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"Ben and Reed's Road to the NYC Marathon" 10/27/2011 Update

by Ben Pine

WHAS11.com

Posted on October 27, 2011 at 8:14 AM

Updated Saturday, Nov 2 at 2:18 PM

So, my training schedule says to do a "Fartlek".  Doesn't sound pleasant.  It took me until today to find out what it was (not a good marathon training student).   

According to Wikipedia, which seems to know everything, "Fartlek" means "Speed Play" in Swedish.  Apparently, the Swedes invented this type of interval training.  My training calls for five miles of slow pace, then fast/sprint, then slow.  So, it's not as bad as it sounds, although, it doesn't feel very good. 

As far the training goes, Reed and I have remained close to our schedules.  The tapering continues with less miles to run until the Marathon.  I did a quick (for me) 10.5 miler yesterday through a thunderstorm (not recommended), in 1 hour and 27 minutes, which is little over an 8 minute pace.  Which is much faster than my target pace for the NYC Marathon.

I did have to take a couple days off due to a minor shin splint on my right side.  But, that seemed to be fine through the 10-miler yesterday.  From here on out, it's just a matter of better nutrition and staying healthy.

Reed is going along with gazelle intensity (as Dave Ramsey would say).  He is focused, driven, in tune, and ready for the big day! 

We are efforting to Skype live from New York after the race.  Plus, if you really wanted to, you can keep track of us or any runner with the very cool NYC Marathon App .  Plus, highlights from the race will be aired nationwide on NBC Sports and online.

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