NYC Marathon

16 weeks of training.  A 26.2-mile course that spans the 5 boroughs.  And $2,500 donated to a worthy cause.  On November 6th, 2011, I’ll be running the ING New York City Marathon, and I’m dedicating my racing efforts to the non-profit organization Achilles International. Achilles seeks to seek to enable people with all types of disabilities to participate in mainstream athletics, to promote personal achievement, enhanced self esteem, and the lowering of barriers between people.  Due to a rare form muscular dystrophy, my goddaugther, Greta, is currently wheelchair-bound, and it’s an honor to run for an organization who makes such an impact on individuals like her.  If you’d like to support my fundraising efforts, you can do so on my FirstGiving personal fundraising page.  Feel free to share the link with anyone you’d like!

My marathon training officially started July 18th.  Given that it’s my first marathon, I’m pretty excited (not to mention slightly nervous) about training and preparing for the big day.  While I’ll be blogging and documenting my running as usual on both the Pavement Pounding and Home pages of Metal Firecracker,  I’m hoping to use this page as marathon headquarters.  Stay tuned for updates!

How I’m Training –  While I was initially hoping to use a modified version of Hal Higdon’s Intermediate 1 marathon training schedule, I’ve had to make a few training schedule adjustments along the way due to injuries and my fall ultimate frisbee league.  In case you’re at all curious how what my running life looks like on any given day (ahem, mom) this handy dandy chart will let you know.

August 20th – The First Three Weeks, and Many Injuries.  Training gets off to a shaky start due to a series of injuries.  What should be a 16-week training schedule gets whittled down to 13 weeks, and training anxiety ensues.

August 30th – I Don’t Recommend Combining Drinking and Running.  Mimosas and marathon training don’t really mix.  As it turns out, this isn’t the first time I’ve been foiled by mimosas this summer.

September 5th – I Fought the Bridges, and I Won.  What better way to celebrate Labor Day weekend than by running as much as possible?  Also, my dog is adorable.

September 14th – The Longest Run of My Life!  In a whirlwind weekend of memorials, celebrations, and catching up with old friends, I conquer a 14-mile run.  Beer and chocolatey goodness abound.

September 23rd – Sweet Sixteen.  It took me a while to write about it, but conquering this milestone made me feel like I’d be ready to go come marathon day.

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