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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  1. What is GENUCAN? I’ve never heard of it, but if it caused side cramps, I’m not sure I want to!

  2. I loved your RIo coverage on IG! I hear you on getting off track workout wise while traveling. Even though I raced in Ireland, I still feel like I fell behind. I haven’t tried GENUCAN. I go with Accelerade (has a little protein) plus gels/water.
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  3. I enjoyed following your adventures in Rio! I think it is so exciting that you made it there for part of the Olympics!

    I’ve never heard of Genucan. For my long runs I usually eat first, then use gels or gummies. I generally use just electrolytes in my water, but I will occasionally use Cytomax.

    I think you have plenty of time to catch up on your training. It was more important to enjoy your time with family.
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  4. Girl, if I was flying back from Rio, I would not be running at all haha. Way to go Patty!
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  5. Kudos for trying to fit in running and a long trip like that! I have never heard of that product. I am bumping up to 8 miles this weekend and it is making me nervous- it is so HOT!
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  6. Sounds like an amazing trip — can’t wait to hear more about it! Glad you had a good time and are home safely.
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  7. What an awesome trip, sometimes running just isn’t possible when we are away but you have plenty of time to catchup those missed miles. Sorry your long run sucked, I had that a few weeks ago and then yesterday was amazing…
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  8. Those long flights are a killer! Had no idea that you were at the olympics how cool!
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  9. you know I love my Tailwind! I don’t get a sidestitch from it. Did you just try the GENUCAN once? Maybe it was a fluke.
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  10. My long run fueling needs work. I cannot use gels anymore…my tummy rebels majorly a few hours after I finish running. The gummies, blocks, chews are too “chewy” for me (and I usually love gummy candy). I’ve tried Tailwind, but the constant drinking makes me have to always be in search of a potty stop. For my ultra last month, I fueled with mostly “real” food…pretzels, etc. and that worked great (but I will not have an aid station at every mile marker for my training runs..UGH).
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  11. Sounds like an amazing trip! What a fabulous opportunity!

    I will use gels on long runs – they are pretty much the only thing that don’t upset my stomach (usually). I feel like long runs are tough for me too (my Saturday 10 miler was also a disaster), but I guess it is what it is and we just need to keep plugging away. The summer heat and humidity isn’t helping at all, though.
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  12. I can’t wait to read your Rio recap. I can only imagine how powerful of an experience it was to be there.
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  13. Sounds like an amazing trip! My old roommate was from Paraguay. I have heard GENUCAN can be really hard to digest at first and it takes your body a time of time to adjust! Lately I have been taking Vega gels. I used to love GU Salted Caramel. I have also tried natural food options but they don’t give the immediate energy boost – dates, bananas, Larabars. I’ve heard there is a new gel that is 100% maple syrup and is supposed to be great!
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