Chronicling on a week-to-week basis my progress on this training plan has had nothing but positive effects on the actual training. The old adage “you have to put it out in the world to make it happen” or something along those lines has forced me to hold myself accountable. I am at the start of Week 9 which means I have crossed the halfway point, hence the super clever and original subtitle for this thing.

This week is one of the 3 peak weeks of the training plan with 50-54 miles as the weekly mileage. I already skipped the optional 4-mile run so 50 it is. When I was shopping around for (free) plans, I thought that a week like this looking fucking impossible, now I’m so used to this thing that all I can think of is if I will get home from the 18-mile run in time for the start of the Giants game. No doubt sitting through a Giants/Bills game is going to be a way worse three hours then the run. Probably will be sorer from it as well, as I internally rage and pop a blood vessel or take a kitchen knife and gouge out my eyes to save myself from the misery. If I have to listen to Troy Aikman, Troy fucking Aikman of all god damn people, defend the Giants and Eli Manning against Joe Suck for my Sunday afternoon my ears are going the way of the cameras of Jeffery Epstein’s cell, off. Nailed that joke 3 weeks too late. Man the Giants have a way of getting me off script.

It is a testament of how sticking to a plan and continuing to push yourself can really pay off. I swear when I started this thing I thought the concept of having to run 18 miles sounded impossible. I knew how gassed I was after running half marathons and an additional 5 miles seemed like a worse torture then being a cornerback on the aforementioned Giants last Sunday. Now I’m thinking that after the 5-mile run on Saturday I might hit the gym and get a little extra work in. Crazy.

On the subject of progress, I have to say that taking a week off had noticeable effects on my running last week. I mentioned that my body had felt great after not running which was wonderful, but I feel like I struggled to get through the Wednesday 8-miler and the Thursday 7-miler. Those runs felt absolutely torturous and the only things I can really attribute that too are the weather (maybe?) and the break. Perhaps not for the first time but certainly this was noticeable to me, I actually worried that I would be unable to finish the run. I almost started walking, which to me is equal to quitting. I was fucking gassed after both of those runs. I don’t think it was exhaustion from the interval run, but I definitely was exhausted. Terrible. On a lighter note the rest of the week went great, the Friday tempo run I really cruised through, I ran the 10-miler on Saturday with no issues, and Sunday’s run was torture but for different reasons well documented here: https://swordsandsports.blog/2019/09/10/new-balance-5th-avenue-mile-race-review/

So what am I looking at for this week. I mentioned already that the long run is an 18-miler, which I will be doing the NYRR training run thingy for (review to come). That obviously is an enormous challenge, but after the relatively successful 16-mile run (minus almost drowning and having rain drops assault my bald dome) I hope to cruise through it. I ran the 6-mile Hill run this morning and it was relatively easy. I will see how the 8-mile, 7-mile, 6-mile tempo, and 5-mile runs go but I really don’t foresee any problems. My hamstrings still feel absolutely murdered but that will fade. Alright time to stop talking about it and instead get too it!

3 thoughts on “Marathon Mondays Week 9: Halfway Home

  1. .Dear Great Wizard of Swords and Sports,

    I’m just wondering where are the swords in your self-indulgent, self-focused, and self-pitying “my feet hurt because I spent a week gorging myself on Columbian cuisine” rant this week? All sports and no swords make for, you fill-in the blank. Need help? Try “Dull boy.”

    I get it. All your readers do: the Giants are not gridiron giants; they are kind of paper giants, something like paper tigers (I don’t mean the team though you are not unreasonably thinking ‘The Defender doesn’t even know there is an NFL team called “The Tigers.”.’ (Try to work out that syntax.)

    Just trying to keep you honest and true to all your loyal followers, there Wizzy.

    The reality is your mileage intimidates me and I suspect most would-be readers. I get winded and cramped locking my car and walking upright to my house. You’ve been there. The driveway is longer than the old one, and how unfair is this, I’ve gotten older since walking the old one. Life is not fair, right?

    Okay, “O Great Wizard of Hoboken,” I’ve defended the people enough for tonight. Hope you’re asleep resting those tender toes. I am about to rest my, not so tender, toes.

    The Public Defender.

    PS, To your dismay, I am also the Public Defender of English Grammar. Thusly, it is “. . . hours than the run,” not “. . . hours then the run.” Don’t mention it. You are most welcome. 😇

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