I logged in to Google Docs, as I have every Sunday night for the past 19 weeks, to see what I was running this week.
*Edited to add: That’s not all I’m running. That was just the part that fit the date and the NYCM in the screenshot.
It’s real. I’m running the New York City Marathon a week from today. My second NYCM and my fourth marathon.
I honestly still can’t believe sometimes that this is something I can do.
I ran through Central Park yesterday and ran the last few miles of the course.
Chicago and Marine Corps were both fun marathons, but there’s nothing in the world like the New York City Marathon, and I consider myself very lucky that I train on the course. As I ran down the east side of the park, across the bottom and then back up the west side, I visualized the roar of the crowds next week. I visualized my strong performance from 2011 and how happy I felt. I visualized the finish line intervals I did with Jess a few weeks ago.
I cannot watch that video without sobbing. I love this city and this marathon so goddamn much.
I spent so much of this year in self-doubt over various things, including my running and training. The body believes what the mind tells it, so I’m spending this week thinking positive thoughts and trusting in my training. There’s nothing else I can do right now.
I did a little shopping yesterday, and I felt so calm and so at peace (and I don’t think it was just the retail therapy.) I have a new job, which I love. I have trained for a solid 19 weeks. I am in a great spot mentally right now, and I am really excited for this marathon.
This week is for: minimal booze, maximal healthy stuff. Cutting back on processed foods, making sure to get in lots of nutrients and drinking as much water as I possibly can. Hello new coworkers, nice to meet you, I will be in the bathroom every hour this week because I am drinking #allthewater.
This week is also for as much freaking runspiration as I can find.
Laura ran her 99th marathon today. My friend is insane.
Michelle ran a massive PR and BQ-ed at MCM today!
Emily is continuing to dominate things out on the West Coast. She’s always (or, as long as I’ve been reading her blog) run fast but she’s running really smart these days, too.
Janae ran a freaking 1:23 half. In a pirate costume.
This is not runspiration, but my friend Anna wrote a beautiful essay about surfing and feelings for Fitness. My mom is my best friend, and I refuse to believe that she won’t live forever, so I sobbed my way through this one, too.
Continuing with the randomness, Basis, a heart rate monitor company, sent me this video of people trying to keep under a heart rate of 90 while being scared with lots of creepy crawlies. I’m fairly sure I reached my maximum heart rate just watching, so now I will torture you.
So yeah. That’s what’s going on inside my brain right now. I’ve gotten a few emails asking for NYCM tips – and I have some friends who will be in town spectating, so I’m going to put together a post for later this week on tips for NYCM runners and spectators. Let me know if you have any questions you’d like me to answer!
Oh – one more thing! I noticed that NYRR is doing service days for the city this week, which I think is a really nice gesture.
How do you inspire yourself before big races?
BRB, time to foam roll again.