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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  1. On really hot days, I don’t mind stopping every now and then for a water fountain or to douse my hat with water or to take a picture :-P. Now that I’m heading into my last two months of training, though, I’ll probably try to make fewer stops.
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  2. Great job Patty thats alot of miles! So glad your chins are feel good!
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  3. I don’t worry about stops during training. Long runs are just about building endurance so as long as you get the miles done, I think that’s what’s most important.
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  4. Great training week in spite of the heat! I usually carry my own water so that I’m not making stops, but in reality, the heat makes it necessary. Hopefully all this heat training everyone has had to endure this summer will make us stronger, faster runners when the weather finally cools down!
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  5. Great job with your running! It is so hard in the heat. I love summer but I just don’t do well working out in it. I was on the treadmill yesterday!
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  6. Great job on your runs this week! The 5th Ave mile sounds really fun good luck
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  7. Great work!

    Honestly, with the heat how it is, I think anything goes. It’s far more dangerous to risk getting dehydrated and have to deal with heat exhaustion or heat stroke. I don’t think your training will suffer any.
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  8. I usually stop for water during long training runs (and sometimes a potty break). I seem to get a bit of a energy boost from it. That said, I’m working with a coach for this next marathon, and we have not really chatted about fueling/water strategy. I usually pause for water anyways along a race course (maybe a 5-second break, if that), so I think it’s alright to incorporate those pauses/breaks in my long runs. I know some people have a difficult time starting back up after stopping…glad I’m not one of them ;-)
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  9. I was stopping more on my runs earlier this summer for water and Pokemons but now I just stop once for water. I’m happy to be pushing farther and I feel like I’m getting my mojo back!
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  10. You are doing so great. Fingers crossed you stay strong! I hate when the best weather doesn’t coincide with my long runs. It’s a conspiracy!
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  11. Nice mileage! Long runs on hot days make us stronger- well that is what I tell myself! Have fun with the 5th Ave MIle!
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  12. Even with the extra rest, you had a great week of training. I’m all for listening to your body and taking extra rest as needed. Its much better to be safe than sorry.
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