Road to NYC: Marathon Training Recap Week 14

The NYC Marathon is in 26 days. Oops.

I forgot to finish my posts last week. Double oops.

Week 14 was a step-back per the plan, and the weather was gorgeous. Morning temps in the high 50s or low 60s. Saturday’s long run was a bit sunny, but windy and a low of 46 to start. It did quickly warm up, but no biggie. It was only 12 miles. As far as my plan, I’ve been doing a sort of combination of Hal Higdon’s Novice 1 (weekly runs) and Novice 2 (long runs). I like the structure, it fits my schedule, but I wanted to put in some longer distance runs and do a bit of speed work that Novice 1 was lacking. So I combined the two into a hybrid. It’s been working well so far, and I’m almost done, so we shall see on race day.

With the marathon less than four weeks away, things are starting to get serious. The official NYC Marathon Facebook Page holds training chats on Wednesdays and first-timer chats on Fridays. One thing that always struck me was people who lack any sort of plan surrounding their training. Some people just wing it and ask if 15 miles was enough for a long run. Others were wondering if they needed to hit 30 miles in a single run to properly train. Wow. If you only ran 15 miles as your longest run, you’re in for a long day. People doing a marathon for the first time just don’t realize that the first 20 miles may be “easy” but the last 10k is extremely difficult. And running more than that can have a negative effect on your training.

NYCM Week 14

Tuesday. 5 miles
Wednesday. 9 miles
Thursday. 5 miles
Saturday. 12 miles nice and easy. My pace ended up being 10:10/mile, which I thought was awesome. Can I keep that up for another 14 miles? Doubtful, but I can give it a shot.

Pretty soon, we’ll be talking about race day strategies and pacing and all that fun stuff. This week is peak week, with a total of 40 miles on the calendar, peaking at 20 miles on Saturday. I’m hoping to nail this one, run it a bit faster than I have been in training, to see how my body would hold up when I push it. After that it’s all tapering, so might as well go for it and see what happens. I have a good idea of what my goals and realistic expectations are for this race, with my main goal being to come in under 5 hours (thus improving over MCM by 20 minutes). I think that is perfectly realistic, and in the right conditions I should be able to nail that easy. But you never know, and every run is different.

Hope everyone’s training is going great! Getting close!

Marathon Training Totals
Weekly Runs: 4
Weekly Miles: 31
Total Runs: 47
Total Miles: 334

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