NYC Marathon Training (Week 5)

Somehow we’re done with week 5 already, what is happening?!? I have a serious question for all you seasoned runners – I’m traveling to Europe for 10 days next month and am not sure what to do about training. I was thinking of somehow sneaking in 2 short runs (6 miles each) and skipping the long run while abroad. Luckily, the trip falls on a cutback week where the long run would only be 10 miles, but can someone please tell me how detrimental this will be? I’m probably exaggerating everything and I suspect it’s not too risky, but of course I’m worried. Help!

Previous weeks:
NYC Marathon Training (week 1)
NYC Marathon Training (week 2)
NYC Marathon Training (week 3)
NYC Marathon Training (week 4)

28th birthday

(Happy 28th birthday to me! Yikes…)

WEEK 5 (8/1/2016 – 8/7/2016)
Monday: rest
Tuesday: 6 mile run (57:59 min @ 9:39 min/mi)
Wednesday: rest
Thursday: rest
Friday: 4 mile run (39:04 min @ 9:45 min/mi)
Saturday: rest
Sunday: 12 mile run (1:54:04 @ 9:30 min/mi)
TOTAL = 22 miles

Thoughts: Ok so cross-training, I know I know. I spent all week at home and didn’t even rollerblade once! But in my weak defense, I kept going to the city in the evenings and spending the nights there. And then it was my birthday. So everything just kind of failed. Running has been going well though, except for Friday’s (my birthday!) 4-miler that was supposed to be 12 miles but I foolishly went midday and melted under the sun. That 12-miler though…it felt so so so great! My knee barely bothered me and I was cruising along and even dancing. Yup, I ran with music for the first time in forever and it did wonders for calming my thoughts. I kept trying to actively slow down my pace but eventually gave up and just went with what felt good.

There’s just one little problem though – I keep running in the evenings! Seriously, I have yet to do a proper long run in the morning, which is NOT the way to prepare myself for a super early morning marathon. I’m determined to complete every single long run in the early morning from now on. That’s a promise…

♥ Irina


  1. August 9, 2016 / 11:42 am

    Happy Belated Birthday! Our birthdays are really close together! (mine is july 31)

    Good call on doing some early morning long runs to prep for the race! Seems like your vacation is early enough in training that you’ll be fine! If you can, running might be a nice way to explore while you’re there, but not if it’s too disruptive to your trip!

  2. August 14, 2016 / 9:35 pm

    Happy Belated birthday fellow August baby :)!!

    I wouldn’t worry too much about the mileage you can complete on your vacation. That mini break may actually help re-energize you when you come back and get into the deeper parts of training.