Summer has come to an end, and I’ve reached the midway point in New York City Marathon training. While I haven’t been sharing training posts on my blog, I have been sharing realtime updates on Instagram. This post will take a look back at how the first two months have gone.
I’ll first admit that not one of the past nine weeks has gone according to plan. I’ve moved workouts around, cut workouts short, and skipped workouts. At least one day each week has been altered, and I’m okay with that. It’s extremely difficult to train for a marathon in the summer.
I started training during the week of July 4. The following week, I flew to Los Angeles for Propel events–my first of five trips in the month ahead. It was easy to keep up with my training schedule on this trip, since we were working out at each event. The following week, temperatures started to climb in New York. I also attended more Propel events in the city. These events included intense strength training. Between the sore muscles and the heavy humidity, I had my long run cut short that weekend. I spent the last week of July in San Francisco for work, where I also maintained my schedule with outdoor runs, strength workouts at my Airbnb, and one SoulCycle class. It was a treat to train in much cooler weather that week. When I returned to New York, it was still incredibly hot. My 10-miler was rough.
During the first week of August, I ran a much stronger 9-miler on a Thursday before heading to The Hamptons for Meaghan’s Bachelorette party. I let myself take that weekend off from working out, knowing that I was ready to run SeaWheeze the following weekend. Somehow, I squeezed in a second trip to The Hamptons with Adidas before my race trip. While in Montauk, Adidas arranged for a barre class, SUP yoga, and two runs. I was back in New York for about 15 hours before my flight to Vancouver–the final trip of the month.
I registered for SeaWheeze last fall, before I knew I would be running the marathon. This race pushed a 13-miler earlier in my schedule, which has boosted my confidence. I ran the race at marathon pace, then pushed at the end. I felt great in the cooler weather, which I’m hoping is an indicator of how I’ll feel in another few weeks in New York.
While temperatures were still high the last three weeks of August, I could tell my body was adjusting during long runs. My 11-miler at Summer Streets was particularly strong. The following weekend, I took my 10-mile long run up to Central Park. Last weekend, it was finally cool on a Saturday morning. I had 14 on the schedule and physically felt great. But halfway through, my mind quit on me. I should have pushed through, but I couldn’t do it. I had rearranged my schedule to run four days in a row leading up to my long run, and I was mentally fried. Lesson learned. I was disappointed in myself but decided to back off and try for 14 again next week.
While training has been difficult, there’s also been a lot of good. I’ll end on three positive notes:
Recovery – The first time I trained for a marathon, I was lazy about recovery. That resulted in a near hip flexor injury. I have a difficult time foam rolling after long runs, so I bought the ROLL Recovery R8. It’s been a game changer. The roller gets into muscles much easier than foam rolling.
Nutrition – My nutrition has also been much stronger this time around for two reasons. First, I’ve been working with Michelle to create a loose nutrition plan. I’m learning about how to reduce inflammation and fuel my runs with food choices. Second, Brian is cooking for me. I’m a lucky girl.
ASICS – You may have read on Instagram that I was invited to run the marathon with Team ASICS. ASICS is the official footwear and apparel sponsor of the marathon. While I don’t know all the details yet, I have started to train with Coach Kastor. He trains Olympians. No big deal.
I’m nervous but excited for the second half of training. Keep following along on Instagram!
Photography by Lydia Hudgens