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The $500 Marathon

In case you haven’t heard the news, today is the deadline to choose your Resolution Option for the New York City Marathon.

After giving us a very long window of time (read: 2 weeks) in which to make this decision, NYRR has ominously declared that if a participant fails to choose something today, he or she will forfeit all claims to one of these options. There’s no default choice for those who don’t respond — you either pick something by the deadline, or you’re out $250.

Seems a bit harsh, but hey — this is an unprecedented situation. And despite all the restrictions around it, I really do appreciate the fact that we were actually given options instead of being told that we had to accept one resolution.

In case you haven’t been following the news or aren’t a misplaced NYCM-er yourself, here are the 4 options we were presented with. Basically, you could get a refund, defer your entry to a later race or use the fee to guarantee your spot in the NYC Half. The key thing to note here is that the 2012 entry fee holds your spot only. It does not apply to the costs of any of these future races.

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I really want to run the New York City Marathon. I want to be a part of that 26.2 mile celebration through the streets of one of my favorite cities. I want to know that I am out there racing with (okay, fine – behind) some of the world’s greatest marathoners. I want all of that…someday.

Dsc05618NYCM Cheering 2011 — Yes, I know…you’ve seen this picture thousands of times between Ali’s, Emily’s, and my blog. But I like it. So there’s that…

But not in 2013.

Yesterday I officially selected my resolution option. Truthfully it was a pretty easy decision. One that didn’t require a second thought.

I asked NYRR for my money back.

And at the same time, I signed the following waiver, giving up all right I have to ever running the marathon again, along with my first born child:

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The key line: “I hereby waive any right I may have or claim to Guaranteed Entry into the 2013 or any future ING New York City Marathon as a result of my cancellation of my entry in the 2012 Marathon or the cancellation of the event itself.”

Which I’m assuming means that I simply expressed my understanding that by getting the refund, I do not qualify for the guaranteed entry resolution option anymore. However, the inclusion of that “or any future ING New York City Marathon” line sort of seems to suggest that this decision may disqualify me from ever getting a guaranteed entry (i.e. time-qualified) into NYCM. Maybe I’m reading it wrong, but it just seems a little strange to tack on such an ominous (and ambiguous) sounding phrase at the end. (thoughts??)

Either way, I will not be running NYCM this year. It seems as though they will not be accepting time qualifications for 2013 in order to make room for all these extra entries (they’ve taken down their guaranteed entry page). So even if I ran really fast all year and significantly dropped my half or full marathon time, I wouldn’t be unable to guarantee myself a spot.

That is all just fine by me. And here’s why:

1.) No matter how you look at it, $255 is a lot of money for a marathon. I shelled out the cash originally because, well, it’s New York. A race that is on many runner’s bucket lists. A race that I want to do at least once in my lifetime. Plus, the fact that I spent half of 2012 injured may have had something to do with my motivation as well…

Had I selected to defer my entry, that $255 would not go toward an entry fee — it would simply be reserving my spot. When the time came to register again, I’d have to shell out another $250+ (prices will only continue to rise each year) in order to receive a bib for that year’s race.

So when all is said and done, I’d be spending over $500 to run a marathon. That’s just not an expense I can justify, no matter how prestigious the race.

2.) Maybe (maybe) if I lived in New York and had put in a lot of time, money and effort to qualify through the 9+1 program, I would have been persuaded to defer. I know people who devoted an entire year of racing in order to get into NYCM. It would be really hard to face the fact that I had essentially done all that for nothing…and would have to go through the process all over again if I wanted guaranteed entry. I don’t know how much those races end up costing in the end, but I suppose the cost a member of NYRR pays to enter the marathon could be worth it to hold a spot.

[Edited to add: I’m an idiot. NYRR canceled the “3 times, you’re in” lottery option last year. I apologize. I should have been better at checking the facts before I wrote about it. I’m not going to delete this next point in order to preserve the integrity of my original post, but please feel free to disregard it. Thank you to those who updated me with the correct information!]

3.) Even if I don’t ever qualify for NYCM’s time standards (whatever they end up being after this year), there’s still the lottery option. It costs $11 to enter the lottery. So according to how things have been done in the past, if I entered for 3 years in a row and got denied all 3 years, I’d receive a guaranteed entry the next year**. That’s $33 (and a few years of waiting) for a guaranteed entry spot, which, last I checked is way less than $250.

**This is all assuming that they continue to offer this option in future years. Maybe not a good assumption, but I guess only time will tell…**

4.) Finally, to be completely honest, NYRR isn’t exactly at the top of my list right now. Most of my love and excitement for this marathon has faded over the past several months. NOT because the race was canceled (I don’t want to bring that up again, but in case you’re interested, I discussed my feelings on that here), but because of how they handled everything around the decision. I realize there were a lot of politics and logistics involved in the cancellation and resulting resolution options but that doesn’t mean that NYRR couldn’t have made it a priority to communicate with the thousands of individuals who spent tons of time and money preparing for this race.

From not canceling the marathon until the Friday before, not sending out an official email announcing that decision until the next morning, and then keeping the runners in the dark for months, NYRR seriously needs to work on their communication skills. No matter how much crap and politics surrounded each decision, there’s something to be said for open, honest, and timely communication with the very people who support your organization. The lack of such has left a bad taste in my mouth — and has made me hesitant about forking over close to $300 to run the marathon anytime soon.

Anyway, I realize not everyone will agree with me. And, as I said above, I realize that NYRR was not required to give us a choice. It may not have been the best for their already tarnished image, but they could’ve kept the money or simply required all of us to use our fee to hold a spot in a future race. I’m thankful that I got the opportunity to request a refund.

Which is why I want to hear from you! What do you think of these options? Fair? Will you be running NYCM 2013? Some of you may not have even thought twice about using the $250 to guarantee your spot in a future year. I’m very curious about what most people decided to do and why.

Closed Door. Open Window.

Last time we all “chatted,” I was on my way to NYC to run the ING New York City Marathon. A marathon that never ended up happening. The race was called off around 5:30 on Friday evening — less than 48 hours before it was scheduled to start.  But you all know this already.

What you may NOT know, however, is that I still ran a marathon last weekend. Just not one that I had trained or prepared for.  And honestly? It was amazing.

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A weekend that started off with so much negativity and guilt became something encouraging and inspirational. It made me fall back in love with running — and the running community — all over again.

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But let’s back up a little bit, shall we?

It seems crazy to me that it was only a week ago when Sandy wreaked havoc on the East Coast and tore up the Mid-Atlantic. When the disaster first struck, I didn’t think it would be possible for NYCM to go on. But as the week progressed, Mayor Bloomberg and Mary Wittenberg insisted that the city could pull it off. Not only that, but they felt it would be the unifying, celebratory event that the city needed. AND it would be the symbolic start of a campaign to raise money for recovery efforts. They dubbed it the Race to Recover, pledged $2.6 million dollars along with their sponsors, and encouraged every runner to make a donation of $26.20 to the cause.

Obviously the race did not turn into the positive symbol of a resilient New York that the leaders were hoping for. Instead it became a source of anger and division. I wrote my post about traveling down to NYC on Thursday morning; published it Thursday evening. I’m sure you could sense the general lack of excitement about NYC…which had only continued to decrease in the time after I had written the post. Whether you agree with it or not, I had decided to head into the city, despite growing less excited about the race by the minute.

What I didn’t really know was that while I was traveling, the outcry against the marathon was reaching new heights. A petition to call off the marathon that had less than 1,000 signatures on Thursday suddenly gained over 30,000 supporters. The cover of the New York Post showed the generators that were to be used for the marathon sitting idly in the park — which caused an even greater controversy. I didn’t know all of this, but I did know that running the race didn’t feel right. I told Evan that I had a really bad feeling about the marathon and almost broke down at a rest stop along the way. I was wracked with guilt. And I certainly didn’t want me running a marathon to be seen as a frivolous “parade” that caused more pain, despair, and division in a city that was already torn apart.

I was boarding the train when I got the text from Ali: “it’s canceled” was all she said. I thought it had to be a joke…a stupid rumor. They couldn’t cancel the race on Friday night, when so many runners had already gotten into the city. The train was pulling up and I had no time to think. So we boarded. And I searched the internet for answers.

When the news was confirmed, I didn’t know how to feel. Shock was the first emotion that overtook me and then, as the numbness faded…relief. I firmly believe that canceling the marathon was the right decision. No race should be run under those circumstances. Not with the area still struggling to recover from the damage, and certainly not with that level of protest against it. I was glad I no longer had to make the decision whether to run or not. It had been made for me.

But of course, that didn’t erase the frustration. The race should’ve been canceled early in the week — not on Friday night. (Side note: NYRR didn’t send out an official email informing participants of the decision until Saturday morning…less than 24 hours before NYCM was supposed to start). And it did nothing to ease the guilt. It seemed the second the cancellation was announced, some very vocal individuals were taking to social media saying “GOOD! Now use your able bodies to volunteer! Donate all the money you would’ve spent at the expo for hurricane relief!” As if Sunday morning was the only time people could volunteer or donate. As if one day was all the city and surrounding areas needed to get back on their feet…

Volunteering time, donating resources and money are wonderful things. Some amazing things happened in NYC over the weekend and it was so inspiring to hear stories of runners who ran anyway, helping the relief efforts with volunteer or donation runs.

But everyone copes with tragedies in different ways. While I believe in the importance of giving back, I do not feel as though anyone should be guilted into it. Or vilified for wanting to run a marathon they’ve trained for.

{This is not to say that people didn’t have a right to be angry that NYCM was still going on…just that I don’t think that anger should’ve been taken out on the runners.}

Runners run. That’s what we do. It’s who we are. And so on Saturday morning, when Ali woke up with an alternative plan, I was on the same page. No, I wasn’t devastated that NYCM had been canceled. Compared to what people have lost this week, a failed marathon is nothing. But this was the second failed marathon I had trained for this year. A race that I had dedicated to my father, who is currently recovering from one knee surgery and is scheduled to go to the Cleveland Clinic at the end of this week to talk about another. The man who helped instill the passion for running in me. Who taught me that running is not just a sport — it’s a way of life.

Paul falmouth 97Dear Dad – love the shorts

Our plans came together in about 0.2 seconds. We emailed the race director of the Manchester City Marathon who responded almost immediately to let us know we could register at the expo. We called Ali’s parents, who just so happened to live about 30 minutes from the start of the race and were happy to take us in. We (easily) talked Emily into booking a flight to Manchester. And then Evan and I packed up our bags and headed out of the city…less than 24 hours after we arrived.

We knew nothing about the course other than the fact that it was described as “hilly” and “challenging.” We had all woken up Saturday morning dehydrated from drinking too much wine the night before. We spent the entire day before a marathon in the car. We didn’t have a spectating plan, or a parking plan, or pace plans.

But you know what? It was perfect.

MCM_mile18_1Mile 18 of a windy, hilly course and still smiling

We ran with many other displaced NYCMers — some wearing their shirts. People were out cheering and supporting each other. Family and friends were there supporting us. And one of us ran a huge PR…a time that I don’t even think she really believed she was capable of until she saw it on the clock.

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In the end, it was exactly the weekend the three of us needed.

I realized that New York and the surrounding areas have a long way to go in terms of recovery. People are still without power, water, heat…homes. My heart breaks for them. I can’t even begin to imagine what they are going through. I know that I’m lucky to even have the choice to run something that seems so frivolous as a race. And so I’m doing what I can to help alleviate some of the immediate needs.

But I also know that running is an inherently positive thing. And I can’t even being to express how much my heart loved runners on Sunday. For us, it’s about more than one race. It’s a testament to the human spirit. The desire to become better. To unite together for one purpose and inspire each other to keep going. It’s about a community.

And I love our running community. I love how runners coped with the news of the marathon cancellation — whether going out and signing up for another marathon in the coming weeks or running in Central Park anyway. We know that there is more to life than one marathon. But we are also determined to never (ever) stop running. Life just wouldn’t be the same without it.

Race recap to come! But I will leave you with this: I discovered on Sunday that I am nothing if not consistent. Three marathons, three 3:18s on the clock. The course, my training, the race conditions were different for each one. And yet I still somehow run the same time.

Which means that it’s time to get my act together, get serious about training and go for broke. I’m so excited that I came back from injury with sub-optimal training and essentially tied my PR on a much harder course.

But that 3:18 needs to go.

Which means that spring marathon plans are already in the works…

NYCM: Pre-Race Thoughts

It’s been weird this week. Thinking that I may or may not be running a marathon on Sunday. Wondering if, after everything that’s happened, I even want to… 

I’m sure you’ve all heard by this point that the New York City Marathon will be proceeding as scheduled this Sunday. I’m also pretty sure that all of you have a strong opinion about it. There are a lot of emotions surrounding this decision…many of them negative (just a quick look through the comments on this article should give you an idea). And honestly – I can see both sides. I certainly don’t envy those who had to make the final call. But since I don’t live in New York and was one of the lucky individuals on the East Coast who did not suffer from the impacts of Hurricane Sandy on Sunday/Monday, I will refrain from passing judgement here.

My opinion doesn’t really matter that much anyway. All I know is that despite the backlash this decision has created, I need to trust that if Mayor Bloomberg and NYRR have decided that holding the marathon is safe and does not impede on recovery efforts, than I am not the person to question it. That doesn’t mean my heart isn’t going out to all of those who have been displaced, have lost love ones, financial resources or possessions. And it also doesn’t mean that I can’t use my dollars to donate to the recovery efforts. But it does mean that since the people in charge have decided that the race will go on, I will be running it. 

At this point, I’m trying to just go with the flow when it comes to the logistics of the weekend, such as figuring out transportation into the city and to the start. Things seem to be changing all the time, and I know it’s going to be even more difficult to get to the starting line this year than in the past. I can’t say that I’m looking forward to that aspect of the weekend.

Anyway, that’s a whole lot of babble about the marathon from someone who said she wasn’t going to get into it. I know not everyone agrees with the decision to run the race, and I’m sorry if you feel that it’s insensitive that I do so. But the fact of the matter is that the marathon is being held on Sunday whether I’m there or not. So I plan to go, support NYC with my money and show the city some love. I guess I just don’t see what me not running out of “principle” or to “make a stand” would really do…?

My running this week has been pretty minimal. So far, I’ve run a total of 9 slow, Garmin-less miles (5 yesterday and 4 today) along with 5 or so striders each day. As usual, my legs were achy and leaden. Every little tweak feels like a major injury about to happen. Why is it that these short easy runs during race week are often the most painful? Happens every time…

Tomorrow morning Evan and I will be making the trip down to Manhattan. I have no idea how long it will take us to get there, but we are fortunate to have the entire day free for travel. Hopefully we’ll be able to go to the expo on Friday afternoon/evening and then have Saturday free for any last minute race plans.

On marathon day, I will be in Orange Wave #1, Bib 11300 in case you want to track me (it’s not free to track by text/social media, but you can track runners online the day of the race). But if I was unsure about my goals for the marathon going into this week, I’m at a complete and utter loss right now. All I know for sure is that this race will be a once in a lifetime-type experience.

It doesn’t really seem to matter much anyway. For the past several weeks, all I’ve been thinking about are my strategies for this race, my priorities for the marathon, and how I plan to run each and every section. Now? It all seems sort of silly. I know myself. I know that I am not a person who can show up to a race and just run it slowly, for fun. But I also know that I need to be realistic. So, I plan on going out there and running the smartest race I possibly can (starting out sloooooow and easy), as fast as I possibly can under the circumstances. I don’t really know what that means. But I’m hoping it’ll get me to the starting line in one piece.

 

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.

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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!

 

Taper Confessions

I have used this marathon training cycle as an excuse to give up on all forms of strength training. I know this is dumb and I really have no excuse (other than laziness, that is). Not only does regular strength training help running, but I’m not even running enough miles per week to justify cutting it out.

These days, the only type of upper body strength exercises I’m doing is carrying my handheld water bottle on long runs (same thing, right…?).

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To make up for my pancake flat run last week, for this week’s long run I chose one of the hilliest routes by my house. Just for comparison, last week I started out at 3 feet above sea level and climbed a grand total of 107 feet over the course of 20ish miles. This week I started around 840 feet and climbed 1,236 feet over the course of 14.5 miles.

Second 15ish miles of my run in Florida (I re-started the watch after the first 5.5). Those tiny peaks are bridges…

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vs….. 14.5 miles in Vermont.

Elevation 14 5 miles

On the bright side, it also meant I got to run down over 1,000 feet. Can’t complain about that!

And although those hills seemed to grow in my absence, I stand by what I said before — hills and cool air over flat and humidity any day! Maybe it’s because I’m finally getting used to this particular type of torture. More likely, it’s because the entire run was perfect. High 50s, a mix of sun and clouds, country roads, mountain views, falling leaves…in short, my running paradise.

Alysons Orchard_1Okay, so this isn’t really from my run. But it’s fall in New England…and I like it.

In the past, my love for running and my love for training have always gone hand-in-hand. If one was down, the other would be too. These days, however, my love for running far outweighs my love for actual training. My love for running increased dramatically after the knee injury. My love for training – not so much. Maybe it was too much, too soon. Maybe I’m just burned out on marathons. Regardless, it’s made me re-evaluate many of my running goals for 2013.

Related: I have dreaded my long runs this marathon training cycle. This one is especially tough to admit, since long runs are the building blocks of training. And if you hate doing them, why train for a marathon (great question)?? Unfortunately, for the past several months most of my long runs have been really tough — physically and mentally. Until yesterday’s. It was (by far!) the best long run I’ve had during my entire time of training. I ran completely by feel and felt so strong the entire way. Where has this girl been for the past few months? It was almost enough to make me fall in love with marathons again…almost.

Whenever I hear anything about the hills in the New York City Marathon, there’s this tiny snotty voice in the back of my mind that scoffs and says: “clearly they don’t train in Vermont!” Obviously I have no right to feel this way…seeing as I’ve only lived here for a few months and am still not very good at running up those things. I have a feeling I’m going to regret this attitude in a few weeks. So yes, you all can laugh at me and roll your eyes when I complain about how long the climb up the Queensboro bridge felt…or the endless seeming hills through Central Park. Everything feels harder during a marathon.

This past weekend, the Conkey men invaded Vermont for “Horror Movie Weekend.” We basically did nothing but watch scary movies (including the new Paranormal Activity 4 – go see it!!) for 3 days straight. Which means I’ve gotten about 0 hours of sleep ever since. Not exactly the best preparation for a long run.

Conkeys_horror movie weekend

But one benefit of being unemployed: there’s no real pressure to fit in a long run over the weekend if the timing doesn’t work out (or if I’m sleep deprived). Yesterday I ran 14.5 miles on a Monday afternoon, just because I could. And it was amazing.

I am convinced that one of our cats has made it his mission in life to suffocate me during the night. I can’t even tell you how many times in the past couple of weeks I’ve woken up to find him lying on my chest (combine that with the horror movie fest above, and you can see why I’ve gotten no sleep lately). When he’s not on my chest, he has taken to sleeping in other super uncomfortable, inconvenient positions.

IMG 1703This is no tiny cat, either…

I hate ice baths. Hate them. Outside of the torture I received in those metal tubs in the trainer’s office during college, I’ve taken maybe 2 ice baths in my entire running career. I can’t say that this is necessarily the best strategy, and I know some of you swear by them. But now that the temperature is dropping, the last thing I want to do after a run is sit in a tub for 20 minutes while freezing and wet. I much prefer recovery methods that involve dry clothes and warmth.

Luckily I get to try out a new type of recovery aid this time around. I’ve had e-stim in the past with great results, but I haven’t actually used the Compex unit enough to be able to say for sure whether it makes a big difference (stay tuned). But I do know that I’ll take twitching muscles over freezing baths any day.

compex procompressionCompex e-stim + Pro Compression + liquid carbs = recovery perfection

I haven’t actually thought much about how it’s going to feel to run Ragnar less than a week after completing NYCM. I mean…I know it’s happening. I just haven’t really let it all sink in. At this point I’m thinking denial is the way to go. I won’t let my legs think about the fact that they have to race again so soon after the marathon until I arrive in Vegas.

I think it is impossible to go into a big race without any goals whatsoever. That being said, my goals for NYCM are more in terms of “Priority A,” “Priority B,” etc, instead of being related to any specific times. 

Although I am excited to run the New York City Marathon, I have to admit that I’m even more excited for the pre/post-race festivities: a sleepover with Emily and Ali and a mini reunion with some of my teammates from HTC. Those things alone are worth going to NYC for.

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On that note: Does anyone have any great New York City Marathon posts to share? I want to read about it and get myself pumped up! And if you are running the marathon, you should read this post: Why the New York Marathon Is the Best Marathon in the World. While I can’t really support her claim yet (and not sure if I ever will…Boston has such a big place in my heart), it’s the perfect post to get you excited about NYCM.

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