If you read the blog, you know I’ve had to defer my NYC Marathon entry for the past two years due to injury and/or illness. Right around now, I’d start to feel so bummed about the growing race day excitement.
However, this year I see things like this popping up in subway stations, on busses and around the city:
And I get so excited! Just 16 more days until the marathon that I’ve been waiting two years to run is finally here.
What’s also great is that running was featured twice in the past weekend’s papers:
Mary Wittenberg, CEO of New York Road Runners, was featured in the New York Times “Sunday Routine” – she’s an absolute inspiration for all she does in the running community. Whenever I see her running on the bridle path I smile awkwardly, in awe of her awesome-ness.
Dathan Ritzenhein was also featured in the Sports section (they DO cover things other than football!!) about his comeback from injury and high hopes for November 7.
NYC is surely feelin’ the running love this month, and I think it’s just beginning 🙂
As for the taper, I’d say it’s going fairly well so far. Wednesday morning I ran 7.8 miles with 4 at tempo pace:
- Mile 1: 9:41
- Mile 2: 8:25
- Mile 3: 7:59
- Mile 4: 8:04
- Mile 5: 8:16
- Mile 6: 9:07
- Mile 7: 9:16
- Mile 0.8: 8:28
So 7.8 miles in 1:07:45 with an average 8:40 pace and I felt really strong. This morning I ran an easy 5 miles. Even though the taper afforded me an extra 10 minutes of sleep this morning (win!), I’m missing the few miles I’ve cut back on this week just a tad. But, must we must embrace the taper!
I’ve definitely had marathon on the brain even more than usual lately, and have been going back and forth in my head about time goals.
BQ? Break 4 hours? Break 3:50? 3:45?
I’m kind of driving myself nuts about it. Since I’ve never run a full marathon, I really have no idea how I’ll do for the full 26.2 and don’t want to stress myself out with time goals that are too specific or unreachable.
I can’t say I’m not thinking about the BQ (i.e., Boston Marathon Qualifier and 3:40 or better time), but it may be too tough a goal to reach for this one. It helps a little knowing registration for the 2011 Boston Marathon has closed already after being open only one day!
Part of me just wants to run the race and have fun doing it.
However, I know my perfectionist, type A, neurotic self and that I’m going to be competitive on race day, wanting to push myself and do the best I can.
So rather than time, I think I’m going to shoot for just that – the very best I can do on marathon day – and see what happens. And have tons of fun doing it. I think that sounds like a plan, yeah?
Tell me, do you get hung up on goal times before/during races? Does it stress you out?