NYC Marathon Training: Week 7

Happy Monday!


This week was a struggle fest for the last half of the week. Between ragweed allergies, job stuff and very tired legs – I had to make a call on Saturday to switch up weeks 7 and 8, therefore making Week 7 a recovery week (week 8 was scheduled for recovery/race week). The 20K run just didn’t happen even though there was two attempts to run it. It wasn’t that I didn’t want to run 20K – just life got in the way! I will detail more below:

 NYC Marathon Training – Week 7


Monday – off

On Monday/Tuesday we were at Mont Tremblant so it was hard to run – walked a bunch instead!

Tuesday – off

Wednesday – 8K Tempo in 54:00

I went on an 8K tempo run on Wednesday. 2K warm up, then 4K of tempo and then 2K cooldown. Fairly easy run.

Thursday – 5K in 30:00

I went for my 5K right away the interview so that I would stay away from my phone and not stress out for thirty minutes. It was a nice run! Nothing too extraordinary.

Friday -off

This was originally my 20K day, but because I found out about the new school late Thursday, I had to go into work on Friday to get a few things squared away. I also promised my daycare lady that I would pick up Max at noon. So that plan when out the window super fast. By the time I dropped off Max and went to the school – it was 11am. No running happened.

Saturday – 10K in 1:10

This run was supposed to be my re-scheduled 10K. I was originally set to wake up at 6am and go out running so that I could be back early to take Max to the museum. But, I heard the alarm and said no – so I slept til 7am. Then, by the time I woke up, changed, ate something and did the necessary bathroom things – it was 8am. I did step out to run the full 20K and was having a great run. I run my long runs in two parts, allowing for a bathroom and nutrition break halfway. When I came home after finishing the 10K, it was all crazy at home and Max was yelling about dinosaurs, so I decided to throw in the towel and go to the museum instead. I really need to learn how to get up early! Especially for those 26+km runs coming up!

Sunday – off

Total KM – 23KM


Although I ran three decent runs – it was a bit of a ‘meh’ week. It is really hard to get those long runs done when Max is home. As I write this, I am in my running gear sitting with Max because I attempted another 20K run and came home after 5K as I had to use “the facilities”. The plan was to head back out, but Max was up and having none of that. When I attempted to leave he screamed and yelled and clung on to my leg. So – another attempt at 20K ends in disaster. I strongly prefer running my long runs when Max is at daycare. It is much harder to run my long runs now because of going back to work and that the disasters now require 2+ hours of running time. Running really early is of course an option, but I don’t run when it is dark out and I would say that most of the time, the situation that happened this morning will happen. Feeling pretty frustrated this morning. I do have a chance I think on Thursday to get a decent long run in. But, I’m also considering heading back out with Max in the chariot for some sort of run. Trying to train for a marathon with a child is no joke!

Hopefully this week goes better!

Have a great holiday Monday!!!

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  1. Nicole

    Good for you for making those attempts at your long run. Training with children is hard- anything over 30-45 min seems impossible! Hope you get your long run in this week. Is ot possible to have your bathroom and fuel break elsewhere so you don’t run into this problem?

    1. Rebecca (Post author)

      Exactly – I can go for runs under an hour pretty much every day – and even bring Max with me.

      I’m going to re-attempt running today when Max goes down for a nap. Fuel breaks are easy because I can carry fuel or just stash water/fuel in the trees since I run 90% of my runs on the trail. But in terms of suitable bathrooms – I live in suburban hell where I am at least 2K from any suitable washroom facility in any direction – there is one major road where I can run, but it is only one road. I didn’t even make it 1.5K before I knew I had to turn around 🙁

  2. Crystal

    I can’t imagine training for a marathon and having young children! I admire you family folks who manage to fit it all in. You’re doing great! We all have those “meh” weeks. Stay the course 🙂
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  3. Carmy

    I bet you can’t wait til Max can run those 20k’s with you! Haha, I can only imagine how adorable it looks when he is clinging to your leg!
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  4. Rachel @ Undercover Diva: A Sitcom

    I’ve been the crappiest at getting my runs in because I’m not training for anything…so I’m complacent and lazy. Proud of you for at least getting some in!!!
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  5. Kristen @ Glitter and Dust

    I can’t imagine the balance you have to find between training and taking care of your little one. I have a couple friends who want to do an Ironman and a marathon, but won’t until their kids are older and not “all about mom.” I have major respect for those who have kids and still find the time to train and do running events. Hopefully time will open up in the coming week for you to get in a long run. Just do that best you can – which is pretty much awesome in my book!
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    1. Rebecca (Post author)

      It is fairly insane to juggle running, working and having a kid. Which is why I have no time goal because I knew that a perfect training plan wouldn’t happen.

      One big reason why I am able to do this is I don’t work full-time. I have a little bit of flexibility in my schedule!

  6. Lisa @ Lulus Big Adventure

    “meh” weeks will happen! You’re ahead of me – if I get out once a week, that’s something. Terrible. Keep on keeping on!


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