CIM Training Weeks 1-3

5 Nov

Week 1
Mon:  4.11mi @ 8:32 pace
Tu:  4.22mi @ 8:57 pace
Wed:  rest
Th:  4.21mi @ 9:17 pace
Fri:  rest
Sat:  10.43mi @ 9:13 pace
Sun:  rest

Total: 22.97 miles

Overall:  Felt pretty good getting back into the swing of things, but was notably sore after my chiro appointments (Tu & Th).  “Long” run was nice and easy.

Week 2
Mon:  5.34mi @ 8:55 pace
Tu:  5.35mi @ 8:31 pace
Wed:  rest
Th:  rest (unplanned)
Fri:  7.07mi @ 8:23 (included 8×100 strides)
Sat:  15.41mi @ 9:31 pace
Sun:  5.0mi @ 7:31 pace  (Eastwood Park to Park race)

Total: 38.17 miles

Overall:  Felt a lot better this week.  Long run started slow (~10min/mi) on the hills at Green Lakes, but the pace picked up to sub-9min/mi for the last 45 minutes of the run.  Happy with the effort.  Sunday’s race was supposed to be tempo effort on tired legs, and the course was fairly hilly so I’m thrilled with the result.

Week 3
Mon: 5.38mi @ ?? pace
Tu:  rest
Wed:  6.22mi @ 9:13 pace
Th:  7.06mi @ 8:45 pace
Fri:  5.22mi @ 8:38 pace
Sat: 16mi @ 8:58 pace
Sun: rest

Total:  39.88 miles

Overall:  It was pretty obvious that my legs were tired at the beginning of the week, which isn’t surprising given how aggressively I picked it up the previous week.  On Wednesday I met up with a new friend to run in the park, which was awesome.  Saturday’s long run was over the Queensboro Bridge and around Central Park with Laura, and although neither of us were really feeling it physically, it was pretty amazing in every other aspect.  I will dedicate probably 32 posts to the amazingly awesome weekend we had spectating the NYC Marathon and just generally meandering about NYC, but for right now I will just say much respect to you regular Central Park runners: those hills creep up on you and can tire you out pretty fast.

Cheesin' like a doof in Central Park. #properbloggingtechnique

Cheesin’ like a doof in Central Park. #properbloggingtechnique

At this point, I’m staring down the next three weeks of peak training, and I’d be lying if I said I was feeling super confident about it.  I’m still unable to run pain-free despite three weeks of seeing a chiropractor.  I can manage the pain with Advil or Aleve, but I hate to be popping pills on the reg.  I’m trying to be optimistic, but I’ll be honest and say that mentally, I’m all over the place.  I am continuing to see my chiropractor and I have a deep tissue massage scheduled for next week, so hopefully things will start coming together.

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4 Responses to “CIM Training Weeks 1-3”

  1. HollieisFueledByLOLZ November 5, 2013 at 12:36 pm #

    I hope you are able to clear some of that pain. I think a deep tissue massage would be awesome and so helpful. (I’m such a firm believer LOL). I can’t wait for the 32 posts coming about NYCM. ;)

    • upstaterunner November 5, 2013 at 6:29 pm #

      I honestly wish I could do a deep tissue massage like, every week. It helps so much! And if I do 32 posts, you better at least do 33 since you rocked the damn thing. Be prepared to step up your game, Lolz.

  2. Laura November 5, 2013 at 2:45 pm #

    You are seriously doing awesome getting back into things, regardless of the pain and everything you are working through- you are keeping your head up and I love that. This past weekend was obviously amazing.

    I hope seeing the Dr tomorrow and getting massage next week will help, that and drink a beer…usually helps at least for a few minutes.

    • upstaterunner November 5, 2013 at 6:31 pm #

      I will say that the post-long run Guinness this weekend helped a ton, so I might have to start using beer as some form of alternative medicine! This is a great plan.

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