Training for the NYC Marathon: Week Three

IMG_2759Week three of NYC marathon training is complete. I technically started four weeks ago, but took a week off because I had a suspicion that I had another stress reaction in my left ankle. I got an MRI, and the results showed no evidence of a stress reaction/fracture, so I don’t know what’s going on with my foot…

I’m continuing training and hoping that whatever ache I’m feeling is nothing serious. I’m also going to get a second pair of running shoes so that I can rotate between two pairs, and hopefully that will help with injury prevention.

Here’s a breakdown of what I did this week (24 miles total):

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My 7 mile fartlek run

Monday

Rest day (walked about 3.5 miles)

Tuesday

Easy run: 3 miles + 6 strides.

40 minute BURN workout (circuit training/HIIT class)

Wednesday

Fartlek run: 7 miles + 6 strides

Thursday

40 minutes on the bike (around 13 miles)

30 minute leg/ab workout

Friday

Rest day (walked about 4 miles)

Saturday

Long run: 10 miles

Sunday

Easy run: 4 miles

I was supposed to do 5 miles on Thursday, but I knew my feet needed a break so I did 40 minutes on the bike instead. My logic is that since it would have taken about the same amount of time to run 5 miles anyway, it makes up for the run… probably not the most accurate reasoning but I’m going with it.

The truth is, my motivation isn’t where it needs to be. I’m so paranoid and anxious about injuries that I’m almost afraid to be training. However, I really want to complete this marathon. (it’s to the extent that my wish at every 11:11 has been to be able to complete the marathon. Oh crap. Did I just jinx it?)

If I’m going to do this race, I need to snap out of it. However, I’m not quite sure if this is a time that I should be listening to my gut and stop training, or if it’s all in my mind and I should relax and keep going.

For now, I’m going to cross my fingers, pray to the running gods, and keep going.

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