Let’s start with a little roundup of interesting bits and bites from around the web before I dive into week 13 of marathon training.
- 99U (Adobe’s creative online mag) shared 7 pieces of advice to help you approach your own work, pulling from the wisdom of some incredible creative minds, including this from Kurt Vonnegut,
“Practice any art, music, singing, dancing, acting, drawing, painting, sculpting, poetry, fiction, essays, reportage, no matter how well or badly, not to get money and fame, but to experience becoming, to find out what’s inside you, to make your soul grow.”
- A cold cup of truth this week from ZenHabits in a recent post, “The Ideal vs. the Reality of Changing Your Life”
- NY-ers, Self magazine is teaming up with some great fitness brands and hosting group runs around the city through the end of October. It’s all free, check it out.
- Outside Magazine published a “Go List” of 6 places to visit where the dollar is currently strong. (I love Outside Mag.)
- Runs for Cookies is a new-to me blogger. She lost 125 pounds through some major lifestyle changes, but that’s not the only thing that makes her so incredibly interesting. She bares it all on her blog, and her honesty, transparency and good humor make it very easy to connect with her. Not sure where to start? I really liked this post.
- Runners World writes on how a willingness to do hard things while running makes it easier to overcome obstacles in our non-running lives.
Week 13 of training is in the books (turns out my plan is 18-weeks long, not 16 weeks, so that’s nice. For someone who is super on top of it, that oversight is pretty amusing). With 5 weeks to go, I had my first “peak” week. Aka a week where my long run is VERY long (18-miles) and my week run isn’t so short either.
Monday: I was invited to try a barre-based pop-up class called allongée. I liked it! Full review here.
Tuesday: Dirty 30 at Mile High Run Club, I was pretty tired from Saturday’s half marathon, which isn’t the best sign, so I took this easy-ish.
Wednesday: 8.2 struggle bus miles. It was hot and humid out and this run was not easy. I was lucky enough to meet my friend mid-way through the run, which was a huge mood boost. I also tried a salt tablet, but I don’t think I drank enough water and it gave me a stomach stitch. I got my “sweat tested” in the am to sort out how much I should drink during a run. More on this soon!
Thursday: Matt and I tried a new class called As One. It’s a fast-paced, tough HITT workout class and we both liked it. The circuit-style of the class kept our attention and I felt like we got a lot out of the 45 minute class. Totally recommend. You can get your first class free.
Friday: Physical Therapy at Finish Line
Sunday 18-mile run. My longest run yet (again). I started slow and picked up the pace on the second half of this out and back route. I try to keep my pace easy enough on long runs so I don’t feel totally depleted when the run is over. The only run I went to feel totally done after is the marathon. I ran from the 60s on the West Side Highway, over the GW bridge and back. This was a little less than 18 miles so I had to run a bit further south on my return to get to 18. I got a bit lost on the way to the way to the GW and got to explore some really fascinating underpasses in the 170s.
How was your week? With less than 5-weeks to go, I’d love any last training tips you have!