Race Report: TCS New York City Marathon Training Series 12M

Date: July 21st, 2018, 7:00 am

Place: Central Park, New York, NY

Weather: 70 F, 68% humidity

Finishers: 4, 027 total (2, 161 men / 1, 866 women)

Unofficial distance / pace: 12.36 mi / 9:41 min/mi 

Official time / pace:  2:00:07 / 9:56 min/mi

NYRR

As the name would suggest, the NYRR has “installed” three long-run training series to prep folks for a fall marathon. Although we are 16 weeks out from the NYC marathon, this training series is a good away to start developing/honing your marathon race strategy. Although I have run (or attempted to run) several NYC Marathons, this was the first time that I participated in this training series. This may have been the case for a couple of weeks.

  • Maybe the long runs of my training schedule never matched up to the long runs during the training series.
  • In the past, I do not think that the races were part of the NYRR 9+1 program.

The Race:

Pretty much from start to finish, the weather was wonderful. I was a little scared, because rain was scheduled in the forecast, but the rain pretty much held out until the early evening.

It’s kind of weird, but I really did not consider this a “race” . . . at first. To me, it was more like a long training run with close to 4,000 other people. However, that thought changed, at least for me, once the race started. Then I kind of went into race mode, but not super intense race mode.

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In terms of the course, it was pretty straight forward, two loops around the other perimeter of Central Park. At this point, if you are training for a marathon and you live in Manhattan, you probably have run this course many times, so there was not anything new about the course. I would be a cool concept if NYRR could alternate the direction of the races in Central Park for the training runs. Or . . . have one of these races outside of the Manhattan.

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The main plan was to run 1 minute slower than my proposed marathon pace (9:09 min/mi), so a 10:09 min/mi pace. According to my Apple Watch, I ran slightly faster than that pace, which is not too bad. Although I ran faster than what I had planned to, I still had a little fuel in the tank to run even further. Actually, I did a ‘cool down’ run from Central Park to my apt, which is about one mile.

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My plan of attack was to break this race into three 4-mile segments. Breaking long distances into segments tricks my mind into thinking that I am running a shorter distance. The other plan was to run the first four miles pretty slow and pick up the speed for the remaining eight, which I more or less accomplished. During the last 3 miles, I incorporated fartleks between light posts to do some speed work during a long distance.

 

 

Next Race:

July 26th, NYRR R-U-N 5K . . . technically. However, I do not think that I will run this race, because it’s the bf’s birthday. I really need to double check these races with my calendar, because this is the second time that I have registered for a race on a day when I have other crap going on

August 12th, TCS NYC Marathon Training Series 15M

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