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Marathon Week: Surviving the Storm

In case you haven’t heard the news, it’s NYCM Week Hurricane Sandy week! So far things have been relatively calm up in Vermont…weather-wise, anyway. I don’t think we’ll be getting hit nearly as hard as all of you down in DC/NYC/NJ. But after the devastating effects of Irene up here last year, I think it’s pretty safe to say that everyone is a little on edge. We’ll see what happens when the wind and rain start picking up later this evening.

I hope those of you who are getting hit right now are staying safe, warm, and dry. Yesterday, we prepared for the hurricane by buying a few essentials.

…or technically I should say Evan went out to buy the essentials.

hurricane essentialsWe won’t be able to cook anything or get water if the power goes out. Since carbs are essential this week, I had to make sure I was able to carbo-load somehow…even if that means drinking them.

…while I ran 9 miles. But considering the huge event that’s coming up this weekend, I’d say that was just as important of a task.

So now my final “long” run has been completed. Our dishes are clean. The laundry is done. We have extra water, carbs, board games and fully charged Kindles. All that’s left to do is relax and ride out the storm.

…both the one caused by mother nature and that which is the result of taper crazies + PMS’ing. (Sorry, TMI?) The {ontherun}house is not the most relaxing place to be this week.

For the rest of the week, I’ll be trying to stay sane and avoid annoying Evan and my sister as much as possible by focusing on a concrete list of marathon “to-dos.”

Things like…

Testing out new marathon gear. {This is the Saucony AM Run Cap in case you’re interested. I want one in every color.}

saucony capI heart sweat…and Ali

Rocking compression like it’s my job.

procompression&miragesPro Compression + brand new Mirage 2s…I may have a small obsession with green running gear.

Officially starting Operation: Leave No Carb Behind. Yesterday we made marinara sauce, homemade bread, and apple crisp, so I think I’m off to a pretty decent start. The plan for the next few days is to gradually increase the amount of carbohydrates I’m eating while still focusing on getting enough protein and healthy fats. As the week goes on, my overall intake of simple carbohydrates will increase while my consumption of fruits/veggies/other high fiber foods goes down.

Shouldn’t be too hard to do, seeing as all my favorite foods are carbs.


Figuring out my race day outfit. Obviously it’ll be heavy on the green and pink, but I still haven’t quite decided what top I’ll be running in yet. I guess we’ll wait and see how Sandy affects things for this weekend before I make the final call. It’s a good thing NYC is within driving distance, because I’m pretty sure I’ll be bringing a suitcase the size of a raft.

Reading race recaps and watching NYCM videos. Ali posted this one the other day and has promised me another showing on the big screen Friday night. If you’re running on Sunday, I highly recommend watching this. It’ll definitely get you excited.

The Road To The Finish from StoryView on Vimeo.

Obsessing over Writing down marathon goals and pacing plans. I plan to actually post about this later in the week, but it’s been difficult for me to actually figure out real goals for the race on Sunday (well, besides: “Don’t trash your legs before Ragnar Vegas”). You know how they say “The hay is in the barn” when you get to the taper period…? Well, my hay may be in there, but that doesn’t mean I feel confident I have enough. Although I’ve completed some great tempo runs and hill workouts, my overall weekly mileage and long run mileage were not really as high as they should’ve been. And I honestly don’t know what that means for the marathon. It sure would be nice if I had a little crystal ball I could look into to tell me my ideal race plan…

Trying not to freak out over marathon nightmares. Last night I dreamt that I finished the race in over 6 hours. I kept thinking “this has to be wrong!” when I looked at the time. Except that it was dark and everyone was gone when I got to the finish line. And then I couldn’t find my way back to Ali’s apartment, so I wandered aimlessly around the city for hours. Very productive race day visualization I’ve got going on over here…

Putting together my list of marathon pump-up songs. I don’t usually listen to my iPod for an entire marathon, but I do like having it to help with focus or motivation when I’m struggling. At this point I’ve been listening to the same old list of songs for every single long run this summer. Changing up my music is one of those never-fail pump up strategies for me.

Buying my ticket to Vegas. I’ll be celebrating my NYCM finish with a 24-hour party…relay style. The only problem is that I haven’t actually gotten myself a flight yet…despite knowing about this race for months now. Have I mentioned that I have a small problem with procrastination?

Putting my feet up. It can be hard to relax when the nerves are kicking in. But no amount of training that I do this week could actually help my marathon performance (in fact, extra running would only hinder it). So even though I have lots of extra nervous energy to run off, I’m focusing on getting 8 hours of sleep and spending more time on the couch.

The one upside to this nasty weather is that it makes it easier to be inside. So if it means I miss a planned run or two, so be it. Bring on the rest. Come Sunday, I want these legs to be rarin’ to go!


12 Responses to Marathon Week: Surviving the Storm

  1. WOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    That’s all I’ve got. CAN’T WAIT.
    Ali´s last post ..My New York City Marathon Playlist

  2. Just watched that video and I got goosebumps! So excited to be running on Sunday, thanks for sharing. Good luck!
    Jenny´s last post ..Weekly Recap: October 22-28

  3. SO EXCITED!!! Hoping this storm doesn’t get crazy up there. I just keep checking the marathon website and glad to see it’s still on. :-)

    So what’s the story with the marathon and then relay? Somehow I missed this. I knew you were running in a relay but I didn’t realize it was this close together. I’ve always wanted to do a relay. Someday!!

    Btw- I love all the green running gear! I hope the rest of your week goes well and you are spared from Sandy’s worst. Enjoy those carbs!
    Tia @ Arkansas Runner Mom´s last post ..Ready for NYC Marathon: It’s TRICKY!!

  4. I’m really excited for you!! I hope that this last week goes by quickly and stress-free!

    I love the picture of your dog sleeping, so cute!

    I think we are meant to be relay teammates since I ran my first marathon a month ago and then ran Reach the Beach two weeks later (and a half marathon this past Saturday).
    Jamie @ couchtoironwoman´s last post ..Cape Cod Half Marathon Race Recap

  5. Ahhh, your dog has the longest limbs ever! Kind of like a sloth (I mean that in the most complimentary way possible). Good luck on Sunday!
    Jean´s last post ..Race Down Toilsome Hill

  6. I swear our dogs were seperated at birth. My boxer spent hurricane day in that exact position, perfectly perched on a pillow on the couch :)
    Sounds like you’re fully prepped for this weekend, have a great race!!

  7. Your dog is the cutest! Hope the hurricane didn’t do any harm and all is ok!
    Nina´s last post ..A Lovely Fall Run

    • Thank you very much! We were lucky in VT to not get any real negative impacts from the storm. My heart goes out to all of those who were impacted…the scenes of the devastation are heartbreaking.

  8. Have you ran NYCM before? if not you’re in for a treat! I loveeeed it last year!
    all the lime green=super cute!
    my favorite thing to do during pre-race week is pick out my race outfit! :)
    have a great time resting & carbing and GOOD LUCK this weekend!
    Lizzy´s last post ..Back-to-Back racing…another Half-Marathon Re-cap :)

    • Thanks! This will be my first! And after everything that has happened, I’m sure it’s going to be very different this week than it’s been in the past…

  9. Good luck this weekend!! I absolutely love the lime green – my favorite color! You’ll definitely stand out in the crowd! Can’t wait to hear how it all went!
    Emma Green´s last post ..Finger Treadmill Free App

  10. Good luck on Sunday Lauren! Hopefully everything will go just fine in terms of race logistics. I am totally with you in terms of new music as race pump up…just knowing that there will be something to listen to other than the 30 songs that are in regular rotation is motivation enough :)
    Robyn´s last post ..I Feel the Need…

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