NYC Marathon Training Week – ???

We’re getting there, and I’m pretty much like.

Also, things are getting pretty real because NYRR has issued our bib numbers and wave assignments.

This is the first time that I’ve been assigned to wave 4 – I usually have been assigned to wave 1 or 2 in the past. I will admit that this assignment was kind of a blow to my ego, but it is what it is. Hopefully, 2022 can be my running rebuilding year.

This week of marathon training has been uneventful. I pretty much did an 18mi run for long run Saturday and a couple of Shaun T’s Insanity HIIT workouts. I wanted to hit 20 miles, but I just did not have the mental capacity to do it. I’m not sure why, but getting to 20 miles have been so difficult to accomplish this marathon season. Like I said before, it is what it is at this point.

OMG, I probably played Loreen’s Europhia (winner of Eurovision 2012) back to back at least 10 times during my long run. I gotta say that the Swedes 🇸🇪 can put together great pop songs for Eurovision.

One more clip from that year’s Eurovision; y’all know that I loves me a nice power ballot. Here we have Pastora Soler’s 🇪🇸 Quédate Conmigo. While Pastora came in 10th place, this is pretty good position since Spain usually places in the bottom even with decent singers/songs.

Based on my training, I’ve already come to terms with this marathon being my slowest. Since my wave will start pretty late (11:20 am) and daylight savings is the night before the marathon, I’m already well prepared to finish this thing after the sun goes down. For NYC Marathon, the plan is pretty much to walk 0.1miles for every 2 miles and walk across the Queensboro Bridge (around mile 13).

Battle of the Bulge:

Last week, I mentioned that I started Beachbody’s 21 Day Fix, and it has been going so so. So-so because I have trying to get used to cooking again. I have been spoiled for the past two years because the hubby pretty much has handled all of our grocery shopping and cooking needs. It has been a bit interesting getting back into the flow of things in the kitchen. LOL at damn near having a panic attack in Whole Foods because I forgot where everything was located. I do not think that I have been inside of our local Whole Food for at least a year.

While I have not followed the plan 100% (hey, I’m easing into the plan), it has been nice eating a bit healthier. Also, it has been nice to save a couple of bucks by bringing my lunch and making (well reheating) dinner at home. The one issue that I have with the plan is to fit in all of my feedings within my feeding window because I’m still doing (or attempting to do) 16:8 intermittent fasting. My plan:

  • Green – Veggies – 5 containers
  • Purple – Fruits – 3 containers
  • Red – Proteins – 5 containers
  • Yellow – Carbs – 3 containers
  • Blue – Healthy Fats – 1 container
  • Orange – Dressing/Seeds – 1 container

For this week’s meal prep, I made a “skinny” beef stroganoff – one serving = 1/2 green, 1 yellow, and 1 red.

I’m not a huge fan of it because it does not taste like “fun” beef stroganoff. For instance, the recipe calls for Greek yogurt instead of sour cream. That said, since I’m eating this for the next few days, I guess that I’ll get used to it.

Here’s the receipe in case you are interested:

Questions of the day:

How soon after a marathon have you started training for another marathon? Also, what was your training plan? As some may know, I registered for Rock n Roll: New Orleans, which is 90 days after NYC’s Marathon.

Since I’m planning to repeat my new year’s resolution from 2020 of running one half or full marathon for each month, what are some of your favorite half or full marathons? With Fred Lebow Half Marathon and New Orleans’s Marathon, January and February are spoken for.

What’s was your dumbest, most useless pandemic purchase? Mine were these resistance bands that I probably used 2-3 times.

Tough break:

OMG what bad luck for some oof our international NYC Marathon runners. The US is lifting its COVID travel ban on Nov. 8 . . . the day after NYC Marathon. Some lucky folks are actually going to spend two weeks quarantining in Canada to run NYC. Article:

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  1. Well done on your 18, that’s good going. I always have a funny thing about 14 and had to learn to go from 13 to 15 otherwise I’d never get there (I also always cry at 16.5 miles whether I’m doing 16.5 miles or (the once) 31 miles …

    I won’t tell you about my half marathon yesterday as I don’t want to put you off. Just try not to fall over, right?!

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    • You are right. I think at lot of it is mental for me. Perhaps, I have the block bc 20mi typically is my longest run in my training plan. My mind probably thinks if I can run close to 20 miles, then I can squeeze out another 6-8 miles on Marathon Sunday.

      OMG. During my 1st NYC Marathon, I fell twice (mostly not my fault) during mile 14. 1st Fall: During this mile, runners are crossing the Qboro bridge, which is the last stop before entering Manhattan. Many people tend to rearrange themselves on the bridge so they can see their family and friends during miles 15-16 in Manhattan. Basically, someone did a B-line to the other side of the bridge and clipped me. 2nd Fall: Someone dropped something and did a dead stop right in my path.

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      • Oh, goodness me, that’s terrible. I never even considered falling in a race, even though I know people do – I tripped on the uneven park path and really hurt myself, I had to go to the ER for an x-ray on my hand. Remembering I’m a transcriptionist as a career, that was a scary day. No fractures at least but I’m still pretty beaten up; I couldn’t have completed the remaining 4 miles of the race, let alone what you had to do.


      • After falling on the 59th street bridge, I think that I had to walk it off for a couple of miles. Fortunately, I was not hurt but I had a bit of a mental block and could not snap out of it. That was my 1st marathon, and I was pretty much over it by mile 12. However, I did get it back together . . . eventually.

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  2. I think with an 18-miler under your belt, you’ll have no trouble finishing the marathon! As for a dumb pandemic purchase, where the hell do I start? Was it the baseball cap I bought off Shein with a plastic face shield attached to it? Was it the mustard-colored T-shirt I bought off a Facebook ad while drunk that says Savage Classy Bougie Ratchet on it? It’s a toss up for me.

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    • You are right. In the past, I have done at the most 15 miles before a marathon; however, I was in better shape.

      As a funny T-shirt guy, I kind of like the Savage Classy Bougie Ratchet t-shirt. I’d probably get it in blue or black though. 😉

      Hopefully, you have some good pandemic purchases in there too.


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