“With 50,000 participants, two million cheering spectators and 315 million television viewers worldwide, you will be part of history for the infamous race on November 4, 2012. Traversing through all five boroughs of New York City (Staten Island, Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan and The Bronx), the ING New York City Marathon is a unique mix of athletics, neighborhood spirit and international media attention that makes it one of the premier road races in the world.”
I had told myself that marathons were out for awhile so that I could get some other things going…but during the Oakley Ambassador trip we started talking about New York City and all I could thing was “I have to do that race!!!” I’m not gunning for Boston, but NYC has always been on my list.
Coach Kastor who I’ve raved about previously, for his straightforward plans and true love of the sport, will be leading 15 of us on this journey. I have exactly 16 weeks until this race, so I am going to try something new…follow a plan. That’s right 10 years and 6 marathons in to this sheebang, I’m going to try following a plan.
What changed my mind? Finding myself growing stronger by sticking to Jackie Warner’s plan, even if I wasn’t a fan over her overall theories…and well only have 16 weeks kind of scares the pants off me. I know that it’s totally doable, but I also know my body is still fighting me…going to just have faith in my holistic doctor and give it my best!
I am determined not to fall in to my previous trap of running only. This definitely lead to imbalances and isn’t leading me to my ultimate goal of being overall fit and healthy. I will be doing a combo of the intermediate and advanced plan so that I can do speed work, weights, yoga and other cross training activities.
Truth be told I have one goal…to enjoy every living moment of this experience! I know that training in the Miami summer won’t be ideal, but I’m going to soak up the process and then soak up all of the craziness that goes with running NYC.
Secondary to that I am going to do my best to run a sub 4 hour marathon. I am training for those paces, but will decide as the plan progresses if this is truly attainable right now.
Got some special edition Olympic gear yesterday as well from Asics which is making me feel a little patriotic and A LOT inspired to be marathon training while watching the summer Olympics!
Have you run NYC? Is it one of your bucket lists? What are your favorite Asics?
I am grateful for opportunities to have new experiences!