Itâ€™s a wild Saturday night in NYC, and Iâ€™m sitting on the couch in my lobster jammies, blogging and getting ready mentally and physically for my 20-mile run tomorrow, and thereâ€™s no place Iâ€™d rather be.
(OK, fine, I do have some FOMO Iâ€™m not in Dallas with Ashley and Blake, but I knew it wasnâ€™t a good idea for me to travel the weekend before a marathon Iâ€™m not as well trained for as Iâ€™d like to be.)
Tomorrow, Iâ€™ll run Greteâ€™s Gallop, a half marathon in Central Park, with seven miles before. Running two hilly laps of the park isnâ€™t my ideal long run, but most of my NYJL teamÂ is running it, followed by brunch. Since I hopped into the training so late and am running another marathon before NYC (what?! I still canâ€™t believe Iâ€™m doing thatâ€¦), my training has been pretty different than the rest of the team, so Iâ€™m happy for an opportunity to run with some of them.
Plus, hi, like Iâ€™d turn down an opportunity to run a half-marathon? And Greteâ€™s is a nice reasonable one, at only $35.Â
Now that Iâ€™ve been running/blogging for nearly seven years (wha??), itâ€™s fun to be able to look back on old recaps of past races.
I ran this race in 2013Â and remember it soÂ vividly: I remember that EmilyÂ was running it as a tune-up for her first NYC Marathon, I remember how badly I chafed from the humidity, but what I remember most is that I was in the process of interviewing for my current job, and had to submit a huge social media proposal by that next day. I remember being so stressed out when I woke up that morning and trying my best to put it to the back of my mind while I ran.
Tomorrow, my only goal is to get 20 in and feel good when Iâ€™m done.
Iâ€™m treating this like a dress rehearsal for the big day next weekend: same outfit, same fueling plan (Nuun to drink, starting with Honey Stinger gel and moving to shot bloks), going to sleep now.
Things I will not be repeating: having Trader Joeâ€™s lobster ravioli for dinner. NOPE. I should have known better…
What are your running rituals?