Getting to the starting line

Berlin Marathon 2017 – entered.

Now I need to get to the starting line. As in, getting this body race ready so we don’t have a repeat of NYC. What went wrong in NYC?

  • Sick – I can’t control that entirely but I can certainly get more vitamins and minerals in me, rest and keep my stress levels down to give myself a better chance.
  • Fat – I went into NYC carrying way more weight than was reasonable.
  • Injured – Stretching, cross training, long runs. All things I didn’t do enough of.
  • Under trained – See above. I didn’t prioritise my training and definitely didn’t do the right training (hills!)

So, that takes us to Berlin. What’s the plan?

  • Eat better – fruit and vegetables are my friend
  • Stick to the training plan – Not sure what plan that is at the moment but I’ll start with lacing up the shoes again next week
  • Other things – do other things than run

Here’s to the plan!

#beatberlin42

Summer in the city

Hello neglected blog.

It’s been hot hot hot! Which has not left me feeling ready to run. My dodgy knee has been feeling improved but it’s taken until today to take it out for a test.

Because it’s summer and I’ve been sweating like nothing I can remember, it was shorts and singlet today. Not my current normal running outfit, for fear of blinding passers by with my oh so white legs but desperate times call for desperate measures.

The shorts were new from Lululemon and they certainly did the trick! Right length (not too short but not too long), didn’t ride up and POCKETS! You just can’t beat pockets.

And the best part of the run?

Was it the views?

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Sunrise skies

They’re pretty good, but no.

 

It was the knee – no pain! It was so good to run and not even notice my knee!

Fingers crossed it’s the first of many more!

Anyone else think sunrise runs are the best?

NYC Marathon – 56 days to go

21K on the schedule for today.

The weather was much improved from yesterday with blue skies and no wind. Thank goodness!

I headed toward Brighton and started out pretty well. My legs, although still a bit sore, were feeling distinctly better. I ran strong for about 7K and then started running out of puff. I pushed through to half way (albeit a little slower) and then took a gel. Another couple of kms and the gel worked its magic.

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A photo break of the Brighton Bathing Boxes and then home again, home again!

Run lowlight – massive shirt chafing! I won’t be making the mistake of that shirt for a long run again.

Run highlight – the Ravenna’s stood up really well. After a couple of false starts it looks like they’re broken in.

NYC Marathon – 58 days to go

The answer to yesterday’s question – a resounding NO!

Easy 6K on the books today but there was nothing easy about how my legs felt. My heart rate stayed down, so the run pace was fine. But my legs hurt the entire way. Boo hoo!

Highlight of this crappy run – I got a new Smashrun badge:

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Stretching, foam rolling and some core work on the books for tonight I think.

What will my next Smashrun badge be?

NYC Marathon – 59 days to go

Easy 6K on the books today followed by strides.

Headed out a little later than planned. No matter how often I do it, I can’t seem to get the concept that it will take at least 20 minutes to get out the door once I deal with getting dressed, feeding the (fur) babies, finding a headband or hat etc.

Regardless, I made it out and it was just lovely today! It’s getting lighter earlier (until daylight savings starts at least), the temperature was comfortable, the birds were chirping away and there was a nice breeze. Admittedly, that breeze because somewhat more windy once I got out of my street and closer to the water. But it wasn’t too bad overall.

The first 3K was slow and clunky because, as predicted, my legs were sore today. Thankfully, they loosened up and the home 3K was much more comfortable. Now though, not so much.

Then to the carpark for strides. 20 seconds of fast running is so much fun. It’s not so long that I think I’m going to die but long enough that I really feel like I’m flying for a bit in there.

Will my legs feel better for tomorrow’s run?

NYC Marathon – 60 days to go

It’s getting real and I’m beginning to freak out. 60 days to go and I’ll be running the NYC Marathon.

Today is a rest day from running.

I went to the gym this morning and did a weights session; the first in a while. I’m pretty sure I’m going to feel Every. Single. Muscle. tomorrow. Note to self: do more strength training.

Additional note to self: Organise your eats. Gotta work on getting some better training fuelling going. Today’s lunch was a quick grab from the fridge and not what I thought it was. 😦

What should I pack for lunch tomorrow?