NYC Marathon Training – Week 1

As a reminder, I’m running the NYC Marathon for Fred’s Team, and am working towards hitting a huge fundraising goal to support cancer research! You can click here to read more and make a donation.

It’s here! Marathon training is here!

I’m going to be honest, this was one of the hardest weeks of training I’ve had in a very long time, which was discouraging since it was only week one.  If you’ve been following along, you know that the past 5 weeks have not been ideal for my training: I was sick, had my first DNF, took an awesome vacation where I didn’t really train, and then was VERY sick with a flu-like virus that turned into a sinus infection, taking 2 full weeks off of training.  Going into this week, I was just starting to feel better but was on antibiotics still, so was nervous at how things would go.  I suspected they would be rough but MAN I was not expecting what happened.  Here’s how the week went:


Monday: 3 miles easy + strength.  My legs were wobbly and felt tired after the run.  It was a little hard, but not as bad as I was expecting.

Tuesday:  25 minutes stationary bike.  I chose to push this to the evening, which was a mistake.  I need to force myself to get up and do my workouts in the morning.  I had a terrible headache after work, but forced myself on the bike to do something.  I was feeling awful and went to bed at 8pm

Wednesday:  3 miles recovery pace.  I struggled so hard to get out of bed but forced myself to get out the door.  This run was awful.  Even at a recovery pace this effort felt like a tempo run and I had to take many walk breaks.  I was still on my antibiotics, so maybe that was a factor, but my body was fighting me every step of the way.  I had some negative thoughts creep in during this run that I really had to push out of my head.

Thursday: Rest day.  I was slated for cross training but was still feeling so sluggish and my resting heart rate was very elevated, so I took the day to rest…and felt SO GUILTY about it.  And frustrated.  I took my last course of antibiotics this day.

I also got my hair colored and cut after work.  This is my last cut before I donate my hair as part of my fundraising! It is getting sooooo long and to say I am ready to chop it off would be an understatement, haha.

Fresh cut and color! 6 weeks until I chop off 8 inches as part of my fundraising.

Friday: 2.5 miles recovery pace.  If Wednesday’s run was awful, this run was a DISASTER.  It was like Wednesday’s run, except even more of a struggle when it came to what the effort felt like.  Even a run/walk at a very slow-for-me pace felt so, so hard.  This run resulted in a desperate text exchange with my coach who was so wonderful and talked me off the ledge. She suggested that I take my watch off for my runs for a bit and focus on doing the work instead of doing it to my level of satisfaction, and know that my body will bounce back and before I know it, it’ll be easier.

Saturday: Rest day. I pushed my long run to Sunday to give my body another day to recover (and to get myself in a good mental place).

We participated in our neighborhood yard sale, which was great as we were able to get rid of a lot of stuff that we moved here with but really don’t need.  We made $200 in just a couple of hours which is going towards our next vacation, wahoo!

Sunday: 6ish miles easy pace.  After the discouraging week I had with my workouts, and a very emotionally draining week at work, I really needed this run to go well.  And it did, thank goodness! I slept in until I woke up naturally and went out around 9am.  It was warm and humid, but cloudy and a little drizzly.  I walked for 10  minutes as a warm up, then started my run.  I went to the Silver Comet Trail, which is always so relaxing for me, especially in the rain…not to mention it is mostly flat.  I am very happy to report that this run felt so, so, SO much better than anything last week and truly felt easy – I was able to run slowly and breathe through my nose with no walk breaks.  I did not wear my Garmin and it took a lot of the stress out of this run.  After today’s run, I am feeling cautiously optimistic going into next week.

Garminless rainy run was the best!

Weekly total: 14.5 miles

This is obviously not where I would like to be starting marathon training, but I’m working on trying to remind myself how fortunate I am to be able to run, even if it is challenging.  I really struggled this week with figuring out if I was making excuses or if my body truly needed the rest.  I decided since I was still not at 100% from my illness and on antibiotics, rest was the way to go, but I feel very guilty about it.  All I can do now is focus on the next week and putting in my best effort.

Training for the NYC Marathon is underway for @jessrunsatl. Read her week 1 recap here: Click To Tweet


I did not send as many emails as I would have liked, but I did manage to send out 17 and received 4 donations for a total of $160 raised this week, bringing my total raised to date to $8,185.

I also spent some time with my hairdresser finalizing our event for next month.  I am VERY excited for it and I believe it will bring in a lot of money.  It is a very real possibility that by the end of next month, I would have hit my $10,000 goal, which is so exciting to me!

I did get bumped out of the top 3 and am now the #4 fundraiser.  I’m hoping to take over the #3 spot again by the end of the month!

How was your week? Don’t forget to link up below with Jessie and I! Jessie is also training for the NYC Marathon!

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  1. Awwe I’m so sorry Jess 🙁 It sounds like you had a hard week, but I’m sure things will improve for you. The antibiotics are probably really affecting your workouts. I’m sure this week will be better for you!

  2. Coming back to running is HARD. Stick with it, you will get there!

    BTW, you have beautiful hair 🙂 So cool that you are donating it for charity.

  3. Well done for sticking with it even whilst you were recovering from being ill! Tough weeks just make you appreciate the easier weeks even more 🙂

  4. It just means you’re so passionate about running. Well done to sticking with it and to the concept of donating your hair! Best of luck to the fundraising project <3

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