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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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El Castell de Sant Miquel: Girona, Spain

An hour’s train ride from Barcelona lies a small Catalonian town full of cobbled streets, riverfront paths, medieval history, delicious tapas, and enthusiastic bikers. Girona (Gerona, in Spanish) is a favorite destination for both recreational and professional cyclists, who head out from the city center to climb picturesque mountains and fly down the trails and roads threading through the Costa Brava region. When I visited Girona this month, I found myself in the minority as I set out on foot for a long trail run, instead of renting a bike to explore the countryside.

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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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Green Mountain Trails

Tiny Pittsfield, Vermont (not to be confused with its big sibling in the Berkshires, Pittsfield, Massachusetts) is an under the radar destination for extreme athletes. Pittsfield’s biggest claim to fame is its annual snowshoe race, though skiers and snowboarders might recognize it as the 546-person town just down the road from Killington’s slopes, which also serve mountain bikers and host festivals in the summer. Thru- and day-hikers pass nearby on the Appalachian Trail and Vermont’s Long Trail, or explore the area’s many national and state parks, while mountain climbers scale cliffs above. Campers and backpackers have hundreds of thousands of acres to play in.

But what about the runners?

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