Wednesday, October 2, 2013

baby, we were born to run

The NYC Marathon is on November 3 which is, in case you were wondering, 32 days away. Despite feeling fat and out of shape, I'm not really that stressed about the entire thing. I think that a lot of it has to do with the fact that I hired a coach to get me through the entire process. It's pretty awesome to have Olivia thinking of the bigger picture because it allows me to focus on each individual workout. It's great to get praise when I've done something well, or feedback when something just didn't go according to plan. I think that training for a marathon is a time consuming beast, and while a coach isn't imperative, it has made the last few months a whole lot more pleasant. Another thing I've realized works for me is running for time versus miles. I have found that I am (slightly) more relaxed on my runs - especially the long ones - and I can focus on how my body is actually feeling.

I've been putting in the work - running all the miles and doing all of the cross-training. I am by no means a fast marathoner, but who cares, right? After the cancellation of the 2013 race and the Boston Marathon bombings, I can't think of anything else I'd rather be doing. I am so looking forward to spending 26.2 miles miles with my pals, and to seeing my family and friends all throughout the route. I am going to try to hold on to these positive feelings over the next few weeks as my long runs climb from 19, to 20, to 21 miles before my taper. 

And it seems that I'm not the only one who is excited about the upcoming marathon. I woke up this morning to an email from my dad. The subject was "countdown to the marathon" and in the body of the email was just a link to a video (below!). My family and friends are pumped for me to run this race - it makes me giddy to think about. And it's going to be an especially special day for my dad. He's run this race three times and I know that it makes him so happy to think about me, literally, running in his footsteps.

After I posted the link to Twitter, my very good pal David came up with the idea of giving me a song every day with the word "run" in it. It's brilliant and I love the idea of being surprised every day with a new song to put on to my shuffle. And when all is said and done, I'll have 30+ new songs for my iPod on race day. If you have any ideas you'd like to share, feel free to tweet Dave. I love the suspense.. WHAT WILL BE THE SONG OF THE DAY TOMORROW?! I guess I'll have to wait and see. Actually there's a Google spreadsheet that I could peek at, but I'm going to resist because even though I am the most impatient person in the world, I absolutely love surprises.

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