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October 29, 2012

It's Race Week!

I hate that I haven't posted in a week because I've been working mega overtime at work and haven't had time to sit down in front of a computer. I've had so many things to say and it makes me sad!

Work is definitely going to slow down now that my company's big event is all said and done and that we're closed today (and most definitely will be tomorrow) thanks to Hurricane Sandy.

Last year, a snowstorm almost derailed the Marine Corps Marathon for me. This year, a hurricane is striking days before NYC and it's causing me to slightly go into panic mode.

As of right now, we have a little bit of rain and it's really windy. Every governor, mayor, town council member, etc. keeps warning that "the worst is yet to come" so we'll see what happens. I'm at my mom's house and she's terrified that a tree is going to come crashing through the living room so I may evacuate to The Pilot's house where there are no trees that may come crashing through any living space...even though he isn't stocked with any preparations should we lose power because he was supposed to be flying this weekend.

Hmmm.

Anyway, it's MARATHON WEEK. Y'all have heard me talking about the NYC Marathon for months on end now and come Sunday, that's all going to stop (or at least until I get my recap up.)


These ads have been posted all over New York and, while they've been met with mixed reviews and opinions, I can't help but agree with it.

My marathon journey started in May 2010. I ran my first half-marathon and within a few hours of crossing the finish line, eating all the bagels and heading back to my apartment, I registered for the Philly Marathon. After Philly, I took a month off and started training for the 9 races I would run to get guaranteed entry into this race. I've run a few other marathons along the way and it's been so much fun, but I would never have run nearly as many Halves as I've done or anywhere near as many races if I wasn't trying to get into New York. So, even though it's taken a lot to get me to this point - both in terms of good races and bad races and frustration with NYRR and - everything else has been a warm-up...a 2 year warm-up that culminates in 5 short days as I toe the line in Staten Island for my 5th marathon.

I'm freaking pumped.

As far as my knee goes, I ran 10 miles yesterday with the last 3 at marathon goal pace (or really close to it since Sandy winds were already starting to rage) and felt great. My knee didn't bother me at all and I'm so incredibly thankful to have had a doctor willing to treat me as aggressively as possible to not only get me to the Start but to get me to the Finish Line within my goal time.

The doctor sent me for acupuncture which I did for the first time on Friday and feel great. I'm also using a topical prescription anti-inflammatory, pain reliever, muscle relaxer, nerve receptor fixer...and a bunch of other fancy ingredients in this made-for-me cream that I've been slathering over my knee somewhat religiously for the last 3 days.

I'm so ready to make that climb up the Verrazano Bridge and run New York. I think the marathon will be a great way to come to terms with the city that I really don't love all that much.

In the mean time, I'll be braving the hurricane and praying that I have power so that I can run on a treadmill (and blog) because a power outage would lead to me not running and would probably lead to the most severe case of taper tantrum the world has ever seen...not only on my part but on the part of everyone else in the area.


Are you in the path of Sandy? What are your thoughts on it? Is it sensationalized or the Real Deal? Are you running NYC? 

Have a great week everyone!

6 comments:

  1. I am keeping my fingers crossed for you girl that nothing derails your NYC race! So glad that knee is minding it's manors for you!!!

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  2. I am so incredibly pumped for you! I watched the course video over the weekend and was tearing up, and I am not even running! I wish you the best, Christy! You've worked so hard!

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  3. Wish I could be there to cheer you on this weekend, but, know that I'm cheering you on from Texas and will be thinking of you and semi-stalking your ass all day. I love youuuuuuu!!!!

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  4. We are waiting for "Frakenstorm" and it should start here soon. They are saying tonight will be the worse. I believe as long as people use common sense and not go outside unless it is really needed, everything will be fine. I heard some people went surfing, that is just stupid. Why not enjoy a day at home, drink coffee and relax! That's what we do and I love it :) Be safe!!

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  5. Oh wow-- hope you're safe and sound and that you still get to run this weekend!!

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  6. Hope you made it through the Hurricane Safely!! And good luck with the marathon if it's still going on. I've been keeping up with the news and haven't seen great things, so I hope that it is still scheduled for this weekend! Anywho, GOODLUCK! :)

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