I've been debating this but I think I should just do it... I want to write at least a short post every day between now and the marathon. I think it will help me get random stuff out of my head and it will be nice to be able to look back on it...
Here are a few random marathon related things of note on my mind today...
Today I put together a list of "post marathon to dos" I had to do this for a few reasons: 1) I love lists 2) because any time anyone suggests hanging out or doing anything with me, it's too overwhelming right now, and I cut them off with my favorite new phrase - after the marathon 3) I have to have things to look forward to after the marathon because as much as I'm excited for it to happen, part of me is afraid of spinning into a depression brought upon by the end of daylight savings time, colder weather (between the darkness & cold, that pretty much means no biking for months) and having nothing to train for. and no events on my calendar means nothing to look forward to. So today I created that list and will add to it over the next few weeks.
I forgot to mention my goals for the NYC Marathon in my timeline post! Of course my first and foremost goal is to just FINISH, but I am giving myself a time goal of 5 hours 30 minutes - 5 hours 45 minutes. I also have one other goal: BEAT PAM ANDERSON. That's right. I read she's running it. And from the article I read it sounds like she only *just* started running. Therefore, I have a decent shot! Take that, Baywatch babe!
I have off the Friday before the marathon so I can pick up by bib & spend way too much time and $ on gear at the expo. I'm also off the Monday & Tuesday after the marathon for recovery. I hope I don't need that long to recover but thought it was better safe than sorry. And hopefully those days will be spent celebrating! (and voting for deBlasio!)
MARATHON DAY CORRESPONDENT:
Today NYRR sent out an email asking for applicants to be part of their race day broadcast on ESPN. They were looking for enthusiastic runners who fit a certain set of criteria (all of which I fit) so I sent an email with the subject "Pick me, I'm awesome!" It states...
It's my first marathon and I'm so excited! I only started running a few years ago (my first mile was in 2010) I qualified in 2011 for 2012 and trained for it, but it was cancelled, so I've been waiting 2 years for this moment!!!
They are picking the 100 winners on October 21st. I don't know how they could pass me up!
I'm still debating this but I'm pretty sure that what I'm going to do is ride my bike to the Staten Island Ferry Terminal on Sunday morning & lock up in Manhattan. After crossing the finish line, find my Dad about a mile from there, have him drive me to South Ferry and then bike home. I know some people think I'm nuts but NOTHING is more soothing to me after a long run than a bike ride. And I think it will be a pretty epic ride.
I think that's for tonight. Thanks for listening. :)
Oh and since everything is better with pictures, and I'm a total narcissist, here's a photo of me from after this Sunday's Staten Island Half Marathon. I'm wearing little more than my medal. And the next medal I get will be the most important one of all!!!