#TCSNYCMarathon Training: 22 Mile Run Done! Time To Taper!

The homestretch is upon us!! The TCS New York City Marathon is just 19 days away and I completed my longest run of my training program on Sunday. I woke up at dark O’ thirty along with a few run buds of mine and we set out to Staten Island to run our 22 miler. We ran 9 miles and finished the last 13 in NYRR’s Five Borough Series Staten Island Half Marathon. I wish I could say it was easy but it wasn’t.

Chris, ME!, Marquette, Mo – Finishers!

To refresh your memory – this same half marathon was my very first half just last year! I was dealing with bad ITB issues so I pretty much wobbled the whole race to the finish line. Fast forward a year later, it was part of my long training run. How amazing is that? Now the huge difference here is that they also changed the course compared to last years, and not for the better either! This years course was much more difficult, especially with 9 miles already logged. This new course included more hills and they annoyance of a bouncy wooden Boardwalk. Who thought of that? Everyone swore the whole way across, including myself.

Snapshot of my 22 mile run stats

What I will say is that I didn’t start to feel so drained until mile 19. At this point the hills got the best of my form and my lower back started to hurt. I walked up the last large hill and sprinted into the stadium across the finish line. It was the best I could do – and I managed to finish! Amazingly, two days later I feel better than I felt after my last 10 mile race. Good sleep, nutrition and hydration will do it! I had everything down for this run and I tackled it just as I would have liked. Mission accomplished!

Smiling after my 22 mile finish!

Following my longest run ever, I completed a speed mix on the track with my run buddy. I was a bit stiff but after rolling and warming up we were able to knock it out feeling good. It was a hard workout but it’s done! Now to enjoy the taper….. I am confident that I will do well on race day.

Post speed mix selfie from the track! #Boom!