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Goals for 2015 Philadelphia Marathon.

Workouts from the second week of Philadelphia Marathon tapering:

philly marathon taper

Goals for this Sunday’s Philadelphia Marathon:

When I originally registered for this marathon, it was just to have a training marathon under my belt by the time the Dopey Challenge rolled around in early January. While that’s still the case and I haven’t been training for this marathon the way I would if this were a goal race, I’d still like to give it my best shot out there on Sunday.

Aiming for THIS happy at the finish line... with a tad more clothing on.

Aiming for THIS happy at the finish line… with a tad more clothing on.

Goal #1: Run the strongest race I have in me

  • This was never a PR marathon for me and I don’t expect to PR on Sunday. I do, however, expect to run the best race I can given my current fitness level. I want to cross that finish line knowing that I gave it my all out there.

Goal #2: Smile for the cameras my loved ones on the sidelines

  • Even if I’m hurting, I want to at least look like I’m having fun when I pass my parents and Justin along the course. If all goes well, I’ll be able to see them at least three times! Yay for spectator-friendly marathon courses!

Goal #3: Smile for the cameras

  • Yea, it’s important to look good for the fam, but it’s what the cameras capture that will be posted for everyone to see. I’m going to spend the rest of the week carb-loading and perfecting my “this hurts so much and I have no energy to smile” smile.

It’s taken me a while to get pumped up for this race but I’m definitely there now.

See ya, Sunday, Philly.

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Taper crazies?

First up, workouts from week 1 of Philadelphia Marathon taper:

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I had to do some shuffling of workouts since Tuesday I ended up at the Isles game in Brooklyn and then spent the weekend in Boston.

boston college

The benefit of making my own schedule and not trying to PR this marathon is that I have a little more flexibility when it comes to rearranging my training around my social life. Also, that 10M run was supposed to be 13-15M but the temps were above 75 with 80% humidity in NYC and my legs were all “bahaha nope” so I adjusted and felt zero guilt.

That time my marathon sign became famous:

marathon sign

This sign is always a hit with the runners and now, finally, at my 3rd race cheering with it, it got some online recognition! Multiple friends/followers found this photo on Instagram when it was posted by the runner, RunKeeper, and then the nycmarathon. When this lovely runner stopped and asked to take a picture with me, I figured I’d never see the photo. Thank you, internet!

Lacking in my taper crazies:

marathon taper crazies

So yea, seems I’m severely lacking in my taper crazies this year. (Taper crazies from years past: you’re probably tapering for a marathon, marathon nightmares)

What I’m experiencing the most right now is the kind of exhaustion that only happens during these taper weeks. No bedtime is too early, every alarm is too early, and I can basically fall asleep at any given moment during the day. The appetite is really starting to pick up too. Yesterday, I ate 5 slices of pizza for lunch and was still starving come dinnertime. But other than that, I’m not experiencing the taper the way I have in years past.

Some reasons why I may not be experiencing full taper crazies:

  • My training was laughable and my body is all, “hahaha tapering from what?”
  • The lack of taper crazies is a new kind of taper crazy designed to give me a false sense of security
  • The full taper crazies are just around the corner and are waiting for me to let my guard down before striking with full force

I know the taper crazies drive me INSANE with each marathon but now my lack of taper crazies are making me even nuttier. I cannot win. Why do I keep signing up for this?

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Less than two weeks to Philly… who else is IN?

Tell me about a time you didn’t experience taper crazies and then had the best – race – ever. TELL ME IT’S POSSIBLE.

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When you need a weekend from your weekend: taper time for Philly Marathon and the 2015 NYCM.

First up, workouts from last week:

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The last long run:

I am officially tapering for the Philadelphia Marathon in 3 weeks! On that note… OMG how did Philly sneak up on me so quickly?!

marathon mile 24

I still have 2 “long” runs of 13 miles and 10 miles before heading to Philly but those distances seems so much more manageable after Saturday’s 20 miles.

Fortunately (or unfortunately, depending on how you look at it), I was up before 7am because my parents were heading upstate and needed to drop off Islanders tickets for this week. I used the early morning wake-up call as a way to force myself to get started on those 20 miles as early as possible. Unlike in past weeks, I actually got out the door at a time that allowed me to get home before lunch time.

As I try to do with longer runs, I split the miles both mentally and physically:

  • Miles 1-13 in Central Park
  • Miles 13-20 along the Hudson River
    • I actually ran by my apartment to get from Central Park to the Hudson to try and “trick” my mind and body into believing that I was only now going out for a 7 mile run. Oddly enough, it kind of worked.

I cried no less than three times while running through Central Park, which was alive with marathon fever. It was almost impossible to run those last few miles of the course and not think about the complete life-changer this marathon was for me back in 2009, how it has given me 4 of the best days of my life, and blessed me with incredible friends and a real sense of community in this crazy city I call home.

The first taper nap that wasn’t:

Before heading out for the evening, I knew a nap would be necessary. This thought was further confirmed when I started hysterical crying because all I wanted to do was sleep and I was so upset that I still had to eat. Yes, this actually happened.

THEN I couldn’t fall asleep because I couldn’t find a comfortable position. THEN I moved to the bed and found a comfortable position. THEN I couldn’t fall asleep because I couldn’t breathe out of my nose.

So yea, this was all sorts of fun. After putting on a nose strip to help me breathe, I either fell asleep or into a daze for roughly 30 minutes. PSA: a 30-minute “kind of nap” is not enough to get you through a long night of socializing and drinking after a 20 mile run.

Halloween’ing and NYCM eve’ing:

Once we were in our costumes and I pre-apologized to my boyfriend for anything I said/did that evening because I was a cranky pants, we ventured to our first stop for the evening- my solemate’s carbloading fiesta. We watched Michael and Kelly’s Halloween special (the kid grim reaper was good but there were definitely better costumes that should have won!) and fueled (well, refueled, in my case) on pizza, pasta, and chicken parm. JESS DOES CARBLOADING RIGHT! Oh and on that note, congrats lady on your shiny new PR!

Next up, Brooklyn! Last year I couldn’t attend Nicole’s Halloween party because it was marathon eve eve and I was very busy being dressed up in pajamas and going to bed early.

Popeye and Olive Oyl

Popeye and Olive Oyl

‘Twas a good night with some hard root beer (delicious and 20M run approved) and people I adore.

2015 New York City Marathon:

Hey I didn’t throw a tantrum this year because I wasn’t running! PROGRESS!

We watched the elites from my couch and I made sure to add my own broadcast so that Justin knew absolutely everything there is to know about marathons and the NYCM. He fell asleep so maybe journalism isn’t in my future…

Once Jess hit the 16 mile mark, we walked across the park to 5th Avenue to get a good spot before mile 23.

As always, my sign was a big hit:

Marathon sign

Marathon sign

We got to see most of my friends running and I was able to jump in with my coworker and give her some encouraging words to get to the finish line. I may have cried just a little…

After such an amazing day watching the most inspiring of events, I am READY for Philly. Just get me to that start line.

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CONGRATS to all NYCM finishers! Hope to see you back running these streets again 🙂 

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Having fun again: Philly Marathon training.

First up, workouts from last week:

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Yesterday marked 6 weeks until the Philadelphia Marathon… eek!

Having fun again: 

Let’s get this straight, I have loved marathon training in the past. I like having a schedule, I like hitting paces I never hit before, I like working towards a big goal. That being said, my desire to train this year was low and I had no intention of doing it one minute longer than necessary.

thanks leonard

For 12 weeks, I trained hard for the Newport Liberty Half. All summer I arranged weekday and weekend plans around my training schedule. I hit every workout because I had a goal and was willing to give up a little of my social life in order to meet it… and it exhausted me.

carbloading with booze probably

I found myself dreading long runs that weren’t all that long in comparison to the long runs I’ve done for marathon training. Runs became something to “just get through” instead of something I looked forward to as I have in other training cycles. This made me think that perhaps I was burnt out on running. I began to seriously wonder about how I’d fare through the training for the upcoming Philadelphia Marathon and Dopey Challenge. Turns out, I was more burnt out on training than I was on running.

i believe

Removing the pressure seems to have worked wonders. I genuinely enjoyed every second of Monday’s 4×800 workout (something I did voluntarily and didn’t check my pace once until the workout was completed) and couldn’t believe how the miles were ticking by during Saturday’s 14M that I decided to increase the pace by a full minute for the last mile.

bring it

With no time goals for Philly, I’m just taking the next few weeks to make sure my body is capable of getting through the marathon distance while not burning myself out (since there are still quite a few weeks until that whole running 48.6 miles thing I signed up for… again).

The basic plan:

  • 2-3 runs each week, one interval workout and one long run
  • A 20 mile training run before a three-week taper
  • Yoga, Soulcycle, and strength training at least once a week

Here’s to 5 weeks of not checking my watch and not recording paces!

not knowing

Damn straight, Penny.

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What do you do when you feel burnt out but still have a race to run?

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