Posts tagged NYC
Race Report: 2019 Popular Brooklyn Half

When I told another runner that I had a terrible time racing the Popular Brooklyn Half this year, and started talking about “going to a really dark place around mile eight” he interrupted me. “When you go to a dark place,” he asked, “do you have a tough time running? Or are you talking about something bigger? Are you actually feeling so messed up you’re —I don’t know— about to quit your job?”

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Race Report: TCS NYC Marathon 2018

Just over a week after running the TCS NYC Marathon I’m starting to feel normal again: walking without pain, not constantly re-evaluating my race day, and even starting to get excited to run another race. I ran a 4:08:50 marathon last week, which is a far cry from the time I aimed for — but even during marathon itself, I realized that while it wasn’t the time I wanted, it was the race I was trained for and the race I deserved.

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NYC Marathon Training Recap Weeks 17, 18, and Pre-Race Check-in

This is a nested training recap and pre-race check-in — in the midst of a busy week, I took a few minutes on the subway to start writing a nervous, critical post as race day approached. But now that I have finished my shakeout run, picked up my bib, and made a race-day morning and post-finish plan, I’m a bit calmer and feeling more positive about the race. Perhaps writing through my anxiety helped prepare me for the race after all!

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NYC Marathon Training Recap Weeks 14, 15, 16

As I write this, I’m winding down my marathon training cycle and tapering down to race day; the last three weeks closed out the “work” phase of this training cycle. I’ve had a rough and inconsistent autumn and these final, critical weeks were no exception. I adjusted my workouts, rearranged some and skipped others, trying to keep up with my day job as well as my training, but for the most part I had to prioritize work over running.

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NYC Marathon Training Recap Weeks 11, 12, 13

The last three weeks of September were my most difficult weeks of training to date. As my mileage and intensity continued to ramp up, my work obligations also skyrocketed. Instead of 40-50 hours per week in the office with fewer than 8 hours at nights and over the weekend, I was looking at 50+ hours in the office and 10+ hours at home. I slept less, worked more, stressed constantly, ate poorly, wore down my immune system, and still tried to train harder, but couldn’t sustain that forever.

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NYC Marathon Training Recap Weeks 9 & 10

Week 9 of my training was another evening-heavy one: knowing I had a 14-miler scheduled for Wednesday and I would rather do that distance after work, I shifted all my runs to the evening for consistency’s sake. At the same time, I wanted my bike at the office so I could ride to some midday appointments, so I biked into Manhattan on Tuesday morning before knocking out 6.5 easy (if very hot) miles on my way home to start my week of night run commutes.

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NYC Marathon Training Recap Week 6

Week 6 of the Pfitzinger 18/55 marathon training plan is a recovery week: lower mileage, no hard workouts, and a chance to let my body heal before the next "mesocycle" of training. The first six weeks of my plan focus purely on endurance, but the second six-week block is designed to increase your lactate threshold as well — pushing your body to adapt to be more efficient and run harder over those long distances.

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NYC Marathon Training Recap Weeks 4 & 5

Heading out of town for week 4 of my marathon training was great for my mental health and running adventures, but left me a week behind on my recaps! Now that I've finished up week 5 (with a brutal 16-miler...) and am into a recovery week, I'm looking forward to taking a minute to catch up and look back at the very different weeks I've just had.

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