|My group halfway through our 25 mile run on Oct 1|
I am totally on a taper high! Is that real? My group and I finished our 25 mile run on October 1 easily! Seriously, I was amazed at how great it was! This was officially the longest training run I've ever done and the farthest north that I'd ever been on the NCR Trail. You know the crazy thing? Apparently, between mile markers 12 and 13, there is some amazing and beautiful scenery! I really had no idea! There were rapids and waterfalls and it was really a treat to get to see it. What a pleasant surprise.
So, the weather on Saturday was perfect - it was a little cool, but it felt great. It didn't rain! Hooray! I could have done the full 26 miles, but I decided that I wasn't going to do the last mile alone and I'd only be doing it if one person from the group wanted to join me. No one did, so I "only" did 25. Part of me was actually annoyed about it later, and I thought I just should have done it to say I did it. Alas, the moment has passed.
Ever since Saturday, I've been on this crazy post-run high. I'm so happy that all of my long training runs are over! All that's left are a series of short taper runs, and I could not be happier about it.
So, we're one month out from the New York City Marathon. I'm getting excited about the race, and not dreading it like I thought I might. What you see me wearing in the photo above is likely what I'll be wearing for the race, unless it's super chilly. I feel like I'm ready. I feel great. I am excited!
As far as my group goes, I have one person from my group running the Chicago Marathon this weekend, one person running the Baltimore Marathon next weekend, one person running the Richmond Marathon on November 12, and two people running the Marine Corps Marathon on Oct 30. I'm going to go to the races that I can make (Baltimore and Marine Corps) to cheer my group on. So excited! Just excited all around!
I'm still nervous about what happens before and after the race in New York. I catch the bus to Staten Island between 5:00am and 6:00am and my start time is 10:40am. That's nearly 5 hours of waiting for the race to start! Yikes! I figure I'll wear some warm clothes and sit or lay on the ground. I won't want to use my phone too much out of fear of running the battery down before the race even starts. After the race, I think it's probably going to take a long time to get through the chute and then out, but I think as long as Todd has done his job of getting the car to the Port Authority Garage, I won't have any issues after that.
So, it's taper time and I could not be happier.
I'll leave you with this TERRIFIC video of the New York City marathon course. If you are running, this is an awesome one to check out: