NYCMarathon Training : Week 17
Monday – 4 Miles – So as much as I would have liked to stick to the training program, I felt like having two rest days together was more beneficial so I bumped the mid-week runs up a day. This worked out well because it meant that I could get my buddy Mike out for a run with me on Monday night. Slow and easy. 4.07 Miles @10:09/mi pace.
Tuesday – 5 Miles – I really didn’t feel like waking up early and I didn’t have anything planned for Tuesday night but for some reason I still decided to set my alarm. This is a sign that marathon training has fully restored my morning runner status that I did my best to shake off the months leading into it. I decided to avoid the hills and take this easy. If my legs aren’t ready for elevation by now, cramming at the end isn’t going to save me. 5.05 Miles @8:40/mi pace.
Tuesday Night – YOGA – I had no intention of going to Yoga, I actually told myself no Yoga the last two weeks of Taper but on the drive home I decided that I should. Why? Not sure. I guess the promise of a good workout and some stretching sounded good. I really have no idea but the next thing I knew I was in the studio and sweating profusely. No one REGRETS going to Yoga.
Wednesday – 4 Miles – Knocked this baby out in the morning as well. Completely switched up the routine and did a route I hadn’t done in a while for a change of scenery. Pretty much flat and urban. 4.20 Miles @8:26/mi pace.
Thursday – REST – YES. Awesome amounts of rest. No plans on Thursday until my brother texted me that he would be at my favorite beer bar by my house with his co-workers so I decided to meet him for one drink before heading home to nerd out on the computer for my Fantasy Basketball draft. I am literally in sports overload right now. Thankfully baseball is over. So for my one drink I chose wisely, I glanced in their refrigerator behind the bar and spotted a beer that I have literally been trying to find for over 5 years! SCORE. It was everything I imagined it would be…
Friday – REST – Work. Followed by a late dinner and some movie watching. You know, I have been going a bit hard with running and staying active socially so I am welcoming quiet nights with open arms. I also couldn’t help but look at the 10-day forecast for New York…please go away rain. Get colder if you want but get rid of the rain and any wind.
Saturday – 3 Miles – Decided to shut off the alarm and wake up whenever my body felt like it. Unfortunately my inner clock is an a-hole. I was up at 7:30 but took my time getting to the trail. Once there, I took my time getting warmed up. It was BEAUTIFUL out so being on the clock was not in my best interests. The weather was in the low 70’s and perfectly fall. My goal for this run was to run by feel but also be aware of effort. I didn’t pay attention to my mile alerts and just focused on how I was breathing. The end result was an average pace in the low 8’s which is about where I will need to be from mile 16-22 come Sunday. 3.40 Miles @8:07/mi pace. After the run I hit my favorite breakfast spot and switched up the meal to something a little more runner friendly than bread…steel cut oats…great call.
I spent the rest of the afternoon avoiding the cleaning that needed to be done in my apartment. Instead, I opted to run a few errands and relax before heading to my parents for a family dinner. On Thursday I won a contest at my favorite cupcake business, Dots Cupcakes in Pasadena. This was an awesome coincidence because I was in charge of bringing the cupcakes (as usual), specifically requested from Dots as dessert (also as usual). I was awarded a dozen regular sized cupcakes via Facebook but when I arrived to collect them… they had (4) dozen mini-cupcakes instead. UMM WHAT? This place has my heart but it is also the reason I fear being the thinnest diabetic on Earth. When I order two cupcakes, I somehow end up with four in my box. They know me. It is a gift and a curse…a tasty curse but a curse nonetheless. 48? Really? I took twenty to my parents and twenty to the Bengals bar in Pasadena to celebrate another victory, but that left me with eight. I have never thrown away a cupcake in my life…until now. Ugh, DAMN YOU TAPER!!!!!!!! You’ll be happy to know that before I gave any of them away I decided to do what any normal person would do with 48 cupcakes…
Sunday – 8 Miles – This is not a long run. It was at the beginning of training but now I am a MACHINE. I fear nothing under double digits! Seriously though, my main concern was running this too fast. I kept it reeled in the entire time. A little difficult to do because my mind was all over the place. Thankfully my preoccupied thoughts made this challenging and reminded me that I need to be completely focused on the ENTIRE race for the ENTIRE time on Sunday. 8.15Miles @8:44/mi pace. That first mile time is off, the app jumped about a tenth of a mile…I fixed it at the end.
SUMMARY - So it is finally marathon week…again. I am still not nervous. I am slightly concerned about my goal but have confidence that my training has earned me whatever time I achieve. If I don’t hit the specific number then life will go on and I will still be entirely happy. My main goal is to finish and give it the very best effort possible. Barring any unforeseen natural disasters or accidents, this marathon business should be crossed off the bucket list in less than 7 days! I have done everything but set specific time goals for each checkpoint in the race…i.e. my goal overall time for 5k, 10k, half marathon, 40k etc. I need to put together a spreadsheet to see and write those times on my forearm so I know if I am on track or not. My outfit is pretty much picked out. I have all my gel packs and fuel. I have my transportation figured out. My throwaway clothes. I am set. I guess the last thing to do will be to make a marathon mix for the last 10k but as of right now I am thinking of bagging that and just enjoying the crowds. We’ll see. Anyway, if I don’t post before the race…I’ll see you on the other side!
Do you run with music? If so, have you raced without it? Should I run with or without it?