This is the “holyshitthemarathonisXdaysaway” portion of the training cycle. And to be more specific, it’s 13 days away. And even more precise?
Sunny and 54 was about perfect on Saturday when I sorta ran the last 10 miles of the course. I say sorta because I started at Queensboro Plaza so I could run the bridge. I also lopped off the Bronx by running across 124th to Marcus Garvey Park. Nothing against the Bronx, haha, I certainly run there often enough, I just didn’t want to cross the bridge (under construction).
So the run? Pure beauty. I expected it to be jammed with other runners doing the same thing, but I was surprised to find that wasn’t the case. There were several large groups on the Q’boro (who all seemed to be running in the wrong direction), but once on First Ave, there were only maybe 4-5 other runners I saw. I was thrilled to see all the marathon banners up on First. It’s also fun to think of a 10-miler as an easy relatively short run, haha.
Before I knew it, l was heading down Fifth Ave. It’s funny to me that I hadn’t run any of this route since I ran the marathon in 2008. I remember that year how incredibly pretty it looked on 5th Ave with all the colorful leaves like a canopy over the street (whoa, Garth, that was a haiku). I was also reminded that this was the exact place where the wheels fell off and shit got real, hah. Remembering so vividly how much I hurt at that point in the marathon (like a 4″ nail was being driven through my heel) was bittersweet. I know that things can happen in the marathon that you can’t always predict.
I also know, however, that my training this year was far better than it was in 2008. It certainly wasn’t perfect and the last few weeks have unfortunately fallen short, but I’m so much better prepared physically and mentally for this race.
And that feels awesome.
So what do the next 13 days hold for me? Well, tons of excitement, natch. I’m starting A Race Like No Other tonight – which by my scientific calculations means I can read about 2 chapters a night and finish the night before the marathon. I’m also just about ready to finalize my race day outfit – I’ll obviously be ironing my name a few days before the race. Lots of delicious and healthy food. Yes, I’ve planned and made almost all of my meals for the week already. Oh, and no booze (but don’t worry, I practically siphoned enough malbec into my system last night to last the next 2 weeks).
And I’m definitely getting REALLY excited hearing friends/family get excited to come and watch.