Weeks 14 and 15 and 16 of Marathon Training

I’m tempted to post a .gif of tumbleweed blowing by for my taper weeks, but I did get some nice runs in. I also got the sniffles (I can’t say I definitively got sick as it only lasted a couple days and seems to be more like seasonal allergies). But now I’m only 3 days away from running my first marathon and the excitement has finally washed over and replaced my minor anxieties about aches and pains.

Week 14:

The sniffles were real and I didn’t want to develop a full-blown cold, so I only did a weekday run then my first taper run in DC. I had planned a perfect 12 mile loop but got lost trying to get down to East Potomac Park, then couldn’t get onto 14th St.as planned and had to cut over onto the Mall further East than expected. I ended at Starbucks for a much needed soy toffee nut latte, courtesy of my free drink. I got to see some friends and have Nando’s for dinner, as we still don’t have one in NYC.


Week 15:

Mile High Run Club The Distance with Elizabeth Corkum. I hadn’t been to MHRC in months but I loved it and plan to take Corky’s class again when I reactivate my ClassPass. I managed to keep my paces consistent throughout the different interval speeds and saw some very fast Level 4 speed. I got 5.6 miles in, which is a huge improvement from 4.8 miles back in May. I also manged to keep my easy pace very easy overall.

Then on Saturday the 29th, I did the last 10 miles run with PPTC. My watch never picked up satellites because it was probably still on DC from the week before, so I decided to just run with the 11:00 min/mile pace group. We ended up at a closer to 10:30 pace for some of the miles, which was ideal for me since I hope to keep my marathon pace closer to that. I felt really good and was talking the whole way. Had a Gu around mile 6 and discovered I also love the Salted Caramel flavor.

Week 16:

Just some quick regular runs on Wednesday and Friday mornings.

I hit up the Expo on Thursday night and it wasn’t too crowded. I got my bib, said hi to some friends volunteering, took some photos with said bib, then did some shopping. Things I bought that I needed: margarita ShotBlocks and extra Gu. I also split a good deal on wool socks from Darn Tough with a friend. I’m not going to try out new socks on race day, but these are pretty darn nice from what I can tell on my test run. Most importantly, I got the jacket below in gray and I love it. Pretty sure it’s bad luck to wear it or the long-sleeve before I actually run the marathon, though.



I decided I didn’t need much more stuff. I have so many race shirts and running clothing overall that my collection should be complete once I acquire some more winter running clothes and accessories. Don’t hold me to that statement, please.

Anyway, I am obviously wildly excited for Sunday and love knowing that I have friends and family cheering for me in many locations and 3 of the 5 boroughs.

Ok, I guess we’re doing this. Shruggie.

Friday Link Round-Up

Some fitness and running related links from around the web:

A Sampling of the Gross Shit That Has Happened to My Body Since I Started Running

It me, especially the toenails. Last fall, I got a wet massage and body scrub at a Korean spa with a dangling pinky toenail. When I went into the massage/scrub, the toenail was still there. When I emerged, it wasn’t.

Strave Launches New Interactive Running Data Tool

Good job, NYC. Sorry my longer runs are slowing you down. I started using Strava in June after getting my GPS watch, having used MapMyRun on my iPhone for the years prior. I love how connected I feel to all my friends and followers and club members. But boy are my non-marathon training missed-a-workout ways ever apparent on there.

Ronda Rousey’s Next Fight Body Image in Hollywood

I don’t really follow UFC, but this has certainly been Ronda’s year for more mainstream media attention. I’m now deep int a rabbit hole of looking up the different weight classes for UFC (there isn’t yet one at my weight for women).

Hallie from Coral and Cognac’s Fitness Instructor Guide to Workout Gear

Yes, finally! Hallie is a SoulCycle instructor, so I’ve been waiting for her recs. I definitely have different activewear (and shoe) needs based on whether I’m running, spinning, lifting, or doing yoga. On that note, I wore these mesh panel crops to the gym and to spin and felt super cool in my first foray into mesh. Only $30! I got a M and the hipband required some stretching, so I think I’d go for the tall M next time. Now for some strappy sports bras to show off under racerback tanks.