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(All taken on different runs)
As of this week, I’m officially in taper mode. On Saturday morning, I ran the route mapped out above to complete my longest training run–22 miles. With three weeks until race day, I can honestly say that I feel ready to run a marathon. I still have an 18-20 mile run and a 10 mile run left before heading to Disney World, but the confidence is there.
I usually start my long runs at 10-11am on Sundays and run a combination of Central Park, the West Side Highway, and the East River Running Path. I wanted to change up my route for 22. One, looking at the same scenery can grow old (even in New York). Two, I wanted to run by some of the holiday decorations and major attractions in the city. If you roll over the map above, you’ll see pictures of some of my favorite sights–Central Park, Bloomberg, Rockefeller Center, Bryant Park, The High Line, Washington Square Park, Madison Square Park, and Grand Central. I started my run at 7:30am to avoid crowds. This would be a great route to take (in full or in pieces) if you’re visiting New York and want to sightsee while you run. These 3.5+ hours were a celebration of my city and my training.
Because this is my last Marathon Monday post of 2014, here are some short answers to Miss Zippy’s Year of Running linkup. Feel free to join in or share some of your answers below!
Best race experience? Running my first half marathon with Team in Training was so memorable.
Best run? Run commutes home from work along the West Side Highway at sunset in the summer.
Best new piece of gear? My Brooks Adrenalines have been with me every step of this process.
Best piece of running advice you received? Incorporate strength training into your program.
Most inspirational runner? I’m more inspired by my runner friends than by pros. It’s incredible to watch friends train for races and encourage one another (on social media and in person).
If you could sum up your year in a couple of words, what would they be? “Decide that you want it more than you are afraid of it.” – Bill Cosby
This Week’s Plan of Attack
Monday – Rest Day
Tuesday – Strength Train in CLT
Wednesday – Pick-Up Workout
Thursday – Run 7 Miles
Friday – Strength Train in CLT
Saturday – Run 4 Miles
Sunday – Run 18-20 Miles