October 29th, 2014 - 7:45 am § in Marathon Training

Preparing for a Race (with travel)

I was lucky that my first marathon happened to be in my backyard. It was easy to prepare, I simply had dinner went about my normal routine as if I was just going out for a long run. This time though, things are a bit different…given I will be in a hotel and not in the comfort of my own home. It requires more planning and testing well in advance. My trial run in NYC was just a few weeks ago, and I did everything as I planned to do it this week.


Massage: Three days before, one day after

As I noted a few weeks ago, I tried out Body Mechanics Orthopedic Massage NYC. I don’t think I have ever felt like jelly after running 20 miles, in a good way. Beret is a runner herself, and certainly knows all the key areas that can be a bit “irritated” from all that use. Before jumping on the table, we sat and discussed specific issues I was having (again this was immediately after my run so there was a lot of stiffness), and she focused on my hips at my request. This wasn’t just your standard massage. There was this stretching element to it, that really got into those hard to reach spots. I recovered so quickly, that I was able to run on Tuesday as if I had done an easy five miles. I will be stopping by for a pre-run massage this week.

Yoga: Stretching, stretching, stretching

If I “rested” without doing anything for three days leading up to the race, I would probably gouge someone’s eyes out due to an increase in stress and anxiety. So I focus on lots of yoga days….and different kinds of yoga so that I can get into all the little tight spaces. I recently went to Studio 360 for a Vinyasa yoga flow. There are a few reasons I loved this yoga/cycle hybrid studio; one of which was the fact that they provide yoga mats and cycle shoes free of charge. Another, is the fact that the classes are small and you get one-on-one instruction. The class I attended was Sunday morning and with only two other people, it was practically private. I’ve got two classes picked out for this coming week.

Dinner: salt and carbs

At this point I know what is going to go down best, unfortunately, I don’t have the luxury of cooking at home. So I’ve scouted the restaurants that are nearby and selected three options for dinner. Though I’m angling for an invite to my besties… know who you are ;).

October 26th, 2014 - 8:50 pm § in Exercise, Marathon Training

Race Week Is Here!

After two really incredible stressful weeks where I was home for a total of five days, I am getting ready to hop on a plane again bound for NYC. While I am going early for work, I have to somehow remain focused on the fact that race day is Sunday. I have to be honest, [...][...]

October 13th, 2014 - 7:30 am § in Exercise, Marathon Training

Marathon Training Week 15

Like many runners I know I am very superstitious when it comes to my pre-run routine. The foods I eat, the way I lay out my clothes, down to what socks I am wearing and whether they match my outwear. All training I ran in conditions that most likely would not be the same as race [...][...]

October 6th, 2014 - 9:26 am § in Exercise, Marathon Training

Marathon Training Week 14

I’ve decided that all big birthdays should be accompanied by a big race. Once we hit October this week people started asking if I was ready….and my response was completely focused on the race. Explaining that my 20 miler was coming up and I was hinging my preparedness on how I felt durin[...]

September 29th, 2014 - 11:30 am § in Exercise, Marathon Training

Marathon Training Week 13

Week 13 of an 18 week plan probably isn’t the most appropriate time to make changes to your training routine, but when you are sitting in a doctor’s office explaining the pain you are feeling in your left IT band and your doctor says you are probably “heading toward a serious injur[...]

September 22nd, 2014 - 7:45 am § in Exercise, Marathon Training

Marathon Training Week 12

Last week was all about mental barriers. There could have been a lot of excuses about why I couldn’t train, and a lot of emotional crap was festering. It took a lot to get four full runs in this week, and that included stressing myself into a spiral on Saturday night…but it happened. W[...]

September 15th, 2014 - 10:30 am § in Marathon Training

Marathon Training Week 11

This week didn’t go exactly as planned, because….well life. For the last few weeks I have been comfortably busy at work, and then this past week was as if everyone came back to reality.  So my training schedule didn’t go as smoothly as I hoped, and my desire to increase my mileage[...]