Despite the fact that I was only thinking happy thoughts, and that Mary Wittenberg actually tweeted me a personal “good luck!” after my girl Beth desperately tweeted her to let me in, I did not get into the NYC Marathon. I wonder if Mary was giggling mischeviously while she was wishing me well. That Mary. She’s so contrary. Or whatever.
I was bummed about that yesterday but I think I’m over it now. (That is, until marathon weekend in NYC. I’ll be crying in a corner somewhere.) After two full days of constantly checking things…NYRR.com and my inbox (which is now surprisingly clean), I’m ready for a break. (Still waiting for an update on the writing job, though!)
On to the running. This week’s speed workout was a tempo run, which I did, once again, on a treadmill. I feel like I’m cheating when I do important workouts on the ‘mill. When I’m on it, I just set the speed and go. (This cold spell better end soon, I swear to all that is holy.) I should be learning to manage my pace on my own though (AKA outdoors) right? Oh well. I guess you just gotta do what you can. Anyway, workout was:
1 mile warmup
3 miles at 9:03
1 mile cooldown
Here’s how I did:
I’m feeling preeeeetttyy good about that. Right on point. (I guess I have the TM to thank for that. But at least I never flew off of it…?) Mile 1 felt easy enough, mile 2 was a little harder, mile 3 I was getting concerned, to be honest. But I did it. High fives all around. I hope I can continue crushing these important workouts over the next month and a half and toe the Brooklyn Half starting line fully confident.
So now, moving on to the big topic of the week. Fall marathons.
On my initial list:
Nike Women’s Marathon (California, October TBD)
Wineglass Marathon (New York, October 5)
Twin Cities Marathon (Minnesota, October 5)
Des Moines Marathon (Iowa, October 19)
Richmond Marathon (Virginia, November 15)
Philly Marathon (Pennsylvania, November 23)
Bonus: all of these are quite a bit cheaper than the NYC Marathon! Someone just tell me what to do. To be honest, I’m kind of waiting for the NFL schedule to come out in April. I know the Jets are playing Kansas City in KC so I’m 1,000% going to that game. Yep, basing my schedule around football. Don’t judge me.
What’s your vote? Any others to add to the list?