Hope everyone is having a wonderful Monday! My attitude towards Mondays has gone 180 degrees because at work, they provide us with bagels on Monday morning. This is probably one of the best perks you could give a runner-employee. Pass the carbs, please.
As we are nearing the middle of summer, I have definitely become more conscious with the amount of running I am doing/was doing..and by was doing, I mean the LACK of running I was doing. After the Brooklyn Half in the middle of May, I hadn’t gone over 8 miles until two weeks ago. Normally this would be fine, but I’m gearing up for a pretty hefty training cycle this fall (training for both NYC and Philly full marathons) so two weeks ago I got more serious with my running routine.
Week of July 7-July 13
Monday: 4 miles PM
Tuesday: 3 miles PM (on treadmill testing out NYHRC with a one week guest pass)
Wednesday: no miles
Thursday: 4 miles PM
Friday: 10.5 miles AM (early before work)
Saturday: 6 miles PM (barefoot on beach)
Sunday: Rest (wanted to give my legs a break from barefoot running the day before)
Total Miles: 27.5 miles
Week of July 14-July 20
Monday: no miles
Tuesday: 5 AM treadmill miles (1 mile w/u, :30 seconds at 6:41 pace, 2:30 seconds at 7:40 pace (10 sets))
Wednesday: Yoga in the AM, Grid Release in PM, 20 minutes stair master PM
Thursday: 6:30 AM Personal Training Assessment at Crunch Gym (.5 miles on treadmill)
Friday: 12 miles AM with Nicole before work
Saturday: 1 hour hiking
Sunday: 13 miles with Lara PM
Total Miles: 30.5 miles
Things that I’ve been thinking/doing/feeling:
Barefoot running: See previous blog post!
NYHRC vs Crunch Gym: I’ve been long considering joining a gym. Being an NYU student I really took for granted the ability to just jump on a treadmill or an elliptical during bad weather, so once I graduated and I realize that that wasn’t an option, I knew that I needed to find one. During training, I rely on the treadmill a lot for speed workouts. Training for Marine Corps Marathon I even did my last long run (20 out of the 22 miles) on the treadmill.
NYHRC’s prices were much higher than Crunch’s and the facility near me was in poor condition. Girls and guys had to alternate days of using the locker rooms, whirlpool was out of use – (not that I’d use it frequently, but if that’s one of the main perks of the gym, why would I pay $120+ per month to not have access to it?).
I met with Crunch, was able to negotiate a fairly good deal and am so in love with it! I have the all-city pass and there is one location near my home and one on the way to work. They have great classes and new equipment. ALSO, they have Bliss products in their locker rooms. I choose to shower here sometimes instead of my house simply because I don’t have as nice of products!
Grid Release: I think I’ll write a longer post describing this class, but basically, it is a 30 minute class centered around the Trigger Point grid foam roller. I have one at home and use it during training so I was very curious! The class is a core and strengthening class that then uses the roller periodically to release the points of tension you have created from your training. Loved it but definitely thought it could have been 60 minutes long!
Personal Training: With my membership to Crunch, I was given a 1 hour free personal training session. AKA an hour of feeling like the most unfit person on earth. We did a series of exercises that were targeted towards runners – reverse lunges, squats (multiple variations), standing leg lifts, planks with leg raises, wall sits with the trainer pulling on a band that was behind my knees. WOW. Basically I found out that I have a lot of things wrong with my form and I really need to ramp up my strength training. Apparently my quad muscle rotates inward while my calf muscle rotates outward which is bad? I told him it was a skill that I’ve perfected, sarcastically.
Needless to say, I think strength training is SUPER important, and I would definitely use the trainer more if cost weren’t an issue.
Upcoming Marathons: BQing twice last fall led me to really be interested in how fast I can go. Essentially, what is my limit? So now that I’m running NYC and Philly (3 weeks apart) I’ve decided to set my sights on running sub 3:20 at Philly while using NYC as my last long run. This is pretty frightening and two years ago this would never have been a goal of mine. Going from 3:42 to 3:26 last year was incredible so I can’t wait to see where this training (with the help of Speedy Sasquatch) will take me!
Questions for you!
How often do you strength train?
Do you use a personal trainer?
How many miles do you run a week leading up to marathon training?