NYC Marathon Training Recap

I guess that I can start officially recapping my training runs with the goal of running 26.2 miles around the five boroughs of NYC on Nov. 7, 2021.

Since I have been a struggle with running and general fitness/training during the pandemic, my major goal is to just finish NYC Marathon. Perhaps, I’m selling my short, but it is what it is . . . for now. We’ll see if this goal will change as I move through my fall marathon training season. Pretty much, I’m using a couch to marathon training plan (, which is broken up into four phases:

Couch to 5K (my current place)

Marathon Handbook's couch to marathon training plan. My plan for preparing for TCS NYC Marathon 2021.

5K to 10K

Marathon Handbook's couch to marathon training plan. My plan for preparing for TCS NYC Marathon 2021.

10K to half marathon

Marathon Handbook's couch to marathon training plan. My plan for preparing for TCS NYC Marathon 2021.

Half marathon to full marathon

Marathon Handbook's couch to marathon training plan. My plan for preparing for TCS NYC Marathon 2021.

For the couch to 5K part, most of the runs utilize the run-walk-run method. I like to call it the bitch-walk-bitch method. πŸ˜‰ I guess this portion of the training plan is to get the runner into some sort of low-level running shape. From my understanding, there is no need to worry about speed at this point, but I fear that I’m not doing enough during this portion of the training. That said, I have to remember that I’m choosing to restart my running from scratch. After running quite a few half- and full-marathons, it’s kind of weird to do a run that is pretty much 20 intervals of cycling between running for 1 minute and walking for 2 minutes. But let’s see where this will take me. Also, I guess that I should enjoy these easy runs while I can.


I gotta say that I’m enjoying bouldering. I had a great climbing session the other day because I managed to complete a couple of V1-V2 climbs with underhangs.

Date night: Hey, bowling is a sport. πŸ˜‰

The hubby and I decided to have a bowling date night on Friday, which was quite fun. Since this pandemic, we have fallen into a rut of working, coming home having dinner while watching TV, and going to bed. We checked out the Gutter LES, which had the bad luck of “opening” right when things were shutting down in NYC (March 2020). I think this adventure was the fist time that I visited a brand newish bowling alley. While the bowling alley is new, it definitely has an old school vibe/feel to it (e.g. having light fixtures similar to the ones from Pizza Hut back in the 80s)

For our first game, I think that I was doing ok (FYI: I’m KOS) until the sixth frame. I guess this is when my gin & sodas and beers caught up to me. One nice thing about the Gutter LES: it had a decent selection of bowling balls with large thumb holes. Much like my issues in finding shoes for my wide a** right foot, I have issues finding bowling balls with large holes. For some reason, my right thumb is kind of wide and flat, and I often cannot find a bowling ball that is not chipped, dusty, and overall crappy. Actually, my right thumb is probably flat and wide due to many years of thumb sucking. πŸ˜‰ There, the secret it out . . . I was a post-toddler thumb sucker.

While the Gutter has a bit of an old school vibe, everything was new and shinny. Also, the Gutter LES has a nice selection of IPAs. What’s bowling without pitchers of beer and crappy food (although we did not have crappy food during our adventure)? Most bowling places in NYC will have 1-3 IPA options. I guess bowling is becoming a “fancy” excursion, so bowling alleys tend to be overpriced and focus on random, fancy cocktails instead of beers. Ummm. . . apple martinis and bowling do not go together, IMHO.

Beer selection at The Gutter LES in NYC.

Post-COVID Opening: Perhaps this should be a separate post

Ok, so many places in NYC are reopening up for indoor activities; however, you “must” show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test. Here’s the thing: many of these places do not actually ask for any proof. They will simply verbally ask if you have received a COVID vaccine or tested negative for COVID. So I’m kind of like what’s the point? You honestly think that an unvaccinated person is going to say that he/she has not received a vaccine if a place requires COVID vaccination for entry?

While I think this is kind of BS, I do have the choice not to visit places that do not actively check vaccination and testing documentation.

Interestingly enough, I have noticed that quite a few gay bars have been asking for AND checking for documentation of COVID vaccination. I have a feeling that many of these types of establishments do not want to be blamed for the the spread of COVID like they were regarding HIV back in the 80’s.

Questions of the day:

-How do you feel about places that do not actively check for COVID vaccination or testing status? I know that (and understand why) some people feel that it’s an invasion of privacy.

-Have you gone out side of your comfort zone to try a new sport of fitness regimen during this pandemic?

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  1. Things are opening back up in new england, you can go in the grocery with no mask if you are vaccinated but no one checks so it’s kind of a free for all. Don’t think anywhere here asks to see the card but indoor dining has been available last couple months tho i am still being cautious. vax+mask that’s how i roll. Nice bouldering! that looks hard!

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    • I love the Vax+Mask saying. I’m gonna put that on a T-shirt. πŸ˜‰

      I wonder what the mask +/- vax rules are for the grocery stores in NYC. It’s highly suggested that you wear masks in the subway system. Hell after this pandemic is over, I’m gonna still wear masks in the subway because the powerful odors are not too strong.

      Bouldering definitely is harder than it looks. Hopefully, that will change once I build up some more strength in my fingers and forearms.

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  2. I haven’t been asked for vaccine proof or a test yet but I would be happy to provide both and feel safer. I am only going to places I feel safe, and I did go to a gig last week but to see a performer I know is super-safe and at a venue where you effectively sat outdoors.

    We have the Delta variant in our city now and have new rules abut not travelling out of the city which is very upsetting. I hope the really good work the mosques etc are doing to help people decide to get vaccinated works, I do not want my city and community to lose more people.

    Haven’t taken up any new sports but I did start running 4-5 times a week and up to three days in a row, which is quite shocking for me!

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    • At the begining of the pandemic, I was running about 5+ times a week, but I fell off that “plan”. I think the lack of training for something got into my head. Had I continued with that plan, I probably would not be starting from scratch training for this fall’s NYC Marathon.

      I think that some are forgetting how fast the virus can mutate and introduce variants.

      I guess we’ll see how the next few months play out in terms of infections rates.

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      • I’m so glad that I’ve never liked racing or been particularly motivated by training for a race as opposed to just running for the mental and physical (and social) health benefits, that has helped me a lot and I know I have been fortunate in that. I have got a half-marathon to train for and so have introduced some goals into some of my runs, mainly so I don’t let the friend down I’m doing it with!


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