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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  1. Take care of that shin! I know so many runners that ran in high school and college, basically ignoring the shin pain, while coaches and trainers taped them up and sent them back out. Boy does it come back to haunt later.
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  2. Sometimes we don’t make our mileage goals but you gotta be happy with what you were able to get done, so congrats! My right shin has been a nuisance for the past few months, though thankfully hasn’t plagued my long runs. Hope yours feels better!
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  3. yikes shin pain is the worst! Be careful. I found icing really helped when I had that and compression socks.
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  4. Do you tape your shin? Or use compression (during and for recovery)? I don’t get shin pain very often, but I do feel it with every step. OUCH. Hope you have success treating it ;-)
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  5. I hope your shin stops giving you trouble! I have 18 this weekend – eek!
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  6. I used to get shin splints all the time and now I don’t, not really sure why and I have no solution for you. Good luck with your shins and see ya at NYC.
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  7. Maybe you can address those biomechanical issues after the marathon? For now, do what you can to stretch it out…
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  8. Even though you didn’t hit your mileage goal you still had a great week of training. Logging almost 40 miles is something to be quite proud of!
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