Whoa its been busy! Honestly, wedding planning (wedding is next summer) has taken up a TON of my time. I never realized how much work and coordination it is to plan a wedding between finding caterers, florists, photographers, a dress, and everything else on top of trying to plan all the personal touches and details. I’ve still got plenty of time luckily but I’m trying to get a head start on all the big stuff and its left me with little time for much else. Also, there’s that whole “I’m running a marathon in October” thing that’s taking up my time too
So as you may know, I’m running the 2015 Chicago Marathon and am super excited! I’m running with Team Salute which is an amazing organization supporting military members and their families–more to come about this! Training is in full swing and it has been no easy feat with the weather being SO hot this summer. Last summer’s training for the 2014 NYC Marathon was way easier because it was so much cooler–I was spoiled! This summer has been a challenge for me and my asthma has been really acting up in this heat. So to manage, I’m trying to take my runs nice and easy to help myself enjoy it more and to try not to suffocate on the Brooklyn humidity.
So far my longest run this training cycle has been 12 miles and in the next coming weeks it will increase to some long runs that I’m actually really excited about. I love the long run and really do enjoy marathon training a whole lot, even on those super sweaty days when I’m complaining and acting like I hate running—I secretly love it deep down (don’t we all?!). I’ve had a lot of company on many of my long runs too, which I highly recommend. Its a great way to stay motivated and accountable throughout the training cycle.
Just like last summer, I’ve made a big point of doing a whole lot of crosstraining and strength training in an attempt to prevent injuries. On my non-running days, I’m mixing it up and doing some of the following: cycling, elliptical, swimming, weight/strength training, and core/pilates. I’m also trying to get in better shape so I look great in my wedding dress, although that’s not the main goal its just a benefit of being fit. I should be doing more stretching on a daily basis, I admit, but then I’ve always had a hard time keeping up with my stretching routine. I always stretch after a run, but other times I really try to but it always slips my mind. Whoops! (Don’t do what I do! Stretching is good!!)
My running training plan is the same one I used last year for the NYC Marathon that my sister made for us. We use a Google Doc together to keep each other updated on our workouts and to make training more fun by getting to check in with each other. She lives in Texas so its a good excuse to keep updated on what she’s doing! I really feel like marathon training is way better with a partner (and running buddies! Shout out to Katherine!) and makes it just that more fun. Its such a fun experience, and sometimes frustrating, so its great to have someone to talk to about your roller coaster of emotions
I’m also doing the NYRR 9+1 program for guaranteed entry into the 2016 NYC Marathon and have only 2 races left! I’m signed up for two in September to tie into my training plan and help me get some miles in on long run days. Looking forward to completing the 9+1 and looking forward to my next marathon in 2016, too! NYCM I’m coming back for you next year and I’ll run smarter this time around I promise!
And here’s a cute photo of Murphy on a boat (it was docked), because he’s cute…
PS. If you’ve run a marathon or plan to, this is a funny/cute article by Runner’s World on thoughts you have running a marathon!
What races are you training for?
Have you ever run a marathon? If not, do you plan to?