NYC Marathon Training: Weeks 5-8


Week 5 : 8/15 – 8/21

Monday 8/15: Swim 40 minutes.  My legs were feeling uber sore from running 6 days in a row with 1 long run and 1 race thrown in there.  I met a friend at one of the local outdoor pools and while it was cool to swim outdoors, I was a little grossed out by the clumps of hair floating around…

Tuesday 8/16: 6 mi total >> 2 mi warm up + #tracktuesday (6x800s – ) + 1 mi cool down


Wednesday 8/17: 6 mi total >> I woke up around 5 to get in 4 miles before November Project.  The thing is I didn’t accurately account for my pace and running uptown.  I arrived mid-workout and jumped into the 5:30 crew for an extra couple miles and few sets of pushups.  Later in the night I went with a bunch of people to a Broadway Bodies class to learn how to shake it like Queen Bee.  Apparently all hail Beyoncé.

Thursday 8/18: Swim ~ 1.3 mi (45 min) + Physical Therapy.  I had thought about going to pilates but then missed my chance during lunch


Friday 8/19: 6.12 miles around Central Park and the Reservoir. Steady miles with negative splits, reminding myself that I want to run for the LONG term


Saturday 8/20: 15 long miles up and down Summer Streets and into Brooklyn for Brunch. I accidentally stopped my watch for a short time so Strava says 14.1 buuuut since my friend Annelise ran with me, she can vouch that we ran 15.

Sunday 8/21: Yoga. Yep, that’s it.

Week 6 : 8/22-8/28

Monday 8/22: PT Stretches at home + PT + Yoga after work.  While it’s good to take a day off, I felt oh so lazy and lethargic.


Tuesday 8/23: 8 miles around Central Park (emphasizing hills) around 8:53 pace.  Slow and steady for fear of getting injured…still need to focus on me and just do my thing (but adding friends to my run was lovely too!)

Wednesday 8/24: Ran about 7.7 to and from Central Park with some November Project stairs in between. I really wasn’t feeling the stairs and the whole run felt off.  I feel like I should be running faster but also don’t want to get injured.  I did have a few excellent chats with friends who reminded me to enjoy the process and to focus on my own journey and not compare them to others. Do I sound like a broken record yet?  I write this mostly for my own good…Finished the day with PT exercises and yoga.

Thursday 8/25: Swam for about 40 minutes + stress walking through terminals + PT exercises

Friday 8/26: 15 lovely miles in Southern California.  I actually managed 7.5 hours of sleep before jumping up at the 5am wakeup call.  The first 7ish mile loop was a bit faster than normal (with the exception of one mega incline) and then I kept things steady for loop #2.


Saturday 8/27: Dancing the afternoon away at my friend’s wedding!

Sunday 8/28: 5 mi jaunt in the burbs and 4 hours of walking the golf course

Thoughts: Foam rolling and core work could be better but the running schedule hasn’t been too terrible.  For some reason my back always hurts following my long run – anyone else have that issue?  Probably because I have a weak core. Duh.

Week 7 : 8/22-8/28

Monday 8/29: One should not function on less than 5 hours of sleep.  I was a royal witch and took myself to swim during lunch.  That + PT exercises.

Tuesday 8/30: Still on the struggle bus from my Sunday night red-eye and needed to skip Equinox’s total body workout or/intervals.  PT exercises + bike to work + free weights instead.

Wednesday 8/31: Ran 9.5 up to and around NP Bridge Day and back down through the park.  I was feeling alright – just a bit of ache in my hip/shin.  When I went to PT later that day, they told me my muscles were all sorts of tired.  Yeah, I guess you could say that then.  I was lucky enough to use the compression boots for a full 15 minutes! It’s like heaven where the boots inflate and massage your legs like the chair in the nail salon does.  Pure bliss.


Thursday 9/1: Another loop of the park for the week (6.2 miles).  This time chasing down a few friends and not digging the Ethiopian food I had for dinner the night before.

Friday 9/2: Struggle city as running this many days in a row is no bueno.  I ran about 5 miles to the west side of the city and ended at the November Project location (Foley Square) only to half ass the workout because my body hurt.  This would be called “Junk Miles”

Saturday 9/3: 15 solo miles around Manhattan…dragging along.

Sunday 9/4: Walking all around town.  I had planned to swim but plans got in the way and I had left my swimsuit at work. #issues


Week 8 : 9/5-9/11

Monday 9/5: Was supposed to take this off but it was my friend Emma’s last official NP_NYC workout so off to Williamsburg Bridge I went.  Around 5.3 miles and a midday yoga class for the win.

Tuesday 9/6: bEAST River Track Club >> Ran 3 down to the east river and 3×1600 repeats (around 7:22 – 7:12 – 7:03/7:11) and plank + 1 mi run back to apartment.  Actually was feeling good!

Wednesday 9/7: Yoga + 30 minute swim at lunch

Thursday 9/8: Easy loop around CP and while there is some pain under my knee, it felt pretty solid (last two on the treadmill which I did NOT like)

Friday 9/9: PT Exercises + Pilates Power.  I’m feeling some pain under my knee, which my PT says it’s a frontal/anterior tibial something or other from higher mileage. Cool.

Saturday 9/10: Participated in part of my friend Liysa’s amazing run “No (Man)hattan is an Island” – inspired by and in support of The Herren Project. The goal of the day was to run 32 miles around the island.  You could do it solo, with people, in a relay, etc.  I had set up a relay but when the humidity hit this week, we all decided to start out together at 7:30.  The event was powerful and the 5ish or so people (possibly more) that made it all the way around are beyond inspiring.  Their stories, the miles, and the people.

I ran about 12.4 miles (~8:47 pace, which is not what the VT has been telling me to do – ~9:19) and probably went out a little fast.  The last couple of miles sucked and my right calf pretty much hates me.  So next week’s goal for the 18-mile tune up is to RUN SLOWLY.

Sunday 9/11: OFF


^^ Words of wisdom by Ciele

Thoughts: Running during the past few months has somehow been tougher than last year.  I don’t feel the speed (that I think I need/should have) and I have some points of doubt.  Like a true millennial, I’ve expected things to come easy.  There I said it.  But this is not true, especially for a marathon.

As my PT pointed out again, I have to decide at what cost I want to run this race.  Is it to run fast and ignore my training and ultimately get injured?  Or is it to enjoy the process, learn about myself and run for the long term?  100% the latter and every day is a struggle to remind myself of this.  Here we go with about 2 months to go!


7 thoughts on “NYC Marathon Training: Weeks 5-8

  1. My recommendation having trained for my one marathon is to stop worrying about speed and just put the miles in. By being in shape you will end up having a fast time by being able to run the whole race. I did mine in 5 hrs but walked a lot in the 2nd half. I think you should be running no more than 5 days a week, you need to let your legs rest and you will benefit much more from a rested and pain free set of legs than tired and weary ones. My 2 cents. You are not trying to make the Olympics and it will be more important to say you ran in and finished the NYC marathon then what your time is and you will just naturally have a good time. Do you have a time goal? Less than 4 hrs? This might be your one and only full – halves are good and easier on your body and schedule – so enjoy the process and don’t become neurotic. Just some fatherly advice.

    Love Dad

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    • That’s all awesome advice! I have been enjoying and benefiting from the running 4x per week and notice when I do 5 days and how that impacts my body. Halves and tris are certainly better on the body and I’ll enjoy the process for now. Love the advice Coach TFred! Carpe diem 🙂

  2. Those aches and pains cause so many doubts during marathon training. I think you’re doing an awesome job with your training although I think if you took more full rest days instead of yoga or swimming you might recover faster and feel better during your runs! I always believed in the active rest thing but I’m finding that my best runs are actually happening when I literally sit on the couch and get hardly any steps in the day before. It’s hard to retrain the mind to think it’s “okay” but definitely helps keep me running for the long haul 🙂

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