-I think training week 0 really did a number on me because I was quite tired most of this week.
-Man, the heat was no joke this week.
Monday: Planned, 5mi easy; Actual, 4mi
With temps in the 90s, there was no way that I was going to run with my running group so I did a treadmill run at the gym. Ain’t nobody got time for all of this heat.
Tuesday: Planned, 6mi hill repeats; Actual, yeah right
I woke up all prepared to run in Central Park, but I was super groggy. I just could not get it together for this run and decided to go back to sleep.
Wednesday: Planned, X-train; Actual, X-train, lap swim
I finally made it to an NYC’s adult open swim program. Many of the outdoor pools have FREE open swim either from 7 am to 8:30 am or from 7 pm to 8:30 pm. I opted to swim from 7 – 8:30 am in a pool that is about one mile away from my apt. Knowing NYC’s planning for these types of programs, I was expecting a complete sh*t show, but the program was managed very well . . . at least on my first visit.
Breath-holding contests back in the day were one of the things that made swimming fun as a kid. What are they going to get rid of next, Marco Polo?
You know what? Swimming laps can definitely show a runner how out of shape he/she really is. I was pooped after continuously swimming for 45 minutes . . . well, maybe it was closer to 30 minutes. Also, my flip turns are now quite atrocious.
Thursday: Planned, 5mi easy; Actual, Rest
I think Wednesday’s swim took it out of me because I was quite exhausted. Although I planned to run after work, I received some bad financial news and did not care about running. Instead, I was all mopey and went to McDonald’s for my comfort food of a Quarter pounder with cheese combo meal. Ugh, is it me but are most McDonald’s in NYC riff-raff as hell? Some of these folks act like you are bothering them when you ask them to do something that is part of their job.
Friday: Planned, Rest; Actual, Rest
Eh, nothing to report.
Saturday: Planned 10mi race; Actual Rest
Due to the extreme heat conditions, NYRR decided to cancel the 10mi Marathon Training Run. Good, because I did not want to run outside in 100-degree weather. Although the run was canceled, I had planned to run my 10 miles at the gym. That did not happen because I kept putting it off. “I’ll go to the gym at 8am” became I’ll go to the gym at 10 am, 12 pm, 3 pm, and so forth. Long story short, I did not make it to the gym. However, I did get a lot of housework and professional work completed.
Sunday: Planned, Rest; Actual, 10.5mi easy
Although this week literally has been HELL in NYC, I knew that I could not let at week go by without doing a long run especially this early in my training plan. I think other folks had the idea of running indoors because I had to wait about 30 minutes for a treadmill. I was a bit selective with my treadmills because I wanted a treadmill that was near a fan. The run was just eh. I typically get really bored with treadmill running after 7/8 miles, but I powered through.
Because of the weather, this week was a bit tough for running. I thought I read somewhere that your body needs 2-3 weeks to acclimate to summer running. I guess my body needs two acclimation periods – one for 80-degree weather and the other for 90-degree weather.
Plan for this week
Shoot, I just realized that I the title for next week’s training should be #2, not #3.