I’m writing these words on January 28th. The 2019 New Jersey Marathon is three months from today. Holy hell. So far training has been… interesting. It feels a bit more isolating compared to training for NYC. That was such a big part of my everyday life: I was in a Facebook group for other marathon runners using NYRR’s Virtual Trainer. NYRR was all over my social media with tips, talks, and strategies about the race. I would get advice from friends who had run it. And I live in the city in which it takes place – as race day grew closer, I could watch the area surrounding the finish line being built on my Central Park runs.
For a little while now I’ve been thinking about composing a weekly write-up where I compile recent stories, articles, posts, and noteworthy items I’ve come across. I’ve seen a few other bloggers do something similar. What’s one more? There’s room for us all!
I tried thinking of some fun alliteration as a title. Friday Finds? Thursday Things to Read? Wednesday… Why Don’t You Read This? After several entire minutes thinking about it, I settled on Weekend Reads. Very catchy, I know! But this way I can post it on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday and it won’t be wrong.
I’ll probably keep these mostly fitness and health related, but who knows. Anything is possible. Enjoy!
Week 2 of my training for the New Jersey Marathon is in the books. This was week 2 of 16. Or, week 2 of “pre-training” before the main 12-week training block before the marathon. Whatever. I’m training. This was a down week in which I ran a little less than the previous two weeks. It also ended with a race!
A year ago, I ran my first half marathon: the 2018 Fred Lebow Manhattan Half. Like the non-profit organization Fred’s Team, it is named for Fred Lebow, a man so legendary he is, to the best of my knowledge, the only runner to have a statue in his likeness standing in Central Park.
I was living on Long Island last year. I drove an hour into the city for the race, just as I did for the 2017 Ted Corbitt 15K. I wasn’t sure how fast I could run a half, but I tried to maintain a pace I could hold comfortably while still feeling like a solid effort. I finished that race in 1:53:14 and felt pretty good about being able to hold an 8:39 pace in my first attempt at the distance.
My second marathon training cycle! It has arrived! At least, sort of. For the 2019 Novo Nordisk New Jersey Marathon (henceforth referred to as the NJ Marathon because I can’t write all those words every time), I’ll be following the plan created by my running club, the New York Harriers. Their marathon training plan is 12 weeks long, but because my last marathon training plan was 16 weeks – and January 7 marked 16 weeks to the NJ Marathon – I’ve already begun thinking that I am officially “training.”
My running/blogging pal Chelsea over at The Dancing Runner recently posted something about how much she loves getting up early, which led me to think about how I love it too, which led me to write this post.
Some of you may not be morning people and do your best work at night. That’s great, and you should keep doing that if that works best for you. But for those who WANT to get out of bed in the morning but struggle with it, I thought I’d share my tips.
This might be the first time I’ve signed up for a race and, five minutes before I was to head out the door, stopped and said, “Why am I doing this?”
In the moment, it seemed like a dumb idea. And not just because it was raining, and it was dark out, and it was also not warm out which is especially bad when it is also raining and also dark out. But mostly because the race began at midnight, and I – party animal that I am – am usually in bed by 10:30. Then I read in bed for 15 to 20 minutes (my phone is strictly not allowed in my bedroom) before I can no longer keep my eyes open and then turn the light out before 11. I get up early every day of the week. This system has been working very nicely.