NYCM Training Week 15


  • PLAN- 8 miles easy, 2 easy, 2 half marathon goal pace (7:25), 2 easy
  • ACTUAL- 8 miles, 2 easy, 7:40, 7:32, 7:21, 7:28, 2 easy (8:10 pace) and PT 

Not surprised they didn’t go as planned. I wasn’t feeling it. PT continues to help and I love that I don’t have to go for an hour and don’t have to do hours worth of “homework” a week. Rich caught me in action…IMG_8819 IMG_8818 IMG_8817

and my balance isn’t great but I’m getting there and I believe my glutes are starting to fire again. I will call it improvement!


  • PLAN- rest/cross
  • ACTUAL- flywheel and private pilates 

You know what’s a really entertaining way to start your Tuesday? Drive to flywheel at 5:30am, realize you left your wallet at home, and end up at flywheel with 1 mile to empty. OOPs. Thank goodness for Uber! I had to get a ride home and then get Rich to take me back to get my car.


  • PLAN- 8 miles easy (7:55-9:00)
  • ACTUAL- 8 miles easy 8:49 avg pace

Easy run through the city.


  • PLAN- 6 miles easy
  • ACTUAL- 6 miles easy 8:47 avg pace 

Same as Wednesday. I just wasn’t really feeling it this week. The runs were more of a “check the box” than something I was looking forward to. Hopefully more on that at a later date.


  • PLAN- rest day! 
  • ACTUAL- rest/PT/icebox therapy/travel day

I managed to work, go to PT, and icebox therapy before leaving that evening for Omaha.


  • PLAN- 4 miles easy 
  • ACTUAL- 4 miles easy 8:45 avg pace 

I love runs where you get to explore a new city. It was so much cooler out than in Atlanta so the temps added with a clean city to run in was refreshing!IMG_8840Rich and I spent the morning exploring and I rested that afternoon. The goal of the Omaha 1/2 was to make it a test run for NYC. I definitely did more than I planned to do on race day, but I wanted to eat the same foods, rest the day before, etc. So, it was also an early night to bed.


  • PLAN- 3 mile warmup or cooldown and Omaha 1/2 Marathon
  • ACTUAL- 2.5 mile warmup 8:43 avg pace and Omaha 1/2 Marathon 7:53 avg pace

A perfect tune up run, just as planned. A no frills race but it was my half way point in my racing the states goal. You can read the recap on my 25th state, hereScreen shot 2014-09-25 at 1.09.17 PM IMG_8887

Total Miles for the Week: 42

Do you think marathon training is fun or work? Can you do a race as a tune up or easier run or do you feel the need to actually race if you have a bib on? 

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  • Sometimes during long training plans I get to that “just check the box” stage about training. I think mentally I just get zapped. It’s a long time and a lot of work to focus on one goal. The good news is that you are almost there! 🙂

  • Great job on getting it all done, even if you weren’t totally in the zone this week. I’ve never really done a tune-up race but that is on my list for my next half – do a 10K or 7.5 mile road race (there’s one in the winter here) as a race day trial for the half.

  • We’re in the homestretch!
    So far thiis cycle I’m enjoying the training, probably because my plan is conservative. But then I worried I won’t be as prepared for NYC…
    In the old days I had a hard time running a race easy. Now that is no problem.

  • I don’t do marathon training, as you know. I run when I feel like it and run a lot of half marathons to keep my base. Maybe that is why I am not faster?

    However, we all get burnout, and I feel it’s pretty important to take a step back if running is no longer fun…

    Hope you get your groove back!

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