So its the first week of taper and I’m trying to trust in it but its making me nervous having to decrease my mileage. I know it will all be fine because I’ve gotten in a bunch of high mileage runs already, but its still kind of weird for me! Today is officially the 2 week mark until the NYC Marathon and I am shocked at how fast time is flying. And literally on Tuesday I’ll be flying… to London and Amsterdam for some much needed vacation. I am happy, too, because I think vacation is going to make me less anxious about race day and take my mind off of everything. I have posts scheduled for when I am away including a fun giveaway so stay tuned!
Monday: crosstraining (elliptical/bike)
Tuesday: 5.5 mile run
Another early morning run, and as usual I felt so happy to get in my run before work. Katherine and I met up on the bridge and ran around Brooklyn and back to home for a total of 5.5 miles. It was a warmer day so I dressed lightly. I am SO curious what race day weather will be like, its been all over the place lately so who knows?!
Wednesday: 3.5 mile run
Morning runs for the win!
Thursday: lots of stretching
- Friday: Rest
Saturday: 12 mile run
My sister came to visit for the weekend (she’s also running the marathon this year!) so we did our long run together. We met up with Katherine who ran with us for about 6 miles, we all met on the bridge and headed across to the West Side and headed downtown along the running path. We looped around and my sister and I headed to the Williamsburg bridge. After the bridge we headed back into Brooklyn and towards my apartment to finish up the rest of the run.
I wasn’t feeling as strong during this run as I have in other shorter distance runs, and I’m not sure why exactly. But I’ve decided not to let myself get nervous about it, I’d rather have a slightly off run now than on race day. Every long run thus far has been amazing so I was bound to have one that wasn’t as great, but wasn’t terrible either.
Sunday: crosstraining (bike), upper body strengthening, stretching
I was also lucky last week to be invited by Brooks Running to an event to preview their spring gear and running shoes! The event was held to help runners find their “inner runner,” whatever that may be for you. My inner runner was healthy & free, because running makes me feel as if I don’t have a care in the world. I loved getting to actually get to think about what makes me a runner and how it makes me feel, because thats what the sport is all about. At the event, Brooks had a board with lots of different words posted on it to help people figure out what their own inner runner was. I loved the combinations people came up with that reflected them and I loved using all the shoes around the room for inspiration! Look at the words below and tell me your inner runner…
The event was held in a beautiful penthouse with amazing views of the city. We were also greeted by friendly staff and really cool running-themed drinks.. ‘Gin&Time It‘ and ‘Runerita‘, I mean how cute is that?! They also had really cool photographs and stories posted around the room from runners to help show who their inner runner is, as well as other aspects of your life. For example the woman in the right photo is a runner and construction worker.
After picking my ‘inner runner’ and getting a cool drink to sip on, I walked around to check out the gear. I learned about the Brooks Pure Project, which is very unique and something I haven’t seen much of before. It has just been launched, and is running clothing that is stylish and wearable everywhere. They even have a romper that you can wear running but is cute enough that you can wear it out after a workout to brunch with friends, with a front cut hem in the shorts to promote free movement! The materials are all top quality, the designs are unique and feminine, and anything you get can be used for more than just a workout.
Brooks also had a bunch of their spring clothing available and let me tell you its SO super cute. It was weird thinking about spring clothes so early but it got me excited for next year. My favorite top was this cute little green lightweight tank..
Next I headed over to the running shoe section to learn about all the types of shoes and shoe styles. Brooks has everything from more minimalist shoes to those with more stability. I did like how the Brooks Adrenaline, one of their most popular, is now lighter than it was a few years ago when I used to run in them. I love the new updates! They also offer many of their shoes in a rainbow of colors, including some ombre shades which rocks. Brooks has also made a NYC Marathon Brooks Adrenaline GTS shoe that is super cute and a nice way to commemorate running the marathon.
I also got to learn about the Brooks Heritage Collection, the casual version of Brooks shoe that launched just last year. The Heritage Collection celebrates Brooks’ 100 year old history using the classic designs of the Vanguard and Vantage. They have so many fun colors that are cute to match so many outfits! I love all the bright colors that are funky and unique.
How did your workouts go last week?
How is marathon training going for you?