26.2 in New York City!

Gosh, the New York City Marathon was pretty darn epic.  I loved it!!!  Ben loved NYC, but per his words:  "I kinda hate the marathon."  bahaha  

The marathon is hard, yo!

Let me preface this race post by saying I was so incredibly diligent with my diet leading up to it.  Traveling and carb loading is hard, and I am naturally not a heavy eater, so it took planning.  I packed bagels, rice cakes, snacks galore, I skipped the candy and sugar, and I had mapped out every Chipotle from Phoenix airport to our hotel in Times Square so we could get all the chicken rice bowls.  I think I may have out eat Ben!  (He disagrees lol but he will agree that he's never seen me devour all the foods like I did.)  I think eating made a huge difference on my race experience, too, as far as my energy went (I never bonked or felt depleted, when I bonked at mile 11 of my last marathon!!).  So if you are ever planning to run a  full marathon, track your food in My Fitness Pal during race week and it'll help you assure you're getting what you need.  Roughly I targeted 2000 calories with 70+% carbs the few days prior, but that obviously varies.

Sooooooo.

Race morning we met in the hotel lobby and our group had box breakfasts for us.  Soon enough we loaded buses to head for Staten Island, the Verrazzano Narrows Bridge, aka the race start!

4 days to go!

In four days we are running for this bad boy...
Last week we both had our pre-race calls with our coach, and this time my biggest concern was discussing my diet.  I have not run a marathon since I started eating appropriately for my training level, and I want to make sure that I continue the trend during race week.

-Increase carb intake to 80%ish starting TODAY.
-Avoid high fiber Friday/Saturday.

I found two Chipotles by our hotel, so I plan to eat chicken bowls pretty much for every meal.  I'm packing a giant bag of bagels for the plane, and snacks for the hotel room.  (More bagels?? lol)
My last longer run on Saturday. ^^

The weatherrrrrrrr is going to be perfect!  Plan a race without a big goal, and you will get the best weather.

As far as goals, I plan to go out at a slow 9:xx pace (uphill), and then I hope to bring my average pace just under 9:xx to a PR.  My bigger goal, however, is to see everything around me, rather than hold myself to that PR.  It's NEW YORK CITY! 

This is my PR:
Meanwhile, we're not headed out until Friday because we can't miss Halloween with the boys!
^^Just woke up.

T-2 days until Ben and I head off to an epic race-cation!  And I am so excited!  Although as we get closer I start to dread missing my boys, but it will be a great time with Ben!

15 Days...

Two weeks to go until we head to NEW YORK CITY!!!!!!!

CANNOT WAIT!!!!!!!!!!!

Last week I ran my peak long run at 18.60 miles (2:45:00 in zone 2).  I am feeling pretty good!  My legs are tired, and they were super tired for almost all the long run, but I suppose that is "peaking."  We are starting a gradual taper now, to freshen our legs up.
The New York City Marathon runs (pun intended ;) through the five boroughs: 
Staten Island
Brooklyn
Queens
Manhattan
The Bronx

We start literally at the bridge from Staten Island (straight uphill!), and we finish in Central Park!!! 
Here is the course map:
And the elevation:
This upcoming weekend I have 2:00:00 of zone 2 w/a fast finish, then it's on to single digit running until race day. 

Ben has begun a full taper because his Achilles/ankles were starting to threaten after he's been logging 200 mile months.

18 Miler Eve - 3 Weeks to NYC!

THREE WEEKS!  23 days!  

Super Awesome September

In the month of September we had a lot of birthday celebrations!:  mine, the boys', my mom's, and even my sister in-law all had birthdays.  We had a combined party for the boys, and the theme for the third year in a row was dinosaurs.  Rawr.

5+ weeks to NYC Marathon!

5+ weeks until NYC!  Which means just barely over a month!  Sooooo excited.  Dominated thoughts.  Buying all the NYC colored things (blue+orange, really), and NYC marathon gear.  

Last year we didn't buy anything at the Chicago Expo, the lines were like 1:30-2:00 long just to check out, and that was first thing in the morning!  This year we're not making that mistake and we both ordered some stuff ahead of time, JIC.

I am pretty jazzed.  I didn't get the "iconic" jacket, but Ben did.  They technically aren't "finisher's gear," so does that mean we have to wait until after the race to wear them???

ITEMQTYPRICE
NYC Marathon NB HEAT LOFT Jacket
Style #:
WJ93116MREP
Size: XS
Team Red
1
NYC Marathon Essentials PO Hoodie
Style #:
WT91523MREP
Size: XS
Team Red
1

August Activities

August was a hot month!  We celebrated September birthdays with my dad/Laura, buzzed Ben's head, started music school, and started to ramp up mileage for NYC Marathon!  It was a good month, but I have lots of memories of it being hot.  So hot!  The boys are happy it's starting to cool down so we can go spend time outside.  We really didn't get any monsoons like we usually do, so it just felt like it was 110 degrees and sunshine.

But luckily it's cooler now.  Wahoo!


So a bullet list first:

B3 (4.95):
+As I write this, he is PIBE years old.  Actually he is five.  And he says FIVE like a big boy!  (Rest in peace PIBE.  You were my favorite.)

+Loves school so much.  His teacher even had a spot open for Tu & Thurs classes and Bentley wanted to go to school everyday, but I can't.  I just can't!  Next year he will be in school everyday all day (Kindergarten is ALL day here), and he will never be home with me again!  So we do MWF all day and he just loves it!

+His favorite food is tomatoes and hotdogs.  He went through a carrot phase, but it has passed.  He also LOVES Otter Pops, but I think we're cutting down on those after his latest dentist appointment.

+Went to his second dentist appointment, and he has to have two cavities filled.  :(  He doesn't eat junk food (I DO!!!!), so I am worried he has bad teeth, which the dentist thinks could be the case.  He has little tiny crevices in his molars that I don't think we'll be able to brush well, and he will have those molars until he's 12ish, so we'll just deal with it.  But less Otter Pops.  :)  

+Bentz rocked his dentist appointment, althought he was afraid of going at first.  He liked it by the end and I haven't told him he'll have cavities filled in two weeks.  I'll tell him the night beforehand.  But oh he will get the gas, and the pediatric dentist is really awesome and sweet.  So I am grateful for that.  In fact, I'd really like to go to her myself.  My dentist totally blows.  :P

+Stopped swimming lessons and we'll pick up in the spring where we left off.  He finally started going under water, that was huge.  He loves to swim with a floaty though.  I have plans to get him into soccer although I really need to do that asap.

+Starting to get really brave and likes to go upstairs by himself to play!  Sometimes plays upstairs by the balcony where he can still see me downstairs on my computer.  :)


Dash:  (1.95):
+We had to buy a pantry lock and man has that been life changing!  Little Dash gets into everything, he is so busy.  If I spend 10 minutes getting ready, he will have emptied all the cabinets (that are actually tied shut, but he can fit just a hand in, and he'll remove everything one by one). 

+He is SO BUSY.  That doesn't even describe him completely.  HE IS JUST SO BUSY.  You should see him at church, it's just hilarious.  And exhausting.  He is way more busy than his older brother was.  I worry we may actually get the terrible twos with this guy.  lol

+Growing his two year old molars and has been a little grumpy while they cut, but I think we're about over it -- hoorah!  We haven't teethed in a little bit, and I forgot how hard it can be for them.  I could tell he was pretty miserable.

+I think he weighs close to the same as Bentley, but we'll find out next week at their appointment.

+I have started PHONICS with him, since he knows his ABCs, numbers, colors, shapes, days of the week, months, vowels, etc.  So we've been working on sight words!  He won't start preschool for two more years!!  Which is a long time (they are working on sight words in preschool). 

+Still eats all the things.  All the small, choking hazardous things.

+Eats all the carbs.  Loves Honey Comb.  Loves Cheese-Its.  But his favorite food is yogurt, aka "yodit."  Also still eats baby pureed food because he has no interest in real food outside of the carby snacks and yodit.

+I love hearing him sing B-I-N-G-O.  It's so cute!

6+ Weeks to NYC Marathon!

We leave in six weeks to go to the Big Apple!!  I am excited, if you can't tell.  I talk about the trip all the time, and how excited I am to go with my favorite man for some "us" time, then run with tens of thousands of our best friends through the awesomest city.  :)

Kind of like last year at the Chicago Marathon.  SO FUN.