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It’s November?

Whew—marathon madness has finally ended, so I can finally come up for a breath. Throughout October and the first week of November, JackRabbit was firing on all cylinders: various events and group training runs, plus a pre-New York City Marathon party and race-day cheer zone. So many 26.2 activities!

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Full Throttle Endurance says, “WHOA!”

Marathon week—plus Monday actually (because Meb Keflezighi had a book signing at our Upper West Side store)—centered on stress, semi-organized chaos, and tons of excitement. We live for this time of year and all it encompasses; for me, that meant making sure our Saucony pre-party and Brooklyn cheer zone were successful events.

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Behind the scenes–and mission accomplished!

And now, I’m embracing the work “off-season.” Thank GAWD. Here’s what’s going on:

Last week, my fam and I went to Florida to celebrate my dad’s birthday. My grandfather lives there, and my uncle flew in too, and it was great to spend some quality time with everyone. And it wouldn’t be a trip to Sanibel without plenty of beach time (where running, reading, and sunburning occurred).

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This weekend, I have my first “race” since Nationals in August: The Philadelphia Half-Marathon. Some of my teammates and (work) friends will be there, plus a few BoMFers and my family. I’m really excited! Not only is it an escape from the city, but it’s also an opportunity to test my training and gauge my progress. Coach Pat and I have talked race strategy, he things I can string together a solid 13.1 miles, race the thing, and shoot for a big PR. A few months ago, I planned to simply go out and run and see what happened; now, though, I feel confident pushing it. Speedwork is coming along, and my long runs have gone pretty well, and this is hands down the most prepared I’ve felt for a “straight up” road race. Fingers crossed I feel good on race day and can hop aboard the pain train for a while!

And then, it’s Thanksgiving, which means even more family time!

In other training news, I ended my 72-day swimming boycott and went to the pool. Honestly, I planned to wait until December, but several knowledgeable individuals—including but not limited to Coach Pat and my tri coach—said getting back in the water sooner may be a good idea. Specifically, “not swimming is totally going to bite you in the a** come January!” according to my tri coach. The race isn’t won during the swim, but one of my friends/Girls’ Club colleagues questioned: “How fast can you run if you’re last out of the water?”

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Talk about tough love—and a serious wake-up call.

So two weeks ago—about 12 hours after my endorphin-inducing 11 miler—I walked to the pool after work. On the way over, I visualized myself swimming, flip turning, and doing all the little things right, but I couldn’t shake the insecurity: what if I don’t remember anything? What do my arms do again? How does one execute a flip-turn?

As it turns out, swimming is a lot like riding a bike; you never forget how to do it. When my feet touched the water, I went on autopilot: adjusted my cap, put on my goggles, and just went. Sure, I felt semi-winded 200 yards in, but those 1,500 yards felt OK. And they felt slightly better—and faster—a week later.

To be honest, I’m not sure what will happen after Philly—in terms of training and life. It feels like I’m on the brink, like a breakthrough is right around the corner, but I don’t know what is it or what it will entail. But I just hope I’m ready.

Training Log – Week of Oct. 20 (Week 41)

Woah, long week for anyone else? We’re entering TCS New York City Marathon crunch time (t-minus seven days!), and even with this larger-than-life event, the week still seemed to drag by.

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It’s also health fair season. This means I get to go to swanky offices and talk to “real people” about the awesomeness of running and JackRabbit.

But any day you have a view this breathtaking is a good day.

General training notes: Coming off a lackluster few days of training, I hoped to turn things around this week. And for the most part, I succeeded. Each run felt great, and Coach Pat even had me do some pickups this week, which was my first time doing (something resembling) speedwork since … July. Wowza.

Monday – a.m. run

You know those days when you wake up and immediately want to go back to bed? This was one of those days—and everyone seemed to agree. I ran one mile to BoMF, walked two (long story), and then ran four easy on my own. Once I got going, it was fine, but it was a struggle.

Tuesday – a.m. run and strength train

Between mid-run pickups and post-run strides, it’s safe to say Coach Pat is trying to make me faster. He may kill me in the process, though! Just kidding, Pat! Thankfully, I was able to hit and hold the pickup efforts pretty well—aside from the final two when my legs said, “nope, we’re done!” After the six miles, I did some corework and upper-body strength training.

Wednesday – a.m. CompuTrainer class at Tailwind Endurance

This power hour Tailwind class centered on maintaining an even power output—which did not go well. We did a ton of sprints into threshold efforts, and I struggled to dial into an acceptable range; ideally, we were supposed to stay within 10-20 watts, but I had 50-watt swings. Sigh. It comes down to experience and practice, and I keep reminding myself to be patience and keep working hard.

Thursday – a.m. run

You know those runs where everything clicks? You feel invincible and enter a space where absolutely nothing can stop you. That’s what happened during these rainy 10 miles. And it was awesome.

Friday – a.m. CompuTrainer class at Tailwind Endurance and strength training

Oh, erg mode. You get me every time. In erg mode, the CompuTrainer holds the specified wattage, and it’s your job to match the cadence and move the pedals. I’d argue this is harder than a “normal” workout where it’s the rider’s responsibility to hit and hold the desired number. Anyway, we did short, one-minute VO2 max efforts, plus four, five-minute blocks at threshold. More corework and upper-body strength training after.

Saturday – a.m. run

This 45-min. steady run was the toughest and worst one of the week (I didn’t sleep well the night before), but I still felt OK and dialed into the specified pace range.

Sunday – off

And now for a few shameless JackRabbit marathon plugs for the NYC folks.

We’re hosting a pre-marathon party with Saucony, KT Tape, and Zico on Saturday, Nov. 1 at USQ from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.

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Live DJ, graffiti artist, giveaways—so much marathon excitement! And you don’t have to be running the marathon to come! (Case in point: I will be there all day.)

And the JackRabbit cheer zone will be at Mullane’s Bar and Grill in Brooklyn, which is situated at mile 8.5. Come be loud with us!