OMG. I’m running the NYC Marathon in 6 days.
So perhaps staying out really late on Saturday night wasn’t the smartest thing to do, but I wasn’t a super-responsible ; last year either. I will, however, be laying off the booze for the rest of the week and getting plenty of sleep.
You might have noticed I didn’t talk about running in DC. That’s because…well, I didn’t do any. I could make a bunch of excuses, but really, I got down there, got busy catching up with friends and didn’t make time to run. Today, the same thing happened until about 7pm, when I realized I needed to get my last “long run” of 6 miles in. Well, I started on the treadmill, and I’d had lunch too late, and I had this nausea I just couldn’t shake, so I quit after 3 miles.
But rest is good for you the week before the marathon, right? Honestly, I feel like an ass that I didn’t get my last “long run” in, but there’s nothing I can do about it now except move forward with the rest of my week and trust my training.
And I do trust my training. Knee pain aside, I do feel really well-prepared for this race. I got in probably at least 90-95% of my training runs (I’d say last year, I only got in about 80%, if that), I set a few half-marathon PRs along the way, and I just feel like a stronger runner.
Plan for the rest of the week:
Monday: 3 miles (was supposed to be 6)
Tuesday: off (after like 3 rest days this weekend. I’m doing a GREAT job of tapering! So good that I’m just not working out.)
Wednesday: 3 miles
Friday: 2-3 miles
Saturday: 3 miles (oh, with an elite runner, no bigs)
Sunday: NEW YORK CITY MARATHON (ahh!)
I’m also really trying to eat quality carb-heavy meals and not just eat junk carbs and justify it because I’m running a marathon Sunday.
Tonight, that meant an egg wrap with pesto and bruschetta for dinner–with a glass of chocolate almond milk, which is apparently not as good for muscle recovery, because it has one gram of protein. It’s still tasty, though.
While I’ve had marathoning on the brain for the past few months, I love that media is all over it, too. There’s an interesting WSJ article about the reasons people drop out before the race. Apparently, 60,000 people signed up, but “only” 45,000 people will be running it. I was actually more surprised to find out that only 2,000 people don’t finish–I would have expected that number to be way higher. I guess we marathoners are stubborn folk.
Off to go chug…some water.