NYCM Training Log: Recovery and Hiking

Tis the season before the New York City Marathon and wow, where has time gone?

When New Balance offered me a chance to run 5 weeks ago, it felt like I had “plenty of time”. Time is up and I’m back to resting, recovering, and tapering.

Last week was more of a recovery week from the Atlantic City Half Marathon and 20 miler. I feel confident I’ll be able to finish the New York City Marathon, but my goals have shifted.

Monday: Hike with Shawn
Tuesday: Rest
Wednesday: 10 miles averaging 7:52 pace
Thursday: Rest
Friday: Easy 60 minutes
Saturday: Pennypacker XC Open: 21:00
Sunday: 15 Miles


I didn’t mean to take 3 days off from running (originally I planned 2), but my body was tired and I have no regrets. My good friend and coworker went for a beautiful hike (and one of my favorite in NJ). The Stairway to Heaven is a tough hike but worth the view. It was by no means a rest day though.

Pennypacker Cross Country Open 5k:

I’ve wanted to do the Pennypacker Cross Country Open 5k for a while. This year the only way to make it work was to run beforehand and a fast finish 5k as the last 3.1 miles (for a total of 10.1 miles). I haven’t run cross country in a while, and it was a lot of fun. The Pennypacker Cross Country Course is used a lot of local high schools. I’m happy with my effort at the of a longer run, plus on cross country terrain.

Sundays Long Run:

On Sunday, I ran 15 and it was one of the hardest runs I’ve done in a while. The rain and wind, made it difficult and obviously my body didn’t feel great after the race the day beforehand. I am happy to get it done, although my confidence could use a boost.

Next Week:

As I go into New York Marathon weekend, I plan to taper down. My goal for the marathon is to start and finish healthy. Right now, I would be ecstatic with anything under 3:30, but I’m not putting a time goal out there. As I said last week, I do believe this will be my last marathon for a while and it will be nice to start and finish the race healthy.

Posts from the Week:

New Balance 1400v6 Shoe Review

Atlantic City Half Marathon (1:36.27)

Hiking Pakim Pond in Brendan T. Byrne State Park

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Questions for you:

How was your week of running? 

Are you running New York City Marathon?