Week 10 of training for the NYC marathon was all about training in scenic but humid places while on vacation and enjoying a cut back in mileage before a September and October ramp up in mileage and intensity. I got in solid enough workouts and best of all got to run with my 22 year-old son.
Monday: Recover from 20 miler the previous day. 45 mins pool running.
Tuesday: 6.5 hot and humid, easy, amazingly happy miles at sunrise with my son (10:07 average/134 bpm). 1 hr swimming and 1 hr kayaking.
Wednesday: 9.2 miles, with 3×1 mile. Conditions were similar to my speed work in Chicago a few weeks ago: 75 degrees and humid with road conditions not well suited for speed work (in this case, with hills). So I simply tried to hit goal marathon pace with 2 min rests, and ran (7:47/165), (7:57/172), (8:06/174). It was better than I had been able to do in Chicago, and was good enough. Later in the day, 2 hours kayaking and 9 holes of golf.
Thursday: 6 miles very easy (10:14 average/136 bpm) with my son, to Button Bay point, with a race/sprint 6:15 pace finish at the end. Super fun!
Friday: 10.2 miles, with 8 at GMP (8:07 average/176 bpm). I started this run exhausted from travel, hot and just hoping I would be able to do it. My pace was a bit slower than it should have been, but I was happy that I was able to do it and finish strong, at 7:54 pace in the last half mile.
Saturday: 9 easy paced miles (9:14 average/148 bpm) in Nashville, Tennessee, where I was visiting my brother. I was charmed by the rolling green hills, paddock fencing and simply being in a runner-friendly city (Brentwood) with various city parks connected by many miles of scenic, shady, paved and dirt trails.
Sunday: 13.25 miles (8:50 average/166 bpm) before my niece’s baptism while listening to gospel hymns by Amy Grant, a native of Nashville. I ran so close to a hawk that I felt the air from its wings as it flew away. Magnificent creature!
Weekly total: 54 miles running
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