Week 10 – NYC Marathon Training

Half way through marathon training! Woooo!

But first, some big news…

14211944_10106785862204629_5347970681507876830_nDan and I got engaged! Still can’t really believe it. Like I don’t feel different, but not in that “I don’t feel any different because we’ve been dating for a while” way, but in the “I don’t feel any different because this feels surreal” way lol. I think it will really hit me once we start planning. I have plans this weekend to hang out with my girl friends and look through bridal magazines lol…that will feel weird for sure!! I just can’t believe it all. It was the perfect weekend down the shore and we’re so happy Hurricane Hermine didn’t come to fruition here in NJ.

Anyway, here’s what went down last week in training:

Monday: 6 mile tempo run. This was after a weekend of not much sleep, so I knew it’d be tough. My mom crushed it as usual, and I did 4.6 miles total at tempo EFFORT. Tempo pace should have been 9:50-10:00, but that day I ran 10:30 average. 

Tuesday: 6 miles. Recovery pace. 

Wednesday: Off

Thursday: 10 miles. This was totally unexpected. I was really bummed when I woke up because I felt pretty sick. I even called out of work because I just wanted to sleep and feel better. I was bummed because this was the day we were supposed to run 15 miles. I knew I had to run no matter what, so I told my mom let’s go do our 1K repeats on the road and at least get 5 miles in. Well, we did a 2.5 mile warm-up, started the workout, I did an extra rep because I felt so good, and then looked at my watch and saw we only had to do 3.5 miles more to get to 10 miles! So I said let’s just keep going. Felt great that day and glad we were able to do 10. Honestly, we could have probably done closer to 15, but since we didn’t think it was going to be a long run, we didn’t bring any water or fuel. 


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Friday: 3 recovery miles on my own before our first XC meet.

Saturday: My favorite race of the year – 5th Avenue Mile! I got to run in the media heat again this year which was really cool. My mom’s race was at 10:40 and mine was at 11:45. We both ran 2 miles before our races, then the race, then 1 mile after. Original plan was to do 8 miles total (we did 4) but my legs were SHOT after the race and my mom got a call from a client who needed her help. This was what ruined our 40 mile week :-( But ran the mile in 7:44. Not my best, but felt good to just go all out…well, good and hurt lol. Oh and I also met Carmy of Carmyy.com! But of course we forgot to take a selfie!


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Sunday: 4 miles. Did 3 miles on the elliptical because of shin pain, then 1 mile on the treadmill. Little did I know that while I was doing this in our hotel gym, Dan was on the phone with my dad talking about proposing!


Goal this week is to get as close to 40, if not surpass it. But it will be a busy week with the big news, visiting family and friends, and our first Rutgers football game Saturday. Will do my best!! :)

For my engaged & married peeps, did you feel in shock when it happened? Because I still don’t feel this is real life haha. How long before you started the actual planning process? What season did you get married? So many questions!


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  1. Congrats on your engagement! So happy for you!
    Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home recently posted…Picking Up PenniesMy Profile

  2. First of all, congratulations! Such exciting news!

    And nice job on your training, in spite of some challenges. I’m sure you’ll nail the 40 this week. I still think it is so cool that you do this with your mom. I wish I could get my kids to train with me!

    My wedding planning was a little different because it wasn’t my first. We ended up doing something different and getting married at the race where we met. That was way less expensive than the alternative, and perfect for us. So we basically let the race director do the planning. :-)
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  3. Congrats!! My husband proposed to me at Christmas, and we got married in August that next year. I think it was the perfect amount of time to get the wedding planned without it stretching too far into the future.
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  4. Congratulations! I saw all your pics this weekend. You look so happy. Such a fun time in your life enjoy
    Deborah @ Confessions of a mother runner recently posted…In Search Of The Runner’s HighMy Profile

  5. Congratulation for your engagement. It is a very great news. You two look great in the picture, and you look so happy. Congratulation again. I am so happy for you. I really hope that, this week, next week and all coming weeks, you will always be happy like now.

  6. I’m very happy to hear that you’ve done successfully! You did a great job. Your pics are really nice! You look very healthy and happy in these pics. Best wishes for you!
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  7. Congrats! you guys are really a nice couple. Morover, you did a great marathon training. 33 miles ist not bad. I bet you can reach even much higher next race. Keep up the good work!
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