Saturday, October 30, 2010

1 Week 1 Day until NY Marathon

This morning I ran 9 miles at around 10am with my new running buddy Tara. I ran this late because I will not be crossing the starting line of the NY marathon until at least 10:15 next weekend.  Tara is also running the NY marathon and we are going to start together.  She is also running through an injury (Runner's knee) and we both go to Kennedy Brothers for Physical Therapy.  I'm super excited about having a running buddy for NY!  I hope we can stay together until at least Mile 13!!! (That's where I will see my friends and family for the first time- in Queens!)

I ran from my brothers to Tara's which is about a mile.  Together we ran 7 miles.  Total for me, I ran 9 miles.  And for the most part, I felt good.  It still felt hard, but I felt better than my treadmill run on Thursday.  (Maybe I should stop running on the treadmill!!!)  Tara and I have only met a few times, but we have been email buddies for awhile so it was really great getting to know each other on the run.  I'm excited for next weekend when we can chit chat while running through New York!!!  Here are our mile spilts.  I didn't shut off my watch for the most part, even when we were waiting for lights so the times reflect that. 

1:23:38, 9 miles, 9:18 pace
Mile 1:8:33 (me running from mike's to tara... I always want to start slow and never can...oops)
Mile 2: 9:10 (meting up with Tara, running to the river)
Mile 3: 9:24
Mile 4: 9:50 (had to wait for a light)
Mile 5: 9:36
Mile 6: 9:17
Mile 7: 9:25 (Holy wind)
Mile 8: 9:01 (Last mile with Tara, really pushing it)
Mile 9: 9:23 (cooldown mile solo back to my brothers)
For the most part, I felt good on this run.  It was windy out and I was overdressed but it was good.  I'm feeling more positive about Sunday. Now it's time to get my game face on.  This week I am going to work on positive visualization.  I cannot let my negative mind creep in.  I need to positive like I was in this post. 
Here we go... one week, 1 day.  Bring it New York City!!!

The body does not want you to do this. As you run, it tells you to stop but the mind must be strong. You always go too far for your body. You must handle the pain with strategy…It is not age; it is not diet. It is the will to succeed.
Jacqueline Gareau

Running is a big question mark that’s there each and every day. It asks you, ‘Are you going to be a wimp or are you going to be strong today?’
Peter Maher

Now if you are going to win any battle you have to do one thing. You have to make the mind run the body. Never let the body tell the mind what to do. The body will always give up. It is always tired morning, noon, and night. But the body is never tired if the mind is not tired. When you were younger the mind could make you dance all night, and the body was never tired. You’ve always got to make the mind take over and keep going.
George S. Patton  


  1. I love that third quote, so true! Now if I can just remember that at mile 20...

  2. Great job! Glad to hear you're in better spirits :)

  3. Happy to see you got to run with your friend. Stay positive and rest up now. Here is an affirmation or two for you to add: knowing is not enough me must apply; willing is not enough we must do! Here Is another one: keep your mind where your feet are ( just worry about the current mile).

    You will do great and do not become a stranger afterwards Missy!

  4. We're going to kick butt together next weekend!

  5. You ended on a high note. Nice job! Enjoy a week of rest before the big day :)

  6. I love those quotes! I am so glad to hear you have a running buddy for the race :)

    And I always start long runs way too fast. How do we stop?

  7. Hooray - 6 days now!! So exciting :) The city already has an amazing energy! What corral/wave are you in?

    Yay for running buddies!

  8. I'm a big fan of quotes! Those are great ones. I've been hearing so much about NY it makes me wish I was running it :) Maybe someday...enjoy the last week of your taper!

  9. Glad you finished on such a high note! And don't stress about your treadmill run. My legs ALWAYS feel sluggish during my taper period. It freaks me out a little too, but then I have to remind myself that it's normal and my body is just recovering. I hope you just continue to feel stronger as the week goes on and will be raring to go by the time you get on that starting line! :)

    And I love these quotes! The first one is something I've had up in my cube during marathon training. I read it everyday in the weeks leading up to my marathon as positive motivation. :)

  10. So glad you finally got to run with Tara! I am bummed I'll miss you guys next weekend, but am so excited to hear about it and know you will rock it! <3

  11. Yay, so close! I think having a running buddy for a part of it will be amazing. Running with people is my favorite!!