Hi friends! Did ya miss me?
It’s been awhile, but life has been crazy insane. Work had me as busy as a bee, so between running, working, and subsequently thinking about said work, I didn’t have time for much else. Except maybe eating take-out and watching Homeland. I always have time for Carrie Mathison.
I also told myself when I started writing this blog, that if it ever felt like a burden, I wouldn’t force myself to write just to fill the words on the page. This is supposed to be a “creative outlet” and it didn’t feel that way each time I attempted to write a blog post in the last month or so. So here I am, back in action, feeling groovy.
Last time we talked, I was about to run Grete’s Great Gallop Half Marathon. Going into it, I knew it would be hilly. Two laps of Central Park is not a cakewalk.
During the first lap I was feeling good, and hovered around an 8:30/8:45 pace. I just tried to take in the sights and sounds and enjoy the race as much as I could.
|Smiling! Feeling good!|
I knew in the back of my mind that the second lap of those Harlem hills would not be pleasant. I don’t know whether it was the hills, my pace, or the fact that I had been training for a full and not a half-marathon, but the last few miles felt really bad. I felt like I ran one good race (first lap) and one terrible race (second lap).
|Yes that's me in the green shirt.|
I ended up running it in 1:56:10, which is about an 8:52 pace. I knew I didn’t want to race this half, but it felt a lot harder than it should have. I’ll blame it on the hills.
Since then, I can honestly say, I didn’t have another bad long run. I did 17 miles and then 20 miles without a hitch. My injuries seemed to disappear, and my last few weeks of peak training didn’t feel as exhausting as I expected them to feel.
I celebrated the beginning of taper week by watching The Spirit of the Marathon. I watched it for the first time before the Cape Cod Marathon last year, and it made me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. I remembered feeling excited and anxious, and being unsure of whether I would even finish my first marathon. Re-watching it got me really, really excited about running Philly. New pre-race tradition? Perhaps.
Then the big and terrible Sandy came, and we were all saddened by the stories of those who lost their power, homes, and even loved ones.
|Uprooted tree in McCarren Park :(|
My thoughts go out to everyone who was affected in the storm, and I have to say I was blown away by the outpouring of generosity by my fellow New Yorkers who donated their time and money to help our city rebuild itself.
After the storm, I went on my very first work trip out to Newport Beach, CA and Dallas, TX. I was relieved to leave 40 degree weather for sunny Orange County.
And the very first thing I did was drop off my bags at my hotel room, and go for a run.
|I'M WEARING A TANK TOP.|
My work trip went really well, and after several busy weeks at the office, things seem to finally be calming down. I have much more important things to be worrying about this week anyway.
In just 5 short days, I will be running my second marathon. I am excited, and quite frankly wondering when the nerves will settle in. I’ll have my friends and family at the race to cheer me on, and I couldn't be more amped for a new adventure.
More on my pre-race thoughts and checklists later this week!