Hello long lost friends! I know I haven’t been around much in the last few weeks, but I wanted to pop in and say HI before I wrap up the end of a very crazy month. Like I mentioned before, I moved! While packing and cleaning might be one of my favorite things, it is a lot to move an entire apartment in one day. I am finally all unpacked and I can’t thank my parents and Will enough for all their help. I’m officially settled and am so happy to have this craziness behind me.
Work is still beyond crazy, and I think will be for the next few months. We are playing catch up and seem to always be one step behind. Once we are caught all up, it will feel absolutely amazing. Until January, where we sign on another 1,700 providers. Oye vey. But until then… I will enjoy any brief respite I may get!
And the long awaited topic… NYCM is this Sunday! When in the world did that happen. I can’t believe it’s already here. Part of me feels beyond ready and excited. Part of me wonders if my goals are a bit too far out of reach, if I trained enough, and if I can actually run 26.2 (usually more like 26.4) miles. I am so excited to run the infamous NYCM, but no matter how many marathons I have finished, there’s always a sense of the unknown. Weather conditions, how I will feel race morning, will my stomach even cooperate? All these factors can significantly influence how race day goes.
I have some high hopes. My A-goal for this race would be a big PR. I’d really like to run a sub 3:12. I will be extremely happy under a 3:15. Many people I’ve talked to have said NYCM isn’t necessarily a PR worthy course. The narrow roads early on, the mass volumes of runners, and the headwind-prone course can always effect your time. I am hoping the stars align and if anything, I just enjoy those 26.2 miles. Now we will see how timing goes, but all I know is I’m lucky with getting in the wave right after the elites, so I get to start at 9:50, which is still VERY early considering some waves don’t leave Staten Island until 11:50am.
I will check back in after the race and hopefully have some glorious news to share. I am looking forward to taking the time away from running for the month of November and really focus on cross training and spinning. Part of me is getting a bit burned out from the past 18 months of continuous training. I think a solid month off will help me get refocused and work to really crush a sub 3:10 at Boston. At least that’s the plan for now…
And as always, thank you Amanda for letting me babble on in such a wonderfully incoherent fashion.