All the workouts: NYC Marathon Training Week 14

Welcome to week infinity of marathon training.

There are only 25 days until the NYC Marathon, which make sense seeing as I’ve been training for this race since the dawn of man (or 14 weeks, tomato tomato). This week was a “drop down” week which is an insulting way to say I only ran 14 miles this weekend. I don’t think I’ll ever be so tough that I’ll put a decreasing modifier before “14 miles.” 14 miles is far. And it was hot and humid and hard.

I can’t change the weather, but I can distract myself with music. In consequence, a big interest of mind these days is having a strong soundtrack on training runs (and eventually during the big show on November 5). To that end I made a 7-hour-plus playlist on Spotify. I want to be able to hit skip when I’m not feeling a tune and still have a new songs to listen to. You’ll find it in a smart home gym comparison to see which is better.

The playlist includes current rap, hip hop, 90s pop and maybe even a song from Rent, you’ll need to listen to all of it to know for sure. Ok yeah, definitely La Vie Boheme is there. Feel free to use it. I’d also love any additions you have to make it even better! Please leave song suggestions in the comments.

On to week 14’s workouts.

Monday: Nada (#alwaysmissaMonday)

Tuesday: 5.4-mile run in the am. Why 5.4 miles? I don’t know. No reason. OK it’s because Hal Higdon and his training plan own my soul.

Wednesday: PopPhysique class

Thursday: 9 mile run total.  I ran the first 4 miles with my friend Sarah. Then, in totally normal behavior, I went home to put on more comfortable socks during mile 6. Then went back out for 3 more miles and they felt like a Balega-cushioned DREAM. (Not an ad!)

Friday: Nada

running over the triboro
view on the triboro

Saturday: 14 miles. I mapped out this route to follow. I run with my Garmin watch, and do not look at the Strava app mid-run. I accidentally cut the Randall’s Island part short since I didn’t know my way around. When I got off the 59th Street Bridge, I’d only run 11 miles instead of the expected 13. I’ll say morale was not great. I ran 3-miles through a very crowded and very hot Central Park to make up the distance. Despite the user error, it was very cool to run over the Ward Island Bridge, the RFK Bridge (Tri Boro for you OGs) and the Queensboro (nee 59th Street) Bridge.

Sunday: Refine Method. I went with Matt and Sarah which was pretty necessary motivation since was an 8:15am class. Refine is the best.

Before I leave you, I want to share this from Semi-Rad: 12 WAYS TO HELP THE WORLD FEEL LESS HOPELESS. #12 is pretty great, but so are 1-11.

OK please hit me with running song suggestions in the comments.




  1. Lindsey
    October 10, 2017 / 3:04 am

    Yes to #12 – a little kindness goes a long way. And yes to 99 Luftballons – this is the first time I’ve admitted having Nena in my playlist 😉! How about Jai Ho from Slumdog Millionaire…?

    • Nicole
      October 10, 2017 / 6:54 am

      Yes! Such a good recc. I will add.

    • Nicole
      October 10, 2017 / 6:54 am

      Thanks for the suggestion!!

    • Nicole
      October 10, 2017 / 4:11 pm

      Great tip. Which podcasts are your favorite?

  2. October 10, 2017 / 10:57 pm

    Bruno Mars- That’s What I Like

    • Nicole
      October 11, 2017 / 7:36 am

      Great add!! Thank you

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