Philly Half Marathon Training Week 13 + NYC Marathon!

Can’t believe I’ve been training consistently for 13 weeks now. I’d say that I’ve only missed a handful of runs and have generally been feeling good minus my shin issues recently. It’s weird to write that I’m training for a half and it’s been 13 weeks, but as I’ve said, I’m mainly training to be consistent, nail a 5K PR by December, and hopefully feel strong in this half marathon! :) I plan on taking a week or so off after the race then getting right back into it. My main goal is to get faster over the next few months and have a strong fall marathon in 2015…we’ll see…

Anyway, here’s last week’s training:

Monday: Off

Tuesday: Went to a local park with all intentions of running 4 miles but only ended up doing 2. Why? Because my shins were hurting with every step. I knew I had to do 11 miles on Wednesday so I decided to just call it a day at 2 and spend more time stretching. Sigh.

Wednesday: 11 miles! My mom felt fine as always, but I struggled for the first 5 or so miles. My shins hurt a little but it was mainly a mental struggle. Ever have those days where you just feel sluggish and like you won’t be able to finish? That was me. But at mile 5 I told myself to snap out of it because I HAD to finish regardless. Once I hit mile 6 I was feeling good and then felt like we were just cruising along until we hit mile 11. I’d say it was a pretty good run! We finished in 1:54, with average pace of 10:22.

Thursday: Easy 3 mile recovery run. 

Friday: Track workout time! Except this time we decided to go to our local park (and cross country course) to do 5x1K repeats. I wanted to try running it on a different terrain since races are never on a flat, nicely marked course like a track. It was weird to not know my exact pace like I would on a track (I like to glance at my watch every 200 meters to see how I’m doing), but overall it went well. We did a 2 mile warm up, then the goal was 6:33 per 1K (8:45 pace). You’ll be able to tell by my splits which part of the course was a bit easier ;) Splits where: 6:23, 6:27, 6:09, 6:27, 6:13. Felt really good…I think I’m a fan of 1K repeats! Here’s a picture my mom took on our cooldown:


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Saturday: There was a Rutgers football game (though it was a pretty bad loss), and I meant to wake up early but come on…we all know I’m not a morning person AND that meant I’d have to be up at like 5:30 AM. So instead I just sucked it up and ran when I got home around 7. I was soaked and tired from the rain but you gotta do what you gotta do! Ended up just doing an easy 3 miles.


I can’t tell you how much fun it was to cheer on runners. It was my first time being a spectator as opposed to running and I loved it. Though after walking around Central Park going from different places, I give mad props to all you spectators and what you do for your runners. It’s exhausting!

We were right before the mile 25 marker and I loved seeing people smile at me or give me a thumbs up when I was yelling their names. I got lots of compliments on my sign too (and one lady asked for a picture of it) that my sister made me last year for the marathon:

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We were at the finish to see all the elites finish, then walked over to mile 25 after getting lunch. I was really inspired by all the elite athletes! I feel bad for Kara because she didn’t have the race she wanted, but I’m sure so many of us runners can relate to that. It sucks training for something for months and then not having it go the way you’d like. But I believe she’ll have a great comeback…I mean look at Meb! He finished 23rd last year and then ended up winning the Boston Marathon in 2014…and he’s 38. He is seriously awesome.

It was a great day and I’m excited to go back to NYC (hopefully) in 2016 and run it for the 3rd time. In the meantime I have to figure out what fall marathon to do in 2015. Chicago? Marine Corps? Help!!

Oh and a huge congratulations to all the finishers! You all braved some serious conditions for 26.2 miles…way to crush it!

Did you watch the NYC Marathon yesterday? What were your thoughts?


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  1. love your sign! so fun :) i’m PROBABLY going to try to get into mcm for 2015. i had too much fun spectating this year :)
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    • Yeah I’m debating between MCM and Chicago. MCM would be more doable for me since it’s only a 3 hour drive. Is the course hilly? Are there spectators most of the way? I’m so ready to run another marathon after being a spectator at NYC!

  2. I haven’t done a marathon in years but not going to lie…seeing all the post of the Chicago, MCM, and NYCM are completely motivating me to do one next year. Those would be my top three of course. :)
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  3. Great sign!! Thank you for spectating and your tweet!! Definitely a marathon to come back to :)
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