Training: Taper and a Marathon PR
Last week was a good week.
Because it was the week of the marathon, which I Pred. I’ll write an entire recap later, for the most part, I’m happy with the week of training and tapering itself.
For the last two weeks, I’ve dealt with a lot of calve tightness. Nothing injury-wise, but my legs have felt very stiff. It isn’t something taper “made better”, and they were still stiff before the race. I will say, they felt the best they’ve felt in the last two weeks.
|Monday:||Easy 30 minutes|
|Tuesday:||Easy 10 miles|
|Thursday:||Easy 30 minutes|
|Sat:||Easy 20 minutes|
|Sunday:||NYCM 26.2 miles (3:07.15)|
All of my runs were easy and without a watch. It might have been a little overboard to run 10, the Tuesday before New York but it was fun to chat with Skip, and it didn’t feel bad.
After Tuesday, I kept repeating to myself you can only do too much but to be honest, it wasn’t that hard to even cut mileage. Between work and life, I didn’t have a lot of extra time to squeeze running in. Sure I could wake up at 4 am to run more miles, but I would rather sleep and taper more.
My legs seem to loosen up more as the week went on. After the Atlantic City half two weeks ago, I felt great. The few days after, it didn’t feel as though I had even raced a half marathon. Then my calves just felt like they locked up. It was like no amount of stretching could loosen them up. I wasn’t “worried” because I knew I wasn’t injured, it was just frustrating because I didn’t want to feel stiff.
On race day, my calves felt better than they had the week before. I didn’t feel great, but I felt as great as I could be. I have a lot of thoughts about my fitness going into NY and I know I’m not in the same fitness as when I ran a 1:22 this winter.
The race itself was amazing. I will probably have my longest race recap yet about it. Essentially, the miles clicked by pretty effortlessly. I had to stop and tie my shoe (which I did double knot) around mile 9 but other than that I felt good the entire race.
Since I was in the sub-elite corral, I spent about the first half of the race being passed by hundreds of people. It’s kind of funny to just have people consistently whirling by you like you’re standing still but I ran my own race. Starting out too fast is usually not a problem I have in races anymore…my mentality is you do you…I do me…
The first 8 miles were just focused on getting to mile 8. That is where I knew the highest chance of me seeing someone I knew spectating was…but I didn’t see anyone. After that, I just kept trucking along.
Around mile 9, my shoe came untied, so I pulled over to the side and tied it. I’ve always found in those situations if you stress and panic it takes more time. I wasn’t really panicked but it took me nearly 30 seconds. I don’t think it was entirely lost time because I caught a lot of people I was running with.
I hit the halfway point in 1:32.15.
The next goal was to make it to the Queensboro bridge around mile 15-16. In 2013, the Queensboro bridge destroyed me, and I honestly wondered how I would ever run 10 more miles. This year, I was ready, and it became the turning point of the race of when I started passing people.
As we came down, I passed even more people. I still was slowing down, but not as much as many. As I started to pass more people, I became more confident. The next miles just counted down until the finish. I was smiling, waving, and sidefiving all of my friends. In fact, every photo people caught of me was after mile 20.
The last 10k was difficult, and the hill in Central Park was no joke. In fact, since I was hurting so bad last time, I don’t even remember it. I saw my dad around mile 25 and just powered through. I’ve never run a marathon where I’ve been able to raise my arms and wave at mile 25. In fact until yesterday, I don’t like I’ve run a marathon I could wave at mile 18.
I crossed in 3:07.15 and felt good. I never felt like I overexerted myself and I finished smiling, happy, and strong. That isn’t something I can say after any other marathon.
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This day will be hard to beat running wise. I spent the morning fangirling the top professional runners. Just feet away! . Then I went on to run a 3:07 marathon which is a 7+ minute PR for me. I smiled, laughed, and side fived friends the entire time. . My goal was to start and finish healthy and I did that. . Thank you to everyone who supported me and thank you NYCM. . 📸 @haleybrunning
Here are all my splits via my Garmin so take it with a grain of salt.
Many people have asked me…now you’ll do lots of marathons and the answer is no. I still like 5ks and half marathons better, but I do like the marathon a little more now. I don’t foresee myself traveling to marathons over halves for a while if ever. I’ll do another marathon again, but I don’t know when. I also don’t have any plans to do Boston anytime soon, because like NY it’s hard to plan for a race a year out.
I’m proud I started and finished the training cycle and healthy. My PR was just icing on the cake. Now I’m taking 2 weeks off. I’ll still be around but my body needs time to recover, and my mind does too.
Posts from the Week:
Questions for you:
How was your week of training?
What body parts gets the most for you, running wise?
For me, it’s always my calves.