Yup, that’s right, in 5.5 days I will be running the NYC Marathon. What was I thinking?!?!
In some ways, I am very excited for NYC. It feels like the appropriate close to the marathon season and this year, I trained for not one but two marathons in the same cycle, so that’s kind of cool. Double the marathon excitement but not double the training, but of course, talk to me after Sunday and I’ll tell you if it was a wise decision.
Coming off the Chicago Marathon, it was a little iffy what I should be doing for these three weeks. Most of the training was dictated by how I felt and loosely following Hal Higdon’s multiple marathon training plan though he doesn’t have a specific one for three weeks in between. I felt the best I have ever felt after a marathon this time so I was antsy to get back into everything but had to force myself to not overdo it. Here is roughly what my last two weeks looked like:
Week 1 – Post Chicago (total mileage: 24.2)
–Monday: walked around Chicago a bit, flew home in my compression sleeves, but made conscious efforts to move around as much as possible
–Tuesday: easy 2 mile shakeout run on treadmill in the AM followed by a massage in the PM
–Wednesday: easy 3 mile run on treadmill
–Thursday: couldn’t get up in the morning for a run before work and with after work plans, I just took this as a day off
–Friday: easy 4 mile run on treadmill
–Saturday: 10 mile run with team on the NYC Marathon course (First day that I actually felt exhausted since Chicago, I felt so out of breath and that my legs felt like they were not moving as fast as I wanted them to. In reality, I was going at marathon pace + 10-20 seconds, so fairly fast but my lungs were not happy with me.)
–Sunday: 4.5 mile recovery run along the Hudson River and felt great even after the run from the day before
Week 2 – Post Chicago (total mileage: 20.3)
–Monday: day off from running
–Tuesday: finisher intervals with team (warm-up + 3 x 1200 meter finisher intervals + cool down and light strength – 4.1 miles; this was my first real speed workout since the marathon and my legs actually felt pretty good)
–Wednesday: easy 3 miles + top shelf barre class
–Thursday: day off from running; felt sick and a little off
–Friday: day off from running; still not feeling great
–Saturday: 7 mile strength scavenger hunt with team in Central Park (average pace: marathon pace + 10 seconds – definitely moving fast and with strength bursts in between, and boy was my body was getting tired by the end)
–Sunday: 6 mile recovery run on treadmill
Week 3 – Post Chicago (TBD)
–Monday (today): day off from running + barre class and a massage in the PM
–Tuesday: easy run with team and glow sticks!
–Wednesday: easy run in the AM, work event in the PM
–Thursday: day off from running (maybe another barre class?)
–Friday: day off from running
–Saturday: easy shakeout run
–Sunday: NYC Marathon!
In addition to all of this, I’ve been very conscious of drinking a lot of water, taking Vitamin C, and getting as much sleep as possible. The plan originally was to race Chicago and enjoy NYC. I was expecting to not want to run much after Chicago and to not feel as great as I did. I wonder if some of that can be attributed to the run/walk I did during the last 12 miles of the race but because I didn’t get the exact time I wanted, unfortunately, I am planning on taking NYC a little more seriously than I had planned. No real time goal since I’m not sure how I will feel later in the race, but a PR would be nice!
I’ve heard from two different camps about how I will feel on Sunday… your legs will want to fall off after mile 13 or you’ll be feeling so awesome, you can PR again! And that is exactly what scares me… no one exactly knows how I will feel, though I guess you never do for a marathon, but the amount of uncertainty behind the recovery and back-to-back marathons is the part that is difficult to understand.
With that said, I am going to stop thinking about it for a bit, put my legs up, and watch TV! 🙂
P.S. taking pictures of the NYC Marathon ads all over the city is addicting!