I think that it may be over

Less than two weeks away from the NYC Marathon and I still have not been able toimg_3092 complete a 20-mile run. Work, life, and a slight pain in my shin have gotten in the way of my training. 

Big question:

At this point is it even worth it to attempt a 20-mile run this week?

My longest run was 18 miles, which was completed a couple of weeks ago. 

I guess this will be another marathon where I’ll run the first 13.1 miles strong and see where the rest of the marathon takes me. I really wanted to redeem myself from last year’s disastrous performance. 😦

Now changing topics:

This weekend volunteered at the Rising New York Road Runners Jamboree

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Although this volunteer event was an opportunity for me to get my +1 credit to have guaranteed 9+1 entry into next year’s marathon. Since I believe in NYRR’s concept, especially with the work that the organization does in the various NYC communities, I actually would like to get more involved with the organization.

The good: The event was pretty amazing. It was fascinating to see some amazing young runners.  This jamboree was a purely for fun competition so there were no winners or loses for the various events (55 m, 200 m, long jump, shot put, and 200 m relay). 

Also, the Armory’s track is very beautiful. I think it has been about a decade since my last visit and it still looks just as nice as it did back then. 

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The struggle: Ummmmmm, what was the point of volunteering? I was assigned to the long jump event. Basically, I did nothing but sit around for four hours. You can gauge my interest in the picture below (from NYRR’s Instagram). I’m the black guy on the bottom right corner.  

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Oh BTW, this young girl in the USA socks was amazing. She killed it in all of her events. 

Now changing topics (again):

Now, that I’ve finished this hot mess of a book. 

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I’m on to my next book. 

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That’s it for me in this random post. I guess that was not much of a training update. 

Let’s see what y’all are up to. 

11 comments

  1. The need for a 20 miler is a myth. If you got 18 in you don’t need a 20, especially if you dealing with anything. I’m in a similar situation at 6 weeks from my race and had to take all of my 20 milers out. Let’s do this!

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  2. I haven’t ran a 20 miler to train for a marathon in years. The highest I go is usually 18. I’m also slow, so maybe you shouldn’t listen to me…

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    • I’m leaning toward what you suggested. I’ll pretty much follow my tapering plan for the next two weeks; however, I may run 12 miles instead of 8 miles on Saturday. At this point, “it is what it is”

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  3. I don’t think the 20 miler would do anything at this point for you physically and just put you at risk for hurting your shin more. 18 miles is still a solid distance.

    Didn’t they have you measuring or marking or anything when you worked long jump? I coach track and we always have like 2 or 3 helpers at the pit to measure and rake it after each jump. That’s a bummer if you were just watching for 4 hours.

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      • I agree. Although I do admit that I’m a little sensitive with some of the volunteering opportunities. I try not to volunteer for races because you never know what the weather will be like when you sign up 2-3 months before the event. One year, I volunteered as a course marshall and it rained (HARD) from 6:00 AM to 11:30 AM. My favorite volunteering event was handing out bibs for the NYC marathon. Just feeding off of the energy of the marathoners was an amazing experience. It made me a little jealous because I could not run the marathon that year.

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