I rested A LOT race week. I took naps, slept in, went to bed early and drank TONS of water and Nuun. The race stayed on my mind all week and I was anxious and excited, but not that nervous. I couldn’t wait to get to NYC.
- PLAN- rest day
- ACTUAL- rest day and pilates
A much needed stretch and lengthening private pilates session.
- PLAN- 4 miles easy
- ACTUAL- 4 miles 8:26 avg pace
The run felt pretty good-I spent more time obsessing over race day outfits and weekend planning than anything! I was also so surprised by a very thoughtful, Rich. I had come home to a Monday night race week gift, followed by another on Tuesday. He knows me well: stocked up my nutrition, bought my favorite lululemon shorts, a RUNATL hoodie, and a Jeni’s Ice Cream gift certificate. Wednesday:
- PLAN- rest day
- ACTUAL- rest day
I had my sports massage and chiropractor appointment and was given my first set of Jamberry nails to try for the race. They were perfectly themed and fun, and I think with more practice I could do a much better job applying them (I always get my nails done, because I can’t even paint them properly). There are some great holiday themed ones and fun patterns if you enjoy doing your own nails! Thursday:
- PLAN- 5 miles. 1 easy, 3 @ MGP, 1 easy
- ACTUAL-5 miles. 8:53, 8:04, 7:51, 7:52, 8:42
I felt great on my run. I had to hold back (had instructions to not go under 7:50) and that was a confidence booster. I had my last PT appointment before the race and was dry needled one last time. I also had my hair did..and the cutest ghost in the whole world came up to see me while I was getting all prettied up and brought me the sweetest good luck card. Friday-
- PLAN- rest day
- ACTUAL- rest day! Travel to NYC
Rich and I made to to NYC around 10:30, checked in, grabbed lunch and headed to the expo. The line just to get in the building took 30-45 minutes. INSANE.I grabbed my bib, picked out a few race things from the Asics area (and waited in another line for about 20 minutes to purchase them), and then perused the rest of the booths. I found another NYCM themed shirt, picked up my Asics #minime runner (who doesn’t look like me) and finished up at the Nuun booth. It was SO good to see Kim and some of the other Nuun peeps and they hooked me up with a new shirt, the awesome NYC themed bottle, and a few other goodies.
That night, we had dinner with one of my best friends from home, Ann Marie, and her husband, John. We went to Patsy’s, a classic Italian place, and then Rich and I went to see Aladdin on Broadway. I LOVED it, and honestly wasn’t expecting to!
- PLAN- 1-2 mile shakeout/rest day
- ACTUAL- 2 miles 8:43 avg pace
We woke up to a gloomy, rainy, windy, cold day. A PERFECT day to take it easy before the marathon. Rich and I had a very overpriced breakfast at Sarabeths and then attempted to go to the tweetup/meetup. Unfortunately, we were right by the 5K on Central Park and couldn’t get out by cab so we decided to call it done and head back to our place.I took a quick nap and then went for my shakeout run in Central Park. Our airbnb place was PERFECT. Exactly 1.5 blocks from the park on 65th street so I ran mile 25 and turned back around. We grabbed lunch and I took another nap. I usually don’t sleep that much, but I guess my body was taking full advantage of my down time!Molly had told me MONTHS ago to go to mass at St. Patricks the night before the race. I’m so glad we did. They did a blessing of the runners-it was very emotional and so amazing to see so many come up to the front from the congregation.Rich and I grabbed dinner (chicken, potato, corn- all very plain) and then I finished getting ready for the race and was asleep by 10.
- PLAN- NYC MARATHON!!! 26.2
- ACTUAL- 26.4 with a 20+ minute PR and my first BQ at a 3:39:09!
You can read my entire race recap here. After the race, Rich, Ann Marie, John and myself grabbed lunch and then parted ways.Rich and I were lucky enough to get to go to the Sketcher’s after party (thank you Nuun!). We got to see Kara and Meb, hang out with my Nuun friends and fellow ambassadors (nice to meet you, Chris), and got a pretty sweet swag bag, too. We ended the night with a slice of pizza and bite-size mini cupcakes (legit the size of a famous amos cookie- so tiny!) and I passed out by 9.
Total Miles for the Week: 37.4
A pretty amazing week. A taper, surprises, time in NYC, time with friends and family and a marathon.
Did you dress up for halloween (I missed it due to the marathon)? Do you indulge post race? Expos- hang out and see it all or get in and get out?