6 Days – and I’m already distracted!

October 31, 2011

Has it set in that I’m actually going to do a marathon? yeah, it’s all I can think about now.  GETTING.NOTHING.DONE

Weird dreams?  none that I can remember from last night.  Although now each morning I wake up with butterflies in my stomach.

Today’s workout: yup…still didn’t get out for that easy 6 that I had planned for the weekend.  I will morph it into an easy 4-6 depending on how I feel after work.  MUST get a workout in.

How’s the knee? I’m still experiencing that dull ache I mentioned yesterday. Frankly I’m trying to block it out of my mind!

Random thought(s) of the day: The 7 day forecast was up on the morning news and it calls for sunny and 61 on marathon day — yippee!!!

Still having issues with the marathon outfit — okay I’ll admit it, I want to look good in the pics 🙂

Does halloween candy count as carb loading?


7 Days – HOLY CANNOLI!!!

October 30, 2011


Has it set in that I’m actually going to do a marathon? um yes and I am now at the point where I get heart palpitations when I think about it.

Weird dreams?  I didn’t sleep well last night because I kept reminding myself that in one week I’d be laying in my hotel room (because you know I WILL NOT be able to sleep) thinking that I will be living a dream in a few short hours.

Today’s workout: I still have an easy six on the menu.  However, it’s very cold and there is black ice out there right now which makes me a bit nervous — I don’t need to be slipping and falling at this stage of the game.  I may try to get it done later on this afternoon if the temps go up enough.

How’s the knee? I’m experiencing a dull ache today.  Definitely apparent when I was laying in bed this morning.  Stupid knee!

Random thought(s) of the day: I started to think about my race day outfit and I’m not happy with any of my “bottom” choices.  Part of me thinks I should just run in the trusty Nike compression capris that have gotten me through my first 15k, 3 half marathons and several training runs without a problem ….. but I kind of want something different.  If I choose to be different, I need to get something today so I can test it out before next Sunday.

8 Days

October 29, 2011

Has it set in that I’m actually going to do a marathon? yes and I’m really getting nervous/excited!!!  but it still doesn’t feel “real” <– still kind of feeling this way although I think my mind will be consumed with marathon thoughts for the next 8 days.

Weird dreams? O.M.G. last night was the most stressful race related dream I have ever encountered.  So much so that I woke up in a panic trying to decipher if it really happened.  I was ready to go, had my bag packed with my start line/Ft. Wadsworth stuff and was ready to go to the start village.  Only…..my “parents” who were two people I’ve never seen before in my life didn’t feel like getting me there on time.  I remember looking at my watch and it said 9:00 a.m. and I was yelling, “I’m starting in 1 hour and 40 minutes, we need to go NOW” (some other expletives may or may not have left my mouth in this dream as well).  I was also yelling that it was something I had worked so hard for and was going to be one of the most important days of my life and they just didn’t care.  As we were driving up to the start, I heard the cannon go off and I FREAKED because everyone was starting without me.  The last thing I remember was running up the Verrazano by myself chasing after the pack.  SO STRESSFUL!!!

Then I had another weird dream where my husband and I were looking at a house (only we had our dogs and no realtor with us) and another couple came to look and we weren’t supposed to be there.  So we decided we would sneak out the back door and get away — only when we opened the back door, these two deer tried to attack me!

Crazy right? And I didn’t even had any NyQuil!

Today’s workout: well…I was supposed to do an easy 6 today.  But it’s cold, windy and rainy (thankfully we’re not getting the snow that is predicted for North Jersey).  I will do this workout tomorrow as I don’t want to subject myself to getting sick running in this weather.

How’s the knee? Feels pretty good!  It was crackling alot when I was walking the dogs last night but I’m not experiencing any pain.

Random thought(s) of the day:  I’m glad that we have NO PLANS this weekend, although I’m sure we’ll wind up running around anyway.

The fact that I don’t have my race day outfit (and start line throwaway clothes) together is starting to stress me a bit — maybe I’ll get that stuff together this weekend.


9 Days — EEEEEEK single digits!!!

October 28, 2011


Has it set in that I’m actually going to do a marathon? yes and I’m really getting nervous/excited!!!  but it still doesn’t feel “real”.

Weird dreams? none, zip, zilch!  well….at least none that I can remember!

Today’s workout: For the record, I did swim last night (35 laps in 44 min).  Today was a 45 min rolling hill workout on the AMT (3.95 miles) followed by 5 min of walking on TM to cool down, some hip exercises and stretching.  It will be my last “hard” workout until November 6th.

How’s the knee? Feels good!  I get twinges of weirdness going on in there every now and again.  Going to try for an easy 6 tomorrow so we’ll see how it holds up.

Random thought(s) of the day: It was 37 degrees when I went out to my car this morning — there was ice on the windshield 😦

I’m so happy it’s the weekend, I need some chill time before the craziness of next week begins.

I have a feeling I’m not going to get anything constructive done over the next week — what you do ya’ll think?

10 Days

October 27, 2011

Has it set in that I’m actually going to do a marathon? YES but I still don’t think my body realizes what it’s in for!

Weird dreams? Last night was a night of “old school” dreams as I like to refer to them.  You know the ones that take place with old friends, in your old house (if you’ve since moved), with people who have passed, etc.  This is probably the 4th dream I’ve had in a week with my old neighbor (who was like another grandma to me) who passed away about 8 years ago.  Trying to figure out what’s up with that one!  I also had another dream that took place in my grandparents old house where I was trying to find the bathroom and couldn’t.  And lastly a dream with high school friends where I was trying to wedge myself into this tiny lavender car and drive around — very strange!

Today’s workout: I didn’t make it to the pool yesterday since I was feeling a bit run down.  I am feeling much better today (thank you NyQuil) and am planning to swim after work today.

How’s the knee? Still feeling pretty decent 🙂

Random thought(s) of the day: As the day wore on yesterday, I felt increasingly “sick” like I was coming down with a cold….I went home and was in my pj’s by 6:15, chugged an immune booster drink, took some echinaccea and vitamin C, ate a cheesesteak :), and then downed a shot of NyQuil and went to bed at 8:45 p.m.   Best sleep I’ve gotten in a long time and I’m definitely feeling better today 🙂

I know it’s still too far out to really predict, but the weather doesn’t look so great for November 6th 😦

11 Days

October 26, 2011

Okay yeah…this is starting to creep up FAST!

Has it set in that I’m actually going to do a marathon? Yes and now that I’ve been reading all the posts on the NYC marathon page about the hills/bridges, I’m really starting to worry.  You can’t exactly do hill work in a pool!

Weird dreams? None that I can recall.  Omar was up 50 million times last night whining outside of our bedroom so I didn’t get the most restful night of sleep.

Today’s workout: Since today is “daycare day” for Omar (and Arthur went too!) I don’t get to workout in the morning.  I’ve got my gym bag packed and am planning on a nice pool workout directly after work.

How’s the knee? Feels good actually. Not really achy anymore which is a nice sign.  Still taped and I’m still icing 2-3 times a day.  I may head out for a nice easy run this weekend just to remind my legs how to do it 🙂

Random thought(s) of the day: I really afraid of coming down with a cold before the marathon <– still feeling this way especially since I haven’t been sleeping all that well.  Lack of sleep = compromised immune system in this runner!

The extra weight I’ve put on is starting to bother me!  I know there’s nothing I can do about it now but after the marathon I’ve REALLY got to get my portions in check and drop the 5 lbs I put on.

12 Days

October 25, 2011

Has it set in that I’m actually going to do a marathon? YES!!!  It has consumed my mind!  I also got a fun surprise in the mail from Team DetermiNation — a long sleeved tech tee 🙂  That got me all pumped up!

Weird dreams? I did have a couple odd dreams last night.  One was that I was running a race (I don’t think it was the marathon) a night and I was commenting on how amazing I felt and that I could keep going.  Next thing I knew the dream shifted to me telling my husband that I was going to drive my red Vespa scooter to work (yeah, I don’t have a red Vespa LOL)

Today’s workout: A little better than yesterday since I didn’t feel as sluggish.  45 rolling hills workout on AMT (3.9 miles), just a couple strength exercises for my hip abductors followed by stretching and foam rolling.

How’s the knee? Seems to be on the mend again.  Yesterday at the chiro I had some ultrasound done and then she actually adjusted my knee (strange I know but it feels better).  She said that my fibula was misaligned.  Right now I have it taped and I plan to ice it in a little while.

Random thought(s) of the day: I really afraid of coming down with a cold before the marathon.  ‘Tis the season!