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Post NYC Marathon Reflections

Posted Nov 04 2009 10:06pm

 

Wow it is really hard to reflect on the marathon and running because I feel like I have a million thoughts!

Huge thanks for all the sweet comments!

I am feeling better, I think I am on the tail end of it today.  I was never on my death bed or anything, but it was the first real illness I have had in years.  And yes, I did go to work for a little while post-marathon, but to be clear I took Friday and Monday off. 

Marathon 1 Vs Marathon 2—Training

1st Marathon:

  • -6 months training
  • -clear mission from Team in Training to support Leukemia and Lymphoma Society
  • -no injuries

2nd Marathon

  • 3 months training
  • minor aches pains and injuries

Pre-marathon

1st marathon

  • total confidence, mainly through coaches constant support

2nd marathon

  • huge pressure from self, I felt I needed to finish this marathon or disappoint so many people. 
  • I think the pressure turned to nerves, stress and illness
  • bad attitude and low confidence
  • Re above: so ridiculous, I don’t know why I was so afraid I would disappoint everyone

Marathon

1st

  • ran it alone
  • wore ipod 1/2 of the way
  • stopped twice for bathrooms
  • walked several times, probably a mile and a half or so
  • hit wall pretty hard around mile 22
  • just wanted to finish
  • very hilly marathon

2nd marathon

  • ran with friends 19 of the miles
  • enjoyed every mile and minute
  • two tiny stops to adjust shoes
  • never walked

Body post-marathon:

  • About the same, I definitely feel every single stair I take and boy does it seem like a lot of them.  Really it’s just the quads that took a beating, but I think the worst is over. 
  • Drugs.  I typically do everything I can to avoid pill popping, but I freaked out when I got sick and I knew I needed to suppress symptoms to get through the marathon.  Although under normal circumstances, I think it is better to suffer a little and let things run their course.  However, the ibuprofen I took at mile 20ish were the last I have taken.  I have been drug free for two days and besides a tiny bit of congestion and a little bit of a sore throat, I am a-okay.  I expected to take a few pain relievers, but the soreness is definitely just what should be expected and despite no small amount of wincing on my subway transitions, I am dealing.  I did allocate an extra 15 minutes of transit time to make sure I am not late for work!

It is really shocking to me that this marathon was only 4 minutes faster considering how much less walking I did and how much flatter the course was. I guess I ran a lot slower because I was enjoying myself, talking the whole time, and not listening to my ipod.  I also only had half the training period I did for the first one and I was pretty conservative after my injuries. But there is always that what if? why didn’t I go harder feeling I just can’t shake.  Just once, I want to collapse after the finish line, in a good way  of course.

While after the marathon, I kind of wish I had pushed it more, I am glad I really had a good time.  During the race, I realized I am just not competitive, however, it seems a little silly not to ever push myself and see what my potential is and improve my times.

What’s Next?

So I am definitely taking at least a year off marathoning.  Considering I declared several time on Saturday that I would never ever run a marathon again, that is not too crazy.  I think I will do the 9 plus 1 with road runner in 2010 to have guaranteed entry for NYC marathon 2011. Whether I do it in 2011 or defer, I am not sure, I kind of want to do Chicago or Philly.  But the 9 races will give me a chance to improve my speed in noticeable ways, through short distances. 

Next up is the Turkey Trot, I am debating whether to do the Cardiac Classic, which I do every year or switch to the one in downtown Saratoga which is much flatter.  While I would like to try and get a good time on a flat course, a lot of my friends do the classic and it is always more fun with camaraderie. I will probably just stick to the classic despite the hills.

Also on the docket: Indoor Triathlon and a 6k in Central Park in September.  I have a training plan in mind, which I will share soon.

Why take a year off marathoning?  

Mainly because a marathon is a 5-6 month commitment.  And I want to focus on other areas of my life too.  Half a year is a lot of time.  Work, non-running friends, traveling, saving, blogging are all important to me and I feel like a year off will be good for me.  Plus, I do like exercise that doesn’t involve running!  I miss spinning and cardio classes and all that good stuff.  So hopefully, I will have some good class reviews soon!

Believe me, post-race you do get that addictive marathon energy and it is hard not to immediately plan your next race.  Yesterday, after my massage, Heather and I were sitting in Bouchon Bakery over looking the Central Park South stretch to Columbus Circle  we ran just days before discussing how amazing it was, but how many other things in life we also enjoy. I think some 5 and 10Ks and maybe a half or two will be a good way to test and improve my speed.  It is important to see improvement and with 26 mile races, you only have so many opportunities to improve.

Thanks again for all your support guys, and remember ANYONE can run a marathon, I am certainly nothing special or a super athlete of any kind.  The only thing a marathon takes is commitment to training and your goal.  Having a charity to really keep you driven toward your goal helps too, that’s why I love team in training.  But really, there is no secret or special gene that marathoners have, the journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step :)

On a random note, I had a lovely dinner at Pipa (which is quickly becoming one of my favorite places), which my cousin and fellow two-time marathoner, and she is casting an upcoming move and looking for suggestion for hot 20-something actors.  Any suggestions?  Outside of the cast of Gossip Girl and Friday Night Lights, I wasn’t much help, but those are the types in the running so far :)   Thanks ya’ll

 

Wow it is really hard to reflect on the marathon and running because I feel like I have a million thoughts!

Huge thanks for all the sweet comments!

I am feeling better, I think I am on the tail end of it today.  I was never on my death bed or anything, but it was the first real illness I have had in years.  And yes, I did go to work for a little while post-marathon, but to be clear I took Friday and Monday off. 

Marathon 1 Vs Marathon 2—Training

1st Marathon:

  • -6 months training
  • -clear mission from Team in Training to support Leukemia and Lymphoma Society
  • -no injuries

2nd Marathon

  • 3 months training
  • minor aches pains and injuries

Pre-marathon

1st marathon

  • total confidence, mainly through coaches constant support

2nd marathon

  • huge pressure from self, I felt I needed to finish this marathon or disappoint so many people. 
  • I think the pressure turned to nerves, stress and illness
  • bad attitude and low confidence
  • Re above: so ridiculous, I don’t know why I was so afraid I would disappoint everyone

Marathon

1st

  • ran it alone
  • wore ipod 1/2 of the way
  • stopped twice for bathrooms
  • walked several times, probably a mile and a half or so
  • hit wall pretty hard around mile 22
  • just wanted to finish
  • very hilly marathon

2nd marathon

  • ran with friends 19 of the miles
  • enjoyed every mile and minute
  • two tiny stops to adjust shoes
  • never walked

Body post-marathon:

  • About the same, I definitely feel every single stair I take and boy does it seem like a lot of them.  Really it’s just the quads that took a beating, but I think the worst is over. 
  • Drugs.  I typically do everything I can to avoid pill popping, but I freaked out when I got sick and I knew I needed to suppress symptoms to get through the marathon.  Although under normal circumstances, I think it is better to suffer a little and let things run their course.  However, the ibuprofen I took at mile 20ish were the last I have taken.  I have been drug free for two days and besides a tiny bit of congestion and a little bit of a sore throat, I am a-okay.  I expected to take a few pain relievers, but the soreness is definitely just what should be expected and despite no small amount of wincing on my subway transitions, I am dealing.  I did allocate an extra 15 minutes of transit time to make sure I am not late for work!

It is really shocking to me that this marathon was only 4 minutes faster considering how much less walking I did and how much flatter the course was. I guess I ran a lot slower because I was enjoying myself, talking the whole time, and not listening to my ipod.  I also only had half the training period I did for the first one and I was pretty conservative after my injuries. But there is always that what if? why didn’t I go harder feeling I just can’t shake.  Just once, I want to collapse after the finish line, in a good way  of course.

While after the marathon, I kind of wish I had pushed it more, I am glad I really had a good time.  During the race, I realized I am just not competitive, however, it seems a little silly not to ever push myself and see what my potential is and improve my times.

What’s Next?

So I am definitely taking at least a year off marathoning.  Considering I declared several time on Saturday that I would never ever run a marathon again, that is not too crazy.  I think I will do the 9 plus 1 with road runner in 2010 to have guaranteed entry for NYC marathon 2011. Whether I do it in 2011 or defer, I am not sure, I kind of want to do Chicago or Philly.  But the 9 races will give me a chance to improve my speed in noticeable ways, through short distances. 

Next up is the Turkey Trot, I am debating whether to do the Cardiac Classic, which I do every year or switch to the one in downtown Saratoga which is much flatter.  While I would like to try and get a good time on a flat course, a lot of my friends do the classic and it is always more fun with camaraderie. I will probably just stick to the classic despite the hills.

Also on the docket: Indoor Triathlon and a 6k in Central Park in September.  I have a training plan in mind, which I will share soon.

Why take a year off marathoning?  

Mainly because a marathon is a 5-6 month commitment.  And I want to focus on other areas of my life too.  Half a year is a lot of time.  Work, non-running friends, traveling, saving, blogging are all important to me and I feel like a year off will be good for me.  Plus, I do like exercise that doesn’t involve running!  I miss spinning and cardio classes and all that good stuff.  So hopefully, I will have some good class reviews soon!

Believe me, post-race you do get that addictive marathon energy and it is hard not to immediately plan your next race.  Yesterday, after my massage, Heather and I were sitting in Bouchon Bakery over looking the Central Park South stretch to Columbus Circle  we ran just days before discussing how amazing it was, but how many other things in life we also enjoy. I think some 5 and 10Ks and maybe a half or two will be a good way to test and improve my speed.  It is important to see improvement and with 26 mile races, you only have so many opportunities to improve.

Thanks again for all your support guys, and remember ANYONE can run a marathon, I am certainly nothing special or a super athlete of any kind.  The only thing a marathon takes is commitment to training and your goal.  Having a charity to really keep you driven toward your goal helps too, that’s why I love team in training.  But really, there is no secret or special gene that marathoners have, the journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step :)

On a random note, I had a lovely dinner at Pipa (which is quickly becoming one of my favorite places), which my cousin and fellow two-time marathoner, and she is casting an upcoming move and looking for suggestion for hot 20-something actors.  Any suggestions?  Outside of the cast of Gossip Girl and Friday Night Lights, I wasn’t much help, but those are the types in the running so far :)   Thanks ya’ll

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