First up, workouts from last week:
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?!
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
‘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:
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.
CONGRATS to all NYCM finishers! Hope to see you back running these streets again 🙂