Good morning. I conquered a 16-mile run last weekend. (The new longest run of my life.) Regular readers know, this is my first time training for a marathon. I knew the mental part of training would be hard, but I don’t think it’s possible to truly grapple with it until you’re in it. The physical challenge is easy enough to predict. Of course running for hours is grueling. Running for 20 minutes teaches you that. But the mind stuff? That gets exponentially tougher with increased time/distance. (You know, for me at least.)
It was so easy to write down the distances to create a training plan. Super easy – fun even – to add them to my Google calendar and to map out routes on Strava. But the night before I was slated to run 16 miles, I was in a state of disbelief. My 15-mile run was TOUGH even though it was entirely flat. The idea that I was going to run 16-miles in the Berkshires with no bathrooms and tons of hills seemed, quite frankly, preposterous.
running from MA to NY (and back)
On Saturday, the morning of the run, I woke up with no desire to get out the door. But I did, of course, get out the door. I committed to running the first miles at a very slow pace and that was very necessary since the first 3+ miles were straight up hill. I stopped a ton those first 3 miles.
Hello, hello! It’s faux-Fall in New York right not and I am LOVING it. Running in 60-degree weather is an entirely different beast from running in 80-degree weather.
Before I get into the weekly recap, a word from our sponsor. (This post is sponsored by me.)
This Sunday, I ran the Guido’s Gr8t Road Race in Great Barrington, Massachusetts.
I signed up for this small town race in March, a testament to my neurosis that I felt the need to commit to a race that most definitely wouldn’t sell out (fewer than 90 people ran it) five months in advance. The first 75 sign ups were promised a tech-t, and I love a good race shirt. I was #3 to sign up. Awkward?
This 8-mile race was run by the Berkshire Running Center, a sneaker store in Pittsfield, Massachusetts that I’ve never been to. It started and ended at Guido’s, at high-end supermarket that I love in Great Barrington, not too far from Matt’s parents’ house.
Hi guys! Summer is in full swing here in New York. It’s hot, humid and super sunny. I’m pretty into it.
Marathon training officially kicked off on July 3. I’m running the NYC Marathon in November. It’s my first-ever marathon. I’m using an 18-week training schedule based on Hal Higdon’s Novice 1 Marathon Training Plan. Check it out:
Matt helped edit the schedule to fit in some real-life things. For example, “CLASS” refers to the NYRR running class I am taking 6:30am on Tuesday mornings. It’s a class focused on speed work. I’m excited for it but 6:30am is SO EARLY to be running fast.
Have you run a marathon? What did your training plan look like?
All the workouts: July 3- July 9 (Marathon Training Week 1)
Hi there! It’s been a fabulous whirlwind since I last posted. Last Saturday, Matt and I got married! I can’t thank our friends and our family enough for making it the most magical weekend of my life. It was better than I even allowed myself to imagine.
I could talk about the wedding weekend forever. But before we get to that, let’s talk about the week of workouts leading up to the wedding:
Monday: 30-minute training session. I’ve been seeing Leo Pinto of Leo Results Fitness. I can’t recommend him enough! Full post on this coming soon.