Now we're 3 months out from the New York City Marathon, and the one good thing to report is that I've finally gotten used to the idea that I'm going to be running the New York City Marathon. For some reason, I was so incredibly convinced that I wouldn't get in that it just became difficult to accept that I did indeed get in on my first try.
Training is going very well. I've written this post in advance, so as this posts, I will be on the NCR Trail completing my 18 mile training run. We started running at 5:00am, and this is our first run in the dark. Personally, I think it's a treat to start my training runs in the dark. There's something special or even magical about being on the trail as the sun rises. I know it should suck, and it does suck when the alarm goes off at 3:45am, but when you start looking on the bright side -- the birds start singing while you're out there, and nature starts waking up. It's a beautiful place to be so early in the morning.
I only have one more race to do before NYC, and that is the Annapolis Ten Mile run the end of August. Then, I'll have two months of high mileage training and no races at all until NYC on November 6. In all, 13 weeks of training remain and I'm feeling strong and ready. It's been hot, but I've still been getting my runs in.
Usually this time of year, I am faced with a horrible apathy that prevents me from getting out there and getting my runs in. So far, knock on wood, I haven't had that happen TOO much yet. We'll see how things go over these last few weeks of hot summer days.
I'll leave you with this terrific video that I've watched about a million times of the runners starting at the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge in 2010:
How cool is that?