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T-0: Race Recap

Two years of training and we’re finally done!

Final Time was 4:16.

Not the sub-4 hour I was hoping for, but I knew early on it wasn’t likely and I knew for sure by the half.  15 minutes slower than my Long Island marathon pace.

The difficulties were several:

  • Calves and thighs were still a little sore from the get-go from the last long runs I did a few weeks ago, wasn’t a good starting sign.  They really hurt by half way and the calves are still killing me.
  • Wow, this entire race is up-hill.  The climb on NYC is more than double the LI marathon, and about 3.5 the climb of my last training runs.  It’s not until around 21 that you get some regular downhill.  See the above point.
  • I was 5 minutes off my last time by the half.  By mile 15 for the 59th Street Bridge, I wasn’t running up-hill on the steep ones anymore.  That’s when I knew for sure it wasn’t happening.
  • People, people, people everywhere.  I am still waiting for finisher demographics but I heard 50,000 people ran this year.  They were constantly blocking you, knocking you, cutting you off etc.  Some of the streets and water stations were quite tight.  There were times I would have liked to go faster but couldn’t.
  • Also bystanders dashing across the road in front of you to get to other side – multiple times.
  • Work craziness meant I didn’t train as hard speed or stamina wise.  It showed.  I was so spent by the 20s, I was more than half walking them.  I couldn’t even muster up a job for the final 2.  It wasn’t until the 400 meter sign came up that I could find the will to run again.

That said, so far it looks like I still came in better than top half and still with a half decent time.  I completed a tough tough goal.  I didn’t take in a lot of scenery (I’ve lived here most of my life and while we went through places I wasn’t familiar with, it was all NYC).  The volunteers were awesome, and the cheerers were awesome too.  Very few dead spots.  I slapped a lot of kids’ hands yesterday (and a fair few adults’).

NYC Marathon Prep

Metric Last Week In Total
Mileage Run: 7.14 miles 455.02 miles
Longest Run: 3.61 miles 18.55 miles
Longest Run Time: 0:35:00 hh:mm:ss 2:50:01 hh:mm:ss
Longest Run Pace: 9:42 min/mile 9:22 min/mile

LI Marathon Prep

Metric Last Week In Total
Mileage Run: 6.72 miles 411.86 miles
Longest Run: 3.61 miles 18.55 miles
Longest Run Time: 0:32:46 hh:mm:ss 2:49:45 hh:mm:ss
Longest Run Pace: 9:05 min/mile 9:09 min/mile

T-1: Race Week

So I did my final walk before the big day tomorrow.  Just over 450 miles for this training session, missed one short run.  Not bad.

I definitely feel like I was more prepared last year.  Training started in a heat wave and ended in a cold snap.  Tomorrow’s temps range from high 30’s to 50F.

I also had a mega project going on the entire time at work and didn’t get a heck of a lot of sleep.  I know the training was not as good as it could be and stamina was a concern during the long runs.  Optimistically, I can hope the extra toughness from work will make tomorrow seem like a breeze, but I’m equally worried it stunted the training.

We’ll see tomorrow!  Got to get up at 4AM to a 10AM start.

NYC Marathon Prep

Metric Last Week In Total
Mileage Run: 7.14 miles 455.02 miles
Longest Run: 3.61 miles 18.55 miles
Longest Run Time: 0:35:00 hh:mm:ss 2:50:01 hh:mm:ss
Longest Run Pace: 9:42 min/mile 9:22 min/mile

LI Marathon Prep

Metric Last Week In Total
Mileage Run: 6.72 miles 411.86 miles
Longest Run: 3.61 miles 18.55 miles
Longest Run Time: 0:32:46 hh:mm:ss 2:49:45 hh:mm:ss
Longest Run Pace: 9:05 min/mile 9:09 min/mile

T-2: Taper Week 2

Full on taper this week, glad too because work was a bear.  Bit worried about stamina and time, have been feeling sore and stiff for these shorter runs.  Hard to believe we’re back to being one week away!

NYC Marathon Prep

Metric Last Week In Total
Mileage Run: 21.4 miles 447.88 miles
Longest Run: 8.57 miles 18.55 miles
Longest Run Time: 1:25:56 hh:mm:ss 2:50:01 hh:mm:ss
Longest Run Pace: 10:02 min/mile 9:22 min/mile

LI Marathon Prep

Metric Last Week In Total
Mileage Run: 6.72 miles 411.86 miles
Longest Run: 3.61 miles 18.55 miles
Longest Run Time: 0:32:46 hh:mm:ss 2:49:45 hh:mm:ss
Longest Run Pace: 9:05 min/mile 9:09 min/mile

T-3: Taper Week 1

Last of the 5, 8, 5 mid-weeks.  Getting off the treadmill for the last 5 miler on there was a huge relief.  Knowing my mid-week 8 miler was the last long mid-weeker was great too.  The run on Sunday for a blessedly short 9 miles was fantastic.

NYC Marathon Prep

Metric Last Week In Total
Mileage Run: 29.35 miles 426.48 miles
Longest Run: 9.60 miles 18.55 miles
Longest Run Time: 1:30:00 hh:mm:ss 2:50:01 hh:mm:ss
Longest Run Pace: 9:23 min/mile 9:22 min/mile

LI Marathon Prep

Metric Last Week In Total
Mileage Run: 6.72 miles 411.86 miles
Longest Run: 3.61 miles 18.55 miles
Longest Run Time: 0:32:46 hh:mm:ss 2:49:45 hh:mm:ss
Longest Run Pace: 9:05 min/mile 9:09 min/mile