For the last several weeks, I’ve been looking to NYC Marathon vids for a little extra inspiration and motivation to get me through training. Now (already?!), it’s the last 3 days before the big day.
And while I’ve been watching and re-watching them more times than I care to admit (especially this one), at this point I need to just focus on the finish line. I’m heading to the expo tonight to pick up my bib, mingle with other runners, and buy totally unnecessary goods. I pretty much can’t wait. It’ll be a nice outlet for all of the energy and excitement that’s been coursing through me.
This is also the point where I need to get sappy and introspective and realize that all the inspiration and motivation is inside me (it’s been there all along! Just like in the Wizard of Oz! Amazing, haha). Really though, there were shortcomings in my training, but overall I’m pretty happy with it and am thoroughly excited to get things started on Sunday.
With only 9 days left until the marathon (finally in single-digit territory!), my marathon inspiration for the week is more of a laundry list of things that are getting me (even more) psyched for the big day.
Marathon signs are up on First Ave!
Bleachers are up in the park!
The hilarious and awesome responses from friends and family we’ve gotten from “The Marathon email”
The awesome lady who randomly and excitedly yelled to me last night during my tempo run, “Are you running the marathon?!?” Indeed.
Having all my lesson plans and handouts done through the week following the marathon (this. is. huge.)
Signs all over the subway
The countdown ticker on the marathon website is finally in the single digits… not that I’ve been checking it hourly or anything.
It’s 16 days until the NYC Marathon (HOLY SHEEEET). We, and of course I mean ‘I’ because I’m fancy, are officially tapering. Here’s a good one to remind you of all the hard work that’s been put into training so far, and the awesomeness of the whole event.
*Epic music ahead… and you may get chills.
As much as I love this video, I can’t help but imagine what my own would include if I had a similar deal for the marathon… some thoughts:
Music? Back in Black… or the always — Running with the Devil.
There would be shots of those pre-dawn runs of the summer…
Ice baths would have to make their way in there.
A Baywatch-style montage featuring post-long run beer garden visits and dance parties…
And a touching tribute to my feet, who have certainly taken a beating.
Oh, and this:
Colonial boy attire. AKA post long run uniform. If this were smellivision, it would reek of moth balls. Thanks, Tiger balm.
What would be in your imaginary marathon video? Yes, playing imaginary games ensure a wonderful taper. Really.
I now have 37 days until the marathon — yikes! I’m gearing up for another 20-miler this weekend — because 3 loops in Central Park last weekend clearly wasn’t enough.
Enjoy this clip of Meb winning the 2009 NYC Marathon. My favorite part of this? It’s one of the few videos I found that shows the start pretty well… the cannons blasting, “New York, New York” playing, people packed together like a subway at rush hour, and flying sweatpants/shirts being thrown all over the place. It’s pretty crazy. And totally awesome.
Since I was talking about elevation earlier this week, and with the marathon about, oh, 52 days away (!), here’s a course video. The entire course with elevations and distance markers. You know, so you don’t get lost on race day.
After two awful training weeks, I could use some inspiration. This week has started off pretty well with a strong speedwork session, and hopefully at this very moment I’m enjoying a 6-7 mile tempo run (looks like this one will be on the treadie).
This is one of my favorites. The MTA shot time lapse video over the Verrazano Bridge at the start of the marathon. Very cool. Enjoy.
There are a mere 72 days until the NYC Marathon! To think I’ve already been training for about 39 days… The days between now and the marathon will quickly get crossed off the calendar. I’ll put more miles and more training runs behind me as the days go on. In these next 10 weeks, I want to stay focused, get excited and keep my eye on the prize.
And what better day to do that than on my tempo run Thursday, ha. I could use a little extra inspiration and motivation heading into the weekend. So for the next 10 weeks, I’ll share videos to inspire. Oh, get excited.