NYC Marathon Training (Week 13)

Fall weather has arrived, bringing with it an even deeper love of running. Wow that sounds so cheesy, but us runners all know what I’m talking about. Cooler temps, overcast skies, changing leaves, perfection. I love having the option of sleeping in a bit because there is no psychotic heat wave to try and avoid in the morning.

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)
NYC Marathon Training (week 11)
NYC Marathon Training (week 12)


(Another photo from Europe…Vienna…because I still can’t get over my obsession with moving abroad.)

WEEK 13 (9/26/2016 – 10/2/2016)
Monday: rest
Tuesday: 6 mile run (55:06 min @ 9:11 min/mi)
Wednesday: rest
Thursday: 9 mile run (1:24:36 @ 9:24 min/mi)
Friday: rest
Saturday: rest
Sunday: 14 mile run (2:08:33 @ 9:11 min/mi)
TOTAL = 29 miles

Thoughts: I’m so glad that my Europe adventures (and taking 11 days off from running) didn’t negatively impact my fitness too much. I won’t deny that I definitely felt more sluggish and challenged during every run this week, but my paces reassured me that I’m still on track with training. Instead of knocking out a super long run on Sunday, I chose to ease back into running with a shorter 14-miler. I’m having a hard time grasping that the marathon is a month away. Where did the time go?!? Peak week is fast approaching, obviously followed by the taper and then marathon!!! I’m so excited already.

In sadder news, I ended up missing the Wineglass Half Marathon this past weekend because I could not figure out transportation and lodging in time. I keep signing up for this race and bailing on it despite really wanting to run it, ugh. I hope that maybe next year is the charm?

♥ Irina


  1. October 3, 2016 / 9:49 pm

    No cheesiness at all about fall weather deepening the love of running! I feel exactly the same way. I think it’s the one benefit of fall marathons, once you get past training in all the heat, the fall feels like pure runner’s heaven! (Can you imagine training for a spring marathon where the weather gets WARMER as you go into race day?) It’s always very reassuring when the body can hold on to fitness even after taking some time off!!!

    Ahhhh, Vienna… I saw some of your pictures and they made me go into withdrawal, too, sigh! I want to hear more details soon (and I am sorry to hear that you were under the weather while you were there!)

    • October 5, 2016 / 11:43 am

      I totally agree! Training in the summer does such a good job of preparing us for the colder months. There must be something to this whole fall marathon business, huh 😉 I need to remind myself of this more often.

  2. October 4, 2016 / 12:24 pm

    Glad to hear that all that time off didn’t affect you much! That’s actually a really encouraging thing to know. Sometimes I feel like if I even take one extra day off I’m going to lose all my fitness, when that is quite clearly not the case. Bummer about Wineglass, though 🙁 Hopefully one of these years you’ll be able to make it!

    • October 5, 2016 / 11:45 am

      I know the struggle, I try to avoid skipping runs in fear that my entire training will completely fail (haha how silly). But let this serve as evidence to all of us that even taking off almost 2 weeks won’t do too much damage! The human body is truly incredible, huh?