NYCM Check In: 9 Weeks Out. It’s Been an Eye Opener!!

Real talk time, guys.

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I have just over two months till the New York City Marathon. An iconic marathon that I feel SO lucky I get to run this year. But to say I’ve been lazy and slacking is an understatement. I have given myself excuse after excuse to skip workouts, run less miles than planned, eat junk and be a quitter.

I am not ready for this race.

I ran a 5K (a 5K!) this weekend and yeah I was able to but it wasn’t a walk in the park. If it’s that hard for me to run 3 miles, how am I going to do 26? But I have 2 months to get ready.  To focus and crack down. It won’t be pretty. It won’t be easy.  But it’s possible and I CAN do it!!

So here’s where I’m at.

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Current weight: 161.4

  • This pic was me today at the gym. I do want to slim down for a myriad of reasons but #1 is because the less weight I have to carry, the easier it is to move it for 26.2 miles. I’m not going to be really focused on the number on the scale but I’d like to get it back down to what it used to be. I’m hoping for 10lbs gone by Nov. 5th but again, I’m not going to do anything crazy just to see a number.

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My huffing it pace: 11:10

  • This was my average pace for my last 5K. And to be honest, I could not keep this up for another 10 miles, let alone another 23.

I’m eating like an idiot

  • There’s no other way to say it. I’ve only just started following VB6, and I really like it! I want to keep it up at least till marathon day. I really think I feel better overall when I’m eating this way. But there’s still a lot to learn that goes with it (like how to not just eat ALL the carbs!) Time to go back to tracking my food/macros!

 

 

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Cocky or Confident?

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I have a half marathon on Sept 16th. I was so focused on NYCM that I basically ignored the half coming up. I keep thinking, “Eh half marathons are so easy! I’ve done so many. I can do another one.”

Well… it’s not like my training is going stellar. And my last half was a little rough and dirty.

So I go to look up the race details on this one and I see on their website the phrase boasting, “The Flagstaff Marathon…is known as one of the most challenging courses in the country.”  UMM HUH?

The Most Challenging Course? I’m not prepared for the MOST challenging course!

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In my head, I’m super great! It’s not a bad thing to think since running is 90% mental. If you think you can, you can! And for me, I know I CAN run 13.1 miles. It may not be fast, or pretty, or easy but it’s definitely doable. So sometimes that confidence brushes up to cocky and I think, “I know I can, so I don’t have to train today!!” You know why some half or even full marathons go better for me than others?! It’s because of how I’ve treated my body up until race day! Was I putting in the work? Was I eating right?? Did I let myself slip and give myself excuses?

So yes, I CAN run a half marathon as long as I’m training right.

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I have to admit to myself that I’m not super woman that can wake up Saturday morning and run for three hours without so much as stretching before hand. Put in the work, Lindsay!

Okay so new plan! I’m going to focus on hills and trails and JUST this half! And then when I’m done, I can get back to NYCM. It’s not like I haven’t been running at all. I just am not running as strong or as long as I should be. But I have a few short weeks to get my crap together and get back on track! I tell ya, I cannot wait for this weather to cool down!! Man, it’s hot out there. Even when I go out at 5 am in the dark still. Winter is coming???

 

Another Spin Around the Sun

On Monday I turn thirty. Thirty! 

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I didn’t expect it from myself but I am one of those girls that is sad about turning 30! I don’t want to. I saw some meme thing online the other day that said the only other option was being dead which… I’m still not sure which is worse! Haha. Okay fine. I’ll turn the big 3-0! I still have a lot of things I want to do.

As the day looms near, I can’t help by reflect on this past year and what I did on my last birthday. I set up my 30 before 30 goal list. I accomplished ehhh… about 1/2 of them. This year, it’s time to do BETTER! So if you want, go check out my 30 “while I am” 30 list! Some are health related, some are personal, some are spiritual and some are just for fun!!

I know I’m already checking off #1) put a stamp on my passport because 1st thing in the morning I am flying off to ROME!!

If you ever had asked me where I would want to travel if I could go anywhere in the world, I would’ve said Italy. So since I’m still single and have no husband or children weighing me down, I bought myself a very expensive birthday present and going on a Roman Holiday!!  Just call me Anya 🙂

 

Getting back on the running horse

Guys, I’ve been terrible at posting here. Mainly because there hasn’t been much to post about. To say I’ve been slacking is an understatement! Everyday is a new day to make better choices and I really want to rock my next half and the NYCM! So I have no more time to goof off.

Lets rewind to last week when it got real hot real quick. I ran up north for a trail run but ended up just hiking/walking.

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I went around this lake that I fell in love with. It was a beautiful day and seriously being near any body of water makes me 235% happier!! It wasn’t long but it was a good little trip.

 

Then last Thursday, I ran the Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run with my coworkers for the 2nd year in a row. It’s a really cool event but man, this year was ROUGH! It was the hottest day of the year so far (106*) and we started off WAY too fast for me and never slowed down. Last year we tried to keep it all together and went really slow. This year, not so much. It was very defeating.  But we made it to the end.

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But it made me really want to progress and reminded me how little room for slacking/error I have! Time to get busy marathon training!!!

I was talking out loud at work and said I have to get real about marathon training, work 50 hours a week, sleep 8 hours a day and have a social life. Then I turned to my friend and asked, “is that even physically possible?” The answer is no!

Sleep is always the first to go and second is working out. Hmm…Actually all chores/errands are the FIRST thing to go! I’m still trying to juggle it all. So far it involves a lot of naps.

Monday, when I woke up I went over to my parents’ house since my brother came to visit! I love my brother; he’s super hilarious and I sure don’t get to hang out with him enough. We all went to dinner (going out to dinner has really become a problem…especially w/ my social life picking up 😉 not that I’m complaining!) Luckily I think I burned off some calories just laughing at my family’s antics!

Then home for a quick nap and then off to work! I worked OT from 0200-0600 and then went straight out for my run. Almost 8 miles (hey when I circles back around and got to my car and the clock said 7.75 I figured that was good enough! haha)

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More water!! It’s just better! Plus it really cooled down this week and I could not be more thankful. The longer I can go without having to run double digit miles in the triple digit degree heat the happier I will be!!

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It was a slow one today and I feel fine about it! I galloway’d it and ran 5 min walked 30-45 seconds. over and over for 7.75 miles.

Okay, time to get serious and keep track of everything with these posts! I want to remember everything about the NYCM and that includes training!!

NYCM is 7 Months Away!

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Whoa that month went by quick! I knew when I got into the marathon that even though I had 8 months till the big day, time was going to fly by and I had no time to slack off.

But then I kind of slacked off… It’s been an interesting month full of ups and downs and I learned a lot about health and life.

In terms of vacation plans, I already spoke to my aunt and I’m all set to stay with them for the weekend. I have a hotel in the city for just a couple nights. I have my plane ticket and my ticket for an actual BROADWAY SHOW! Guys, I’m beyond excited! I picked Dear Evan Hansen (I tried to justify spending the $$ for Hamilton but… nope I couldn’t go it.)

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I have all my workouts planned, now it’s just a matter of following through with them. And getting my eating back on track. I’ve been on vacation and even thought I stayed in town, I’ve had plenty of dinners out and really enjoying my time off. I always forget to take pictures but I did have a truly amazing dinner at Nobou at Teeter House in downtown Phoenix that was so indulgent and so worth it. But I did try and balance out my vacation with some outdoor activities and exercise.

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But I’m back in the swing of things at work and back at the comfort of a routine.

I have lots of goals! I’ve been running but it’s been a lot of easy runs and junk miles. I haven’t been pushing myself nearly enough and time if ticking away!

> I definitely want to work on my speed and get faster overall

> I want to get back into weights and strength training x2 a week

> I want to cross train x1 a week. Mostly yoga but cycling at least x1 a month

> I want to drop about 15 lbs before the marathon

7 months to go!!! I’m so so so excited for this race and I want to do it proud! 

Getting That Love of Running Feeling Back

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When I applied for my first marathon back in 2011, the St. George Marathon, even though there is a lottery, all Washington county residents were guaranteed acceptance, so I didn’t have a thing to worry about. In 2015, now a Maricopa county resident, I put in for the lottery and won! When they had the drawing for 2016, I put in and won! (But unfortunately couldn’t do the race that year after all.) My mom can’t get over how lucky I am. But getting into the NYC Marathon? I cannot honestly believe I made it.

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This racing season has not been an easy one for me. Lots of sickness and an injury and all around self doubt. I’ve been bored on my long runs with no motivation to stick it out or work harder. I’ve been in a major slump that has been growing exponentially with every bad (or missed) race.

But now? I’m so excited and motivated to hit the pavement again! I want to do well in NYC and I’m more than willing to do all the work that it takes to cross the NYCM finish line strong and proud.

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It’s such a great feeling to regain that love of running. To have a goal that I’m excited and have that fire in my butt again. I don’t want to lose focus this marathon training cycle so I’m going to do whatever it takes to keep this fire burning. There are a lot of places I can go so I’m not running the same old path every long run. I’m making a list now of all the trails in the valley- especially ones with hills since NYCM is a notoriously hilly/hard course. New music/books/podcasts saved special for runs. Sprints and fartlek and interval training runs. And maybe even through in some rewards for hard runs 🙂

There’s so much to do! Not only in regular old marathon training but in vacation planning and logistics of it all. There’s plenty of time to figure everything out but I cannot wait to get out there!!!

 

I’M GOING TO NEW YORK!!!!

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I’m running the NYC MARATHON!!!

 

Holy freaking cow, I’m shaking. All of my life, really, all of my life I’ve wanted to go to New York. I’ve wanted to BE in New York and running the New York City Marathon? I  mean it’s iconic. And I’m gonna run it! It’s absolutely insane!!

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These past few years, I’ve settled into half marathons. They’re long enough that I feel accomplished and short enough that I can walk the next day. I honestly didn’t think I was going to do a full again. They’re hard. I didn’t have the motivation to run for 4 hours on the weekend. To push myself to that breaking point. To train that hard & give up that much. Nah, I’ll stick to half marathons thankyouverymuch. 

BUT then I got the bug. When I saw that registration (or the lottery) was open for this years NYC marathon, I started to get excited for it. I talked to a friend that ran it in 2014 and she said it was her fav race and totally worth it. So I put in half hoping to get selected, half hoping I wouldn’t!

I started to get excited to run again. That excited feeling I got back in 2011 when I was training for my first marathon. The kind of excited that makes getting up literally in the middle of the night and running for hours all worth it. The kind of excited that will push me 26.2 freaking miles.

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It’s gonna be hard. The course is not easy. It’ll be crowded. It’ll be expensive but damn it, I am so so so excited!!!