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Vail's NYC Blog: “I Gave It All I Had”

November 09, 2013 at 2:45pm EST | by Barbara Huebner, Marathon News Service

Ryan Vail, the top American finisher in the 2013 ING New York City Marathon, is in Patagonia by now for two weeks of what might be called active recovery: hiking.

But before Vail left he posted his entire 14-week training program on his blog, here.  His 14-week cycle topped out at 151 miles in Week 7, which included a long run of 27 miles.

The 27-year-old from Portland, OR, who was making his ING New York City Marathon debut, finished 13th in 2:13:23 after fighting a headwind and missing a number of his fluid bottles.

“I believe races like this help build character and mental toughness,” he wrote, in ways that will be helpful in future attempts. “I definitely gave it all I had.”

“I feel like I have a long way to go in the marathon, he said in the post-race press conference.” I still have a lot to learn when it comes to racing and training. I'd like to try to get on maybe a faster course in the spring and see what I can do time-wise. But I'd also like to come back to New York and learn how to race better. I think there's a lot of room for improvement in my race today.”

Photo: From Vail’s blog