Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Less than 8 weeks to the TCS New York City Marathon: Last week's training

I would call the half-marathon at the Great North Run last weekend a success. It was my second fastest half (62:19), and I was competitive, with a 5th place overall finish in a very strong field. I was fortunate to have a group to run with for the majority of the race, and fellow American, Scott Fauble and I were able to battle it out until the end. The Great North course is very hilly and unforgiving, so I see it as a perfect tune-up race heading into the rest of my NYC Marathon training. I am surprisingly sore following the race, but I really did go into the well. I am also traveling back to the US this week after a long summer in Europe, so it's perfect timing for a low intensity week. I will get in as much volume as I can, but the main goal for the week is recovery before the final 7 weeks of training.

The race took on some extra meaning as it was the first time in years that my wife and I were able to race at the same time. We were able to leave the baby with her mom in Czech and Eva crushed it with a 2 minute PR at 76:10. We are both on track for NYC!

I did rest for a few days before the race, but I did my best to keep the volume relatively high the first half of the week. The only workout for the week included 1k repeats at half-marathon pace with fairly short rest. Feel free to check out the full week below.

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AM: 14, 45 minutes strength
PM: 6 

AM: 12.5 + drills and strides
PM: 6

AM: 10 x 1000m @ 2:57, 1 min rest
PM: 5

AM: 11, 30 minutes light core and stretching
PM: 6

 8 miles easy

 5 miles easy + drills and strides

Great North Half marathon


  1. Awesome races, Ryan & Eva! Excited to see what you both do in NYC. Best of luck with your continued training. We’ll be there for the marathon as well. Maybe I’ll get a chance to wish you both good luck in person. Cheers, Tim.

  2. Fantastic performance at Great North, saw you on live TV with Scott. Excellent training log..wish you were on Strava


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