Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Falling behind, and freaking out

The Jewish Holidays are upon us in full swing. That means that I was out of commission yesterday, immersed in fasting and prayer. That also means that the next TWO weekends are shot from a running perspective - since the Jewish Holidays fall out on Saturday and Sunday.

I was supposed to do the NYC Marathon Tune-up, an organized 18 mile training run. I had to cancel because I felt this cold coming on. I am now in the full throes of this cold - which is definitely going to impact my mileage this week.

I'm starting to get nervous about the NYC Marathon - given that I had really planned to get in at least one or two more long runs before race day. Between pressure at work, the holidays, and now this cold - I'm just not seeing it all happen.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Confirmed for TWO marathons this fall

I asked for it, and I got it.

I was just notified that I have been accepted as an Achilles Guide for a disabled athlete for the NYC Marathon - which is only 36 days away. I did some research on the athlete, and he ran just under 5 hours in 2007 - am curious to meet him and find out what his goals are for this year.

Assuming that he's planning for something similar - the pace is even slower than what I run in training - so I'm hoping that I'll be able to finish without too much trauma, and still be able to recover in time to run well in Philadelphia on Nov 22nd.

I can't believe it's all real, and finally coming together. All of this training, and all of these miles are finally bringing me to this!

I guess I'm in some real need of some coaching advice - to figure out how to best prepare for NYC and Philadelphia - and how to have a good chance of running both of them well - and enjoying them.

I have my second REALLY long run, the NYC Marathon Tuneup on Sunday. It is an 18 mile run - which is 3 loops of Central Park. I'm hopinig to find a good group, a good groove, and have fun out there...I'm also hoping that I won't be TOO sore for Yom Kippur, which starts on Sunday night.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

First 20 Mile training run

I achieved an important milestone in my marathon training today. I completed my first 20 mile training run. The training run was organized by the New York Flyers and sponsored by Urban Athletics, and I have to say that I was really impressed with the whole operation.

Prior to this run, the farthest I had run in training had been 14 miles. I still think of that distance as simply 1 mile farther than a half marathon. I didn't really see the marathon as something that I was truly ready for. Today, I ran a distance that was only 10k less than the full marathon, and the longest distance that I'd be running in training. I finally realized that the marathon is well within my grasp - and that with the proper training, I'll really be ready for it.

The run was hard - and long, but I felt that I really got something out of the experience, both mentally and physically. The group dynamic was great - I had people to talk to when I needed it, and was able to run alone when I wanted to. If I started to drag, there were people around to pick me up - and I was able to pick up others when I saw them lagging.

All in all, great day for a run - got to see a lot of interesting neighborhoods, got to run a new course (I was getting tired of the same old routes) and got to enjoy the company of some nice people. All in all, a great day.