When I was in Chicago spectating the marathon in October, I made a decision that I finally wanted to run another marathon. It wasn’t hard, there was a lot of inspiration all around me. I missed the atmosphere and the satisfaction of completing a long-distance race. My next obstacle was choosing a marathon. Here is how I looked at it:
Fall 2016 was out for a full. I’d be 6-8 months postpartum (depending on date of race). After I had Jennie I had ZERO desire to run a full and the half that I ran at 6 months postpartum was less than enjoyable. So I moved on to 2017 and decided the fall and the NYC Marathon would be a good fit. This would give me a lot of time to adjust to my new life and ease my way back into running after baby number two. Perhaps I’ll be able to get one or two great 13.1 training cycles done in the meantime as well.
As many of you know, unfortunately you can just sign up and run the NYC Marathon. There are only a couple of ways to enter (short of running for a charity) and being local to NYC gives me the 9+1 option. That is, one must be a member of New York Road Runners, run 9 of their races and volunteer once in the year preceding the marathon and you will have yourself a guaranteed entry to the marathon. This option is the most desirable because frankly I believe the lottery is a bit of bullshit and not very random but that’s a story for another day (that I might have told already but I’m too tired to look).
I digress! On Saturday 1/9, I ran my first qualifier for my entry to the 2017 NYC Marathon, the Joe Kleinerman 10K. When I signed up, I was NOT looking forward to running 6.2 hilly miles. I’d be just over 31 weeks pregnant and the distance seemed daunting and honestly I was afraid I wouldn’t finish. However, I wanted to try to get at least one qualifying race done before the baby and well, #priorities.
The worries and fears stayed with me until the start of the race. I started a few corrals back than what my bib allowed (an old pace was used automatically when I registered) and because of the crowds I was able (read: was forced) to start at a comfortable pace. After a crowded start and a stressful climb up Harlem Hill I realized I felt pretty well. I didn’t have the usual round ligament or shin pain which was a huge plus.
About 3/4 of a mile later, I literally ran into Beth. If you know me or have run with me, you know I love to chat with friends (or anyone really) while running (casually, of course, racing doesn’t count). I know some people can’t stand that about me LOL. Anyway, I haven’t seen her in a very long time so we used the next 3+ miles to catch up and those miles went by pretty fast! After one last climb up cat hill, the race was basically over and I experienced another proud pregnancy moment! I obviously didn’t finish in record speed but I did finish feeling great and without having to stop to walk even once. Don’t get me wrong, I was happy when it was over and even happier that I don’t have to run that far again until after this baby comes 🙂
Other workouts last week:
M 1/4: 3.1 mi run
T 1/5: 50 min Refine Method
W 1/6: 50 min Refine Method
Th 1/7: 45 min spin at Cyc
F 1/8: off
S 1/9: 6.2 mi run (Joe Kleinerman 10K, 1:01:10, 9:51 avg)
Total: 9.3 mi run, 100 min strength, 45 min spin
Another fun thing from last week, I was featured on Refine’s Instagram account! I am currently participating in the current challenge, which is at least two classes a week (at a reduced rate). I was going once each week but decided to do this until baby comes (or until working out becomes too uncomfortable)!