NYC Marathon Training (Week 18)

Well, I ran the NYC Marathon!!! I’m still overwhelmed with the entire experience, mainly because I have no idea what is going to happen with my foot injury. Yup that’s right, I struggled with random foot pain (top of my left foot) the entire race. And I do mean the entire race…from the moment I crossed the start line. I’m still trying to process everything and am waiting on doctor’s orders. I’ll detail everything out in my recap, but for now I’m going to relax a bit and bask in the glory of finishing the NYC Marathon!

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)
NYC Marathon Training (week 16)
NYC Marathon Training (week 17)

NYC Marathon medal

(One medal to rule them all)

WEEK 18 (10/31/2016 – 11/6/2016)
Monday: rest
Tuesday: 5 mile run (45:27 min @ 9:05 min/mi)
Wednesday: rest (walked 10.5 miles because the Cubs won the World Series!!!)
Thursday: 2 mile run rest
Friday: rest
Saturday: rest
Sunday: MARATHON DAY!!! (4:26:34 @ 10:10 min/mi)
TOTAL = 31.2 miles

Thoughts: Sigh, what an adventure it’s been. Week 18 did not go as planned. I basically felt like sh*t during my 5 mile run, which was so discouraging. My stomach hurt so badly that I had to stop and let it chill out before I could continue running. I’m pretty sure the issue was that I ate dairy right before bed the night prior. Lesson learned…no dairy the night before a run. I didn’t plan on walking a total of 10.5 miles on Wednesday, but I ended up spending all day (and night) in the city and was almost always on my feet. I went to a local bar near Wrigley Field with my friends that evening to watch Game 7 of the World Series, which meant that I was literally standing on my feet for 6 hours. Yup…I didn’t sit down once from 6pm until the end of the game at midnight. When THE CUBS WON (!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!) we all ran out towards Wrigley Field and strolled around embracing the craziness around us (post coming this week because it was the coolest experience ever). I was out until 2am and didn’t make it to bed until 4am. So yes, I spent way too many hours on my feet and I think this was the day/night that I messed up my foot (or aggravated an already-existing injury?) without realizing it.

My left foot was bothering me a bit the following day, but I was more concerned about my left shin, which had been achy for a few days. I opted to skip the short 1-2 miler I had scheduled on Thursday and instead gave myself 4 days of rest prior to Sunday’s marathon. I felt so sore after Wednesday, especially my calves and back, so I got a massage on Friday to release the knots. And then Sunday arrived and with it came running 26.2 miles through the 5 glorious boroughs of New York City. I survived, but barely. Stay tuned, recap coming this week!

On a final note, I wanted to give a huge shoutout to everyone who has been following my journey! Thank you for all your advice, encouragement, support, wisdom, reassurement, and kind words…I cannot thank you all enough for staying alongside me these past 18 weeks. THANK YOU!!!

♥ Irina


  1. November 10, 2016 / 1:28 pm

    Congrats on your finish!! I’m excited to hear how the race went for you. 4:26 is a great time, especially if your foot was hurting you the entire time! Hopefully you get that all sorted out soon. Foot pain is no fun!

    • November 10, 2016 / 4:32 pm

      Thank you!!! I’m ultimately proud of my time considering the pain I was in, what a random injury! It’s not something I dealt with AT ALL while training…it just came from nowhere!

  2. November 10, 2016 / 1:53 pm

    I hope you were able to get a diagnosis on the foot injury! But a huge congratulations to you on your NYC Marathon finish! I’m looking forward to the recap 😀

    • November 10, 2016 / 4:31 pm

      Thank you!! I’m visiting the doc tomorrow so we’ll see what happens. What an odd and random injury!