NYC Marathon Goals and Halloween

Hope everyone had a great Halloween! We had some very adorable trick or treaters (babies!!!) and some way too old trick or treaters (high school boys running around shirtless as Romans eww)..

Yup me and Jack had a blast.

Photo: Are we tired from giving out candy or eating it ourselves? #neverghost #halloween #catsofinstagram #catmama #furbaby

I don’t know what made us more tired, giving out treats or eating them ourselves. Did you know that one snack size peanut butter Snickers has 130 calories. Oops.. Good thing I’m running a marathon this weekend.

Speaking of marathons?

The weather predicted for Sunday has been dropping from 58 to 54 to 48 degrees with winds up to 19MPH! At rate the rate the temps are going, I expect it to be Antarctic weather by the time I get to start running.

So I packed everything I own! I’ve been procrastinating with dropping off my donation bin so I had a ton of throwaway layers including a very old winter coat I used for snowboarding.

So the goals:

Do I have goals? Hopes? Dreams? Sure! Reality? I’ll be happy running and finishing. I’m trying a few new things this round. Tapering.. Yea I’m not sure if I believe in this taper theory but we’ll see. I’m at about 20 miles going into the race. Then again taper is all relative considering Bill Rodgers ran 120 miles the week he won the NYC marathon. Yes, that was a drop down from his usual 160 mile weeks. So it’s all relative. Kinda like speed.

Goal A – Sub 3:20 – I’ve been trying this for a while. We’ll see.

Goal B – Sub 3:24:15 – Everyone loves a PR?

Goal C – To Finish

My plan is to start with the 3:15 pace group and cling for my life. Yea, I read all the warnings about how this should be a negative split race, but I’m all about being positive. I run fast when my heart and soul is in it. My heart and soul gets tired after 20 miles, no matter what pace I go at. As soon as the last 10K comes, I mentally tend to check out and start to hurt. So my apologies to my imaginary couch, I will start faster than I should but I’ve run enough marathons to know myself better than science.

My training. My training lately has been right on cue. I’ve been hitting most of my running goals. I’ve done most of my long runs and the majority worked out. Only thing lacking? I wish I had a bit more medium long runs under my belt. Those midweek 10-15 milers I usually like to do in a training cycle. That didn’t happen. I ended up breaking them up into an 8 miler and a 4 miler on a good day. Can you do a run in two parts and still have the same effect? We’ll see.

Anyways, I’ll be off to NY now on a bus from Boston. My plan is to hit up the expo after 5PM with giant bag and all.

Here’s the link for the mobile app that can be used to track runners on race day (I doubt the runner tracking part will work as intended)
– My bib number is 7392 (blue start) I will be starting at approx 9:50 (Wave 1, Corral 7)

Will you be in NYC this weekend?

Any last tips?

3 thoughts on “NYC Marathon Goals and Halloween”

  1. The very best of luck to you for a fantastic weekend and race! Keep on the positive track and you’ll do great! I’ll be fighting the wind and chill in Newburyport on Sun. (All Women and One Lucky Guy Half). So fall in New England: 70 today, 50 tomorrow, pretty sure it makes us tougher…right? 🙂

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