First up, workouts from week 9 of NYCM training:
Also, it was a great weekend to be an Eagle:
NYCM 18 Mile Tune-Up:
Confession: I still get nervous before long runs. I spent Saturday out on Long Island so was able to carbload with my parents Saturday night for the NYCM 18 Mile Tune-Up Sunday morning. Conversation basically went like this:
- 18 miles is SO far.
- Three loops of Central Park is torture.
- That’s THREE Harlem Hills and THREE Cat Hills and ALL THE OTHER rolling hills THREE TIMES.
- My coach wants me to run the last mile at tempo. After 17 miles! In Central Park!
Needless to say, I was AWESOME company.
When I woke up Sunday morning, I was still nervous. As I walked to Central Park – nervous. As I lined up in the corrals – nervous. As I started running – nervous. Mile 1 – nervous. Mile 2 – still nervous.
It was mental torture (and some physical as my heart was pounding from the nerves and not from running). I knew I couldn’t keep this up and basically gave myself a pep talk:
- Run the mile you’re in.
- It’s just three sets of six miles.
- Six miles is easy.
- You can run six miles.
- Just get through the first six miles.
I was finally able to settle down, get into a rhythm, and ended up having one of the best long runs I’ve ever had.
As I completed each loop, I was thankful for the three Harlem Hill sprints my coach had me run earlier this week. As I ran each hill, I thought about how easy it felt in comparison to Thursday’s workout. I felt so mentally prepared to tackle those hills three times. Thanks, Jess
I finished in 3:00:32 (10:02 pace) with a negative split and a final mile of 8:44.
At this point, I feel pretty good about where I’m at in terms of fitness and I’m looking forward to putting in some more quality miles these next few weeks. Also, I am absurdly happy to have a long run of “only” 13 miles next week. Perhaps I won’t be so nervous…
Do you get nervous before certain workouts? How do you combat the nerves?
Did anyone else run the NYCM 18 Mile Tune-Up? How’d it go?!