NYC Marathon Training: Week 1

Happy Monday!


It arrived – marathon training time! Although I originally wanted to work around a 18 week training plan, I had to take some more time off and stuck with the 16 week plan. You can read the details about my plan in last week’s post.

Last week was week 1 and it was pretty uneventful. I ran mostly on schedule – with the only change being my long run, as long runs on weekends tends to be problematic. My leg did not hurt at all, and I was able to stay on pace for most of the runs. Although this is the easiest week, it felt good to be back running and I feel like the four run a week plan will work.



My training runs from July 14-July 21

Monday – 3K steady pace (18:57). I ran this right before track practice. I ended up taking a different route from the track and ended up in a small park. It was pretty hilly – but manageable. Nothing too out of the ordinary with this run.

Tuesday – 4K steady pace (25:34). I ran this one in some rain, but it made the temperature feel cooler. I managed to get my run done before the downpour started (and the humidity arrived). I ran in my neighbourhood.

Friday – 4K steady pace (25:50). This run happened when Max and P went to go ride the O-train. It was a hot one! I ran at noon which was fairly silly considering it was fairly warm and very sunny. I changed my route a bit and went down towards the Ottawa River.

Monday – 10K Long Run (1:12). I rescheduled my LR to Monday as I was too busy with Max to go out for an hour. I probably will end up doing this often. I had a 5K scheduled for Monday, but I will put that onto Tuesday. This was my longest run since the Ottawa Race Weekend Half Marathon. I left at 9am and the sun was already roasting everything in site. I stayed on my usual long run route, which is along the Ottawa River. A few runners out, and many people on bikes. The amount of ‘path road kill’ I saw was gross – mice, rats and even a snake! My average pace was about 7:14, which is right where I should be for a long run. I had to fight not going faster. I stuck to my 10 and 1’s – with taking a few more breaks during the last 3K as I started to not feel too good – not going to push it. The humidity was already at 88% and I could feel it. As soon as I got home, I took the shoes off and put my feet under the hose.




So not a bad week. It is different starting a training plan’s long run at 10K, compared to 6/7K for a half marathon. I thought to myself while running that hopefully my half marathon time improves as I will hit the max distance I’ve ever run training for a half-marathon very quickly and before Army Run. I’m still fearful of the runs above 20K though….they should be interesting!

If interested here are the pre-training week running logs:

Pre-Training Week 1

Pre-Training Week 2

Pre-Training Week 3

Pre-Training Week 4

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  1. meredith @ The Cookie ChRUNicles

    I admire your determination to train and run this marathon!
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    1. Rebecca (Post author)

      haha – we will see how the next 15 weeks pans out!

  2. YogiCrystal

    Looks like a good training week! I’m with you about speed for the long runs… I’m having difficulty going slower, but I know it need to if I’m going to sustain for the longer runs (training for a half). I have a mental block going on there and I’m tiring early. The humidity here in Toronto doesn’t help either! Looking forward to following along! ๐Ÿ™‚
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    1. Rebecca (Post author)

      haha – it was the easy training week – its weeks 12-14 that scare me!

      Long runs for me are a necessary evil – there are some plans out there that have no long runs past 16 miles (25K) but have lots of faster paced shorter runs (5-10 miles) during the week, like running 6 days a week. It might work for veteran marathoners – That just doesn’t work for me. I need to get up on that distance and go from there. I cannot imagine running another 17K past my longest run.

  3. Crystal

    I love training for something – it motivates me to no end ๐Ÿ™‚ Road kill? Gross. Ha ha I always go too fast on runs under 15K or so. I just give up ๐Ÿ™‚ Good luck with your training this week!
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    1. Rebecca (Post author)

      Yes – avoiding the roadkill (or rather bikekill??) was the theme of the long run! I like checking off my runs on the list ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Bibi @ Veggie Runners

    Lol, I come home from my runs and tell my boyfriend all the types of roadkill I saw! He’s always like… “but how was your RUN?! I don’t want to hear this.”

    I should have started properly marathon training last week, but I’m still just pootling about. I have done 6 miles last week, so hopefully I’ll be okay after I get my triathlon out of the way this weekend then can concentrate on it.

    Well done on your training!

    1. Rebecca (Post author)

      I think as long as you are active – you are ok! Good luck on your triathlon!!!

  5. jack

    You are great. Be proud of yourself.


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