With just under FIVE weeks to go till the NYC Marathon, I thought I would post a playlist update. When I started fundraising, I threw out an incentive for my donors that anyone who gave $50 could pick out a song. NOTE: I have UNDER $700 to go! Literally every dollar I raise is huge from this point forward to get me to get my goal. If you would like to give any amount, click here to read my story!
I plan on running the marathon with my headphones, but I also plan on taking them off for a lot of parts - everyone says the NYC Marathon is ALL about the crowds, and I want to experience that.
With that being said, here is my current list of songs from donors. I'm still waiting on some songs choices, but this is what I have so far:
When I first started my faux "training plan" for the NYC Marathon, I knew I would have to eventually tackle a 20 mile run. The majority of runners I have spoken to say that if you can get to 20 in training, you can get to 26.2 on race day with the adrenaline, crowds, and rest. It seemed daunting and insane. When I first did 14, I couldn't imagine going another 12.2, never mind even another mile.
I had a bad training week, topped off by a 7 mile run where I was crying by the end because I felt like a failure. I'm pretty sure it was a mix of a terrible diet (daily snacks of Chex Mix, ice cream, and chocolate chips) and a complete lack of sleep. I was averaging maybe 6 hours a night, but that was often interrupted because I would set my alarm for a little earlier and then reset it to get some extra sleep. One day I ever overslept for work as a result. I skipped runs and felt miserable when I was running.
After that miserable run, I revamped some things. If I'm getting up at 5:15 for the gym, I'm in bed by 10:00 pm, no exceptions. Otherwise it's 11:00 at the latest. I traded my Chex Mix for oatmeal/peanut butter, and I've felt better as a result.
How did the run go? Well...
It wasn't pretty at first. I was sore and tired from working legs Thursday, spin class Friday, and a 5K on Saturday, so there were a few moments where I had to tell myself 6 week still NYC. Suck it up. 19 was on my schedule, but I figured I would tackle this hurdle while I was out there. I have one more long, long run in my plan, and I'm hoping to hit 21 or 22. I know that 20 should be the limit, but it will be a much bigger confidence booster if I can go a little longer. I was a lot sorer during the last part of the workout than I would like to be, and my time is a little slower than I'm hoping for race day, but it is what it is.
I fueled with a Larabar (chocolate chip cookie dough) and a slice of peanut butter toast. During the run I had two gels, but I may bring 3 along for the next run since I was starting to get HUNGRY towards the end. I messed up and put the wrong playlist on, but it was perfectly fine sine I was able to run to different music. 20 down...22 to go?
At our group runs, sometimes we have a vendor come out to promote products or local races. This week we had 110% Play Harder come out to promote their compression sleeves. Since I wasn't planning on running far (note: My training has been complete garbage this week!), I figured I'd try on a knee sleeve. It's been really warm, again, but since I was only planning on two miles, it was worth it to test the sleeves out. They also have socks, calf sleeves, and other clothing.
After getting fitted, I slid my sleeve on. It felt really comfy, but still snug like a compression sleeve should. I'm not a big fan of running in compression gear because I hate feeling constricted. This moved with me as I ran, and still gave me enough support during my two miles.
The best part of the sleeve comes after your workout. Each item comes with an ice pack that fits in a pocket. In this case, the ice pack went over the knee. I love the idea of not having to wrap an ice pack around your knee/leg/calf/whatever and letting it drip. If you're looking for a new compression sleeve, I definitely recommend 110%!
I feel like there's a "thing" amongst runners that they all love beer. They make marathon-specific brews, hold beer runs, and toast PRs with a pint.
I've never been a beer person. One of my friends from college is a huge craft beer fan, and I just can't get into it. Everything tastes the same to me. I've also never been a big drinker (luckily) and it's been almost 4 months since I've had anything with alcohol in it.
All that being said, last night I went to a birthday party for a fellow runner. It was a great night, and I consumed 3...literally 3 beers. I knew I had a long run this morning, so I stopped drinking early and I had a lot of water. When I woke up this morning (at 5:15...ugh), I felt like I was going to puke. I knew I was meeting Allan early for a long run to beat the heat, so I forced myself to get up and fuel with a LaraBar. I met with Allan and Dawn (an awesome ultra marathoner who I don't even see sweat when she runs!) and we hit the road at 6:15.
I was planning on running around 10 miles. I've average 5 hours of sleep the past 2 nights, and I since I ran 7 on the bridges yesterday, I didn't want to push it. Of course, that plan never works. While we were out, we kept adding some distance here and there.
I didn't feel terrible, but it was a struggle. Since we went so long, I had to take a gel at around Mile 7. I think my biggest issue was how thirsty I was, so as much
It was pretty cloudy out, and we got to see this on the way back from UNF. Even though Jacksonville has some pretty cruddy heat and humidity, sometimes it pays off with sights like this.
After we finished our run, Allan went out to add a few more. He's running Chicago and wanted to get a longer run in. The rest of our group hung around the store chatting, and we moved over to Starbucks. Our organizer, Jackie, was really sweet and bought all of our sweaty butts some much needed coffee. Next long run...I'm not fueling with beer.
During some down time at work this week I looked at my calendar to map out future workouts. I'm working every other Saturday, which is the only day I can do bridges downtown. Parking during the week is a nightmare and Sunday is my long run with JRC. Since I have a 5K two weeks from today, I don't have a lot of available Saturdays left to get downtown.
When my alarm went off, all I wanted to do was go back to sleep. I almost did, but I got up anyway, had half a bagel, and hit the road. It was just starting to get light out when I started my run. A perk of getting up before dawn is getting to see the sun come up while you run.
It was in the mid 70s when I started, but naturally, the humidity started to increase. I finished one loop of the Main Street and Acosta Bridges and kept asking for rain.
The clouds rolled in, and it poured for a few miles. It's been so long since I've run in the rain so this felt extra refreshing.
As I was running, I noticed a guy in a Wounded Warrior Project shirt for the annual 8K. I realized that race was today, which I had totally forgotten about. On my way back to my car, I ran (almost directly into...) into the fastest people in the race. I couldn't get off the course (fences and bushes) but luckily I didn't run into anyone and the crowd wasn't that big!
In the end I did 7 miles. I can remember when I didn't know if I could go 7 miles without stopping for a walk break. NYC is getting closer!
I'm Jenn! I'm a baker, blogger, sorta-runner, and writer living in Jacksonville, Florida!