Lots of updates?

It's been a while, and I guess there are a lot of updates... although nothing really important.

First:  Like I said, I booked the tickets.  I got a lot of great advice from people who I really trust.  A few of the things that stuck out for me:

"You only regret the opportunities you don't take"

"What's the worst that could happen?"  The worst would be running a crappy race because my body 1. was specifically tapered for NYC and has had a lot of ups and downs since trying to extend the taper for 4 weeks, 2. work stress and hours have majorly impacted running post NYC since I left a lot on my plate for after the marathon (thinking I'd be done and have nothing to do but work, work, work!).  But honestly, is running a crappy time that bad?  At least I would know and not be wondering for the rest of my life.

"The best advice I can give is to try to let go of NYC" - from someone who also went through the heartbreak of an unexpected change of plans.  Her personal stories have been SO helpful.  I never expected to be so affected by the cancellation, but it's good to know that I'm not alone.

"Time to start acting elite" (part of a much longer, spot on email - but I've thought a lot about this in general.  It's true.  I have to realize that I am an elite marathoner & start acting like one.  No more of this freaking out about running with Olympians, will I fail at this workout/race/etc - time to buck up, realize I'm fast, and THINK fast)

"It's just money, right" - a recent grad donating a larger amount to the GAC XC Nationals fund we collected.  Made me realize that even though the tickets were expensive, it IS only money.  And what else would I spend it on, honestly? 

Plus, I was able to find a wonderful friend in Sacramento that is willing to put both Nate and I up for the whole trip - which makes it even more fun. 'Nuff said.  Tickets are booked :).

Second:  Training.  The legs felt terrible last week.  Last week's mid-week workout was so bad I called it quits after 2 reps (6 planned).  First time I've done that in a long time.  I was just working WAAYY to hard for slow times, straining with each stride.  I know that feeling and know that when I try to work through it I put myself behind for a week or more.  I don't need that.  I need the legs to feel good, fast, quick, and easy.  The second workout last week went better, 2x30 minutes at MP.  I think I averaged 6:10s or so for each segment on legs that didn't feel that great.  I slowed to 6:17 and 6:19 for the last couple of miles that were uphill and into the wind.  That gave me confidence that I am fit for a PR, since my PR is currently at 6:15 pace. 

This same workout before NYC was a bit of a struggle as I was still working through drained/very tired feeling legs.  So that also gives me confidence.

I'm excited for a 3x10min tempo workout tomorrow.  The legs have been feeling much better this week, probably because I was able to rest a bit more this weekend & first part of this week.  Amazing what a little sleep will do for you.

Third: I can't comment a lot on this yet, but I have made some new life goals.  Sorry for the clif hanger, especially since it'll likely be late Dec/Jan until I can say anything.  But I'm pumped :).  And a reason for you to keep checking back here post-marathon, since my life won't be that exciting then and I'm sure you won't be as interested either :)!  As Scott Jurek's dad would say, "Sometimes you just do things".  Oh, and I have a fun "bucket" list I'm excited to share after CIM!  I can't share it now since my rule is only to focus on the race at hand - once that's done you can start scheming the plan for afterwards.

Fourth, speaking of Scott Jurek, if you haven't read his book yet, and have an interest in eating well/vegan/training a lot, pick it up.  It's a really fun read.  Although I eat fairly well now (except for the occasions when I'm really stressed out and tired at work... like the time I got home at 10pm last week - and brought home a handful of fun sized candy for our "bowl" at home... except once I ate one on the way home, I ate them all... it was as if my brain was turned off, the sugar tasted so wonderful, and I frankly didn't care about much of anything at that point.  Doesn't happen often, but still not excusable.  Please don't judge!), I am so inspired by stories like this.  I'm going grocery shopping tonight and am picking up a lot of items found in his recipes and just great-for-you-foods in general.  I sort of wonder how much of my diet I could make plant-only (today I decided would be a 90% plant day, with the exception of 5 egg whites because I simply love them too much!).  Hmm, might be a fun experiment :).  Time to get on that "recipes" tab here!!

Alright, that's all for now.  Back to work for me!

Nichole Porath

Nichole is a blogger, elite level runner, and coach. She ran professionally for Brooks for two years after qualifying for the 2012 US Olympic Marathon Trials. During that time she founded TNC endurance, where she coaches and motivationally speaks to organizations large and small. This blog details her rise to national-level racing, and continues to follow her as she gets back into racing after starting a family. Read on, friends!

1 comment:

  1. Yeah, I'm glad you decided to race! Can't wait to see how you do!