In 2 months…

27 Nov

So, I guess now is when I say I’m planning to run the Miami marathon on January 27th– 2 months from today…

Basically, as a very generous gift, I was given a trip to Miami to do so last year, but as you may remember, I had a “short” bout with the dreaded plantar fasciitis … this prevented me from doing any running whatsoever for an unspeakable amount of time.

And so, January 27, 2013, is the day I hope to will run a sub-3:35 marathon.*

I actually got a little queasy just typing that out.  Yeesh.

Well, anyway, I suppose my official training for this race began the day I was slated to run the NYC marathon, which you may have heard wound up being canceled…

I ran 20 miles in the park that day, and the following week, ran a total of 44 miles, plus did a 45-minute Flywheel class.  My training has been decent but unremarkable.  My long runs have been very slow.  My speedwork has been pretty much on par.  Last week, I ran a little over 53 miles and did a 45-minute Flywheel class.  I also consumed about a million calories.  Fuel, of course!

This is a goose!

Who knew that goose was delicious?!?! T and I discovered this on Thanksgiving!

I made my Grandma’s oyster dressing. It involves: oysters, saltines, and a “little” bit of butter…

It is also DELICIOUS.

Can’t have Thanksgiving without green bean casserole! I used about 3 times the amount of cheese that the recipe called for. Obviously.

Anyway, so that’s just some of what I fueled my 53+ miles with last week.

One more shot of the goose

This week is a bit of a cutback week — I’ll only run about 45 miles.  Then next week I’ll run 60… which will be the most miles I’ve ever run in a week.

A few random observations about running during this, my 13th(!!!!) marathon training cycle:

-20 milers almost always suck.  They would probably suck a little bit less if I ran with a buddy or if I listened to music, but this last 20 miler (Friday after Thanksgiving) I had neither, and it was particularly brutal.

-For some reason, it’s difficult for me to hit MGP on anything but a circular path (lately for me, it’s been the Reservoir and the Astoria Park track.)  Why is that?  I should probably rectify this situation, seeing as how I’m pretty sure that the Miami marathon is a typical road race and not one done around a reservoir or on a track…

-I really want to join a running club/team.

-Inclement weather is almost a given on nights when I have NYRR running class.  Case in point:  the weather today sucks.  And I have class.

Anyway, this is not cohesive at all, but the 2 people who read my blog asked why I hadn’t written anything in a while.  So, tada!!!  I’ll do better next time. 🙂

Hope your holiday season is off to a great start!

*this really only involves shaving 4 minutes off of my PR, but I’d rather be closer to 3:30 if we’re being honest here…

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12 Responses to “In 2 months…”

  1. Emilia @ Run for Your Life November 27, 2012 at 1:44 pm #

    Ahhh I miss Astoria Park and wish I’d taken advantage of that track. When I lived there, NYCM 2010 was my first marathon and I didn’t really do speedwork at all. Once in while I’d hit the track, get bored after 1 lap and leave. I did take full advantage of running the Queensboro Bridge almost every day, though…

    Agree with what you said about 20 milers. They do almost always suck. I’m sure you will crush Miami, though!

    • Katie November 27, 2012 at 5:43 pm #

      Hey Emilia! Thanks for the comment and the vote of confidence for Miami! I read about your injury and I sure do hope it clears up soon. I definitely know how you feel! Sending healing wishes!

  2. Celia November 27, 2012 at 1:50 pm #

    Run with me!! I am investigating new club options too…

    • Katie November 27, 2012 at 5:43 pm #

      You are?! We should shop around together! We should at least run together! Let’s figure out when…

  3. bjaxx November 27, 2012 at 1:57 pm #

    if you ever do a thing where you get like 5 buddies to each run 4 miles with you, count me in for a leg at 8:30/mi 🙂

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    • Katie November 27, 2012 at 5:44 pm #

      Ummm… yes, yes, and yes!

  4. RoseRunner November 27, 2012 at 3:22 pm #

    13th! dang. 8 weeks will sneak up on you, but you’ve got plenty of time. I never hit MGP, whether straight/curvy/flat/hilly, which is confusing, right? It’s really much too fast for me to hit on a normal run unless I am doing speedwork.

    • Katie November 27, 2012 at 5:45 pm #

      Hey RR! That actually makes me feel a lot better that you find MGP difficult to hit outside of the race itself. Thanks! Will be thinking positive thoughts for you for CIM!!!!!

  5. Kristy (@RunTheLongRoad) November 27, 2012 at 4:02 pm #

    we have similar goals 🙂 and, i too, ran 20 miles the day after t-giving (why don’t you live in philly????).

    i am so happy you are running miami!

    • Katie November 27, 2012 at 5:45 pm #

      Please, with your recent half PR, you are going to crush whatever marathon you do next!!!

  6. Katherine @ Neon Blonde Runner November 28, 2012 at 12:00 am #

    Oh Meggie, Gia and Jess told me all about FlyWheel and Soul Cycle…those classes sound very intense!!

    You’ll have an awesome marathon, I bet you’ll beat your 3:30 goal. Those are some high mileage weeks that you’re doing!

    • Katie November 28, 2012 at 9:14 am #

      Thanks, Katherine! Means a lot, coming from a speedster like yourself. 🙂 I am definitely a Flywheel devotee. Even though I am running a lot of miles these days, I always make time for at least one class a week. I love it!

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