Marathon Monday: Taper Time


Scenes from my last double digit long run...

There's so much that I want to say about these past four or five months, but I don't even know where to begin. So instead of writing this recap the way I normally would, I'm just going to bullet out my thoughts as they come. Here goes:
  • I just reread my first training recap from back in June of this year. So many bold statements... that I would learn from my first marathon and actually do strength training and yoga, that my diet would be better, that I was going to focus on time... None of this happened. #marathonerproblems?
  • I've been complaining a lot over the past couple of weeks when in fact I should be incredibly grateful. During the course of training, there was not one but two serious health scares that, if realized, would have definitely taken me out of the race. When those situations were going on, I just remember thinking, "Please, please, please let me be able to run New York" over and over (because... #marathonerpriorities?). It's been so easy to forget how scared I was at one (or two) point(s) that not running this race was a possibility. 
  • Speaking of not running, the two people whose training I was following along with for the past several months are both not sure if they can run the race. Due to an injury and health issues respectively. So when I was sweating it out (AKA melodramatically "dying") in 80° heat on my final double digit run on Saturday, I tried to think of them and how much they would gladly switch places with me. Again, gratitude. 
  • Everyone keeps bringing up the race's biggest question mark for me: the weather. Because of it, my time may be lowered dramatically. I've been training in 80° temps and humidity for months, so theoretically a chilly day could seriously change this for the better. But in true pessimistic New Yorker fashion, I am quick to add that a potential psychotic NYC snow blizzard from hell or a random hurricane would undoubtedly do the opposite. #noshitsherlock
  • I've run 350 miles in preparation for this marathon compared to around 320 that I ran in training for my marathon in 2013. One big difference? This time I trained for 5 months compared to 3! 
  • I've had 7 million people ask me if I'm ready. My answer? As I'll ever be. 
Not the most articulate of posts, but as real as it's gonna get tonight. 6 days until Go Time!

NYC Marathon Training Week 19: 10/17/16 - 10/23/16
  • Ran 3 Days For a Total of 20.98 miles
  • Average Pace: 11'31" /mi
  • Strength Training: 0x
  • Yoga: 1x

NYC Marathon Training Week 20: 10/24/16 - 10/30/16
  • October Total Mileage: 83.03 miles
  • Ran 2 Days For a Total of 13.01 miles
  • Average Pace: 11'34" /mi
  • Strength Training: 0x
  • Yoga: 0x