Today I went for a 5 mile run, my first run since the 18 mile Tune Up race this past weekend. I took off Monday after the race and Tuesday did a quick cardio session on the bike and elliptical. And today I ran… and felt great!! Yes, my legs had a little bit of that tired feeling, but I ran the 5 miles just fine and enjoyed every minute of it. It didn’t hurt that it was an amazingly beautiful day too. I did attempt to do a quick lower body strengthening workout afterwards, but let’s just say I didn’t get too far and it was too soon for that. Maybe tomorrow, no big deal.. got enough strength training on those hills on Sunday.
As an additional part of the TCS NYC Marathon excitement, I am so happy to be able to tell you that I was selected by Asics to be part of Team Asics for the 2014 NYC Marathon Editor’s Challenge! Asics is a main sponsor of the NYC Marathon and a premiere athletic company that is a top choice by runners for shoes, clothing, and other amazing gear. Look around on your next run and take a look at peoples clothing, I guarantee you’ll see a TON of Asics! The company has everything you could need to keep your body and feet happy on a long run (or a short one for that matter!).
As part of the challenge, a small group of bloggers including myself will run those tough 26.2 miles through the streets of New York on November 2nd. I have been training for this race since July, but the excitement has increased a million-fold though once Asics told me I was accepted to be part of the challenge! Now, I had to wait to share the good news with everyone for a few weeks (sorry!), but finally the cat’s out of the bag.. I’m representing Team Asics! We will be getting gear and race-day benefits that we are still finding out about about. It’s going to be quite the experience and I am so lucky to be a part of it, and in addition I am lucky to be able to share this with all of you.
Another benefit of being on this team is that we were given a training plan as well as support from Coach Andrew Kastor, a renowned trainer of elite long-distance runners. If you know about running, you likely have heard about Coach Kastor and his wife Deena (Olympic Medalist).. serious running power couple. Coach has already been a big help to me in deciding the best pre-long run food to eat. I have always had trouble with fueling, I either overdo it or underdo it. But he stepped in with recommending overnight oats and other pre-run foods, and talked to me about fueling during the race too (Gatorade/electrolyte drinks every 30 minutes or so). His advice was so much simpler than all the random, sometimes crazy things I’ve read and it all worked on my 18 miler this past weekend.. I felt strong the whole time with no stomach or fueling issues! Man, that coach knows his stuff
I can’t wait to share in all the fun Asics excitement, especially as we get closer and closer to the big day. My goal for this race is just to cross the finishline with a smile on my face, and to have fun running the city I love! To me, there’s not much better than that.
PS. Send some love to my Editor’s Challenge teammates…
What big races do you have this fall?
What is the best running advice you’ve gotten?