Week 18 – NYC Marathon Training

Ok, I know, I said I would hit peak mileage last week, but I’ll be honest, it didn’t happen.

The previous week was our highest at 43. I wanted last week to be higher, but a lot of things happened. I figure, 3 weeks out, “the hay is in the barn” anyway, like my old XC coach used to say.

Dan and I had our engagement party this past Saturday, so Saturday all day was spent running around and setting up, and Sunday was spent on the couch exhausted from the party :) I was able to run 7 miles Friday morning with my XC team. But it was all fine with me – we had an amazing engagement party and sometimes some things take precedence over running, right?


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Here’s the rest of the week:

Monday: 5 easy miles.

Tuesday: OFF

Wednesday: 12 mile long run, with last 2 miles at tempo pace. We felt really good! Lately, I’ve been feeling rough in the first few miles of a long run…I don’t get in the groove until about mile 4-5…can anyone else relate?


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Thursday: 6 recovery miles

Friday: 7 miles – a little faster than easy pace. Felt great!

Saturday: OFF

Sunday: OFF


Like I said, not as high as I wanted, but still decent…and with 3 weeks to go, I think it’ll be fine. Now moving into taper time!

How long is your taper usually? Think I’m going to go with about 10 days.


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  1. Your engagement party is way more important! Enjoy this time it goes by so fast.
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  2. Aw, what a beautiful party! You guys look so happy!

    Definitely, running takes the back seat to some things. You may not have gotten in the miles you wanted, but you’ve got this!

    (Those first miles are always rough for me. You’re definitely not alone).
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  3. Congratulations again on the engagement!!!!!!!!!!
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  4. Isn’t it funny how life happens while we are training for a marathon? Congrats on your engagement and great job keeping up with the training!
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  5. Congrats on your engagement! If I were you I’d be focusing more on that than the miles you didn’t get to run last week.
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  6. My taper this time has been weeks…..not by choice, but I am ready….I think, see ya there!
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