NYC Marathon: The Final Countdown

When it comes to proper marathon preparation, I’ve been doing pretty much the exact opposite of what I should be doing.

  • Since the NYC Marathon is one of our biggest events at work, I’ve been extremely busy all week. My eating schedule has been so sporadic and, well, just horrible. There were a couple days this week that I ended up skipping meals altogether because my work schedule rarely gave me a second to heat something up or run out and grab a bite to eat. When I get this busy, my appetite sort of dissipates. I’ve been rushing from meeting to meeting, answering phone calls and emails, meeting with people, trying to meet deadlines…and my eating schedule suffered. (So has my personal life.) My body can feel it.
  • We hosted two events last night; a reception and a huge dinner for about 400 people. That meant a long day of setup and rushing around to make sure everything was good to go for both. I spent basically the entire day on my feet. When I woke up this morning, I felt like I completed a long run yesterday. I will be wearing compression shorts and socks all day today!
Lots of people = lots of logistics!

Lots of excited runners!

  • With all the craziness at work, I only exercised ONCE this week – a 30 minute run on Tuesday. I went to PT on Monday and Thursday, but we didn’t really do anything besides soft tissue work and some lunges. I know “the hay is in the barn”, but I’m still feeling guilty.

But now is the time to move past all that. Now, it’s MY time. Nothing stands between me and Staten Island except time.

I remember exactly what I was feeling in 2011 when I ran the NYC Marathon for the first time. It was right when I found the blogging world. I started reading Ali and Dori’s blogs, and their love for running was so contagious. I mean, I’ve always loved running. But I remember sitting at my desk, reading about their experiences running in NYC, and being so in awe of their dedication and determination.

I remember sitting at the starting line on Staten Island, ready to run my second marathon.


I took off about 5 layers just to take this picture.

I knew no one, so I sat there alone for about 3 hours, waiting for my turn to line up on the bridge. Under the bridge. (For those of you who don’t know, some people start on the lower level of the Verrazano Bridge, others start on the top. All the iconic NYCM pictures that you see are obviously taken of the top of the bridge…but there are tons of people below too!)  I didn’t have a problem with being underneath. You could still see the beautiful views. And no, I promise there were no issues with people peeing off the bridge, as most people worry about. :)

I was injured. My only goal was to finish. I had a pretty good training cycle, but on my last long run I had some pain and ended up not running at all throughout taper…but my friend who was fighting cancer gave me the race entry, and I vowed to run the race for him.  I’m so sad that he is no longer with us, but I’ll write his initials on my hand again; just like I did in 2011. This will always be his race, not mine.

This year, though…this year is singing a bit of a different tune.

2013 NYCM Expo

2013 NYCM Expo

I’ll have so many friends out there running with me. I have people to hang out with at the starting line. I have awesome cheer squads to watch for on the sidelines (THANK YOU!!). Plus, I’ve been working in the city for almost 2 years now, so I’ll actually know where I am for the most part! (In 2011 I really had no idea.) I have a time goal. 

Been staring at this for the last 2 days!

Been staring at this for the last 2 days!

My body still feels tired right now, but I’m resting. Foam rolling. Fueling. Hydrating. Compression-ing. Thinking positive thoughts. Watching motivational videos.

(My friend Tommy sent me that video before Ironman and I am OBSESSED with it.)

I believe this can be a great race for me. It WILL be a great race for me. I WILL OWN NYC BY TOMORROW AFTERNOON. (Sorry, just trying to get in a positive mindset!)

A guy had this quote from Rocky IV written on the back of his shirt in the 2011 NYC Marathon and I’ve never forgotten it. I think I’ll be repeating it over and over on 5th Avenue…

“Though the body says “stop” the spirit cries never!”.

Good luck everyone!

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    • November 5, 2013 / 2:52 pm

      Thanks, Stephanie!

  1. November 2, 2013 / 6:00 pm

    I am sorry to hear your week has been so stressful, sounds like where I have been too. Good luck tomorrow, I will be thinking of you!

    • November 5, 2013 / 2:52 pm

      Hope you’re doing okay!!

  2. November 2, 2013 / 6:16 pm

    I didn’t know my blog played any role in your life! I love it! You could have hung out with me before the race start 2 years ago. I am so excited for you, you are going to do awesome tomorrow. Have fun!

    • November 5, 2013 / 2:51 pm

      I’ve always loved it! That’s so nice of you to say – I guess I should have said something back then!

  3. November 2, 2013 / 9:20 pm

    Good luck tomorrow, Kara – I’ll be thinking of you out there!

    • November 5, 2013 / 2:53 pm

      Thanks Laura!!

  4. November 2, 2013 / 11:04 pm

    Have a wonderful time tomorrow, Kara!! I’ll be volunteering/cheering at Mile 17 :) I can’t wait to see you kick some serious marathon butt!!!

    • November 5, 2013 / 2:53 pm

      I was looking for you; so sad I missed you! Thanks for volunteering though – hope you had lots of fun!

  5. November 3, 2013 / 9:12 pm

    I’m just reading this the night of the marathon!! Hope it was awesome! Can’t wait to hear about it!!!

    • November 5, 2013 / 2:54 pm

      Recap is up! :) Thanks Leslie!!

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