Week 17 – NYC Marathon Training

So close to the big day! We had a great week of training last week, and although I wanted to hit 45-46 miles, we still hit our highest weekly mileage ever (43). Shooting for 47,48,49-ish this week…then it’s taper time!

Here’s last week’s training:

Monday: 7 miles. We did 1K repeats at VO2max pace (8:50-9:00/mile for us), so with warm up and cool down it was 7 miles total.

Tuesday: Off

Wednesday: 14 miles. We felt sluggish and off from the start but just didn’t care about pace. We did 12.5 outside, then finished on the treadmill since it got dark. I always like to practice finishing fast and hope I have that energy at mile 26.1! :) Here’s a pic from our run:


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Thursday: 5 miles. Easy, recovery pace.

Friday: 5 AM miles. Good thing I ran in the AM because I was planning on just doing 2-3 AM miles then 5-6 in the evening. I didn’t end up having time in the afternoon, so glad I decided to keep running in the AM while my team practiced.


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Saturday: 9 total miles, 7 miles at tempo pace. We felt great. I always struggle with tempo runs, but completed this one with an average 9:50/mile pace. Our plan has us running tempos a bit faster than marathon pace, so hopefully marathon pace (10:40ish) will feel easy!

Sunday: 3 miles. Meant to do 5 but my shin was hurting and 5 days in a row of running took it’s toll. Took it slow and walked when I needed to. 


Despite being in week 17 and being in the peak of training, I surprisingly feel very good! I got new orthotics from a podiatrist that have really been helping, and I don’t know why I waited so long to get them.

Have you gotten custom orthotics?

How many days in a row can you run before feeling pain or tired?


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Week 14 – NYC Marathon Training

I actually think I messed up the weeks and last week might be week 15, but for the sake of the blog, let’s stay in order :-P

Last week of training went decent. After my long run (18 miles woo!) my shin pain got worse. So this week I took off Monday and Tuesday to give my shin a rest….hopefully I can complete all runs this week and hit 46-48 next week, then pe8? ak at 50. But we shall see.

Here’s last week’s training:

Monday:  Easy 4 miles

Tuesday: 8.3 miles, 5 at tempo pace. Was around 10:00/ mile. But I don’t know. My mom’s watch said like 10:10-10:15, and my Strava app said 9:48 average pace…soooo…I’ll take the 9:48? ;) I love this trail!


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Wednesday: Off

Thursday: 18 miles! Longest run yet and felt great. Just took it easy. Ran the last mile on the treadmill because it got slow, and so I did that at a faster pace. I HOPE I can speed up in the last miles of the marathon like I’ve been practicing.


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Friday: 0.5 miles. Yes, a half mile. I got out a half mile and had to turn back and walk a half mile home because my left shin was hurting with every step. Figured let’s just stop and walk back…not worth it.

Saturday: 5.5 miles. Was nervous whether I’d be able to do this or have to take the weekend off because of my shin. But my team had a XC meet out in PA, and while they did their walk-thru and warm-up, I ran myself.

Sunday: 3 miles.

TOTAL MILES: 38.8 miles

Disappointed because I wanted to hit 45 miles, but what can you do. Hoping my tempo run today goes well and with not much pain!

Do you have any nagging pains or injuries? I have literally had this shin issues since high school. My PT says it’s just from not addressing these biomechanical issues since then, but it’s fixable. I hope!


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Week 13 – NYC Marathon Training

We got to our highest week in training yet! 41 miles. Shooting for around 45 this week but it will be tough because I already know I won’t be able to run on Sunday, and Wednesday is my off day, so there will be 2 off days this week (last week there was onle 1).

That one extra day of running really makes a difference though – by Sunday I was just so tired. But that’s normal when it comes to marathon training. Your body is fatigued, but you gotta keep trucking along. That’s why it’s so important to make sure recovery and easy days are easy pace.

Here’s what we did last week:

Monday: Easy 4 miles

Tuesday: 8 mile tempo workout. 1 mile warm-up, 4 miles tempo, 3 miles normal pace. My mom had the GPS watch one so I just followed her, though I ended up falling off. I went by tempo effort which I think is still good because that day it was SO humid out.


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Wednesday: Off

Thursday: 16 miles. This is the second time we’ve ran this loop. We do a 5 mile loop first, stop to refill our bottles, then run to our gym which is 1.5 miles away from the first loop, refill our water if needed, then do a 6 mile loop. I always try to pick it up in the last 2 miles of that 6 mile loop, and then the past two times we have finished with 3 miles on the treadmill, where I try to go marathon pace or a bit faster. Felt really good again! I am really loving GenUCAN as fuel – have never felt better on long runs. Pigeon pose is the best after long runs or hard workouts!


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Friday: Recovery 5 miles. I love recovery days because I can go as slow as I want :-)

Saturday: 5.5 miles – track workout. 2 mile warm-up, 4×800 meters at VO2Max pace (about 4:30 per lap), 2:30 recovery in between, then 1 mile cooldown. 800s were 4:40, 4:25, 4:24, 4:25. After the first one, I didn’t think I’d hit those times because my legs were just so tired, but felt surprisingly good!

Sunday: Easy 2.5 miles. Was supposed to do 3 but like I said, I was just so tired lol. 


This is the most we have ran, and most consistent we’ve been, since 2013 NYC Marathon training. So here’s hoping it continues! Only like 4 real weeks of training left before taper time :-O

What is the highest weekly mileage you’ve ever done for a marathon? I’d like to hit 50 this week and once again, but we’ll see…


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Week 12 – NYC Marathon Training

Oops, skipped a weekly recap on the blog. And a little late with this one but oh well :-)

Kinda freaking out that there is only 7 weeks left of training…but feeling pretty decent…idk how I feel about my training so far!! Here’s what we did last week:

Monday: 7.5 miles total (1K repeats workout). We did 1.3 miles as a warmup, then 8x1K repeats at a little faster than tempo pace. We were shooting for 6 min. per 1K. We were in the 5:52-6:09 range. Then 1.3 miles for cooldown. Felt really good and had a great view.


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Tuesday: 3 miles easy pace.

Wednesday: OFF

Thursday: 16 mile long run. Finally was in the 11′s for my average pace (and last few miles in the 10s). All summer I’ve been struggling on my long runs because of the heat and humidity, and running in the 12s. Can’t wait for it to get cooler so running is comfortable again. Finished with 3 miles on the treadmill, with the last mile in about 8 min. Felt like I could have kept going!

Friday: 4 mile recovery run. Was a little sore, so ran reaalllyyy slow. Didn’t even wear a watch.

Saturday: OFF

Sunday: 6.5 miles easy pace. Love the days where you feel like you could keep going. I initially figured I’d run 4 miles (really did NOT want to run), but then started and felt good. I was like, ok I’ll do 5. Kept feeling good. I was like ok might as well keep going lol. Did 6.5 to complete 37 miles for the week.


Highest mileage of training so far. I have 7 weeks left, and I really want to hit 50 miles if possible. When do you plan your “peak weeks?” Like right before the taper?

PS – I think I’m going to enter the lottery for NYC Half…1) who is entering and 2) who has ran it? what did you think of the course??


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Week 10 – NYC Marathon Training

Half way through marathon training! Woooo!

But first, some big news…

14211944_10106785862204629_5347970681507876830_nDan and I got engaged! Still can’t really believe it. Like I don’t feel different, but not in that “I don’t feel any different because we’ve been dating for a while” way, but in the “I don’t feel any different because this feels surreal” way lol. I think it will really hit me once we start planning. I have plans this weekend to hang out with my girl friends and look through bridal magazines lol…that will feel weird for sure!! I just can’t believe it all. It was the perfect weekend down the shore and we’re so happy Hurricane Hermine didn’t come to fruition here in NJ.

Anyway, here’s what went down last week in training:

Monday: 6 mile tempo run. This was after a weekend of not much sleep, so I knew it’d be tough. My mom crushed it as usual, and I did 4.6 miles total at tempo EFFORT. Tempo pace should have been 9:50-10:00, but that day I ran 10:30 average. 

Tuesday: 6 miles. Recovery pace. 

Wednesday: Off

Thursday: 10 miles. This was totally unexpected. I was really bummed when I woke up because I felt pretty sick. I even called out of work because I just wanted to sleep and feel better. I was bummed because this was the day we were supposed to run 15 miles. I knew I had to run no matter what, so I told my mom let’s go do our 1K repeats on the road and at least get 5 miles in. Well, we did a 2.5 mile warm-up, started the workout, I did an extra rep because I felt so good, and then looked at my watch and saw we only had to do 3.5 miles more to get to 10 miles! So I said let’s just keep going. Felt great that day and glad we were able to do 10. Honestly, we could have probably done closer to 15, but since we didn’t think it was going to be a long run, we didn’t bring any water or fuel. 


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Friday: 3 recovery miles on my own before our first XC meet.

Saturday: My favorite race of the year – 5th Avenue Mile! I got to run in the media heat again this year which was really cool. My mom’s race was at 10:40 and mine was at 11:45. We both ran 2 miles before our races, then the race, then 1 mile after. Original plan was to do 8 miles total (we did 4) but my legs were SHOT after the race and my mom got a call from a client who needed her help. This was what ruined our 40 mile week :-( But ran the mile in 7:44. Not my best, but felt good to just go all out…well, good and hurt lol. Oh and I also met Carmy of Carmyy.com! But of course we forgot to take a selfie!


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Sunday: 4 miles. Did 3 miles on the elliptical because of shin pain, then 1 mile on the treadmill. Little did I know that while I was doing this in our hotel gym, Dan was on the phone with my dad talking about proposing!


Goal this week is to get as close to 40, if not surpass it. But it will be a busy week with the big news, visiting family and friends, and our first Rutgers football game Saturday. Will do my best!! :)

For my engaged & married peeps, did you feel in shock when it happened? Because I still don’t feel this is real life haha. How long before you started the actual planning process? What season did you get married? So many questions!


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Pique Tea Review (It’s Awesome!)

Today, we’re going to talk about tea. Specifically, crystallized tea. How cool does that sound??

I’m a big fan of crystallized things (like Nektar Honey Crystals), and this tea is no exception. Pique Tea is tea, re-imagined. They make natural whole leaf tea, brewed and crystallized. Pique Tea is the easiest way to enjoy exceptional tea every time. Oh and they are certified Organic!

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How is tea made into crystal form? Good question. Pique’s leaf-to-crystal process slow brews the tea leaves for maximum flavor and nutrients and are then crystallized.

The number 1 thing I love about it is that I can easily make iced tea!! I never make iced tea at home because, honestly, I’m too lazy. I don’t feel like brewing tea, letting it cool, etc. etc. With Pique Tea, just put it in your water + ice, and you’re set. This is also perfect for me to have at my desk in order to stay hydrated. We all get sick of plain water, and just being able to drop these little tea crystals into my water makes me life so much easier :)


Pique Tea has a bunch of different flavors, which include Sencha Green Tea, Jasmine Tea, Mint Sencha Green Tea, Earl Grey, and English Breakfast. Each box comes with 14 sachets. Simply tear it open and pour into your cup.

I took these with me to Rio to try them out and it was perfect. Small enough to have in my carry on bag and just overall very convenient and quick. Hot cup of Jasmine tea on the beach in Copacabana? Why not :)



You all know I love my coffee, but being able to make iced tea has been key in the summertime. After a hot day at XC practice, I want an ice cold drink. Check out my video below for 2 quick & easy recipes I concocted!

Want to try Pique Tea? There are a few ways you can:

  • Get a free trial pack here.
  • Buy a variety pack here.
  • Subscribe to their monthly tea plan here.

I highly recommend getting your free trial pack – I promise you’ll love it!

What are your favorite tea flavors? Do you prefer iced tea or hot tea?


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Week 9 – NYC Marathon Training

Last week was a solid week of training. I can only hope this week goes as well! Ever have weeks where you just feel crappy on EVERY run and want to give up? Then weeks where you feel amazing and want to keep running? Oh the highs and lows of marathon training ;)

Here’s how the week went down:

Monday: Easy run – 4.5 miles. Just our usual loop in town.


Wednesday: Tempo run – 6.5 miles total. We decided to do part of the workout during a 5K race (The NJ Trail Series which we love). We did a 1.5 mile warm-up, then 1 mile at tempo pace on our own before the 5K, then 5K at tempo pace, then 1 mile cooldown. Felt good!


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Thursday: Off. Shouldn’t have taken off but was tired from the previous workout and we had to do our long run Friday, so figured rest couldn’t hurt.

Friday: 13 miles. Of course it was the hottest day of the week, but this was the only day I could get it done. I was going down the shore for the weekend, plus I prefer doing my long runs during the week as opposed to weekend mornings. We took it really slow because of the heat, and left water on the course, so we were drinking water every 2-3 miles. Those water stops did add an extra 15 minutes to our total time…but it was needed. I’ve seen people online talk about how you shouldn’t stop that much during runs because it will affect your training but I’d rather stop for a minute or 2 to get water and hydrate. What do you all think?

Saturday: Off

Sunday: Off

TOTAL MILES: 29. Total time: 5:40…up 20 minutes from last week and with one day less of running! Hoping to hit high 30s if not 40 this week.

Shins have been feeling good, and physical therapy is really helping. So gotta keep trucking along until November!

I’m running 5th Avenue Mile this weekend, who else is?? See ya there!


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Week 8 – NYC Marathon Training

We are back from Rio! We got back last week from our South America trip (Paraguay to visit family then Rio for the Olympics). Overall, it was an amazing trip. Will post a full recap of it later this week.

Today, I wanted to talk about how marathon training is going so far. Last week was week 8 (wow) and I’d say training is mediocre. We were away fro 2 weeks so the training didn’t go as planned. It’s tough because in Paraguay, every day was packed with visiting family. Our entire family is in Paraguay, so when we go, we try to see as many people as possible.

Also, it’s not safe to run on the roads in Paraguay, which makes it even harder to run because we have to drive 30-40 minutes to the park. So unfortunately, we didn’t get any long runs in during that time, and probably only ran 2-3 times each week.

So last week was our first week back, and although the plan said to shoot for 14-15 miles, we have only ran up to 10, so I said let’s stick to 10 miles to get back into the flow of things. We still have 10 weeks left so I’m hoping we still have time to build up to those long runs and be fine. Here’s how last week looked:

MONDAY - Off. This was the day we got back from Rio. That 9.5 hour overnight flight is killer.

TUESDAY - 3 miles. Went on a 2 mile out and back, but then walked the last mile with my mom. It was super hot and humid, and being our first run back, I felt super out of shape haha. So we took it easy.

WEDNESDAY – AM 2 miles with  my XC team. PM 5 miles on the track. We did a 1.5 mile warmup, then 5×1000 meter repeats, then a short cooldown. Felt pretty good actually. 

THURSDAY - 4.5 miles, out and back, easy pace.

FRIDAY - 10 mile long run. UGH this run. From the beginning I knew it was going to be an off day. Isn’t that the worst when you’re at mile 1 or 2 of a long run and already feel like crap?

I tried GENUCAN before the run, and then had a DOUBLE side cramp for the whole 10 miles. I had to stop and walk a bunch. It was awful and the slowest run. But I’m glad I finished because I thought about qutiting at 3 miles, 5 miles, and 7 miles lol. But I figured I had nothing to do that night anyway so I could go slow, plus we had a wedding the next day so it was the only day I could get it done.

Has anyone tried GENUCAN and have tips? I’m going to try it one more time during this week’s long run. Hoping it goes better. I feel like I just never feel good on long runs. I absolutely dread long runs, and they make me question why I signed up for a marathon haha.

SATURDAY - 4 miles, recovery run.

TOTAL MILES: 28.5 miles

How do you all usually fuel for long runs? I have tried gels but feel like I still don’t have sufficient energy towards the end. GenUCAN gives me good energy but the cramp issue is annoying. Hmm…


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I’m Heading To Rio!

Things might be a big quiet here for the next 2 weeks – my family and I are heading to Paraguay to visit my family, and then spending 4 days in Rio during the Olympics! I’m so pumped minus all the Zika talk, dangers etc. But we were there for the World Cup amidst similar conditions and had a great time. We’ve been to South America every 2-3 years since I was young…it’s all about being smart and aware of your surroundings.

Anyway, hopefully we have a great and safe trip. I will be spending my birthday watching track and field in the Olympic stadium! Best birthday ever ;)

I can’t wait to see the sights again:



I’d love to go back to Christ the Redeemer to see the sunset, but so far we don’t have a set itinerary other than the track meet and some beach volleyball.

I will be posting on instagram and snapchat, so if you want to follow along, feel free to follow me! I’m @pattyrivas13 on both :)

Hopefully I am able to still get my runs in during this time…but we’ll have to see what the situation is in terms of where to run along with where it’s safe to run.

Stay tuned!


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NYC Marathon Long Training Run Recap

Last weekend, my mom and I did the NYRR NYC Marathon Long Training Run in Central Park. I really did not want to wake up at 4:30 AM to get into the city by 6:30AM, but really had no choice since the temps were going to be HOT that day. Whether I ran there or alone, I’d have to be up early, so I figured might as well go run with everyone else training for NYCM. Plus, NYRR sets up water stations every mile, along with Gatorade and gels. They also had sprinklers every mile which were a lifesaver!


Up early enough to see the sunrise over NYC.

We got there around 6:30 and parked, though funny story…I bought a pre-paid pass for a parking deck using the app SpotHero. Since my brain was clearly not awake yet, I ended up parking in the wrong deck (same street), so had to pay twice basically. SIGH.

Anyway, we got there with plenty of time to use the bathrooms, pick up our bibs and hang out for a bit. Usually we get there right on time and are rushing everywhere.


The run was split up into pace groups. We decided to stick with the 12:00/mile pace group to start, because of the heat, and see how things went from there.


My watch, my mom’s watch and her friend’s watch all said we were running at 10:30 pace in that first mile which was odd but we felt good so I went with it. We were ahead of the 12:00/mile pacer in the first mile, and then eventually my pace evened out to about 11:25 per mile. I just went slow and made sure I was feeling comfortable. I put in my music to just zone out.

I walked through every water stop each mile, then continued on, which didn’t affect my average pace at all. Does anyone do this in marathons? Stop and walk at water stops? Or do you drink while running?

After the first 6 mile loop it was starting to get hot but I still felt good. I did something I have never tried before – I dumped water down my neck and back…and it felt great! I’ve never tried that because I’ve been afraid of chafing. I know many suggest it to cool down but I already sweat enough as it is so throwing water on myself and making my clothes literally soaking wet seems uncomfortable. But it did the trick. I felt fine, heat wise, until about 9 miles (2 miles to go).

That is when it felt like it just got HOT. With one mile to go I was taking a few walk breaks and my mom was like come on, only one mile left. With a half mile to go, this woman running with her stroller passed me and I tried to stay with her (which I did for like 2 minutes LOL). When my watch hit 9.8, I sped up with what I could…plus I just wanted to get to that water table which also had Gatorade and cold, wet sponges.

We finished the 11 miles in 2:05 according to my watch. Goal was 12-13 miles but the course actually shut down right when we crossed due to the heat. But I’ll take it!


The funny thing is, I was pretty nervous about this run. The night before I could NOT SLEEP AT ALL which is SO FRUSTRATING. I legit wanted to scream. I went to bed at 10:30 and didn’t actually fall asleep until around 2 AM. Awesome. 

I woke up at 4:30 and was thinking, “How am I going to run 11 miles on 2 hours of sleep?” But did some googling on my drive to the run and made myself feel better by reading about how one night of bad sleep won’t affect you TOO much.

Well, I’d say it didn’t really affect me thankfully. I felt good and kept a steady pace throughout. I actually ran 10 miles yesterday and ran it much slower…finished in the same time, but 1 mile less. So you really never know when you’ll have a good day or a bad day, but it’s all part of the training process!

Next week I plan on recapping my marathon training based on the week…this week is week 6 already!

How do you cool off when it’s super hot out and you NEED to get your long run in?

Has anyone ever changed shirts in the middle of a marathon because I am seriously considering that lol – my shirts are soaked within the first hour…blegh.


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