NCR Marathon Training Week 9: HALFWAY THERE!

Between the more relaxed approach I’m taking this time and the fact that I jumped in a few weeks late, this  training cycle is FLYING. Because I’ve already done this twice, it’s kind of nice to not feel crushing dread when looking forward to my bigger long runs. I will say that I have 16 miles scheduled for this weekend and I’m NOT looking forward to that because


Hashtag OHHELLNO. Even without the hurricane hitting yet, the forecast for Saturday morning is sideways rain and 30 MPH winds. I always said I’d never run that long on a treadmill again, but I think I’m going to have to make an exception.

I’m getting ahead of myself. Here is a recap of what happened last week even though I am already well into week 10:

Monday, September 21: I had a very bad day and sometimes when I have a very bad day, I don’t exercise which is counter-intuitive because exercise always makes me feel better. Hal Higdon would have told me to rest anyway, so I did.

Tuesday, September 22: 5 miles in the rain in the early morning washed away some of my anxiety. Then later in the evening I went to spin class and after that I felt about a billion times better about life in general.

Wednesday, September 23: 7 miles on the treadmill at marathon pace and then in the evening I went on an easy 10 mile bike ride with the Dude and his friend.

Thursday, September 24: With the NCR Half marathon coming up and two days where I had done doubles behind me, I decided to take two rest days beforehand to give my legs a break. Does 20K+ steps count as a rest day? Probably not.



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The Dude and I spent the day in NYC visiting the 9/11 Memorial and being a couple of tourists. I hadn’t been up to visit the city for a decade. It was really the best day.

Friday, September 25: I actually rested. It’s amazing how tired your legs can feel just from walking around all day!

Saturday, September 26: NCR HALF! Recap here. It’s nearly a week later and I’m still on cloud 9.

Sunday, September 27: My legs didn’t feel nearly as bad as I expected them to post-race and the weather was absolutely gorgeous so I headed to the trail with my bike for a 25 mile ride.

One of my favorite parts of this day was that the NCR 20 Miler was happening on the trail and headed south as I was going north. I love being a cheerleader and I was able to encourage the runners as I passed them. I kind of wish I would have volunteered at a water stop or something.

Total Miles: 25+
Grade: A

I guess my biggest focus for the rest of this week should be staying dry? Ugh this weather stinks!

How is your training going? Any good runs in the rain lately?




17 thoughts on “NCR Marathon Training Week 9: HALFWAY THERE!

  1. whostardis says:

    Some of my cowerkers are going to NYC next week for training…pretty bad timing with the hurrican and all. i love doing touristy stuff 🙂 Looks like you had a beautiful day to walk around the city though, that always makes sight seeing even better.

  2. Alanna says:

    Great training week! I’m running Ragnar this weekend which I’m kind of dreading because of this crazy weather. I’m trying not to think too much about it, and am still hoping to have a great experience regardless of a hurricane. Have a great weekend and try to stay dry!

  3. ishouldrun says:

    Really hope that hurricane veers right out to sea instead of hitting the NE! Good luck this coming weekend! And from someone who deals with massive rain and hurricanes and treadmills all the time down here in soflo, I can tell you it’s not all THAT bad to have to do long runs on the treadmill. I think it’s more in our minds than anything else, and plugging into a good show or movie will help a lot! (in fact it’s the only way to do it imo)

  4. haleyduke17 says:

    Sounds like you had a pretty good week. I haven’t visited the 911 memorial in almost a decade too. We are planning to see it when we’re there for the marathon next month. I can’t wait.

  5. Sweaty Mess says:

    I am not a rain runner and I’m moving my run to Sunday AM. Also because I need a rest day from Disney. My group is still meeting, but I just can’t. Sideways rain, no thanks. You are kicking butt this training cycle lady, you sound so carefree about it too.

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