Sit back and relax. This post is going to be a long one. Mal and I eventually made it to New York City around 2:30 on Saturday afternoon. We quickly checked into our hotel room and then jumped in a cab to the marathon expo. The expo was crazy and overwhelming (as expected), so I grabbed my number, bought a NYCM tech shirt, and got the heck out of there. I usually like wandering around…

Good morning! I did it!!! I completed the New York City Marathon! I spent a solid 7 hours in the car yesterday, so I didn’t get to finish my marathon recap, but I promise it’s coming soon! Instead, I have a funny photo of Murphy to share. I received this picture along with a text message from my brother-in-law just minutes before I entered my corral for the marathon. It put the biggest smile on…

Three weeks ago, I waited in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park with about 200 other runners to start our 20-mile training run into Manhattan, which, for me, was the longest of my preparations for the New York City Marathon. As I stood with the 10-minute pace group, listening to our final instructions, one of the volunteers said something that really struck a chord with me: There are hundreds of reasons to stop during a marathon, but we…

Last week, Runner’s World offered me the opportunity to do special Q & A on my blog with one of their editors on a topic of my choice. With the New York City Marathon right around the corner (in just 8 days!), I jumped at the chance to ask some questions about what to do the week before the marathon in order to run the best race possible. Below are my questions with responses from Mark Remy, a blogger,…

The New York City Marathon is just 10 days away. Yikes! Obviously, I’m freaking the f out nervous, but I’m also getting really excited for it. From what I hear, it’s not just a marathon; it’s an experience. Last night, I started a new book called The Long Run by Matt Long, a New York City firefighter who comes back from a serious accident to become an elite athlete. I’m only part way through the second…

Good morning! It’s a hot-mug-of-coffee morning here! Well, technically, it was my only option for coffee. Mal finished off the last of the iced coffee this morning, so it was hot coffee or nothin’ for me. I actually like switching it up between iced and hot coffee once the weather gets cold, so I really don’t miss my iced coffee all that much. Breakfast also included an egg white sandwich with sliced deli ham and…

Wahoo! Twenty miles run and done! Theodora and I rocked our 20-mile long run this morning. Surprisingly, it wasn’t all that bad either. (Who says that about 20 miles?!? Crazy people. That’s who.) Hey, nice shirt, Theodora. I woke up bright and early to prepare for this morning’s run. I ate my usual breakfast (nut butter + banana on a whole wheat English muffin) along with a peach tea-flavored GU Brew, which looked a lot…

Ok, friends, let’s get right to it! Eats first and then some marathon talk. Snack My breakfast didn’t do a great job of holding me over until lunchtime, so I snacked on a very ripe peach around 10:30 AM. Boy, was it juicy! Lunch Lunch came a little while later: ham and Swiss cheese on a whole wheat Sandwich Thin with honey mustard and Buffalo Wing Pretzel Crisps on the side. I made sure to…

I ran 15 miles today. Yep, you read that correctly: 15 miles. I have no idea how it happened, but it did. And it was awesome. Clearly, we take marathon training very seriously. Theodora had 20 miles on her training schedule today, so she left her apartment bright and early to start her long run. (I ate breakfast and hung out with Bailey.) The FITNESS Magazine 4-miler started at 10:00 AM, so I ran 3…

PLEASE NOTE: SmartCoach Plus believes the plan you have selected is not sufficient to prepare you for the Marathon. Please consider choosing a different race that will give you more training time. If you decide to enter this race, run conservatively, and don’t hesitate to take walking breaks as necessary. Gah. This is not good news. Last night, I dreamt that I missed the New York City Marathon because I went shopping during it. I…

Woah. Today is flying by! And it’s already Wednesday! Short work weeks rule. Breakfast I started my day with a warm, creamy bowl of oatmeal with cinnamon, brown sugar, and vanilla soy milk mixed in. Hooray for oatmeal season! I missed it. I topped my oats with pecans, peanuts, cashews, raisins, ground flaxseed meal, and a big scoop of peanut butter. And, of course, there was iced coffee. A bunch of you guys noticed that…

Can we talk about this graph?!?! Holy crap! I ran 125 miles in July!!! That’s more than a quarter of the total miles I’ve run this year (401 miles) in a single month. While this is totally insane, I am incredibly proud of myself. I never thought I could run that sort of mileage without getting injured. I mean, even just a few months ago, I wasn’t sure how feasible training for a second marathon…

There’s something about running distances over 13 miles that bugs me out. I’ve completed a number of half marathons, so I’m totally confident with my ability to run that distance, but when it comes to anything longer, I start to question my running abilities. It happens every time. This lack of confidence plagued me throughout most of training for my first marathon. In fact, the night before each of my Saturday long runs, I doubted my…

Can we talk about this?!? 👿 It was 93 degrees outside when I finished my 12-mile run this morning. I am not smart. I woke up bright and early with every intention of starting my run by 5:30 AM to beat the heat, but I don’t know where the time went. I ate breakfast: peanut butter + banana on whole wheat bread. Filled my Fuel Belt with Gu Brew. Snapped a photo for the blog….

Remember when I asked you guys if you had questions for Lauren Antonucci from Team for Kids about marathon training and fueling? Well, I gathered up your questions, sent them to her, and she replied to them. Check out Lauren’s responses below. She provides a ton of great information! Thanks, Lauren! I think that I’m refueling wrong as I’m always STARVING after my long runs! What and when should I eat to keep this from happening?…

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