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.

Hat: Everysport Cap Top: NYC Marathon Thermopolis Hoody

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.


Asics GEL-Kayano 21

How To Enter: Leave a comment below telling me what size and color of Asics GEL-Kayano 21 running shoes you’d like to try. You can find all of them here on the Asics website. Open to Lean Girls (and Guys). One entry per person. Contest will run until Friday, October 31 at 10 am EST. Good luck!

Disclaimer: Asics has provided me with a free pair of GEL-Kayano 21 to share with you fine people. Thank you, Asics!

  • The marathon is so close. So exciting!! 🙂 I’d like to try the purple with yellow ones! in a 7.5

  • Chelsea

    I know you will rock this next Marathon. You are so inspiring that I am starting my work outs next week :). I would love the pink ones with the yellow laces in a size 7 if I win :). Yay Asics contest!

  • Whoo hooo! Check you out. You’ll be great with this marathon. Can’t wait to read about it.

    I would love to try the Pink Asics called “lite show” and I’m a 9.5! These seem like great sneakers for me to run in for the NYC Half!


  • Mikaela Wolf

    You will rock this marathon and are a true inspiration. I finally started working out again with a trainer and feel better each week. I would love a pair just like the one pictured here, blue with pink laces, in a size 8. Good luck for the marathon. Can’t wait to read about it here. 🙂

  • Meghamn

    This is my first Marathon and your page has been awesome to have for insight! I just had my last long run as well, I cant wait for Nov 2! 🙂 Good Luck! I would love to try the teal and pink, I’m a 6.5!

  • Wendy

    You’re gonna rock this!! Inspirational! I’m scared to run 1 marathon, much less run a marathon multiple times. ahah.

    I would love to try the Kayano-21 in white/pink/green! soo cute! size 7.

  • Simran

    I would love to try the blue and pink Asics ( the same as pictured above) and I am a size 11.

  • Evann Clingan

    I love the 2014 TCS New York City Marathon pair! Size 8 🙂

  • Brandy

    Love the pink and blue pair pictured above in 8.5. Good luck on seeing your PR! You’ll do great!!

  • Jen Stark

    LOVEEEEE the special NYC Marathon pair of course. This is my first NYC marathon! My running will mark 30 years from when my dad ran it. I’m so proud to keep this tradition going! Cannot wait to get to the expo and shop. Hardest part will be deciding what not to buy! [Size 8 btw]

  • Myra Sabolesky

    My first NYC Marathon! So excited. You are going to do amazing! If I were lucky enough to win I would want a size 8.5 in the all black.

  • I would LOVE to try the new Asics Gel-Kayano 21 in a size 10.5 in the charcoal/sharp green/purple combo-LOVE!!!! You rock and good luck girl!

    • Congrats to you @sarah_matheny:disqus! You are the winner!!! Please send an email to grace at leangirlsclub dot com to claim your prize.

  • Lu

    Hot Pink! Size 7.5!

  • Elizabeth

    GEL-Kayano® 21 NYC (BABY!!) the blue and red one 🙂 size 8!!

  • Laura Rose

    I would absolutely love to try the HOT PINK Gel-Kayano 21 LITE-SHOW running sneakers in a size 8.5! Then I can get my run on at 5am, AND 9pm. 🙂

  • Kayla Kleinman

    Love the light blue ones and NYC Marathon ones in 7.5!

  • I can’t imagine running 16 miles. I just set a personal record of 2.25 miles recently. My running struggle is serious but I am not giving up! I am sure you will do great, can wait to hear about it.

    GEL-Kayano 21 Lite-Show, 8.5

    Pink/Lite/Safety Yellow

  • Rose Itzcovitz

    I know that I already won something from you, but I have to try for this!! I’m size 7.5, and I love the ones pictured above, as well as the bright pink Gel-Kayano 21 Lite-Show. Go girl!!

  • Laura Commins

    I have to say that you are such an inspiration to me. I have actually honestly been thinking about setting a goal of running one 5k next year and I have never ran/jogged/walked a race in my life. As far as shoe size… I am an 8. I like the Kayano Gel NYC ones. 🙂 You are gonna rock the NYC Marathon!

  • Elle

    This is such an amazing giveaway. Thank you for the chance and good luck in your next race!
    I’d love the color shown above (blue/pink) in a size 10.5.
    prettyinhotpink6 at gmail dot com

  • usnamom2014

    Love the GEL-Kayano® 21 NYC Color: New York/City/2014 size 8.5 – Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Shana Skaletsky

    Oh, I need new running shoes for when I get back to logging miles (I’m healing from an almost stress fracture

  • tweetyscute

    I would love to get these for my husband. Size 11
    GEL-KAYANO 21 LITE-SHOW yellow

  • Birdiebee

    I love the Women’s Gel-Kayano in Powder Blue/White/Hot Pink, Size 10.

  • I would go with the Men’s Lite-Show in a size 11.

  • Tiffay Tiff

    Thank you for hosting this giveaway, Grace!! Good luck next Sunday and maybe I’ll bump into you!!
    (Women’s Gel-Kayano 21 in White/Hot Pink/Emerald Size 7.5, please?!)

  • Linda

    I’d love a size 10 1/2 of the pretty light blue/dark blue/pink combination that is pictures above. Thank you for having this really great giveaway.

  • Leah Sorensen

    Good luck in the NYC marathon!! You’re going to totally rock it! I’d love to have the Gel-Kayano 21 Lite-Show Asics (the pink with yellow laces) in a size 10.

  • Keith Brown

    Hi Grace,
    Looking forward to hearing how you rock your next race. I’d love to try pair of the Lite Show in size 10 mens or a matching pair of the same in 24.5cm for my darling wife. She isn’t a marathoner yet but new pair of shoes might push her over to our side.

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  • Ken C

    Good luck in the NYC Marathon.

    Need the Womens GEL-Kayano 21, T4H7N, Size 9 in Blue with Pink Laces
    for my sweetie 🙂

  • Ruth Christensen

    You are awesome. Would love to win the Womens size 9 GEL-Kayano 21 in Blue with the cute pink laces

  • Sara Sellitto

    You’ll do great! NYC seems like such an iconic race how can you not have a good time? I’d love to rock the Lite-Show hot pink with yellow laces of course! (size 9.5) I may or may not already be planning what outfits to wear with them 🙂

  • So excited to cheer for you on Sunday. You know I wish I could be there along the course, but maybe that’d make you cry so it’s probably good I’ll be tracking you from Denver!

    This is a super awesome giveaway! I instantly gravitated to the NYC edition – is that allowed? I think I’d wear a 9.5. (crossing my fingers!)

  • AmandaSakovitz

    I am loving the blue in size 9.5 Thank you for the chance!
    pokergrl8 at

  • Vilay Everyday

    You inspire me! I’m so excited to see you race. I wanna wear the NYC colorway, sz 7

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