Marathon Training (Week 1-3)

I still can’t quite grasp my mind around the fact that I’m going to be running the New York City Marathon in 23 weeks. November 2nd feels like lightyears away but I know it will sneak up on me in no time. I’ll share my training progress with you at the end of every week….just because. You can find my training plan here.

Central Park

WEEK 1 (5/5/2014 – 5/11/2014)
Monday: 3 mile run 3.11 mile run (27:35 min @ 8:52 min/mi)
Tuesday: 75 min Vinyasa Yoga
Wednesday: 60 min Cross-training (45 min Body Conditioning, 15 min abs)
Thursday: 3 mile run (27:25 min @ 9:08 min/mi)
Friday: 75 min Vinyasa Yoga
Saturday: Rest
Sunday: 5 mile run (46:09 @ 9:14 min/mi)
TOTAL = 11 miles

WEEK 2 (5/12/2014 – 5/18/2014)
Monday: 60 min Vinyasa Yoga
Tuesday: 3 mile run (27:45 min @ 9:15 min/mi)
Wednesday: 60 min Cross-training (45 min Body Conditioning, 15 min abs)
Thursday: 3 mile pace (25:51 min @ 8:37 min/mi)
Friday: Rest
Saturday: 5 mile run (48:06 min @ 9:37 min/mi)
Sunday: 30 min bike
TOTAL = 11 miles

WEEK 3 (5/19/2014 – 5/25/2014)
Monday: 75 min Vinyasa Yoga
Tuesday: 3 mile run (27:23 min @ 9:08 min/mi)
Wednesday: 60 min Cross-training (45 min Body Conditioning, 15 min abs)
Thursday: 3.1 mile pace (25:53 min @ 8:20 min/mi)
Friday: Rest
Saturday: 6 mile run (57:26 min @ 9:34 min/mi)
Sunday: 30 min bike Rest
TOTAL = 12.1 miles

Thoughts: It still amazes me that I was able to somehow maintain an 8:45 min/mile pace during my last half marathon. Nowadays I struggle to maintain paces that hover in the 9:15 min/mile range, let alone anything faster. I’m hoping that the full 26 weeks of training will help slowly get me to the same fitness level I was at five months ago, but I also realize that this is the big leagues and I’m attempting to conquer an entirely new distance. The last thing I want is to experience burnout from overexerting myself, so the plan is to not take pace too seriously.

My current concern is the knee pain I experienced during my last long run of 6 miles. It started on my right knee and suddenly switched to my left knee during the second half of the run. The pain feels a bit like runner’s knee but it’s never been this painful before! I ended up skipping today’s bike session and plan to ice + compress all day instead. I have a 5K race tomorrow and am still planning on running it. Wish me luck…

Have a great Sunday!

♥ Irina


  1. May 25, 2014 / 12:07 pm

    Thank you for opening up and sharing your entire training plan– it’s so inspiring!
    As someone who’s always wanted to run a marathon but been too intimidated, it’s really helpful to see your preparation in detail. And I think you’re smart to not worry about your pace as much as you would for a half…this is a whole other ball game. You’re going to rock it. (:

    Wishing you luck on the 5K and hoping that your knee(s) won’t act up anymore!

  2. May 26, 2014 / 7:55 am

    November DOES seem like light years away…it’s only the start of summer, haha! Good luck on the 5k! You will surely rock it with that super speedy pace of yours 🙂