NYC Marathon Training Week – ???

We’re getting there – only two weeks until NYC Marathon Sunday.

My little instagram thingy is off by a day because I typically write my blog entries the day before they are published.

To be perfectly honest, I never know how to properly taper before a marathon. Lemme take that back, this is probably the first that I followed (for the most part) my marathon training plan so I have a couple of weeks of tapering in the schedule. Normally, I’m still trying to fit in an 18-20 mile long run a couple of weeks before marathon Sunday. Well technically, I never did my 20 mile long run for this training season.

Random question: Is it long run or longrun?

For this week, I pretty much have been doing short (maybe too short) easy runs. In addition to these short run, I’ve really been focusing on daily stretching and foam rolling. Well, technically I have been doing this since Thursday. Hey everything starts at Day 1, right?

Lemme ask sister Patterson a question right quick.

Sister Patterson, will I run a sub 5 hour NYC Marathon?

Some Foot TLC:

As some may know, I have been dealing with a heloma molle (kissing corn) in between my 4th and 5th toes for quite some time. Last week, I took a trip to my friendly podiatrist to remove some of the dead skin that has accumulated in between my toes.

OMG, what a difference has this made. Originally my podiatrist recommended coming in to have the skin removed once a year, now he recommends that I do this every six months. Since my heloma molle does not really affect my day-to-day life (and I have run countless miles on my feet), he does not recommend surgery at this point. Surgery would require shaving some bone in my 4th and 5th toes to allow more space and to prevent/reduce the amount of rubbing between these toes. Also, this type of surgery would require at least 2 months of recovery. Looking back, I should have done the surgery at the beginning of the pandemic since I was working from home. Wait, I did consider the surgery with another podiatrist (before going to my current podiatrist), but his office was giving me the run around with giving me a general cost estimate for the surgery.

Healthy Eating

I mentioned that I have been trying to do BeachBody’s 21-Day Fix.

I had a bit of a rough week (resulting in some emotional eating), so I did not really follow the plan. However going forward, it is on and poppin’. One interesting thing with my crappy eating week. I had McDonald’s, and it was 100% gross. This has happened before when I went 1.5-2 years without eating fast food with the exception of pizza slices from time to time. Hey, I live in NYC and quick pizza slices are a way of life here. When I broke my near two-year hiatus with what I thought was going to be a delicious Quarter Pounder with cheese, I damn near vomited after eating it.

Ok, meal prep for this week will be turkey chili with cauliflower “rice”

Since the chili’s recipe called for 93% lean turkey, the hubby said that it was going to be dry and nasty. Well, it is only a little bit dry and nasty. 😉 I’ll probably supplement the meal with raw broccoli to supplement my veggie portion count.

Here’s the recipe: Turkey Chili – one 1.5 cup serving equals 0.5 green (veggie), 0.5 red (protein), and 1.5 yellow (carbs)

I even tried my crack at making one of the breakfast recipes.

I was actually surprised by how nice these guys tasted. Since the recipe called for protein powder, oats, and applesauce, and other healthy things, I feared that the pancakes were going to be gross, but I was dead wrong. I think that I’m going to make a huge batch of these and eat them to break my 14-16 hr intermittent fast. I normally break my fast with a protein shake, but I’m often hungry 20 minutes later. I figure these can hold over my starvation until I have my larger lunch.

Here’s the recipe: Apple Cinnamon Protein Pancakes – two pancakes equal 0.5 purple (fruit), 0.5 red (protein), and 0.5 yellow (carbs).

Non-running Marathon Prep List:

So I’m not scrambling the 1-2 days before the marathon, I need to come up of with a list of things to do/obtain before the marathon.

-Hit up a Goodwill or a Marshalls/TJ Maxx, to buy some “throwaway” clothes to wear while waiting for my marathon wave’s start.

-Pick up a “throwaway” book to read while waiting for my wave to start.

-Get my marathon playlist ready. This includes converting some live music performances into mp3s for said playlist.

-Plan out my feeding schedule. I may have mentioned in an earlier post that my marathon wave will start a bit late (11:20/11:30 am).

-Make reservations for my post-marathon dinner. I’m thinking of something in a seafood variety. Does Red Lobster take reservations? 😉

Questions of the day:

-What are some of your favorite dishes for weekly meal prep?

-How do you taper before a marathon and for how long?

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  1. I do a two-week taper and try to sleep as much as I can in that time. Interesting on the burger thing – I gave up having much saturated fat nine years ago to keep my cholesterol down and avoid going on drugs for it. Since then a) eating higher fat items makes me feel nauseated, b) I really can’t stand the smell of doughnuts, pies and things. Which is good since it helps me keep my diet and cholesterol OK but also annoying as it’s not like being a diabetic and you can’t eat x or y, you can eat it but you’ll feel sick! Anyway, good luck with the taper and those recipes do look good! I’m off to eat pizza right now, actually (first time inside a proper restaurant for 1.5 years, eeps).

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    • Since diabetes runs in my family, especially on my mom’s side, it is time to start practicing a better/healthier eating lifestyle. Techically, I probably should have started a few years ago. 😉 A couple of my cousins, who are around my age, are in the prediabetes zone and drastic lifestyle changes are needed if they do not want to move into full diabetes.

      Pizza . . . yum. What are your favorite toppings?

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      • I had chicken, spinach and mushrooms on mine at the restaurant – a bit limited their as my anti-cholesterol diet and their cheese doesn’t really go. At home, with my special cheese, I like ham, pineapple, mushroom and olives!

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  2. Jason and I watched Super Size Me the other year and it made him crave a big Mac (we rarely eat fast food it’s like once a year) and he was disappointed it didn’t taste as good as he remembered.

    I like to make and freeze waffles or pancakes to have on hand. Sometimes I just season some chicken breasts and put in a crock pot in chicken broth and shred it down. Then we can use it in wraps, mix with some rice, etc. It’s kind of boring but versatile.

    I think my last long run was 3 weeks out from my marathon. Without checking I believe I did 22 miles, then 12 then 8 as my final long Sunday runs.

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