NYCM 7 Weeks to go (90 miles)

I have not posted a training post since before my arm broke.  Since I am still training for a marathon I’ll get back on bored with that. The cliff notes version of my last three weeks of running is as followed.

10 weeks to go: The week before I broke my arm I had decided to cut down my miles to around 40.  I needed a mental and physical break from running to prepare me for a few harder weeks as the marathon comes closer.  I did just that and cut my miles.  Then that Saturday I ran the 8k (30:45).

9 weeks to go: After breaking my arm I took four solid days off of running then jogged a mile on Thursday.  I ran roughly 30 miles that week including the Rock and Roll half marathon (1:28.49). My orthopedist said I was cleared to run so I began picking up where I had left.

8  weeks to go:  My arm continued to heal and running was not doing any damage I got back into my normal routine.  By last week I ran 66 miles and the Remember the Alamo half marathon (1:28.40). Though it wasn’t the 70-80 miles I had been logging this summer I am back where I was.  I haven’t lost any fitness and am not too concerned.

So I’m still moving along towards the New York City full marathon and now can give you more updates regarding this week of training.

First, I’m currently funemployed and I’ll be the first to admit it is not all that it’s cracked up to be.  I sit here bored and I actually miss working.  Since professional blogging is out of the question (I hear you need to have more sponsors and have good grammar) I have more time to run.  Being funemployed though gives me the option to run whenever I please right?

Wrong.  By 10am it’s too hot in southern Texas for me to want to leave the house so I’m still running in the morning.


Monday: 11 miles getting lost in Texas (recovery)
Tuesday: 10.45 with Tim (recovery)
Wednesday: 12 miles recovery
Thursday: 12.16 miles (8:36 pace)
Friday: AM: 5.5 miles easy
PM: 6.88 miles
Saturday: 12 miles easy
Sunday: 20 miles easy
Total: 90 miles



My goal for the next two weeks is to log big miles.  My runs may be easy, fast, slow, hard, ect.  I don’t really care as long as I’m logging a couple of high mileage weeks.  New York City is now only 7 weeks away and I really want to dive into runs that are going to leave me confident at the starting line.

On Friday I ended up sleeping in until 7:30am.  So I decided to change it up and do a double versus one longer run.  I’m trying to just take advantage and get solid miles.  Then Saturday I ended up sleeping until 8 am.  I’m not complaining as my body can use more sleep.  I’ll take advantage of this time that I can devote to solid training when I can.  I managed to get in runs both days so I can’t complain too much.  As long as my runs are injury free, I’m okay with them

I also finally booked my plane tickets for the New York City Marathon.  I’ll be there Friday night through Monday night.

So that is where I leave you.  I’m off to attempt a 20 mile long run with gels.  My only other 20 miler this training cycle was after the Rock and Rock (I finished with 7 other miles) so I’m hoping this will go according to plan as well.

Questions for you:

Are you good with sitting still?

Seasoned marathon runners: When do you start doing 20 mile long runs?