Holliday from Pure Yoga. It was, like last time, a very New Yorky experience. And I’ll count it as my sole strength workout for the week!
Then I went home and foam rolled. Gold medal for Ali!
Tuesday, August 16: Track Tuesday: 7 x 1000 (8 miles total)
5 AM wakeup to head to the track! I really look forward to these workouts now, even though sometimes the prescribed workouts look terrible. This one, in particular, looked terrible: 7 x 1000 meters at marathon goal pace (or faster — ideally faster). What even is marathon goal pace? TBD. So I just wanted to run them and get them over with. And I was sore from Dr. Metzl’s workout the night before. Baby got glutes!
It was a hot, humid morning — shocking! — and the workout didn’t necessarily go great. I slowed down a lot on my final rep, but I got it done. I was happy to have Emily and her boyfriend Jordan at the track with me, but I was flying solo during the workout. The jog home was brutal and my legs did not want to move. Cool story.
Wednesday, August 17: November Project (8 miles) + Broadway Bodies
The weekly 4:20 AM alarm. So pleasant. I did a double at November Project to get in my weekly mileage. The workout was a scavenger hunt theme, and the highlight for me was when one of the co-leaders asked anyone who had ever won a school spelling bee to stand up, and I was the only person to stand. I’ve never felt more victorious.
My legs felt heavy and a bit sore throughout the workout, so I kept the miles easy. Not much else to report here.
At night, I went to a Broadway Bodies class with some NP friends to learn the choreography to Beyoncé’s “Formation.”
Just like the classes we’ve taken in the past, it was an absolute blast. Though this time we added too many (yes, too many) pre-class bottles of wine and champagne, and I was full-on drunk by the time we got to class. We celebrated being amazing dancers by getting another bottle after class, too.
Step 1: Drink three bottles of wine & champagne. Step 2: Take a Beyoncé dance class with @alistairlovesyou. Highly recommend @broadwaybodies for a super fun and sweaty GNO. Step 3, BTW, is back to the bar for more champagne. #broadwaybodies #beyhive (PS Shout-out to the girl in class who called me a sasshole! Love ya, girl!)
Thursday, August 18: Easy Run (6.2 miles)
It came as no surprise to me that I woke up Thursday morning feeling horrible and hungover. I slogged through 6.2 slow miles and, also no surprise, made a few necessary bathroom stops along the way. But the hangover wasn’t what hurt the most: My neck was unbelievably sore from all the hair flipping and tossing. How does Queen Bey do it?! I bet she has someone on staff whose job it is to massage her neck muscles before and after every performance. I bet it’s Becky With the Good Hair.
Friday, August 19: REST
Oh sweet beautiful rest day. This day off was very necessary. Unsurprisingly, I was awake at 5:30 because my body is conditioned to do that now. But beyond walking to the doctor, I was completely lazy all day.
Saturday, August 20: Long Run (15 miles)
Summer Streets! I woke up at 5:00 to cover 15 miles, and it went great! I forced myself to take in some fuel on this run, and opted for a Honey Stinger Waffle (chocolate). It was OK. I’m planning to experiment with lots of different mid-run fueling options so I can be satisfied with my race day choice, and the waffle was my first try.
I ran with a group of November Project friends, and the miles really did fly by. We chatted nonstop (and stopped for water and puppies at every opportunity), and according to my watch we averaged an 8:51 pace. If you’ve ever run Summer Streets, you know that GPS satellites go absolutely haywire running in between all the skyscrapers, so who knows how accurate that is, but it sounds right.
Then I came home, got a smoothie, and paid a visit to Astro, the new puppy in town!
Sunday, August 21: SoulCycle
Again woke up naturally at 5:30 AM. Why, body, why? I ventured into Manhattan for a 60-minute spin class with Bethany. The ride was all Madonna music and I loved it and I cried during the final song because I was having so much fun. I told you my emotions were in full force this week…
RUN DAYS: 4
CROSS-TRAINING DAYS: 2
REST DAYS: 1
TOTAL MILEAGE: 37.2 miles
TOTAL ICE CREAM: Zero ice creams. How is this possible? Where have I gone wrong? Who am I?
TOTAL ALCOHOL: Many glasses of bubbly. I had two glasses of champagne on Saturday: one while getting ready for dinner and another at dinner. As for Wednesday? Ugh. I don’t know. I lost count?
What went great: There wasn’t much that stood out as going remarkably well this week, actually. I got my tough track workout done, but it didn’t feel very confidence-boosting. I guess I did a good job getting into bed by 10 PM most nights? We’ll call that this week’s victory.
Where I need to improve: Same as usual. Foam rolling (more than once a week). Strength training (more than once a week). Eating better (probably no more family-size bags of potato chips for a “light snack”). I’ve cut way back on sugar because I’ve just been craving it less (blame the heat? IDK), but I haven’t been eating enough vegetables. When I get a post-run smoothie, I feel healthy and irrationally proud of myself, but considering it’s the “PB & Whey” option — AKA peanut butter and almond milk and cacao and banana — I may as well call it what it is: a peanut butter milkshake.
Motivational quote that best summarizes Week 5 of training: “No one cares how tired you are.” —Blair, my old boss
Onto the next…
First-time caller? Catch up with my training so far.
TELL ME ABOUT YOUR TRAINING THIS WEEK! What went awesome, what went less awesome, and how many Beyoncé-themed dance classes did you take?