The week started great with an easy run with my dad in Central Park. It was potentially the hottest and most humid day of the year here in NYC and we didn’t get an early start, but I still love running with my dad. I ran 20 miles of the Baltimore marathon with him last fall & we got to train together a lot last summer, too. We don’t come from a long line of runners in my family so his first marathon, like mine, was a big deal. I was so happy to be there with him.
Later that same day, I had my group speed workout, which was a hill workout. We ran up (and recovered down) Cat Hill (Central Park) 6x. Cat Hill is not super steep, but it is definitely challenging. Each repeat was .28 miles up and another .28 miles down. My pace was much slower than usual due to the conditions.
Somehow I managed to squeeze in a quick tempo workout on the treadmill two days later. As you know, I’m not a fan of the treadmill – not at all. Even when you set the machine on an incline (I always set it for at least 1%), treadmill workouts always seem easier to me than running outside. Plus, they don’t enable me to improve my pacing, which is somewhat of a development area of mine. When it’s 10pm and you’re just getting started, sometimes popping to the gym seems easier.
Saturday morning I set out for my 20 mile long run. I was jazzed because the temperature was in the mid-70s when I started. I failed to take the humidity into consideration, though. After just 6 miles I was drenched. After 12, it became clear to me that I was becoming dehydrated. I tried to make up for it by taking in extra water and Endurolytes (electrolyte pills), but I think the damage was done. I could tell I was going to fade. By the time mile 16 rolled around, I wasn’t feeling great and my pace slowed. And by 18 my stomach was queasy. So I stopped and sat for a moment. And then, without getting into much detail, I hurried off to the nearest bathroom to take care of some urgent business. I caught a glimpse of myself in the mirror on the way out – my skin was very pale. I was definitely dehydrated, and it took me the better part of a day to recover.
I registered for the 5th Avenue Mile, a 1 mile race on Sunday. Despite not being an “A” race for me since I’m training for Chicago and not short distances, I excited to be racing on Fifth Ave. My legs felt heavy, but overall, considering my mileage from the day before, I had a decent race. Check out my race report for all of the details.
I’ve lost some discipline when it comes to planning my workouts and my nutrition. I definitely paid the price for it this week. For example, I was supposed to long run on Wednesday starting in the 4 o’clock hour so I could make it to work, but I decided to skip my long run because I was feeling tired. In hindsight, that really threw my whole week off. I’d also been skimping on the water during the week. I have no doubt that contributed to my failed long run on Saturday.
So, my big takeaway this week is: as the marathon approaches (in less than 1 month) I want to / need to / have to be a bit more disciplined about my training schedule, my fluid intake and my diet.
I hope your training is going swell :]