This is week 3 of an 18-week training plan that will hopefully get me to the marathon start line ready to have an amazing race, and maybe hopefully PR!
monday, november 11
I woke up in the middle of the night and was violently ill. The nausea slowly went away throughout the day, and I took it easy and stayed inside. Surprise rest day!
tuesday, november 12
I went to a late morning yoga class, which was nice. In the evening I went to another We Are Runners run. The group is having a Christmas challenge, where if runners complete 26.2 miles with the group before mid December, they get a free piece of lululemon clothing! I did the math, and if I go twice a week for 4 weeks (technically it’s about 7 events, but my goal is to attend 8, to be safe), I’ll hit the mileage. Lululemon gear is NOT cheap, I’m bummed I missed out on the Strava NYC marathon deal, and I need the easy miles anyway…so I’m in!
The pace was more comfortable this time, and the run was 3.8mi. With the commute to/from the event, I ran 5.6 miles in total.
wednesday, november 13
Today I ran to spin class in order to secure a bike…only to find that the class was much emptier than the previous one. Oh well! After the spin class, I went on a 3.4 mile run, to get some distance in. The reason for this is that tonight’s We Are Runners event is farther away, and I want to take the underground there (and not run in my winter jacket/get it sweaty and gross).
In the evening, I went to the We Are Runners Westfield run, and ran an additional 3.6 miles. It was fun, albeit a bit drizzly! 2/8 runs completed for the lululemon gear! I ran a total of 7 miles today.
thursday, november 14
I woke up this morning with tight/sore legs. Good thing I have yoga, AKA an hour of supervised stretching this morning! There was a different instructor than last Thursday, and the class was definitely harder–I switched to child’s pose a few times when I was too tired/out of breath to flow. Apparently other students also thought the class was harder, and told the instructor she should come back more often. I agree, also because as I said last week, the Thursday instructor’s voice is a weird timbre that’s hard to hear.
In the afternoon, I completed my speed workout for the week: 1.5 mile warm up 6 * 800m @ 5K-10K pace; 400m rest 2 mile cool down–so it would be an even 8 miles
I was not into the workout in the beginning, but I slowly warmed up to it. The reps were longer, but at least there were fewer! The longer distance meant the speeds were much closer to my actual 5K-10K pace…
When I came home, it appeared that Lior caught whatever bug I had on Monday. More soup to the rescue! Seriously, I tried searching for chicken soup to go, but could not find anything in the area. The “New York style” restaurants (AKA Jewish food) are all north of here and not in our delivery range. The next step was searching for chicken ramen that would be relatively plain/not spicy. Here, I was successful.
friday, november 15
I’m still a little sore, and contemplated skipping spin class (and getting a strike for my late cancellation), but I went to spin class…the teacher is great, I see why her classes specifically have a waiting list. I decided to try to take her classes when possible…which is Wednesday and Friday mornings. After the class, I immediately joined the waitlist for her Wednesday AM class, because the Wednesday noon class was underwhelming.
In the afternoon, I went for a 5.2 mile run. It was a bit drizzly towards the end, and since I was wearing a fleece jacket, I got a bit soggy.
In the evening, Lior and I went for dinner with some of his coworkers, and then to a nearby pub. It was fun, and some much-needed Hebrew practice.
saturday, november 16
Today I went to pick up my race packet for the adidas City Run, and then Lior and I went to a rugby game! We didn’t know that before going to a rugby game, you apparently are supposed to eat a giant, delicious meal, which is what we did. We basically ate Thanksgiving dinner and then went to the stadium. On the way to the stadium, we bought the most delicious donuts, ever. They were so delicious that I didn’t take any pictures. The rugby game was fun, but it was a madhouse after, trying to return to Lior’s coworker’s house. We hung out there for a bit to wait for the crowds to die down, and then returned home.
sunday, november 17
Today I ran the adidas City Run Fulham 10K! It was my fastest 10K since June, 2017 (…April-June 2017 also happens to be the time I ran my fastest 10Ks ever…). Check out my race recap, but I’m proud to say that I think my running–and the speed work–is slowly starting to pay off!
After I jogged home, I did some work on my blog while Lior did some actual work, and then we made lunch. We had been tempted by the Sainsbury’s ribs for the past month, but you need an oven to prepare them. We now have an oven! Verdict: I have eaten better ribs, but these were good, inexpensive, and quick to make. After lunch, we went to the Victoria and Albert Museum, which is a short walk from our apartment. The museum is huge and Lior went on an odyssey trying to find a bathroom–lesson learned: go before you leave home! My favorite parts were the Japanese and Korean art and the recreations of British homes from the 1700s. I hit the wall a few times while in the museum, so we went home and chilled a little before making lunches for the week. In the evening we went to Cahoots Underground, an underground train-themed 1940s bar. We stayed out past 10:30, so naturally I was tired by now, and we called it a night.
total distance: 35.5 miles, 2 yoga classes, 2 spin classes
Due to my food poisoning/bug/whatever made me vomit out of my nose, my mileage was a bit lower this week–but only by a few miles. I also didn’t do a 7 mile tempo run, instead just running 7 miles throughout the day on Wednesday. But in retrospect, after looking at all of the work I did–9 hours and 45 minutes of physical activity when combining the running and the classes–I’m very proud of myself.