And just like that, it became marathon season. The Marathon flags are up in Central Park. The air is crisp. The temperature has dropped quite significantly. I swear the trees shed their leaves almost overnight. Besides the fact that the change is seasons a part of life, for me, this change in climate is closely associate with the New York City Marathon. I’m currently in taper mode having run my hardest run last week, and only ran 16 this past weekend.
I always get butterflies around this time of year. Yes, I’ve run this race several times before but in my opinion it’s almost worse because I know exactly what (kind of pain) to expect. And now that I’m tapering and not running as much, I begin to worry that I didn’t do enough…even if I followed the training plan. And the worst thing I could do at this point is run more.
Having experienced some really tough long runs, I’ve been nervous about a few things: my right hip, my tendency to cry around mile 16, and my bowel movements (yes, I said it). My friends say I have nothing to worry about. I’m glad they believe in me, when I’m starting to question my efforts and training. I’m so grateful for the faith of my friends. Their faith carries me during times when I have none.
This past weekend was a really strong run. I was able to run 16 miles in under 2:40 and if I am able to replicate this, I am on track to set a PR at this year’s NYC Marathon. I owe the credit to my friends Nick, Lisa and her husband, Matt. They came out on a chilly Sunday morning to run with me.
When your faith is lacking, lean on the faith of your friends. It WILL carry you. My training period has been full of ups and downs, but I’ve never felt more ready.
In the spirit of Marathon Season and because the folks at Asics are amazing, I’m giving away a pair of the NEW Asics GEL-Kayano 21 to one reader. I love the GEL-Kayanos. I wore them last year when I set my marathon PR.