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My First Marathon Sunday

This past Sunday, a record-breaking 50,000-plus runners started in Staten Island and made their way across the Verrazano Bridge, through Brooklyn and Queen’s Long Island City, over the Queensboro Bridge, along Manhattan’s 1st Avenue, through East Harlem and the Bronx before finishing the ING New York City Marathon in Central Park. (Whew, I’m tired just typing that!) Talk about inspirational!

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As you know, because of Hurricane Sandy, and this iconic event was ultimately canceled last year, and people took different courses of action:  Some would-be-marathoners ran to Staten Island to deliver supplies while others completed an unofficial marathon in Central Park.  Either way, Sunday’s race was the first of its kind since 2011.

Anyway, let’s talk about the fun stuff.  As the party warlord, I co-planned a cheer zone for work.  Since there were ten people from my store running, plus a bunch of my friends and teammates, this event needed to be successful.  Running 26.2 miles seems unfathomable to me right now, so I wanted this cheer zone to boost the runners’ spirits.  And I also wanted everyone spectating to have a fun time, too.

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First, we solidified a location.  The guys at East End Bar and Grill graciously let us camp out for the race and offered us a drink deal—which, let’s be real, is a necessary ingredient for a baller cheering section (at least according to my experience from college football and hockey games). Then, I asked runners what they’d like to see at the cheer zone and what would give them a boost at mile 17.5.  Turns out, it’s fairly simple stuff:  posters, cowbells, and, in the case of coworkers, someone dressed up in the bunny suit.  Done, done, and done!

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Unfortunately, I didn’t take a ton of pictures because the tracker app drained my phone’s battery, but you get the idea, right?  During the race, friends and teammates stopped by, waited for their runners to pass, and then moved to another mile marker, so there were people trickling in and out.

Personally, I loved cheering at one location.  There were about 15 runners I wanted to see, so it made more sense to stay in one spot and wait for everyone. (And a party warlord never abandons ship—ha!) Plus, it was nice to be on the spectating side for a change and not racing, especially because this stretch along 1st Avenue felt like a stadium; these three-ish miles are relatively flat, and this section also marks runners’ arrival to Manhattan, so the energy was electric.  Everyone running by looked like they were having a blast! (Granted, this would probably be the last time most people felt good during the race; as the course goes to the Bronx, it becomes hillier and the crowd support decreases.  Not to mention all bets are off at mile 20 and beyond.)

So, from a work standpoint, the cheer zone seemed like a success.  Looking ahead to next year, there are a few tweaks that will make it even better, but I’m happy with how it went.  And from a personal standpoint, I had so much fun.  I know this question will be asked:  No, I have no intention of doing this race—or a marathon for that matter—for a long, long time.  But after experiencing it as a triathlete/runner/NYCer, I would love to do it one day.

But then I remember it’s 26.2 miles.

Have you completed/would you run a marathon?

Write It Down, Do It Up – Weeks of Oct. 20 and 27

Happy Sunday, friends!  Did you have a good weekend?  Saturday at the store flew by; tons of soon-to-be marathoners stopped in and stocked up on nutrition, got last-minute apparel (think hats and gloves), and talked about their nervousness and excitement.  A lot of these runners are regulars, so it’s been neat to check in with them during various points of their training.  T-minus one week until race day!

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Shameless plug for the official JackRabbit Cheer Zone.  If you have family or friends watching you race, or if you’re coming to the city to spectate, then swing by our headquarters at the East End Bar and Grill on 1st Avenue between 86th and 87th Streets.  It’s right on the course, and we’ll hand out free tech tees, host a poster-making contest … and there will be $3 drafts all day.

Anyway, I’m playing catch up with workouts, so here’s what I did (or more accurately, didn’t do) during Sloth Week:

Monday – off

Tuesday – off

Wednesday – off

Thursday – off

Friday – indoor cycling class at Revolve

I attended Christianne’s ride, and boy, did she kick my butt!  Technically, this was for work, and I’m excited to where this partnership goes.

Saturday – ~50-minute run

Can we talk about how liberating it is to run without a watch?  I set out, ran as fast as I wanted (aka didn’t worry about pace), and turned around when I felt like it.

Sunday – co-led a group run, plus strength training

OMG, it felt so good to return to the weight room.  In preparation for Nationals in August, I backed off the lifting—and haven’t touched a weight since.

Overall, Operation: Sloth Week seemed like a success.  I did manage to do nothing for four days, and I definitely needed the mental and physical break.  That being said, though, I was itching to return to semi-normal exercise.  This week I followed Victoria’s “do whatever” plan, aka run all the miles.

Monday – run and strength train

Tuesday – run and strength train

Wednesday – off

Thursday – swim

During this off-season, I hope to learn how to use paddles correctly, so I spent a lot of time pulling and flailing around awkwardly in the water.  On a related note, if anyone wants to teach me how to flip turn, then that would be awesome.

Friday – run

My trusty gloves, tights, and Craft base layer made their first appearances of the season—fall is here!  I ran about 50 minutes before stretching and doing some core work.

Saturday – yoga

I know—who am I?  As training picked up during the season, yoga fell out of the picture.  Plus, since we (er, the store) host free classes on Saturday mornings, I figured it would be good to get my om on.  This was a restorative class, so it wasn’t challenging, but it felt good to stretch out.  Oh, and the instructor asked if I was a dancer, so I guess I looked legit–ha!

Sunday – co-led a group run

Yeah, so zero saddle time, but you win some and lose others, right?  A few teammates have been riding on Tuesdays, so I’ll link up with them this week.  And the Syracuse Orange have their season opener this coming Friday, which means trainer time.  I also did some research on neighborhood CompuTrainer classes, so once it gets too cold to ride outside, I’ll start doing those once each week.

And looking forward to this week, I don’t have a concrete Write It Down, Do It Up plan.  Here’s what I hope to accomplish:

2-3 swim workouts

2-3 bike workouts

3-4 run workouts

2-3 strength training workouts

1 yoga/Pilates session

Who raced this weekend/is racing next weekend?

 

Would You Rather Running Style

Hey, friends—happy Tuesday!  Did Monday fly by for you too?  Even though it was a slow day at work—the combination of Monday and tons of rain kept people from shopping—I channeled my not-so-secret party warlord and spent some time finalizing details for our store’s New York City Marathon Cheer Zone.  If you’re doing the race on Nov. 3, then keep your eyes peeled for us on 1st Avenue between 86th and 87th, which is right on the course.  And if you’re planning to spectate, then come join us for music, balloons, and a poster-making contest.  And all-day $3 drafts.

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Obviously, the bunny suit will make an appearance and no expense will be spared.

Speaking of running, this survey appeared on Cori’s blog a few weeks ago, and since it’s been a while since my last one, I figured I’d play along.

Would you rather … run with one of your ancestors or your role models?

Definitely run with an ancestor.  I’m extremely blessed because I grew up with both sets of grandparents, plus a bunch of great aunts and uncles, but I’d love to run with their parents or grandparents.  Long runs serve as opportunities for great conversations; they allow people to let their guard down, open up, and be honest.  Not to mention my grandparents, especially my grandfathers, were pretty athletic back in the day, so I’m sure the run would be a great workout too.

Would you rather …  run a race that is a few hour drive but in a beautiful location or in your city with a short drive?

It depends on the race (road race or triathlon), distance of said race (5- or 10-K, sprint, Olympic, etc.), and time of year.  In April, for example, traveling to Florida for the Nautica South Beach Triathlon proved to be an involved process, but it was worth it because one, it was longer than a sprint, and two, there weren’t any local races.  That being said, though, one of the main selling points for Stamford included its proximity to New York City; it was a day-trip, so no overnight in a hotel required.

Would you rather … take an ice bath for a half hour or foam roll for a half hour?

Ice bath, end of discussion.  Yes, I own a (nice) foam roller.  Yes, I know it’s an important recovery tool.  No, I don’t use it as much as I should.  But I also don’t take ice baths on a regular basis so …

Would you rather … have a black toe nail pulled off or have your entire back chaffed from running and be forced to shower for a hour straight?

Cori, what kind of question is this?!  Ha!  Luckily, I’ve never experienced black toenails (make sure you’re wearing sneakers that fit, friends!), and I’ve been fortunate in terms of chaffing too. (BodyGlide saves lives.  That is all.) Both would totally stink, but I think the black toenail wouldn’t be as bad; at least you could yank it off, call it a day, and wait for it to grow back, right?  Showering with a chaffed back sounds like cruel and unusual punishment.

Would you rather … spend an extra $100 a month given to you on running/fitness or save it?

Save it—for a tri bike.

Would you rather … be known for running the fastest marathon or running the longest distance at one time?

To run the fastest marathon, you’d need speed and stamina, aka the best of both worlds.  Sign me up for that plan!

Would you rather … have your medal handed to you by Kara Goucher or Shalane Flanagan?

Option three:  Chrissie Wellington.  Which actually happened at USA Triathlon Age Group National Championships.

Would you rather … lick someone else’s armpit after a marathon or lick their foot after a marathon?

Cori, you’re killing me—ha!  I’ll pass on this one.

Feel free to play along in the comments!  Are you running the ING New York City Marathon?