Here it is – the good, the bad, and the ugly of my TCS NYC Marathon training.
I had planned on having a 23/24 week training period that would put me in killer shape to PR on a tough course in NYC, but my body, and my doctor, had other things in mind. It is not the training I wanted, but it is the training I got, and the training that my body could currently handle with all my medical issues.
Weeks 1 – 4 =
base building weeks – slowly getting back into running on a regular basis again after having taken 6 months off earlier in the year
Weeks 5 – 9 =
training ramps up – 5 solid weeks of NYC marathon training including a great 14 miler – I am over the moon and dreaming big
Weeks 10 – 14 =
doctor ordered exercise restriction – I am only allowed to walk 3 times a week for about 30 minutes
Weeks 15 – 20 =
continued exercise restriction – I am now allowed to walk 5/6 days a week and I do it a bit longer (even though I am not supposed to)
Weeks 21 – 23 =
I am allowed to work in a few minutes of more intense exercise 3 times a week – the doctor wants Pilates or hot yoga, I begin with little blocks of jogging because I can’t help it
– My last long run was a 14 miler the final week in July. OUCH!
– When we hit race day it will be almost 15 weeks since I last did a long run.
– As I slowly built up my walking I only made it to walking a 15 mile long walk.
– I didn’t get in an 18/20 mile walk like I had hoped.
– My legs died at mile 12 of my last long walk and that worries me.
– I did get in about 4/5 walks a week.
– I managed some 30+ mile walk weeks, which is a lot of walking (it takes forever).
*The truth is it will all come down to how my body feels, this Sunday, on the day of the NYC Marathon, but while my training was not what I had hoped for I cannot wait to complete the race. Which I joke will be the longest, most awesome, walking tour of NYC.
Let me know –
Have you ever done the TCS NYC Marathon?
What should I do with my 2 free tourist days in NYC?