Week 17 – NYC Marathon Training

So close to the big day! We had a great week of training last week, and although I wanted to hit 45-46 miles, we still hit our highest weekly mileage ever (43). Shooting for 47,48,49-ish this week…then it’s taper time!

Here’s last week’s training:

Monday: 7 miles. We did 1K repeats at VO2max pace (8:50-9:00/mile for us), so with warm up and cool down it was 7 miles total.

Tuesday: Off

Wednesday: 14 miles. We felt sluggish and off from the start but just didn’t care about pace. We did 12.5 outside, then finished on the treadmill since it got dark. I always like to practice finishing fast and hope I have that energy at mile 26.1! :) Here’s a pic from our run:


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Thursday: 5 miles. Easy, recovery pace.

Friday: 5 AM miles. Good thing I ran in the AM because I was planning on just doing 2-3 AM miles then 5-6 in the evening. I didn’t end up having time in the afternoon, so glad I decided to keep running in the AM while my team practiced.


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Saturday: 9 total miles, 7 miles at tempo pace. We felt great. I always struggle with tempo runs, but completed this one with an average 9:50/mile pace. Our plan has us running tempos a bit faster than marathon pace, so hopefully marathon pace (10:40ish) will feel easy!

Sunday: 3 miles. Meant to do 5 but my shin was hurting and 5 days in a row of running took it’s toll. Took it slow and walked when I needed to. 


Despite being in week 17 and being in the peak of training, I surprisingly feel very good! I got new orthotics from a podiatrist that have really been helping, and I don’t know why I waited so long to get them.

Have you gotten custom orthotics?

How many days in a row can you run before feeling pain or tired?


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  1. Great training week! Take care of that shin. I usually try not to run more than 3 days in a row, and about 5 days a week.
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  2. Hi there! Its been a while since I have posted. Good luck with the NYC marathon!
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  3. Holy moly that’s a lot of miles! I’m glad you’re feeling good! Can you believe the marathon is so soon?!
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  4. ooh what a pretty view for your run! You’ve really been training hard these past few weeks.
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  5. I have never used orthotics…..kind of afraid of the commitment LOL This marathon training is tough! I’m just about peaked out…the last three weeks have been the most weekly mileage for me EVER. I’m still feeling good…but I can tell the exhaustion is approaching (and I think that’s typical as we approach taper). Hang in there! It’s almost race day!!!
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  6. Your training sounds like it is going amazing! Way to go!

    I’ve never had custom orthotics – I use adaptive ones and they are sufficient for now. I can do two days in a row before my body starts to get angry.
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  7. sounds like you are ready for NYCM! I had custom orthotics but didn’t have a great experience with them. Glad yours are working out so well!
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  8. Sounds like you are NYC ready! Two days in a row is tough, 3 days would be a killer!
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  9. Great week and gorgeous views! I can get away with two running days in a row, but not if they are both hard days.
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  10. Glad to hear that you’re feeling great at the peak of your training. Hopefully that’s a good sign of what’s to come for you on race day!
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  11. Your photos are gorgeous!! Congrats on a great week of training. I got custom orthotics from the podiatrist earlier this year, and I wish I’d done this YEARS ago! They have really helped heal my plantar fasciitis. I have a high arch and wide feet, and nothing else helped.
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