Thanks for all of your comments in response to my cross training question earlier this week – they definitely gave me something to think about and explore a bit more to see what works for me!
Not that I’m counting or anything, but as I write this post the NYC Marathon is in exactly 51 days, 37 minutes and 22 seconds!
In some ways, this seems like eternity. But on the other hand, it’s less than 2 months from today – hooray! I feel like I’ve been training for this marathon forever, and it’s hard to believe we’re coming into the final stretch. Well, the final stretch plus three 20 milers in the coming weeks 🙂
After having to defer my marathon entry the previous two years (2008 and 2009) due to injury (IT bands – UGH) and illness, I’m kind of amazed I’ve made it this far and am still in one functional piece.
Knock on wood/fingers crossed/etc…
I distinctly remember when January 1, 2010 rolled around and I went out for a run in Central Park. I was just coming back from injury and illness, but I told myself :
“This is the year. Keep your eye on the prize (i.e., the marathon), and you WILL do it this year.”
I paced myself and increased mileage gradually, and raced throughout the spring before really targeting my focus on the marathon in July.
Welp, I’m almost there! The fact that I’ve waited more than 2 years to run this darn race is making it all the more exciting as we near November 7. I can’t say I wouldn’t be devastated if an injury occurred now (and I hope I’m not jinxing myself with this post!), but I do know I’m doing everything I can to avoid any major problems.
Since I’m running the ING NYC Marathon Tune-Up this Sunday as part of my first 20 miler (woohoo!), I’ve re-jiggered my running schedule a bit this week since I usually do my long runs on Saturdays.
Thursday was an easy 4.8 miler, and this morning I did a marathon pace run for 7 miles total. I’m feelin’ a little under the weather (something is surely going around, ugh!), so the run could have gone a little better. The deets:
- Mile 1: 9:26
- Mile 2: 8:50
- Mile 3: 8:48
- Mile 4: 8:18
- Mile 5: 8:19
- Mile 6: 9:08
- Mile 7: 8:40
Total: 7 miles in 1:01:36. Cat Hill got the best of me today (as you can see in mile 6), and the bridle path was a little hard to navigate without eating dirt in the dark, but it’s done!
Thursdays eats included breakfast – Kashi Heart to Heart Warm Cinnamon and TJ’s Twigs, Flakes and Clusters with blueberries and almond milk.
Now that berry season is pretty much over, I’ve switched over to frozen berries.
I use these throughout the winter – they’re still delicious and full of flavor, though not as pretty as the fresh stuff!
Lunch was the usual, unpictured almond butter and jam on sprouted grain bread, organic red grapes and a Fage 0% Greek yogurt.
Snackage was worth documenting – an organic Gala apple, slice of my homemade sweet potato chocolate chip bread and some pomegranate white tea from TJ’s.
The tea was perfect for a chilly, overcast afternoon!
Dinner was the last of the nectarine quinoa salad batch I made on Sunday – this stuff is definitely better if eaten within a day or so of making it. I dressed it up with a little extra arugula and some mini heirloom tomatoes from TJs.
I don’t know about you, but I’m pretty friggin’ glad it’s Friday! I’ve got many miles to get through this weekend and plenty of studying, and hope to fit in just a few seconds of relaxation.
Enjoy your weekends and happy running/racing!
Question: Do you do anything special to ward off illness when you’re not feeling well? I usually drink lots of tea for the antioxidants!