I would love to say that this run was perfect and I felt ready for the NYC Marathon, but I can’t. I hadn’t been feeling great all week, but I had already missed a week of training and I needed to run this one no matter what, so despite feeling crappy, I headed out Sunday morning anyway. This was one of those runs that I pretty much felt tortured by mile 3 and struggled through each mile. It was both physically and mentally exhausting. The only thing that got me through the run was knowing that the marathon was a month away and it was going to be tough, much tougher than this training run.
I am still experimenting with my fuel and hoping by my 20 miler next week I will have it pretty much perfected. I woke up at seven and had a whole wheat English muffin with a teaspoon of almond butter and a teaspoon of strawberry jam. Instead of coffee I had tea with 1% milk. During my last long run I had major stomach issues after having a GU, so this time I decided to make my own “Gu”.
I just mushed up one banana, one teasoon of honey and one teaspoon of chia seeds and put it in a ziploc bag. Easy and made of whole foods rather than ingredients I cannot understand. I packed this up in my Camelbak along with Margarita Shot Bloks and I was ready to head out for my 18 miles by 8 am.
I had mapped out my run a few days before and to mentally prepare I broke it down into smaller runs that I would tackle one at a time. This strategy helped me the last time and this is exactly how I broke it down:
- 3 miles to the park
- 2 miles through the first section
- 4 miles to Bethpage State Park
- 4 miles back to the first section
- 2 miles to the end of the park
- 3 miles home
The last 3 miles were tough. By this point my entire body hurt and my left shoulder was killing me. I have been battling a biceps tendonitis and between the move and running, it was only getting worse, 18 miles didn’t help. When my Bia Sport read 18 miles I was ecstatic!
I love all the sayings that my Bia says after every run, “Pretty Fly” pretty my describes how I felt after this run, although I cannot imagine running 8 more miles on marathon day, but I will.
Overall I held a pretty good pace throughout the entire run without too many huge fluctuations. Other than my arm I felt pretty good. I fueled with my homemade fuel at mile 9 and then at miles 12.75 and 14.75 I had one margarita shot blok, mostly for the salt. My next homemade fuel I would definitely add some sea salt. For my twenty mile run I would make a second fuel for mile 18. This is working for me and if it goes good on Monday during my 20 miler, this will be the way I fuel on marathon day.
I have one more long run on Monday and then it is taper time!!! I am ready, I think.
Twenty-four days left until I run the NYC Marathon!!!!! Any tips for a first time marathoner???