Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Marathon Training Weeks 3 & 4

Week 3 

Monday - My long run that week was 5 miles so the 1st run of the NYS Parks Summer Series fell in line perfectly.  It was at Heckscher Park.  I headed down to the park with Lorena after a quick stop at The Sause's to say Hi.  A few other IGRs are running it too.  The weather was pretty nice.  A bit humid but it could have been MUCH worse!!


During - Jeff got me during a walk break LOL

I was pretty pleased with my splits.  Pretty consistant but I finished faster than I started for sure.  Not an overall PR but not too far off.

Wednesday - 3 Miles.  I had a chiropractor appointment.  My neck had been hurting since the hotel bed in DC and running on Monday really hurt.  So I just got up at regular time since I could then run and be there by 9:15.  It was hot and so humid at 7:30 in the morning!!  UGH!

You can see from my splits that the heat and the hills did me in!  Plus then when I got home I just couldn't get my body temp down and I felt like I was sweating IN the shower. Gross!

Saturday - 3 Miles.  I also did my cross training that day.  I headed out to West Orange NJ to do MuckFest with my friends Nick and Abby.  It was so fun.  Harder than I expected but a such a great time!!

Before - Luckily we had Matt with us for pictures.
1st of 22 obstacles

I might like doing mud runs....not sure.......

And done
Now we did not run the whole way but I did cover a 5k so I am counting it :)

Sunday - 4 miles.  I got up early to beat the heat since I had to do 4 miles in my hilly neighborhood but even though it was not hot the humidity was still so bad.

I did two loops and you can tell the difference between when I am going up hill and when I was going down LOL

Week 4

Monday - 9 miles * - Monday's summer series run was Sunken Meadow.  This is a fun but super tough 10k.  It covers boardwalks, pavement, grass and sandy trails.  PLUS it includes Cardiac Hill.  It is considered one of the hardest cross country trails in the country.  Not by only me but this is online.

The park's grounds provide an excellent venue for cross-country running, and host competitions for many cross-country teams from local high schools and runners' clubs. The 5-kilometer course, featuring the deliberately named "Cardiac Hill", is regarded as one of the most difficult cross-country courses in the US. -

*My plan was to do the 5k and then finish out the last 2.8 miles after.  I will say now that it did not happen.  The course is tough I won't lie and it was humid.  When I was done - I was DONE.  

I do love the course except for Cardiac Hill it really is nice.  Cardiac Hill tried to take out my girl Kris.  It was her first race back after surgeries.....way to go balls to the wall choosing this one as your first one back!  I saw she was having trouble with the hill.  (Let me mention is it STEEEEEEP and sandy so as you are running forward you slide back) So I just put my hands on her ass and pushed....all the way to the top with Alicia pulling us.  We were DYING....but as soon as we hit the top she took off down the other side...she might be crazy.

I think I will be doing more of my training runs here just without the hill.

So happy the hill was way behind me.....
Signs on the hill.....

Can you tell which mile had the hill????
Wednesday - 3 Miles.  It was the first night of RunStart.  Renee, Jen, Zorana and I are going to try to learn how to be better runners.  It was so humid!!  We did about 2.75 miles in total in the laps of the track.  

Tonight is week 2 and I will try to be a better blogger and get some pictures.

Thursday - 3 Miles.  OK So I apparently have an issue with 3 miles and I have to do a 5k......I just did my normal route.  It was hot and humid....I am sensing a trend here I don't like..... NY Summers Hot? Humid? 

                                                               I guess I will just have to.......

It was a sloooow day.
Saturday - 4 Miles.  This was perfect timing for a local 4 mile race that I had only done once before.  You need to check out the story HERE.  "Murph" was a local man who was only a year younger than me and from the same HS as many of my friends.  So we ran for him and his memory.

After you read his story you will understand why I feel like an asshole talking about how hot and humid it was in the blaring sun on Saturday but it was for the training part of this blog.  The course goes around Lake Ronkonkoma and there is a hill at mile 3 that I forgot.  I was having the hardest time breathing and the sun felt like fire on my skin.  The strange thing is that according to my garmin it was not that hot.  I was pouring water over my head and ice in my bra and still felt like I was on fire!  All I could think when I was done was "Why do I do this?????"

One highlight is that I got to meet one of my fellow Red Felters in real life, Eileen.  See is 100% more awesome in real life than on FB.  She and her husband came down from Mass.  JUST for this race and Murph.

Even standing in the shade the stupid sun finds me....

IGRs plus Eileen :)

See it was apparently not as bad as I felt.......

How is your summer going?  Training is really starting to freak me out.....


  1. Great photos! I love your race recaps. I wish I had a fun group of folks to run with.

  2. Wow that muckfest looks crazy and dirty! I'm doing a Foam Fest next week-I hope I'm not that dirty! LOL note to self to pack extra clothes. Confessions of A Mother Runner

    1. You will just get wet at foam fest!!! I did one of those last year :) So fun!!!!

  3. you are a rock star! We will kill this marathon! Cannot wait to get muddy with you next month in Chicago!

    1. Thanks!! I know! it feels like forever since we got to run together!!!

  4. We hope your training is continuing to go well!

    1. I am way off target due to an injury but I will get back to it....I really need to get back to blogging LOL :)

  5. What an eventful week! It’s great to read that you were able to visit your chiropractor amidst your hectic schedule. What happened during your visit? Do you think the pillow really caused the neck pain? Anyway, I do hope you’ll continue your healthy and active lifestyle, minus the body pains. Have a great day! :)

    Wallace Tucker