Ramblings from 35,000 ft.

Ramblings from 35,000 ft.

Nov 05

Verrazano Bridge

Holy shit, I’m running another marathon!  It hit me like a ton of bricks about 2 nights ago. and now that I’m writing this (from my cross-country flight to NYC- Virgin America, you kick ASS!) it just got REAL.  I’m so unbelievably excited and terrified at the same time.  I’ve trained hard and done everything I can to make this a great race, but like all marathons I can’t help but get a little nervous.  With the ankle injury I suffered at the Malibu Tri and the subsequent weeks away from running that I took to heal (when I SHOULD have been going on longest runs), there’s obvious questions I have about how prepared I am.  My longest training race for this race was only around 17 miles, and at the end of it I was tired.  You mean I need add another 9 to that?

This will be my 4th marathon, so I know I can finish.  But can I finish strong?  Every marathon I’ve run to date (all in LA), I’ve suffered the same fate.  Great start, decent middle, and collapse at mile 19-20.  The ‘wall’ has gotten the best of me all 3 times to varying degrees, with this past marathon being the worst.  I know why it happened each time and have taken steps to adjust my plan accordingly (big ups to Nina Jack for a kick-ass marathon plan), but I know the wall is waiting for me regardless of what I do.  Will this finally be the time I slap back and break the magical sub-5 pace that has eluded me?

I know one thing….regardless of what happens, I’m going to do everything I can to take it all in an enjoy the experience, regardless of the outcome.  After LA this past year, I was PISSED that I ran so poorly.  Despite having accomplished something that so few people do, I couldn’t let myself enjoy the simple fact that I finished because I was so focused on my expectations.  I’m not going to let that happen this time.  Its New York City afterall, so the last thing I want to do is worry about time when I have the opportunity to run the streets of one of the greatest and most diverse cities of the worst.  I’m going into this race with the attitude of having fun, and if I do that I’m sure good things will happen.

This marathon is also the official kick-off of my training for the Vineman Full Ironman in 2011, which I’m doing with Team In Training.  I’ll talk about that in another entry, but if you want details and want to support my journey and help beat cancer, here’s my Team In Training Fundraising Page.

I have a feeling this weekend is going to fly by.  I’m meeting my brother Kyle there, who is on a cross-country journey of his own right now.   We’re staying at the W, and I’m sure we’ll head out tonight for a bit. Its going to be hard as hell to be in the city and not party. :)   I’ve got the expo on Saturday, and am going to a brunch to meet up with a bunch of Dailymile.com peeps that I’ve been following for the past year.  I might be stopping by my company’s future East Coast branch/studio, depending on how much time I have.

Speaking of my company, one of the things that I’m super-pumped about with regards to this marathon is music.  All summer long I’ve been training to a lot of quality house music that I’ve come across, and hearing these tracks has motivated me to get back into DJing again.  I put together my first mix in several years, mostly of tracks that I’ve been running to.  I’m going to do a new mix every month of deep/funky house. Here’s a link if you want to check it out:

Cut La Rock – In The Cut Vol. 1 / NYC Marathon Mix

My plan is to run the first half of the race music-free, keeping my pace down while enjoying the sights and sounds.  At around Mile 13, I’m going to cue up this mix to pump me up, get me focused, and pick up my pace.  If I play music at the start, there’s no doubt that I’ll go too fast, so I’m going to wait until I’m half-way through and could use the pick-me-up.

Other than that, my plan is to have fun, soak it all in, welcome the pain and conquer that shit!