Pro tennis star Caroline Wozniacki is running New York on Sunday. We won't be at tomorrow's press conference with her tomorrow as we all arrive on Thursday.
It's impressive a top 10 pro is running the marathon when the training falls in the peak of her tennis season.
I went to the US Open final this year and I began to wonder when the hell does she train? If I had a big match, no way would I want to run long the day of it or the day before it.
Caroline seems to subscribe to this theory as well. She told ESPNW she used to run 5km a day (on non match days it looks like) and for the marathon has bumped that to 7-10km a day, but she'll do less if there is a match the next day.
During most tournaments, the women play every day. During majors that often becomes every other day.
A NY Times article notes how her tennis has gotten better since she started training for the marathon. She's 34-10 since she started training for the marathon and made the US Open final and her coach seems to think her endurance is helping her. The article says her longest run is 13.1 miles and an 18 miler had to get scrapped 2 weeks ago because of tennis.
The better she has done in tennis, the less time she has to run. Below I've pasted all of her matches since the French Open. Now obviously she didn't know in advance what days she'd have matches. I'm curious as to how all of you think she should have trained.
I think the plan of of running easy on non-match days is a good one.
I think she should have tried to get in a few longer runs. That would have been my only advice.
Play your matches, run on the off days, try and get in a 13 miler by August. 15 miler by September, and 17 miler in October. Something like that. If you can't get them all in, must make sure there is at least one longer run each month.
She didn't have a match from October 1 to the 21st as she lost in the Round of 32 in Beijing so I'm surprised she told the NYTimes her 18 miler two weeks ago got scrapped for tennis considerations.
So what's your advice? Any predictions on what she'll run?
10/24 Wozniacki C. - Kvitova P. 6-2, 6-3
10/23 Wozniacki C. - Radwanska A. 7-5, 6-3
10/21 Wozniacki C. - Sharapova M. 7-64, 65-7, 6-2
Beijing Round Result
10/1 Stosur S. - Wozniacki C. 2R 6-4, 7-69
Wuhan Round Result
9/26 Bouchard E. - Wozniacki C. SF 6-2, 6-3
9/25 Wozniacki C. - Bacsinszky T. QF 4-6, 6-2, 6-3
9/24 Wozniacki C. - Dell'Acqua C. R16 6-0, 6-3
9/23 Wozniacki C. - Suarez-Navarro C. 2R 6-1, 3-6, 7-64
Tokyo Round Result
9/21 Ivanovic A. - Wozniacki C. F 6-2, 7-62
9/20 Wozniacki C. - Muguruza Blanco G. SF 6-4, 2-6, 6-2
9/19 Wozniacki C. - Suarez-Navarro C. QF 6-3, 6-3
9/18 Wozniacki C. - Gajdosova J. R16 4-6, 7-5, 6-3
US Open Round Result
9/7 Williams S. - Wozniacki C. F 6-3, 6-3
9/5 Wozniacki C. - Peng S. SF 7-61, 4-3
9/3 Wozniacki C. - Errani S. QF 6-0, 6-1
8/31 Wozniacki C. - Sharapova M. R16 6-4, 2-6, 6-2
8/29 Wozniacki C. - Petkovic A. 3R 6-3, 6-2
8/27 Wozniacki C. - Sasnovich A. 2R 6-3, 6-4
8/26 Wozniacki C. - Rybarikova M. 1R 6-1, 3-6, 2-0
New Haven Round Result
8/20 Giorgi C. - Wozniacki C. R16 6-4, 6-2
8/19 Wozniacki C. - Bacsinszky T. 1R 4-6, 6-1, 6-2
Cincinnati Round Result
8/16 Williams S. - Wozniacki C. SF 2-6, 6-2, 6-4
8/15 Wozniacki C. - Radwanska A. QF 6-4, 7-65
8/15 Wozniacki C. - Kerber A. R16 7-5, 6-2
8/13 Wozniacki C. - Zhang S. 2R 6-2, 6-3
8/11 Wozniacki C. - Rybarikova M. 1R 6-2, 6-3
Montreal Round Result
8/8 Williams S. - Wozniacki C. QF 4-6, 7-5, 7-5
8/7 Wozniacki C. - Rogers S. R16 6-1, 6-0
8/6 Wozniacki C. - Koukalova K. 2R 6-1, 6-2
8/5 Wozniacki C. - Hantuchova D. 1R 6-1, 6-1
Istanbul Round Result
7/20 Wozniacki C. - Vinci R. F 6-1, 6-1
7/19 Wozniacki C. - Mladenovic K. SF 6-2, 6-3
7/18 Wozniacki C. - Pliskova K. QF 6-1, 3-6, 6-2
7/16 Wozniacki C. - Knapp K. R16 4-6, 6-2, 6-1
7/15 Wozniacki C. - Bencic B. 1R 6-0, 6-0
Wimbledon Round Result
6/30 Zahlavova Strycova B. - Wozniacki C. R16 6-2, 7-5
6/27 Wozniacki C. - Konjuh A. 3R 6-3, 6-0
6/25 Wozniacki C. - Broady N. 2R 6-3, 6-2
6/24 Wozniacki C. - Peer S. 1R 6-3, 6-0
Eastbourne Round Result
6/20 Kerber A. - Wozniacki C. SF 3-6, 7-63, 6-3
6/19 Wozniacki C. - Giorgi C. QF 67-7, 6-4, 6-2
6/18 Wozniacki C. - Stephens S. R16 6-3, 6-3
6/16 Wozniacki C. - Stosur S. 1R 7-5, 6-4