NYC Half Marathon Training

NYC Half Marathon Training


Oh boy. The NYC Half Marathon is three and a half weeks away. Well that kind of snuck up, didn’t it??

When I signed up for the NYC Half, at the time, it seemed like a good idea and one way to keep me running through the winter. That was until it started snowing…and snowing…and snowing.

It’s been hard to stay motivated when I’ve been relegated to the treadmill more often than I would like. I have no problem running outside in the cold but with my knee acting finicky from time to time, the last thing I want to do is test it out on the slick sidewalks and roads. But running on the treadmill? It’s such a mental challenge for me. I run a lot slower and everything just feels so.much.harder.

When I started running in earnest again in December, I hadn’t been running much because of a bad case of plantar fasciitis and my focus on yoga teacher training. To be honest, it was a struggle. I felt slow and out of shape (cardiovascularly). My knee and everything else hurt. I lamented to my run coach Jess that I was frustrated and worried about building up my mileage – afraid that I wasn’t going to get there.

I’ve been building my mileage slowly because I really don’t want to be re-injured. Last week was a turning point in my training for the NYC Half Marathon. My runs felt good and my pace felt a better. AND I ran 8 miles on the treadmill and didn’t dread it. I’ve been building on that momentum this week and ran my long run on Wednesday – 9 miles outside and it was kind of great. It was my longest run since September.

I’m hoping that this continues for a few more weeks!

Are you training for a race? How have you dealt with the crazy winter weather and running?

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  1. says

    Oh Christine I’m SO happy to hear it! When I saw your photo and mileage on Instagram I literally shouted “yay!” As you know, I’m training for the same race and have logged WAY too many miles on the treadmill myself. I did ONE long run in this past week but today I’m back to the ‘mill.
    I can’t wait to have our meet up at the race!! See you soon…
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  2. says

    I am training for a 10 miler in April and I feel the same way. This NY winter has really killed my motivation. Building miles on the treadmill is turning into a drag. Good luck with your race!

  3. says

    Oh man I totally understand feeling like you nearly have to start over in running. This fall I focused a lot more on yoga to handle the stresses of job searching and cross-country move. The last month or so I’ve been getting back into regular run and geez is it hard! My longest in a while is 6 miles; I’ll be quite happy to see a double digit number again!

    A nine-miler a few weeks before sounds like you’re going to be ready to rock the race!
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  4. says

    Hooray for a 9 mile run outside!! This winter has been brutal for sure and unless you enjoy running on the treadmill (like me) it has been hard for runners. I hope the next few weeks give you plenty of opportunity for some nice outdoor runs and that your knee is completely OK!!
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  5. says

    I’ve been reading your blog since your running related injuries (and I think initially found it from your HRM training post!). It’s so hard starting back over, but it sounds like you’re taking a really holistic approach to it.

    I also find the treadmill boring, and similarly – I’m faster on the road than on a treadmill, which seems counterintuitive. With the subzero temps a few weeks ago here in Ohio and giant snowpiles on the ground, I did a few of my early long runs on the treadmill. I find that playing with speed and incline makes it more interesting and engaging, though I’m happy it’s starting to warm up so I can get back outside. It’s amazing how warm 35-40 degrees feels after temps in the teens! I ran a little over 3 miles yesterday and could have gone longer, had it not been so dark out (makes any residual black ice especially hazardous). It’s such a good feeling to train slowly and really enjoy the process.

    I’m currently training for my second half, Cap City here in Columbus. Good luck with training! I look forward to reading more of your journey back into running, and I’ve been loving your yoga posts too.

    • says

      Thank you so much Jess! I really appreciate your comment and your support. It means a lot. It’s funny because I definitely do expect my body to just bounce back to what I used to be able to do and I keep realizing (again and again) that it takes time to build back up and to get strong and to recover. I have been playing around with speed on my treadmill runs which is why my last few haven’t seemed terrible.

      Good luck with your training too!
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  6. says

    This winter has been a total bummer for running. I’ve found myself finally getting used to treadmill running! I’m so jealous of your 9 miles yesterday – I was working all morning & by the time I got out for my run it was pouring & thunder & lightning. Back to the treadmill!

    Good Luck in the half!! That’s such a fun course, I ran it years ago and there’s nothing like running down 7th ave! :)

  7. says

    Holy, three weeks! how did that happen? and I KNOW you will do awesome, your body knows what to do, it’ll jive with it, I just know it. When I did my 10 for Nala, I was surprised how I adjusted to upping my miles pretty quickly over the course of three weeks to get to 10. Guess our bodies are smarter than we think :)
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  8. Amy says

    Loved your post. I’m in a running group that has been training in the snow and ice also and one of the people in our group posted your blog’s link in it as inspiration…we are all feeling a little nervous about our scheduled long run on Sunday. It’s for 8, and the most we’ve been going is 4-6 (and for me that’s been on the treadmill.) Thanks for such a great post!

  9. says

    Way to go on the 9-miler, Christine. What a bad winter to train. We were OOT last week so I had to run on a hotel treadmill. I was able to log in to wifi and watched an episode of Once Upon a Time on my iPhone while running. It was great! Unfortunately, I can never get logged on to wifi at the community center here in town. It sure did make the treadmill run MUCH more tolerable!
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