Marathon Training: Week 13 Summary

Week 13 will forever be known in my mind as the Week It Became Fall. The early and middle part of the week saw temps in the low 70s and high humidity. By the weekend, it was in the 40s. Actually, we skipped right over fall and went straight to winter. Truly bizarre.

This was an exciting and jam-packed week of running, and it wasn’t until it was over that I realized it was my highest mileage week, not just of marathon training, but ever. I’ve been following the 16-week NYRR’s Marathon Virtual Training Program for the TCS NYC Marathon. Which is happening soon. Extremely soon. So. Very. Soon.

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Marathon Training: Week 12 Summary

Where is the time going? Only a few more weeks until the big day. I’m writing this post about a week too late, but that’s pretty much par for the course. Week 12 was an easier week, with a drop in mileage so my body could rest up for more mileage the following week. I only ran 5 days in week 12, but they included a brand new route as well as a 10K race PR!

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Passion and Detachment: 2018 Grete’s Great Gallop 10K Race Recap

It wasn’t like I needed to do another race this year. I’ve completed my 9+1. I’m a month away from the marathon. But I love racing and I love the 10K. And when I was looking for just one more race to do before marathon day, this one caught my eye.

I spent a lot of time over the summer watching 80s NYC marathon footage. Don’t worry, I’m working on a whole blog post about it. Although I knew who Grete Waitz was, I’m not sure I had ever actually seen her run. Unfortunately, I never will in person, as she passed away in 2011. But for the better part of 1978 to 1988, she dominated the NYC marathon in a way nobody had before or ever will again. She won the race nine times. Nine times. Even back then, they were saying her record would never be matched. So far, it hasn’t.

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Marathon Training: Week 11 Summary

Week 11 was my second-highest mileage week so far, following week 10’s third-highest. I’m really getting into it now. I’m doing it. I am, without a doubt, in the best physical shape of my life (and no, I’m not the lightest I’ve ever weighed). I don’t mean that to be a brag; rather, I’m in shock that I’ve gotten to this point. I languished in my 30s, bursts of diligent workout periods peppering long stretches of laziness with its always accompanying guilt. Never again. I really like where I am now in a lot of ways. I feel healthy. I am strong. My posture is good. I like how I look in jeans. I haven’t always been able to say those things. I prefer it on this side. I think I’ll stay.

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Marathon Training: Week 10 Summary

Week 10 was a pretty solid week of training. It started off a little shaky, as after the previous Saturday’s Cow Harbor 10K, the back of my right leg was a little stiff. I feel like I’m constantly battling these minor aches, and usually on my right leg. They’re usually not anything enough to stop me from running, but just enough of an imbalance to annoy me. I much prefer it when both legs are equally sore. That’s just means I’m tired. Not injured.

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