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General Running • November 1, 2023

Train to NYC 2 Training Log: 1 Week to Go


What You Need To Know

What We're Doing

Running the 2023 New York City Marathon with New Balance

Who's Running It

Some of the best runners and humans that we could assemble for a team

What We're Training In

New Balance SC Trainer v2, New Balance More v4, New Balance SC Elite v3, New Balance 1080v13


NYC Shake Out Run

If you’re going to be in New York for the marathon, then you MUST join us for our Saturday Shake Out Run with New Balance and New York Road Runners. We’ll be joined by a ton of amazing friends, including Kofuzi, Tommie Runz, Matt Choi, Carleth Keys, Meg Featherstun, Ben Johnson, Jess Movold, Run Like Heller, the entire Train to NYC 2 team, and more! We’ll also have amazing giveaways for the first few hundred runners, so get there early!

Get all the details and RSVP here

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New Balance NYC Marathon jacket

Race Week

Don’t even know what to say, this journey has been beautiful and we’re grateful for every week of training that has led us to this point. In just a few days, we’ll be making our way to our starting corral on Staten Island as we get ready to run the 2023 TCS New York City Marathon with New Balance and New York Road Runners. And hopefully, a few hours later, we’ll be crossing the finish line in Central Park.

Yes, our nerves are wildin’ right about now. Yes, we’re making our list and checking it twice. Nutrition, race day kits, New Balance SC Elite v3. Extra bags for extra swag. Of course, you can’t to forget to protect ya neck (sage advice from Staten Island natives Wu-Tang Clan)– you’re gonna need it for that heavyweight finisher’s medal.

We’ll check in one more time after the race is finished so you know how everything went. If you want to follow along, definitely download the New York Road Runners app where you can track all your favorite runners (hopefully us).

Thanks for following us on our journey to the New York City Marathon– we’ll see you on the other side.

Feeling 😆

Meaghan Murray

We all know how beneficial the taper is for a marathon, but what happens if we don’t taper… at all? Can we still have just as much fun on race day? These are the things I’m testing out. What I do know is that I cannot wait to see everyone this weekend!!

Total miles this week: 89

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Feeling 🔒

Thomas Neuberger

It is almost scary how well this training cycle turned out. I still have one more tempo run to go, but I don’t think I have ever had so many good workouts and long runs strung together. It oddly makes me uncomfortable. I won’t say anything else because, I believe in jinxs and of course the run. I can’t wait for the lovefest at the shakeout this Saturday. It is so much fun to see everyone. Have a great week.

Total miles this week: 38

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new balance 5th avenue mile - thomas

Feeling 🟢

Robbe Reddinger

Coasting into the finish and feeling good. Finished last week with a 10-mile long run that felt great and picked it up for the final mile just to see what I had. I think we’ll be good to go come race day. Wanted to get another 5-mile run in, but had to drive back from Virginia after spending a couple days with friends. No worries, the work is done and now it’s time to embrace the good vibes, get some sleep, and slip some sedatives to the butterflies in my stomach. The only difficult decision I have for this weekend is if I should stay out late on Friday for the New Balance karaoke party and which song I’ll be performing.

Total miles this week: 29

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Feeling 🎰

Meghann Featherstun

We made it. Race week is HERE! Now it’s time to sit back, relax, and eat all the carbs. Taper week is always a little bittersweet; the grind coming to an end, the anxiety of the race looming ahead, and the excitement to do what we love! It’s quite possible I am the most excited to finally hang out with all the members of our train and take that victory lap through the five boroughs. Let’s do this!

Total miles this week: 45

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group of runners in central park

Fueled by bagels

Feeling 🥹

Alison Staples

Can’t believe this is the last entry. I love training for marathons more than the race itself. The cumulative grind, sacrifice, and dedication mean so much more than what happens on one day. Sure we would love for all of our hard work to be packaged in a nice shiny PR, but the marathon doesn’t owe us that. Making it through training is the real test. The race is just the victory lap. Thank you again New Balance and Believe In the Run. We have one  last long run through NYC left to make this journey complete.

Total miles this week: 24

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woman running with bushes in background

Feeling 🎊

Jarrett Weisberg

This has been the toughest marathon training cycle because I’ve had to pivot and move runs around to deal with the new dad life. I’m happy I was able to get most of it done and only skipped a few runs. Let’s make marathon weekend a celebration of how far we’ve come!

Total miles this week: 28

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Feeling 😀

Brandon Rossi

Alrighty, moment of truth. Let’s see how this goes. I barely ran this week but we will see if my cross training will be enough to get me across the line in one piece. This will be a true test to see how I decide to run this race and come out on top.

Total miles this week: 3

Feeling 😍

Chris Ford

Wow we are finally here! What a journey over the past 16 weeks! Thank you to Believe in the Run and New Balance for this amazing opportunity. It has been my worst training block in terms of consistency because of the injury. Despite this I have found strong motivation from being part of this team and that has kept me going every time I have felt like giving up. Thank you to Thomas, Meg and the rest of the team and I look forward to seeing everyone in the Big Apple!

Total miles this week: 19

Feeling 🤩

Emily Heller

This is really happening. Ain’t nothin’ left to it but to do it. Honestly, I’m really proud of myself for how I got through this training cycle. It wasn’t always easy, it wasn’t always fun but I rolled with the punches and kept on pushing. I’m feeling nervous yet pumped AF as race day rapidly approaches. Thank you to BITR and New Balance for making this possible. The train is about to make its last stop. Until then, catch me eating allll the carbs. 

Total miles this week: 29

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Feeling 🤩🗽🧃

Jess Movold

AHH!! It’s race week!!! Tested out my race singlet on my 12-mile long run Saturday. It felt SWEET. I’m so pumped. I’m so ready. I cannot wait to run this amazing course with even more amazing people. Let’s GOOOO, TEAM!

Total miles this week: 49

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woman running with other people smiling

Probably having too much fun

Feeling 🥹

Chef Joel Mays III

It’s time to rest, recover, and carb load all week. Hydration is key this week and making sure I get all the kinks and muscle stiffness taken care of. It’s been a joy to learn from all of these amazing runners and can’t wait to see you all at the shake out run and the race. New Balance, Believe in the Run thank you for the opportunity to represent you and wear your logos proudly. This year in running has been nothing but amazing. It’s time to go for my second star.

Total miles this week: 19

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Feeling 🧩

Katherine Wuestenfeld

The puzzle pieces are all coming together now! This training cycle has been filled with so much joy and gratitude for the process and what my body can do. Finding out I had the opportunity to join the Train to NYC team really was the catalyst for an epic summer and I had the most fun training these last four months. I’m so excited to meet the team in person next weekend and no matter what happens on race day, I can’t wait to run with the biggest smile on my face through the streets of New York City!

Total miles this week: 52

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Feeling 🗽🏅

Marcus Fitts

The work leading up to a marathon is crazy business. Can’t believe we’re almost at the end of this journey representing New Balance and Believe in the Run! Running the NYC marathon has been a dream of mine for the past 10 years and I can’t wait to give it my all on race day. The past 15 weeks have been a whirlwind of early morning runs, late-night recovery sessions and everything in between.

I can’t wait to hit the streets of NYC, surrounded by thousands of fellow runners, teammates and this #traintonyc squad! We’re all out here chasing our own individual goals and dreams and hope the energy and spirit of NYC will carry me through to the finish. LFG!!

Total miles this week: 30

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Feeling 🗽

Hollyn Vermillion

It’s hard to believe that the marathon is a week away. The word that kept popping into my head this week during runs was “thankful.” Maybe because Thanksgiving is right around the corner but tapering leaves you with so much extra time to think about other things besides training. As I look back at this whole process, I’m very thankful to have been chosen to be a part of the Train to NYC Team, thankful to New Balance for all the cool gear they’ve provided along the way, and thankful to have a healthy body that can train for a marathon. NYC, here I come!

Total miles this week: 30

Feeling 🏁🗽🏅

Lo Johnson

Wow, just wowwww. A lot is going through my mind typing this last note. I’ve gone back and read all my journals and some of my teammates’ as well. This has been a crazy process: injuries, sickness, PR’s, marathons in the rain– I feel like as a crew we’ve been through it all!! We are battle tested and ready to finish! My last long run was today and I felt amazing. I took my time and just enjoyed it. Reminiscing about all the races, all the training, early mornings, and more to get here. Time to pack! Thank you for following my journey.

Total miles this week: 27

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New Balance SC Elite v3 NYC Edition

Feeling 🤪

Liv Paxton

I’m writing this as I wait for the cops to show up because someone ran into the back of my car. What a wonderful start to marathon week! Anyways!! Finally feeling recovered from Chicago so I did some light turnover work this week. Feeling most excited for the shakeout, the Queensboro bridge (I know that sounds crazy but I loved it when I ran it in September) and post-race brunch. We are ready to roll!

Total miles this week: 38

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