Marathon Training: Week 3

Week 3 of Pfitz 18/55 is a wrap. I’m pretty happy with how this week turned out, given that I had multiple travel days to schedule around.

Sunday: 11 miles of general aerobic running on the treadmill. I wore the Nike React Infinity Runs because I wanted to see how they’d do for a longer run. I felt some tightness in my shin for the first mile or so, but that went away and everything felt good for that rest of the run. Really happy that these shoes seem to be pretty versatile.

Monday: Rest day. Was planning on moving a recovery run from later in the week to today, but took the rest instead so I could prepare for my New York trip the next day.

Tuesday: Ran my 8-mile workout on the treadmill. It consisted of 2 miles easy, followed by 4 miles at lactate threshold, ending with another two easy. This was a repeat of the workout from week 1. I averaged about 7 seconds per mile faster on the threshold segment this run compared to the first one. After this, I finished packing, drove three hours, and then spent the next day flying across the country.

Wednesday: My daughter and I arrived in NYC this afternoon. I’d call this a rest day, but we did so much walking over the course of this trip it’s hard to call any of this week rest.

Thursday: I ran in Central Park and it was amazing. I knew Central Park had a reputation as a haven for runners, but I didn’t understand how perfect it was. I had planned to do an abbreviated loop of the park, but missed the cut-off and ended up running the full 6-mile loop. It has been a long time since I ran anything with elevation worth mentioning and Central Park has a respectable amount of hills. I gained more elevation on this run than I had in the past few months combined!

Friday: This was going to be a displaced recovery run but I skipped it. I’m on vacation and I’ve been doing a tremendous amount of walking, so I wasn’t worried about dropping it.

Strava map of my Central Park long run

Saturday: I’m so happy that I got to run this week’s long run in Central Park. I did three laps, but took abbreviated routes for laps 2 and 3. Lap one was the full loop, including my now beloved Harlem Hill. Lap 2 took the 102nd Street Transverse. And on lap 3 I hopped up on the dirt running track around the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir. During my second lap as I approached the transverse, I could hear feet pounding behind me. I looked over as a man in an FDNY singlet passed me by. Then another. Then someone wearing an NYPD singlet. As I got to the transverse, people were lined up cheering (including many uniformed emergency response personnel). Apparently, I was smack in the middle of a 5-mile race between the rival FDNY and NYPD running clubs. On the final lap, I snapped a quick photo from the running track around the reservoir. I ended with just under 16 miles.

I took in the amazing experience as best as I could. I never once thought about putting my headphones in, nor was I ever distracted by my thoughts. I was just fully immersed and enchanted with my surroundings. Runners in Manhattan have quite the place to run and I’m very jealous.

Totals for the week: 40.92 miles / 6 hours and 4 minutes.

Totals for the training cycle: 115+ miles / 17 hours 21 minutes.

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