Is marathon training slowing me down?

Last week’s ten mile tempo run felt awful. I was scrambling at the end of each mile to get in the 7:30 range, and definitely wasn’t in a flow. I wanted a do-over, so I set out for another ten mile tempo attempt in hopes of a better experience. This was definitely a huge confidence boost, especially after a long day of work, but it made me think…is marathon training slowing me down? In August I ran 13.1 at a 6:39 pace. Yeah, it was a race, but shouldn’t a 7:14 feel fairly easy? When my mileage was much lower, I’d run in the 6’s frequently, but that hasn’t been happening lately. Track feels harder, my easy runs are getting slower…but I think that’s a sign of good training, right? When you’re training for a marathon you should be tiring your legs out, so they get used to running through fatigue. I’m in the peak of New York training, so it shouldn’t feel easy peasy. Next week we’re running 23, then mileage decreases so that we’re ready for the marathon. Does anyone else feel like marathon training makes them slow? img_1973

In the Equitas world, another week in the books. It was a week of lows (surprise audits + cramming too much in my schedule) and highs (adorable scholars + awesome teammates), but it ended on a high. Our teachers are rocking it in their classrooms, we’re starting to really push instruction, the teamwork is incredible, and we’re getting great feedback during our observations. We’ve finally got something good going at lunch and snack! Fun fact, getting 100 five year olds to eat in an orderly fashion is really hard. This week our scholars earned their college shirts! They’ll wear them with pride on Fridays.

And as an Executive Team we met this week at the hub in the Arts District. We reflected on our beginning of year data and set network goals. I felt stressed about leaving the building, but being away from scholars and the day-to-day helped me think big picture. My mantra for the year is “There is no achievement gap at Equitas Academy #3.” I’m pretty proud of this shot I got outside of the building 🙂 I haven’t spent too much time in the Little Tokyo/Arts District area. Sushi, Pie Hole and The Last Bookstore are on my list to explore in LA.

Back to running. Speaking of slow running, last week was supposed to be less mileage, but this 15 mile run was harder than our 21 miler and pretty slow because we ran up a mountain. It was SO hot as we ran to the top of the Hollywood sign. I’ve never been so excited to see a water fountain. The run built crazy mental toughness. We rewarded ourselves with acai bowls at Erewhon afterwards. Thanks for planning it, Marianne!

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But it was OH so beautiful!I live here?Hey Valley!     And a few last school shots. Here is Gabby at Back to School Night!
And Sindy teaching her reading group.
That’s all for now. 17 miles this morning done, no plans for the rest of the day. My highest mileage week starts Monday, so I’ll be doing lots of taking it easy.