It’s TCS NYC Marathon weekend!!! Let’s do this!
It’s the Friday of New York City Marathon Weekend. It has been a completely odd training cycle for me. During the first two months of my official training I was at the peak of my Timberman Half Ironman Training so I was heavily focused on getting in as many possible miles on the bike and swimming. Running had taken a bit of a backseat so that I could improve in my two weaker areas of the triathlon. This focus gave my body a good rest from all of the running I had been doing. Despite not running as much I actually feel like I got stronger on the run. The Timberman Ironman 70.3 was a great success! I was able to hit a PR at this race and felt great about my overall experience. But after the race my body needed a little downtime to recover from the miles so what did I do? Just two weeks later I ran the Jay Peak Trail Running Challenge 25K. Not my best plans but if you know me I am always up for an adventure especially if it means doing a race!
Well, the Jay Peak 25K left me hobbling around for a week. My quads were completely trashed from the relentless ups at downs at Jay Peak Mountain. Once my legs recovered I had 2 weeks to go until the Leaf Peepers Half Marathon during the Rise. Run. Retreat weekend. Oh and more hills. Not as many as at the 25K but enough to work my leg muscles until they were extremely fatigued. Thankfully the recovery from this race was better and once I had raced this race my running was solely on the roads and on the trails with the only race left in sight being the New York City Marathon! I got in some solid training for a couple of weeks including a 22 miler. I also got back into my groove with a twice weekly bootcamp which I love. I love strength training and what it has brought to my running. The added muscle strength has helped me in races like the 2016 Boston Marathon where I relied heavily on the strength in my legs to carry me for the grueling 5 final miles of the race.
The final weeks of the training cycle I have been
sick tapering. I am feeling much better this week and have gotten in some nice easy miles with pick-ups but my cough is still holding on. I am definitely up for running 26.2 miles but have no clue how I am going to feel. I am also hoping that by running I do not thrust my body into further sickness since I am not 100% well. Running a marathon can actually suppress your immune system so I will have to take extra care to rest and recover well once the marathon is over!
Now on to the New York City Marathon weekend fun . . .
Five Exciting Things about the TCS NYC Marathon
- FACBOOK LIVE WITH MEB!!! My #TCSNYCMarathon weekend just got a bit more exciting! I am please to tell you that I have been invited to attend a Facebook Live video chat taping with elite marathoner, ’09 NYC Marathon champion and Olympian Meb Keflezighi!This event will be happening live on facebook this Saturday, November 5th at 3:30 PM EST! You can join in by stopping by the Generation UCAN facebook page.You can also SIGN UP TO GET A RECORDING BY EMAIL + A REMINDER BEFORE they go live on the Generation UCAN website.
- RUNNING for The Clarke Schools for Hearing and Speech. I will be running the marathon with #TEAMCLARKE for the Clarke Schools for Hearing and Speech in honor of my niece Shaw who attended Clarke and hears with bilateral cochlear implants as well as for my Aunt Susan who hears with a cochlear implant.. “Clarke provides children who are deaf or hard of hearing with the listening, learning and spoken language skills they need to succeed. Annually, more than 1,200 children and their families benefit from programs and services at our five locations: Boston, Jacksonville, New York City, Northampton and Philadelphia.” Please consider making a donation to #TEAMClarke! All of your generous donations will go directly to the Clarke Schools to help them with their mission! There is still time to donate, all you need to do is to head on over to my fundraising page on CROWDRISE. I am reaching to finish with over $3000 to give back to the Clarke Schools. Please help me reach my fundraising finish line!
- Gwen Jorgensen, Triathlete to run her first marathon! There are so many incredible people running the New York Marathon this year including Olympic Triathlon Gold Medalist Gwen Jorgensen who will be racing her first ever marathon. I am so fascinated by her switch to trying a marathon and to see how she does considering her training does not resemble that of an elite marathoner at all! You can read more about her first marathon quest, “Olympic Triathlon Champ Gwen Jorgensen Eager to Run NYC Marathon.” As a triathlete myself I am curious to see how her training crosses over.
- The Verrazano Bridge and 50,00 runners! We will be running through the 5 boroughs of New York City on our run. I haven’t spent a lot of time in New York City so this is going to be an amazing way to see the city with 50,000 of my closest running friends! I am excited that I will be starting on the upper deck of the Verrazano Bridge. The view will be so cool from the bridge but I hear it sways a bit with so many runners feet pounding along! . It will be a sea of runners on the course and the spectators will be incredible.
- BLOGGERS at the NYC Marathon. There will be many other bloggers running the marathon too! I am looking forward to hopefully seeing some of them at the MEB facebook live event and also possibly at the expo and race. If you are looking for more inspiration and stories about their New York City Marathon training and race experiences here are the blogs you can check out:
Have you ever run the NYC Marathon? What do you love most about the New York City Marathon? Are you running this year? I’d love to hear about your experience!