NYC Marathon is less than two weeks away and I am preparing myself in many ways besides just trying to figure out how I can meet Lauren Fleshmen and convince her to coach me.
(From Runners World...In her words: ”I started running in eighth grade. I was late to P.E. class one day, and as punishment my teacher told me I had to collect recyclables around school–which was really humiliating–or run in the junior high track meet. I ran the mile in 5:50 or 5:55 and came in second. I thought, well, maybe I’m pretty good at this.”……her mile time in 8th grade was half the time that I did when I was in Jr. High…..rude).
Her hardest workout to prepare for the marathon was a 15 mile tempo run @ 5:30……No big deal, don’t we all do that workout?
What I am working on over the next two weeks to make sure that I am ready to run NYCM (not because I want to PR or anything but so that I have an enjoyable ((should enjoyable even be in the same sentence as marathon?)) time and I finish):
1–SLEEP CITY. Sorry, Billy we will be going to bed at 8:30 p.m. for the next little while. You will just have to wear an eye mask so that the daylight doesn’t keep you up as you are trying to fall asleep.
2– Study the course and prepare mentally (which for me means to remember that I am just doing this one for fun….I will do my best as I stay injury free!)
3- Run less obviously:)
Pete Pfitzinger said HERE, “You should run about 1/3 of your normal weekly training volume in the 6 days leading up to the race. For example, if you normally run 60 miles per week during your marathon preparation, you would run 20 miles between Monday and Saturday before the marathon.”
-For me I have peaked at 32 miles per week while training for NY= about 11 miles of running the week of the marathon and some cross training.
4– Focus more than ever on eating my whole grains, proteins and fats. Since we try to spend the least amount of money possible on food…..that translates to a whole lot of egg and tuna sandwiches and whatever else I can find in my cabinets. The week of the marathon I will consume about 65-70% of my calories from carbs….that should be really hard to do;) I think it is also really important to drink cytomax and lots of water.
If the carb is brown it means it is a whole grain right?
5– Avoid stressful situations = Billy, will you do all of my errands and maybe even come sub for some of my more stressful classes so that I can stay home and watch Oprah reruns:) I want to try to stay calm and confident and I will pack my bags in advance so that I can avoid stressing myself out for no reason.
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How do you prep the weeks leading up to a big race?
What is the farthest race that you have ever traveled for?
-New York. I am hoping that being at sea level will make running feel a lot easier.
How about everyone share the next race they want to PR in?
-For me I am thinking that next June @ the Utah Valley marathon will be a PR race:)
Anyone run when they were in JUNIOR HIGH?
-Occasional jogs with the sister but not exactly a 5:50 mile.