NYC Marathon Training (Week 16)

First and foremost, GO CUBS!!! I’m not a baseball fan at all, but the Cubbies are going to the World Series for the first time in forever and I’m pumped. I bought a last minute flight home for this upcoming weekend to watch the 4th game in the Series (I’m dreaming of a sweep so there will be no need for a 5th, 6th, and 7th game)! And I’ll get to celebrate Halloween with all my friends. Two-for-one special. I simply couldn’t deal with the FOMO anymore. #yolo

Second, I updated my blog layout and I love it! If you’re reading on Bloglovin’ or Feedly, head over to my site and let me know your thoughts.

Third, I may or may not be caught up in taper madness. I keep questioning my readiness for this marathon and my shins are suddenly bothering me after last week’s 20 mile run. I know the taper is necessary for our bodies to recover and mine is clearly still recovering, but come on…cut me some slack!

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)
NYC Marathon Training (week 13)
NYC Marathon Training (week 14)
NYC Marathon Training (week 15)

Queensborough Bridge

(Running across the Queensborough Bridge to see what all the hill hype is about. Well, it’s certainly valid…a near 1 mile climb up, which happens to fall right around miles 16-17 during the NYC Marathon. I’m scared.)

WEEK 16 (10/17/2016 – 10/23/2016)
Monday: rest
Tuesday: 6 mile run (56:42 min @ 9:27 min/mi)
Wednesday: rest
Thursday: 6 mile run (53:44 min @ 8:58 min/mi)
Friday: rest
Saturday: 12 mile run (1:45:08 @ 8:45 min/mi)
Sunday: rest
TOTAL = 24 miles

Thoughts: It’s taper time and I’m utterly exhausted. This is not encouraging, especially when 6 miles feels tough. I’m pretty sure the same thing happened last year too, so I’m not getting too hung up on it. I think it took me all week to recover from my 20-miler, and my muscles feel swollen (i.e. my jeans feel super tight and I hate it). I decided to run the tougher parts of the NYC Marathon route just to get acquainted with the route, so I ran across the Queensborough Bridge (mile 16-17) on Tuesday and the uphill part of 5th Avenue (mile 23) on Thursday. Well well well, I get it now. While the hills themselves aren’t too steep, I can only imagine what the climb will be like after running for 2-3 hours.

My legs felt exhausted during the two 6 mile runs this week. I think it has something to do with the fact that I started doing squats and other exercises ~5 times a week, because my poor quads were shot. The scab on my right knee (from last week’s brutal fall) isn’t helping either, especially because it cracks and hurts whenever I bend my knee too much while trying to stretch. The 12 mile run was awesome though, and it almost didn’t happen! I ran it at my half marathon PR pace and it didn’t even feel too intense, whaaaaat?!? It was cold and rainy and I ended up having to run at 4PM because I was volunteering in the early morning. But the weather was a blessing in disguise, pure fall bliss even with the light drizzle. I don’t know where this speed is coming from, and I probably should actively slow down since I’m tapering, but the fast (for me) pace is feeling pretty good.

I tried a bunch of new things during the 12 miler though:
– new running shoes: Brooks PureCadence 5s, which kind of gave me a blister but I didn’t hate them
– new arm warmers: HOW did I live without these?!? love love love
– iFitness belt: the same one I wore for my first half marathon

I do wish I ran my 20 miler wearing all these but alas…I have some time to decide if I’ll risk wearing them for the marathon.

♥ Irina


  1. October 24, 2016 / 12:22 pm

    I was going to say that I liked the new layout! First thing I noticed!

    Are you actually going to the game on Saturday or are you just going to be in town? Either way, it’ll be so cool. I’m not holding my breath for a sweep, but I REALLY hope they can get it done in five, because I want them to win in Chicago SO BAD. I mean, I will certainly settle for a win in Cleveland, but a win in Chicago would just be so much better. I’m dying to go to a game this weekend, but unless I can scrounge up, minimally, $2500 (the cheapest ticket on StubHub this morning for Saturday’s game), I’m not really holding my breath. Which is to say I’m not holding my breath at all, because I DEFINITELY don’t have $2500 just laying around waiting to be spent on Cubs tickets haha.

    And breeeeeeeeathe. You’re okay! Taper is HARD. Taper SUCKS. Taper always makes weird things hurt and makes you question everything. But you’re going to get through this! What you’re feeling is totally normal, and there’s not a single doubt in my mind that you are going to have a great race day 🙂

    • October 24, 2016 / 1:25 pm

      Thank you! I just wish I knew html well enough to make the changes I envision, but I don’t 🙁

      Ugh I WISH I was going to the game! Can you imagine the energy and excitement?! I’ll settle for hanging out in Wrigley though (which I normally hate but I know it’s going to be an amazing scene/experience). I just feel so proud of the Cubs and Chicago and I have to be part of it! I basically grew up hearing yearly disappointment with the team, so it’s awesome to finally witness this winning streak *knock on wood* And yessss….them winning in Chicago would be EPIC. I don’t even have a return flight yet because I don’t know what will happen haha, but I’m crossing my fingers for a Sunday win too (if not Saturday but that’s just a dream).

      And thanks for the wise words! Taper madness is hitting me hard this time around. I think I’m just scared for NYC bc of the hills but somehow I’ll get through it. I just want it to be marathon weekend already!

  2. October 26, 2016 / 9:20 pm

    Wow that view is awesome…oh, but I understand that hill fear!! Eeeek!