Posts in Marathon Training
Risa Ran NYC

I. DID. IT. I ran a marathon. Can you believe it? Cause I sure can't! It's been three days and I'm still in shock that I actually crossed the finish line. Well, until I try to get up or have to take stairs, then I think "Oh. Yep. Definitely ran a marathon."

Sunday was one of the most difficult experiences of my life, but I'll never forget it. And I definitely don't regret it. As most of you know, because I've said it so many times, I'm slow. I'm really not fast. I wish that I could tell you that I totally went for it and finished way faster than I ever thought I could. But the truth is, that isn't the case. I actually finished slower than I had anticipated. But that doesn't mean that I didn't enjoy myself or that I'm disappointed in my performance.

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Why I Run

Almost a year ago, I wrote:

I am nowhere near marathon qualifying pace and I'm nowhere near marathon distance, but after running in the best and the worst conditions, I know I'll be able to run 26.2 miles. Maybe it will be at a snail's pace and maybe I'll cross the finish line 10 minutes before they close everything up. But at least I won't have the mental road block that keeps telling me "I can't."

Well... in a month's time, I'll be taking on the streets of Staten Island, Brooklyn,  Queens, the Bronx and Manhattan. All 26.2 miles of five boroughs. To say that I'm not nervous would be a lie. And to say that I'm not worried about reaching my marathon fundraising would be a total and complete lie.

So to prepare myself mentally and to share with you my story, I decided I wanted to write this. Today.

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The Happiest Run on Earth: Part I

After neglecting this blog for a while again, (I know, I'm the worst) I'm excited to share my happiest run on Earth! Alice and I ran the Disneyland Half Marathon last weekend and it was seriously one of the best experiences of my life.

To recap our experience, I want to make sure we talk about everything - from the registration to the training to the packing to my one big mistake to the race itself. So let's start at the beginning:

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Marathon Training: Week 3 + July Roundup

Well, we've made it to August. Where did the year go?! I feel like I just moved to New York and just welcomed in 2015. I guess what they say about getting older is true. (Especially now that I have looming student loan payments due every month.)

While the year has been moving quickly, lots of fantastic things have happened this year and more amazing things are coming. One of which, will be happening in September. If you need to be caught up to speed, as you can tell by the title of this post and the two before this one, I'm in marathon training mode!

I do have a confession for week three though... I was a bad and didn't meet my allotted milage. 

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Marathon Training: Week 2 + Running Buddies

Time really does fly. Especially when you have a date you're looking forward to/anticipating! 

This week, the milage was amped up by just a tad. Not enough to make me want to question why I'm doing this, but just enough that it made a difference in my training (and my legs). I've definitely found that running on the dreadmill makes me want to cry and is much more miserable than it was in the winter. While it is ridiculously hot and humid outside, I find that the breeze and the change in scenery is nice. Anyone else living in a humid climate while marathon training and absolutely dying?

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Marathon Training: Week 1

You read that right. Marathon Training. Not half-marathon, but a full marathon. The title of this post isn't some snarky, sarcastic title to get your attention. It's real.

Take a second to take that in - because it took me a while to realize what I had actually signed up for too. 26.2 miles. Twenty. Six. Miles. Five boroughs of New York. As I've said multiple times through my running blogs, I'm slow. Really slow. Whenever I tell people I'm running the NYC Marathon this year, they always ask "Do you have a goal for time?" and my answer is always "No... Not really. Just want to finish." Because that's really how I feel - I really just want to finish.

So last week was week 1 of my marathon training, using the NYRR Training Program. I'm actually a big fan of it so far! I love how you can log your miles, access forums for a little extra motivation or if you need advice, and how you can enter races (such as my Disneyland Half-Marathon in September) and it adjusts your mileage accordingly.

Week 1 was just a 'warm-up' week and I'm preparing myself for heavier mileage each week. I'll be writing recaps at the end of each week of training - in hopes of seeing my own improvements as well as giving you guys a bit of an insider peek into the next while leading up to November 1!

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