NYC Marathon Training (Week 11)

Assuming all is well (this post is pre-written), I’m currently frolicking around Europe as you read this! As you’ll see below, I completely rearranged my training schedule to accommodate all my runs prior to leaving the country. I’m determined to sneak in at least two runs in Europe, but who knows! It is a vacation after all, and my knees could use a short break. Plus, I totally consider all the endless walking we’ll be doing as exercise.

Previous weeks:
NYC Marathon Training (week 1)
NYC Marathon Training (week 2)
NYC Marathon Training (week 3)
NYC Marathon Training (week 4)
NYC Marathon Training (week 5)
NYC Marathon Training (week 6)
NYC Marathon Training (week 7)
NYC Marathon Training (week 8)
NYC Marathon Training (week 9)
NYC Marathon Training (week 10)


(Hello Chicago! I flew in on Saturday and then left to Europe a few days later.)

WEEK 11 (9/12/2016 – 9/18/2016)
Sunday: 18 mile run (2:54:44 @ 9:42 min/mi)
Monday: rest
Tuesday: 9 mile run (1:25:35 @ 9:30 min/mi)
Wednesday: rest
Thursday: 6 mile run (52:19 min @ 8:43 min/mi)
Friday: rest
Saturday: rest
Sunday: rest
TOTAL = 33 miles

Thoughts: That 18-miler though… I can’t believe I’m at the point in my training where I’m running such long distances! I’m not a fan of running in suburbia because there isn’t really a decent place to run other than a park preserve, which freaks me out a bit because #solofemalerunner. I ended up running in circles…literally…five times around a local lake to cover 11 miles total before running home. Not ideal but it is what it is. My left knee did bother me a bit and I ended up stopping multiple times to stretch it out. It’s time to incorporate hip strengthening into my routine, ugh. Better late than never?

The 9-miler went really well. It’s incredible to see how much progress I’ve made since starting this training cycle. 9 miles feeling easy? What is this madness?!? I love it though, I feel strong and powerful and am truly enjoying running. I love it more than ever! And can we please acknowledge my pace for Thursday’s 6 miles? I have no idea what happened but I’m not complaining. It was technically supposed to be a 50-minute tempo run, and that’s basically what it ended up being. The only downside of that run was when one of my toes randomly and suddenly started hurting so badly that I had to stop immediately, sit on the pavement, and wrap the toe in leaves (#improvise) so I could keep running. It was so painful! I thought I would have to call my parents to come pick me up, but the leaves helped and I made it home. You gotta do what you gotta do, right?!?

♥ Irina


  1. September 21, 2016 / 12:28 pm

    Your paces are so impressive! Especially on that six miler – nice work, lady! I forgot to respond to your question about what I do for hip strengthening last week, so: I do standing leg lifts twice a day, 15x per side (for a total of 30), like this: (I didn’t actually watch the video with sound, so I don’t know what he says, but that movement is what I do). I also do 30 squats per day, again in two sets of 15 – just regular squats, nothing fancy. At times in my life I’ve also done single leg squats and/or side lunges, but usually I just do standing leg lifts and regular squats. Honestly, the easiest way for me to make sure this happens is to do them in the bathroom at work (as long as no one else is in there to think I’m crazy haha). It gets me away from my desk, adds a tiny bit of movement in, and is the only time I’m likely to do it. If I wait until before/after a run, I almost always skip it. Sometimes I fall off the bandwagon, and I always notice my knee getting grumpy when I do, so I try to do it daily (or I suppose five days/week, since I only do it at work, as I forget to do it at home on the weekends). Hopefully that’ll help some!

    • September 29, 2016 / 11:15 am

      Thank you for the exercises! I’m definitely going to start doing these, so short and simple yet seemingly super effective. It’s never too late…I hope haha.