Seriously!!! If you are like me and are a member of multiple running groups on facebook then you see the weekly medal Monday posts celebrating the success of marathon (and other distances) finishes, and sometimes by the same individuals over and over again, and it just becomes contagious. But no one tells you all the hard work and sacrifice that goes into marathon training, and especially the beating that it puts on your body. I mean no one in their right mind (well at least not me) would run a half marathon every weekend for 8 or more weeks. This is basically what marathon training is; and most time running way more than a half marathon weekly. When you think about it it really is lunacy!
Hey Deb & Tania!
I had a pretty crappy last 2 long runs. So crappy to the point that I was contemplating quitting training this week. I started out Sundays run making a rookie mistake. I put my heart rate (HR) monitor underneath my sports bra. Mind you I have never ever put my HR monitor under my sports bra so I have no idea why I decided to do it this morning. A mile into my run I felt so fatigued and my breathing was labored and I had no idea why since this has never happened to me. I kept pressing on, but my 2 it was worse, and when I finally got to mile 3 I just stopped and thought what the heck is going on. I lower the HR monitor to where I usually wear it and voila instant gratification. That belabored first 3 miles started my run off on the wrong foot and it just went totally downhill from there. I somehow made it to mile 7 with a few walk breaks, but the back 7 were awful. I basically walked the whole thing because my knee started throbbing. So what started off as a dumb mistake turned into a physical ailment that I did not want to make worse. On top of that the bottom of my feet were killing me. This often happens when I’m on my feet for long periods of time. Once I got back to my car I stretched, then got inside and ate my protein bar and stared off into space wondering why I was putting myself through this!
Even my Garmin knew my run was terrible because it recommend a recovery time of 4 days!! Now that was a first. Well 2 days later I decided to test out my knee, and I felt great! No pain at all. It was a 5k so a longer distance is definitely needed, but I was just happy to run pain free. Thanks to my buddy Deb who told me 1 week ago that I need my running accoutrements, I finally invested in some leg compression sleeves, and I have to say I think they work; as I’m sitting here typing and still wearing them! So this weekend I’ll live to run another long run, and hopefully it goes better than the last 2 and snaps me out of this funk that I am in.
The moral of this story is marathon training is super hard work. Yes in the end reaching that goal of finishing 26.2 miles and that bonus medal you receive crossing the finish-line are worth it, but it takes a lot of guts and mental fortitude to get there.
Me in front of the hope sign a la the love sign in Philly.
Saturday I completed race 7 of 9 to qualify for the 2015 NYC Marathon. I would say this is one of the most memorable races I have done for a number of reasons. #1 It’s not often that you get to run down the middle of 42nd street #2 it was pouring down rain, #3 Having to walk a mile and a half to the start line, and then a mile after the race would make any race memorable, and #4 Getting to run through the finish of the NYC Marathon was awesome!
The Chrysler Building
This race started on 47th and 1st avenue, and ended in Central Park, on the west side somewhere near 67th street; so different stop and start locations. I parked my car somewhere kind of midway on West 54th Street so that I wouldn’t have to walk 3 miles back to the start to get to my vehicle. The walk to the start was an interesting one. The first noticeable thing we passed was this HOPE statue. It looks an awfully like the LOVE statue in Philly so I figured let me take a pic in front of this. Next landmark was the Chrysler Building. Yes living in New York I’ve seen it a thousand times, but now I have a photo memory of it to last a lifetime.
Corral line up before the start
So as we are walking I’m just thinking are we there yet? The rain coupled with the cold made this a not so fun trek to the start line. Eventually we started to see other runners heading in the same direction so I figured we must have been close. When we finally got to the start I couldn’t believe the number of runners that were there. According to NYRR there were 7,424 total finishers, but it just seemed like so many more people; possibly because we were cramped into such a small space. I’m guessing this race is pretty popular every year because it is the day before the marathon.
United States Mission
Walking to the start we passed by the United Nations. I tried to get a good selfie, but walking and trying to selfie make not for a great pic! Even walking to the start took forever. I have to say the logistics of this race were not great for the runners. I guess there was a lot of pre-walking because it was only a 5K? I’d love to know the thought process behind this.
Once the race got started we made a quick turn onto 42nd Street and it really hit me the shear number of people in this race. I mean there were bodies for miles! Seeing this made me think that doing the NYC Marathon must look something like this, but even more amplified. A lot of people who were doing the marathon the next day were in this race which was surprising since they should have been resting! There were lots of international runners and is was great to see them in such high spirits. It made the dreary day more bearable. There was though a lot of bobbing and weaving. I think a lot of people were in this one as a fun race and were taking their time with it. So I found my self running around a lot of people which I am sure added some time onto my finish.
My goal for this race was to better my pace with NYRR which was at 11:01 per mile….well mission accomplished! I’m not at 10:48 a mile…hey every second counts. Not a PR, but better than before. The finish on this one was epic! It was directly through the finish for the marathon, so I was able to get a small feeling of what it would be like for me next year. People were so excited and stopping to take pics before and after the finish….as was I! I would consider doing this one again next year, only if I haven’t completed my 9 races by then….cold weather running is not for me! 2 races to go!
This is what I was up to around this time last year. This was a fun day. It was right around the time that I was starting to have problems with my left knee so I sat this one out, but was around to take pics of my BGR Long Island Crew. This race benefits a team raising funds to help find cures, ensure access to treatments for blood cancer patients and in memory of Marianne Volpe. It was held again this past Saturday, but unfortunately I did not attend. This is a great cause, and if you are interested in donating you can do so here: http://pages.teamintraining.org/li/yourway15/jvolpe
That’s me in the purple throwing up deuces with my stunna shades on…lol
The Black Girls Run! Long Island Crew
Now I’m wondering where those tights are….I haven’t seen them in a while 🙂 Happy Thursday!