NYC Marathon Training: Week 15

Last 10 Miles – Jess, Gia, Meggie, Jocelyn, Ashley, Me
Photo courtesy of Gia

Week fifteen was full of crazy taper emotions. One minute excited, the next full of nerves. Cut back on some cross-training, and have poured all energy into keeping my speed work sharp. Am starting to get my gear and plan organized for next weekend. You see that? I said, “next weekend.” One week until RACE DAY!

Monday: Rest day.

Tuesday: Intervals. Body protested a bit this morning. Sluggish and tired. First two intervals were a push. Then a beautiful thing happened. Body realized it had work to do. It could cooperate and feel good, or it could complain and feel bad. It made the right decision. Intervals eased up and pace dropped. Felt comfortable and hit a good rhythm.

  • Total =  6.31  mi – 47:53 – 7:35 min/mi avg pace
  • Plan = 5 x 1000 m @ 6:52 min/mi
  • Actual splits = (1) 6:54; (2) 6:49; (3) 6:47; (4) 6:48; (5) 6:53

Wednesday: Rest day.

Thursday: Tempo run. This run was fueled by nervous taper energy. Just had to let the legs go and hit a good pace. Beautiful run in the park – fall colors are finally taking hold. Marathon Route flags are lining the course. You can feel the marathon energy in the air!

  • Total = 6.22  mi – 47:05 – 7:34 min/mi avg pace
  • Plan = 3 mi @ 7:35
  • Actual splits = (1) 7:24; (2) 7:16; (3) 7:18

Friday: Rest day.

Saturday: Long run. Last 10 Miles Run, part II. Ran same route as last week, covering final 10 miles of the NYC Marathon course. Many thanks to Mike Keohane (MK Coaching) for hosting a fantastic run. He provided bag check, fuel, water, and post-run bagels and candy. So awesome! Met up with Jess, Jocelyn, Ashley, Gia, and Meggie. These kick-butt women are great company on the run!

Kept pace near or slightly below marathon pace. Felt much more comfortable this week than last. Even 5th Ave Hill felt more manageable today. Ran a bit with the girls, then paced with some runners from various running clubs, and broke off on my own for a bit.

Despite being relatively mild (61F at 8 AM) and humid (impending tropical storm), it was a perfect last long training run. Next weekend is Go Time!

  • Total = 10.09 mi – 1:21:18 – 8:03 min/mi avg pace
  • Plan = 10 mi @ 8:23 min/mi
  • Actual splits = (1) 8:32; (2) 8:11; (3) 7:54; (4) 8:02; (5) 8:03; (6) 8:03; (7) 7:58; (8) 7:57; (9) 7:50; (10) 8:07

Sunday: Rest day.

Total weekly mileage: 22.62 miles

See all weekly training recaps here.


2 Comments on “NYC Marathon Training: Week 15”

    • Great running with you, too! Maybe we can meet up for a recovery run post-race some time soon 🙂 Cannot wait – can you believe race day is so close now???

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