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Say it, Do it! {the Boston Marathon Jacket}

2013 March 3
by Jess

{If you’re new to SIDI here’s some info: At the beginning of each week on FCITC “Say it, Do it” is a chance for us to commit to our workouts for the week by saying them out loud here and keeping each other accountable.}

Saturday morning, I met up with Lora, Ashley, Jocelyn, and Fiona for a long run that took us half way around the island. Several weeks ago I stopped running outside of Central Park, because running along the Hudson or East River is brutal in the wind and cold.

When running the perimeter of Manhattan the weather seems to change constantly. I go from thinking I have hypothermia to sweating so much I feel like stripping off all my clothes.

Saturday, as we neared the south end of the island on West Street, Lora exclaimed “this must be what menopause feels like“. Regardless, it felt good to be out of Central Park and running with friends for a change.

Lora had a tempo run built into her long run for the week and seeing as I missed mine from earlier in the week I decided to jump in on her’s.

I didn’t give much thought to just how difficult 4×10 minute efforts at goal marathon pace after eight miles would be. It turned out to be my hardest run of this training cycle so far.

17.5 mile run in NYC

I didn’t feel strong or fit like I did last summer during training. Running at goal marathon pace felt as if my “goal marathon pace” should really be my “goal 5k pace”.

I really wanted to give up after the third effort and even for a moment thought about telling Lora to go on without me, just when a guy came running towards us in the opposite direction wearing a Boston Marathon jacket.

Screen shot 2013-03-03 at 4.59.22 PM

I sucked it up and ran that last ten minute interval up those stupidly silly hills on First Avenue and then sat my ass down on my couch for the remainder of the day.

On Saturday, I was more fatigued than I was after running Richmond, but more satisfied knowing that recovering from this challenging of a run can only make me stronger.


Say it, Do it! (11 weeks till game day!)

  • Monday: Spin
  • Tuesday: Tempo (2 mile wu; 3 @ tempo; 2 mile cd) + Strength
  • Wednesday: Easy run or spin
  • Thursday: Speed work (2 mile wu, 4×1600, 2 mile cd) + Strength
  • Friday: Off
  • Saturday: Easy Run
  • Sunday: Long Run 17 miles easy pace
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16 Responses leave one →
  1. March 3, 2013

    Way to stick with those efforts, Jess! I totally relate to wanting to “punk out” during tough runs; that’s when teammates and running buddies come in handy! I just blogged about this week’s workouts:

  2. March 3, 2013

    Wasn’t the timing of that Boston Marathon jacket impeccable? Motivation comes in many forms :) It was a fantastic run, and I was (still am) grateful for your company!

  3. March 3, 2013

    Woohoo way to get it done! I would kill for one of those jackets.. someday I’ll be faster..someday.
    Here’s mine:

  4. March 3, 2013

    What a beautiful jacket… I keep thinking it’s dumb of me to pay so much for a jacket, but then I just need to remind myself what it represents!!

    The wind and cold sounds like it was brutal, but you pushed through it and it’ll pay off in the end, nice work!!

    • Jess permalink*
      March 4, 2013

      You have to get it! It’s not just a jacket, it’s something you’ll have forever!

  5. March 3, 2013

    I am dying to meet and run with this group! Hopefully soon!

    • Jess permalink*
      March 4, 2013

      Join us anytime! Though, I don’t think we’ve all ran together since training for NYCM in October.

  6. March 3, 2013

    I’m committed to running 16 miles tomorrow morning! It’s gonna be a personal distance record. I’m so exciteeeed!

  7. March 3, 2013

    I’m committing to running my shorter runs fast this week (my “peak” week) so I’m used to the race pace I want to sustain during the half. And also to making sure I get the rest I need through plenty of sleep and rest days! Oh, and foam rolling, as always ;)

  8. March 4, 2013

    I am doing SIDI for the first time this week
    Already completed workout one for the week!

  9. Jen O permalink
    March 4, 2013

    Good job sticking it out! Every time you push yourself like that you get physically stronger but, more importantly, mentally stronger!! :)

    Workouts for the week:
    Monday – Core + Pushups
    Tuesday – 6 mi
    Wednesday – 4 mi tempo
    Thursday – 3 mi easy
    Friday – off
    Saturday – 7 miles easy
    Sunday – 6 mi speed intervals

  10. March 4, 2013

    I could relate to this–last year when Boston was so stinking hot, knowing I had already bought the stupid jacket got me to the finish line!

  11. March 5, 2013

    I love plans, so planning out workouts on Sunday definitely works for me. But I like to stay flexible, because the truth is, when you always have a goal on the horizon, or a training plan in place….you can get burnt out. If I need a rest day, I take it….or at the very least, try to swim or do yoga, which for me is like an off day (I am a slow, methodical swimmer…unfortunately).

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