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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  1. I did 50 miles as my highest week – including a trail race. I was so tired by the end of the week! Haha. I also do quite a bit of strength/conditioning workouts weekly so I tend to keep my mileage around 40 miles, I find that’s the sweet spot for me.
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