Don’t worry, it’s been happening, I just haven’t managed to document any of it. I’m about to begin Week 6 of 18 for the New York City Marathon on November 3. As you might recall, I was shooting for a sub-4 finish at Chicago last year; however, a injured left calf put me out of commission for 6 weeks in the middle of training. Despite only having a month to attempt to regain my endurance, I crossed the finish line in 4:05:22, setting a 22-minute PR. This time around, my B goal is to get that 3:5X, but the A goal is to get to that start line prepared and injury-free.
So far, each week of training has looked something like this:
Tuesday: Speed work at the Red Hook Track with JackRabbit
Wednesday: PPTC Speed Series 5K at least at marathon goal pace if not faster (MGP is ~9:00, but I’ve been managing to throw down ~8:30s in the 5Ks)
Thursday: Run commute: ~8 easy miles from Park Slope to Rockefeller Center
Saturday: Long run
Sunday: Recovery run
One training goal of mine is to slowly (see: not getting injured) increase my weekly mileage to peak at 50 miles at least once. I had a base of 30 miles built up when I kicked off training last month and I’m currently at 37 miles, so I think I’m doing okay on this front. As a local, I’m lucky to have the race course practically right outside my door, so I’m making an effort to include a leg of it in most of my long runs. I succeeded this weekend by incorporating miles 9-16 (primarily Lafayette Avenue, Bedford Avenue, Greenpoint, the Pulaski Bridge, and the Queensboro Bridge) into a 14-miler from Brooklyn to Queens to Manhattan’s Summer Streets. If you’re running NYCM (or even if you’re not), come run some bridges and boroughs with me!
A second goal is to run a strong half marathon at Grete’s Great Gallop in October, as last summer’s injury prevented me from incorporating a single half into Chicago Marathon training. I know I most likely won’t be in PR shape (1:44) for Grete’s, but I’d be thrilled to get as close to 1:50 as possible, especially on those Central Park hills.
Along with Grete’s, I’ve got three more fall NYRR races on the calendar during NYCM training: the 18-Mile Tune-Up (Central Park Loop x 3. Yikes.), Bronx 10-Miler, and Staten Island Half Marathon. I’ll discuss goals for those as their dates get closer.
Last but not least, I have one final important note about NYCM 2013: It will be the first time my twin sister and I will be running the same marathon!
Emilia and I have both been running since high school, and we’ve run countless distances from 5Ks to half marathons together before, but never 26.2 miles. We plan to line up side by side on the Verrazano Bridge and (hopefully!) stick together for every step to Central Park. I’ve run some of my most evenly paced races with Emilia, so running this one together should be an extra advantage for that sub-4.
Until next time!