Proof that you can plan a wedding, train for a marathon, peak the weeks of your wedding and honeymoon, and then finish said marathon feeling fantastic.

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Actual NYC Marathon Workouts:

I stuck to the plan I laid out all those months ago pretty closely. I think the best thing I did for myself this training cycle was to not pay attention to pace for any of my runs. I threw a couple “speed” workouts in there but I did them because it felt like something fun to do that day. Even during those runs, I never looked at my watch.

Being able to let pace go and just think about this marathon as a fun run allowed all those long runs to not feel stressful. Instead of adding stress to my life like marathon training sometimes does, these runs relaxed me. It allowed me time to chat with a friend or listen to a podcast or just think about the wedding. If anything, marathon training kept me sane and more laid back all throughout the wedding planning process.

2017 NYCM “Training”

NYC Marathon Week

Marathon week is pretty much my favorite week to be in NYC. Everything is exciting – the subway ads, the obvious tourist runners, the crisp air that basically screams “marathon weather!”

The weather forecast for Sunday never looked particularly good. It was constantly changing between light rain in the morning to light rain in the evening or rain throughout the day or mist throughout the afternoon but it was always some combination of cloudy, rainy, and misty. I kept my fingers crossed that we’d have a dry race, mostly because I wanted needed fans along the course since I wasn’t planning on running this race particularly fast and I felt like rain would deter a lot of people from coming out to cheer.

NYC Marathon – Sunday, November 5, 2017

Sunday morning was perfect, no rain/mist, good temps in the 50s. I was very hopeful.

When we started out in Staten Island, I spoke to Alec next to me, “if it stays just like this, we’ll be fine.”

WAY TO JINX IT, ANG.

It started misting and light raining just a few miles in and continued throughout the entire marathon; however, my fear that this would deter crowds was completely off base because OMG the sidelines were unbelievable.

After the race, I did my best to describe the crowds on Instagram:

“NEW YORK CITY!!! Do you know what you did today?! You SHOWED UP with voices and signs and instruments and so much god damn spirit. You welcomed the world onto your streets. You lined 26.2 miles of pavement IN THE RAIN and you were larger and louder than any year I’ve run in perfect weather.

Tell me this isn’t the greatest city in the world and I’ll give you 2.5 million reasons why you’re wrong.”

My friends and family traveled throughout the city and I was able to see people I love in Brooklyn, on First Avenue, on Fifth Avenue, and at the finish line. Because we were taking it nice and easy and didn’t have any time goals, whenever we saw friends/family, we ran to the side and loaded up on hugs. At mile 8, our families were on different sides of the street and we split up. We completely lost each other after that and I ended up having to move over onto the side of the race, take out my phone and call Alec to figure out where she was. I waited for her right after the 8 mile marker and we continued on our way. Things are so much less stressful when you’re not worried about the time on the clock!

My body really started to ache in the later miles on Fifth Avenue (as expected) but I just kept feeding off the crowds. I thought about the rain, I thought about the terrorist attack on the Westside Highway earlier in the week, I thought about all the reasons New Yorkers could have stayed home that morning but instead stood outside to cheer on virtual strangers. I thought about the 50,000+ people running next to me and how any number of things could have prevented them from showing up on Staten Island that morning. And focusing on that – on how much I love this sport and how much I love this city –  kept me in good spirits to the finish (even when I asked Alec at Mile 24 if the stinky person I was smelling was me – it was not, btw).

We finished in 4:42:21 (and I had to look up that time just now because I genuinely had no clue beyond a general idea of what our finish time was until this moment).

After a warm shower and changing into sweats, I pulled on my finisher’s medal and we met up with Alec and her clan for dinner at Mel’s. It was a perfect night for the widowmaker 🙂

Thank you, NYC, for a fantastic party throughout my city. Congrats to all finishers!

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Brief NYCM training catch-up!

Heyyyy it’s been a while! I’m… married now. Eek!

September 23, 2017

I just wanted to pop in to say hey, I’m still here, I’ve been training, and I’m READY for the NYCM in two weeks 🙂

I made adjustments to my training months ago when I knew I’d have to work around the wedding and the honeymoon. I was somehow able to make it all happen and I completed an 18-miler before the wedding, a 20 before the honeymoon, and a 20 when I got back so now I am officially tapering for the marathon in two weeks!

NYCM Training – Wedding/Honeymoon Weeks:

When everything settles down after the race, I’ll be back to talk all about the marathon (obviously), wedding weekend, and my 2+ weeks in Hawaii!

Until then, see ya on Instagram 🙂

 

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I’m getting married this week.

But first, weeks 8 and 9 of NYCM training:

With those 18 miles yesterday, it is OFFICIALLY wedding week! Mentally, I needed those 18 miles behind me before I could really let myself get excited. People were texting me all day Saturday that they can’t believe the wedding is only one week away and how excited they were and all I could think about was OMG I HAVE TO RUN 18 MILES TOMORROW.

But it’s done… and now I can relax overwhelm myself with other things.

Wedding Week!

This week is rough because there’s so much to do but also not so much to do. In terms of the wedding, we’re done. There’s no more “planning” or even organizing that has to happen. On Thursday, I’ll stop by the florist for a final payment and walkthrough but that is literally our last pre-wedding related task. Everything else is being handled by our week-of planner and our vendors.

So then what am I overwhelmed by? The amount of things that I need to squeeze in the next 2.5 days before we head upstate: workouts, acupuncture, threading, waxing, a facial, a potential stop at the dermatologist if an injection is necessary, a manicure, packing, cleaning, trying to not make my fiance crazy, oh and a full-time job.

I’m doing my best to not get stressed by all that has to happen in the next few days but at the same time, it’s hard to look at the list of things that require time and movement throughout the city and not have my blood pressure raise just a little.

Once we hop in the car on Wednesday and head upstate, I know I can relax. Once we’re in that car, it is officially wedding weekend and there is nothing else for me to do but enjoy the time with Justin and our loved ones.

I won’t be updating here until after we get back from Hawaii (later in October) so if you want wedding and honeymoon updates, Instagram is your best bet. (And yes, I will be marathon training in Hawaii… because I obviously don’t understand the concept of going on vacation and not running…).

Thanks for tuning in these past few months for all the wedding-related adventures 🙂 

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I’m exhausted but I’m still training and planning a wedding…

Weeks 6 & 7 of NYCM training:

That cutback week was NICE! But I’m back at it and this weekend I’ll be running 16 wonderful miles through the streets of New York 🙂

Training is Ramping Up But It’s Fine Because It’s Not Like I’m Getting Married in 2 Weeks

Oh dear lord. I am so exhausted. I don’t even have anything to write here because my brain isn’t functioning properly (and I have a course to launch NEXT WEEK so this isn’t a good time to be losing my mind).

Anywho, it’s been busy. Like, super busy.

Our weekends upstate have been full of manual labor either getting the house ready for wedding guests or getting things together for the actual wedding (hotel room welcome bags, escort cards, seating charts, etc.). By the time I get home from work, I am completely demolished. BUT, I’ll still have a long list of things to do so by the time I actually sit down, it’s 8pm and we’re having dinner and then I want to go immediately to bed.

Most of my communication with Justin this week has been via text during the workday because I’m so tired at the end of the day that I don’t want to speak all that much and then I get in bed by 9pm and pass out within minutes. I’m looking forward to the weekend so we can actually have a real conversation and ya know, hang out a bit, since we’re getting married in two weeks and that’s kind of important in a relationship.

Since I’ve got nothing of importance to say, here’s some scenes from our weekends getting ready for the wedding.

The manual labor:

The Relaxing: 

Not gonna lie, my parents and Justin mostly manual labored and I mostly relaxed and took pictures. I took charge of all the crafting since that type of labor is fun for me. #ItsGoodToBeTheBride

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Next Up: Who knows. A random assortment of words that means it’s wedding week and I have to run 18 miles?

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