Today closes week 1 of NYC marathon training. After some pesky lower leg issues, I forced myself to rest and take things easy. While I did start running again, it was only once a week. So I am trying to ease back into more frequent running, and up my mileage.
For my first marathon I used the Jeff Galloway method, and yes, I am going to use the same method this time around, but try to work a bit more on my speed. Now that I know what to expect and my confidence levels are higher, I will challenge myself a bit more.
So I ran 3 times this week : twice in the morning and I had a 13 mile / 21K run on the plan Saturday. Yes, I know people say already ?! Well, I am picking up the plan four months before the marathon, though it is a six month plan. And it is a run / walk method that works on endurance. So my 13 miles were 3 minutes of running and one minute of walking.
On Saturday morning I was up and out early, and ran a bit through the city and woods. I even had a bit of sun as I ran around the Bastille :
..and through a city park.
Then in the woods, I came across this, and asked my viewers on Instagram if they thought it was an alligator or dragon…
At the end of my run I added in 4 hill repeats. Paris was relatively flat, but I think NY and the bridges are a bit harder. So I want to train myself to push through hills towards the end of the run. It was a great run, and I think the forced rest really did me good.
We then went to the country side for Saturday afternoon and Sunday. The lawn looked great (we have someone who mows it) and I got a gorgeous shot looking out over the fields.
Unfortunately the sun didn’t last long and on Sunday we had friends over and had to eat inside. Seriously ? Its July ! 60 is great for running, but not for eating outside. Boo to Mother Nature.
And I want to finish with this, I caught my cat yawning next to the orchids, but it looks like he wants to eat them. I found it too funny.
Otherwise, we watched a couple soccer games with the quarter finals of the Euro. France has now made it to the semi finals. The game is Thursday evening, against Germany. I will be in Germany with my colleagues that evening… will be an interesting night !
And that’s a wrap !
What are you doing for the forth of July ?