All the workouts: NYC Marathon Training Week 13

Let’s start with a little roundup of interesting bits and bites from around the web before I dive into week 13 of marathon training.

    • 99U (Adobe’s creative online mag) shared 7 pieces of advice to help you approach your own work, pulling from the wisdom of some incredible creative minds, including this from Kurt Vonnegut,

“Practice any art, music, singing, dancing, acting, drawing, painting, sculpting, poetry, fiction, essays, reportage, no matter how well or badly, not to get money and fame, but to experience becoming, to find out what’s inside you, to make your soul grow.”

      • A cold cup of truth this week from ZenHabits in a recent post, “The Ideal vs. the Reality of Changing Your Life
      • NY-ers, Self magazine is teaming up with some great fitness brands and hosting group runs around the city through the end of October. It’s all free, check it out.
      • Outside Magazine published a “Go List” of 6 places to visit where the dollar is currently strong. (I love Outside Mag.)
      • Runs for Cookies is a new-to me blogger. She lost 125 pounds through some major lifestyle changes, but that’s not the only thing that makes her so incredibly interesting. She bares it all on her blog, and her honesty, transparency and good humor make it very easy to connect with her. Not sure where to start? I really liked this post.

      • Runners World writes on how a willingness to do hard things while running makes it easier to overcome obstacles in our non-running lives.

Week 13 of training is in the books (turns out my plan is 18-weeks long, not 16 weeks, so that’s nice. For someone who is super on top of it, that oversight is pretty amusing). With 5 weeks to go, I had my first “peak” week. Aka a week where my long run is VERY long (18-miles) and my week run isn’t so short either.

Monday: I was invited to try a barre-based pop-up class called allongée. I liked it! Full review here.
Tuesday: Dirty 30 at Mile High Run Club, I was pretty tired from Saturday’s half marathon, which isn’t the best sign, so I took this easy-ish.

Wednesday: 8.2 struggle bus miles. It was hot and humid out and this run was not easy. I was lucky enough to meet my friend mid-way through the run, which was a huge mood boost. I also tried a salt tablet, but I don’t think I drank enough water and it gave me a stomach stitch.  I got my “sweat tested” in the am to sort out how much I should drink during a run. More on this soon!
Thursday: Matt and I tried a new class called As One. It’s a fast-paced, tough HITT workout class and we both liked it. The circuit-style of the class kept our attention and I felt like we got a lot out of the 45 minute class. Totally recommend. You can get your first class free.
Friday:  Physical Therapy at Finish Line 
Saturday Nothing

GW bridge
Sunday 18-mile run. My longest run yet (again). I started slow and picked up the pace on the second half of this out and back route.  I try to keep my pace easy enough on long runs so I don’t feel totally depleted when the run is over. The only run I went to feel totally done after is the marathon. I ran from the 60s on the West Side Highway, over the GW bridge and back. This was a little less than 18 miles so I had to run a bit further south on my return to get to 18. I got a bit lost on the way to the way to the GW and got to explore some really fascinating underpasses in the 170s.

18-mile GW Run


How was your week? With less than 5-weeks to go, I’d love any last training tips you have!


  1. October 3, 2017 / 5:16 pm

    Yay for NYCM! My advice for that one is run your tangents and get your head around all the bridges. You train there so it probably won’t be a big deal for you.

    • Nicole
      October 3, 2017 / 5:32 pm

      Thank you. It’s my first marathon, so I’m sure it will be a challenge no matter what!! I’ll try to run the tangents!

    • Nicole
      October 3, 2017 / 8:39 pm

      Thank you so much. I had great weather which made all of the difference!

  2. October 3, 2017 / 8:37 pm

    I’m new to your blog, so I don’t know if you have any specific time goals for the marathon…but I’d just say to take it ALL in and enjoy every mile for what it is. It’s pretty incredible to be able to make one’s body run 26.2 miles 😉 Good luck!

    • Nicole
      October 3, 2017 / 8:40 pm

      thank you SO much. It’s my first one, so I’m trying to let myself enjoy the process…its tempting to set a time goal though, but i’m mostly resisting.

    • Nicole
      October 4, 2017 / 7:19 am

      Thank you!! Are you running it?

  3. October 6, 2017 / 12:12 pm

    Great job completing your 18-mile long run! We’re new to your blog, so apologies for not being up to speed on your NYC Marathon training. My wife and I ran NYC a few years ago, and I think the best piece of advice is to make sure you’re prepared for the hills. The course was much harder than we expected. Since this is your first marathon, try to take it all in, get pumped from the crowds, walk/job when necessary, and save as much energy to get to the finish. It’ll be an amazing experience! –Todd

    • Nicole
      October 6, 2017 / 12:15 pm

      Thank you so much. I’m hoping to just enjoy the course and the 26.2 mile parade through my hometown.

  4. Kate Horton
    October 11, 2017 / 3:33 pm

    Awesome blog! I love your workout recaps.

    • Nicole
      October 11, 2017 / 3:38 pm

      Thank you so much!

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