Hanson’s/NYC Marathon Training: Week 12

What goes up, must come down…..

Last week was my highest mileage week to date and while week 12 was meant as a cut back week, life made it a cuuuut back week. Not by much, but I’m known for being over dramatic 😀

Marathon Goal– 3:50
Marathon Pace/Tempo Runs– 8:45
Easy Runs–9:40-10:40
Long Runs–9:30

Monday, September 19th 3.65 Easy Miles @10:02 avg. pace

This was supposed to be a five miler but a little over half way through my run, my husband texted me that he was at a burrito shop near where I was running. U-turn, run shortened.

Tuesday, September 20th–1 mile WU, 1.5milesx4 @8:35 target (w/400R), 1 mile CD

This run was a little faster than it should’ve been but I was kind of in a hurry to get this done in my 2 hour kid care time frame, lol.

  1. 8:04
  2. 8:31
  3. 8:20
  4. 8:16

Wednesday, September 21st–Rest Day, 10k Steps

I took my kids to the track again so I could get my 10k steps in. I signed up both my daughter and son to the fall season of the Healthy Kids Running Series and I told them they needed to start training.


Thursday, September 22nd–1 mile WU, 9 Tempo Miles, 1 mile CD

Holy cow, this was a hard run. I know the paces don’t show it as they’re faster than my 8:45 target but it was so ridiculously humid, I was fighting for each mile and by the time I got close to the end, I just wanted to get the whole thing over with.

At 4:15 a.m.!!!!

At 4:15 a.m.!!!!



Friday, September 23rd–2.32 Easy Miles

I woke up at crazy 0’clock again to meet my hill running buddies. I was on the road at 4:30 a.m. but I could barely drive. Why? I woke up with pink eye!!! I had my glasses on and between that discomfort and my sensitivity to light, it was a scary drive.

But I made it. Our group started and I lagged behind, slowed down by my 11 tempo miler the day before, lack of sleep, and motion sickness from the bouncing of my glasses. Before I knew it, I lost them!! I got to the end of the road and my group was nowhere in sight!

I ran back to my car and sent a text to our leader asking where they were. He met me back at my car and I burst into tears apologizing for inconveniencing him. I think I was just overwhelmed by….everything. I seem to reach a point each training cycle where I feel this way. It felt good to just let it all out. I was done with the run and drove back home.

Saturday, September 24th–10.5 Long Run @9:14 avg. pace

After the previous day’s fiasco run, I went to a doctor for eye meds and thankfully, I started feeling relief right away. On Saturday morning, I met up with my NYC Marathon buddies and ran a good 10 miler without my glasses on (I held them). It was a blind run, but despite not being able to see, I ran comfortably.

It was 57 degrees at the start! Brrrr!!!!

It was 57 degrees at the start! Brrrr!!!!

Sunday, September 25th–6 Easy Miles @10:32 pace

I ran with my glasses on because it was dark for the entirety of my run so it was slow and not so fun but I got it done (a lil rhyme diddy there for ya!)


Even though there were some undone runs in there, it was a good week at 42.5 miles . My SOS (Something of Substance) runs were on point and that is what ultimately matters so I’m happy with week 12 🙂 Next week, I’ll be running in much cooler temps while I visit my family in the midwest. For this Arizona gal, it’ll be freezing!!!

–Does the cold bother you? It bothers me! I complain about the heat but would prefer that any day, lol!

–Ever get pink eye? 😦

–How was your running week? Do you ever get emotional during a training cycle?


12 responses

  1. lol burritos. That’s awesome!

    Great job on another week! I woke up on Saturday and was chilly at the start of my long run and suddenly my constant wish for cooler running had me dreading winter. 😛

    We run nearly identical splits and times. I’m training for a marathon on 11/12 and my current PR is 3:56 although I’m just off an injury so I’m not sure what my race goal will be.

  2. Lol, I love that you turned around to meet your husband for a burrito!! And how cute are you and your daughter?! She looks like a mini Helly!
    Ahhh, I’m so sorry that you have (hopefully had, at this point) pink eye! Ouch! How is it doing now? I can’t imagine running without my contacts and having everything blurry – you are incredible!
    I’m always emotional, lol, training hard probably amplifies it 🙂