Hanson’s/NYC Marathon Training: Week 17

Welp, the moment we’ve all I’ve been waiting for–RACE WEEK!!!

Marathon Goal– 3:50
Marathon Pace/Tempo Runs– 8:45
Strength Runs–8:35

Easy Runs–9:40-10:40
Long Runs–9:30

But first, last week’s numbers…

Monday, October 24th –5 Easy Miles @9:41 avg. pace

A little faster than “easy pace” miles with a friend. But like always, a good convo makes the run go by faster.

Tuesday, October 25th –8 miles: 1 mile WU, 5 miles @Strength Pace (w/400R), 1 mile CD

Strength pace is 8:35/mile and each mile of this workout was way faster than that. I have no idea how that happened. It was dark out when I started (at 4:45 in the morning) so I only saw my splits when the mile would beep. Each time, I would look in disbelief as I didn’t feel like I was pushing or working myself. I’d try to adjust, only to see the next mile be almost exactly the same.


I was running with a buddy who is usually meticulous with pacing but even he was off. We were just chatting along. It was cool to see this be a sort of conversation pace for me as I’d had had an awful training week the week before. Nevertheless, I knew that I should be more disciplined with my pacing so close to marathon day.

Wednesday, October 26th –Rest Day

Milked it. I knew I had a hard run the next day.

Thursday, October 27th –12 miles: 1 mile WU, 10 miles at Tempo/Race pace, 1 mile CD

I was a little worried about this run, not gonna lie. Last week’s tempo run was awful so I was going into this one not very optimistic.

But it went GREAT.

It was crazy o’clock in the morning again (4:30 start time) and I got in 3 miles on my own before meeting up with my run club. Then I ran with my Tuesday pacing buddy and it was deja vu. Each mile was faster than what it should’ve been and again, it didn’t feel hard. We chatted the entire way and then he left me on my last two miles.


This run was the confidence booster I needed. I was a little sad after last week’s struggles and this week’s two big runs (Strength & Tempo) had gone so well, it really helped ease some of the race anxiety I had already started to build up.

Friday, October 28th– Rest Day

This was an unexpected race day. I slept in with the intentions of running in the evening but then I remembered later that my book club had it’s monthly meet-up and that sounded so much better. I didn’t even feel guilty about missing a run.

Saturday, October 29th–8 Long Run Miles @9:22 avg. pace

I met up with my NYC training buddies for this run and it was just so much fun. Relaxed, social, and it flew by before I knew it.

Sunday, October 30th–6.2 Easy Miles @9:53

It was my Moms Run This Town’s Halloween run and by buddy and I made our own little 10k out of it 🙂


six point two witchy miles

Which brought me to a grand total of 39.2 miles for the week. I seriously can’t believe that race week is NOW. I’ve already started packing and mentally preparing myself–trying my hardest to keep the nerves at bay. I keep thinking about the bridges and the hills and getting scared, but I know I’ve worked hard and what’s done is done. All I can do is show up confident with my training.

I’ve never worked so hard in my life and I definitely know I’m a different runner than I was 5 months ago. Geeze…..5 months. FIVE months of training.

Holy cow.

–How do you keep the racing nerves at bay?

–It’s been 90 degrees+ here. There’s no way I can prepare for NYC weather.
(I realize that ^ wasn’t a question, lol)

–I’ve been hydrating like a mad woman, carb loading smartly, resting as much as I can–what else should I be doing?

36 responses

  1. I am so freaking excited for you! You are going to have a great race. Believe it! You are ready!
    The week of the race I’m usually okay, but the morning of any marathon I’ve done I’m always CRAZY nervous and tell my husband I don’t want to do it anymore. LOL! Usually once I get to the race and am around all the runners I’m okay. Do you have lots of warm stuff to wear while you wait? When I ran Chicago last year I way underdressed for the start and froze the entire time we waited! xoxo

  2. –How do you keep the racing nerves at bay? My nerves get me soooo bad (to the point where I throw up) so I just don’t think about it! I know you’re probably thinking “that’s impossible at this point, but really… when you start to think about it too much, distract yourself!

    –I’ve been hydrating like a mad woman, carb loading smartly, resting as much as I can–what else should I be doing? I realize this sort of contradicts my above comment, but moments of meditation where you picture yourself completing the marathon always helped me with sports. You picture exactly what you want to happen… in a calm moment. You see it, you feel it, you live it in your head. Picture every detail, crossing the start line, your feet hitting the pavement, crossing the finish line, etc. This is not a “worry about it” moment, these are very constructed moments of meditation! I hope it helps!!

    I am seriously rooting for you and praying for you!!!! Your ability to get back out there after a few bad experiences in the past speaks VOLUMES! You are such an inspiration! Even if this is a disaster race, your perseverance has already inspired me so much. Thanks for always sharing your story.

    • Wow, thank you so much, really! I never really think of myself as someone who could inspire–I’m just a normal girl running in Arizona, lol! So thank you ❤

      And thank you so much for your very helpful tips!