New Balance 5th Ave Mile

Let's talk about how I ran the New Balance 5th Ave mile a few weeks ago.

I was invited again by NYRR for a second year in a row to run the media heat and this time I received a pair of New Balance sneakers as well. Now at first I thought, "No way, I'm not going to get a pair of sneakers," but then a couple of days later I received an email that said, "please send us your shoe size," WHAT?! Me? New sneakers? Who doesn't want that?
Anyway, I head down to the city with my girlfriend to pick up my race materials. I am hoping and praying that my legs don't give out on me and that I am going to run this race straight through.

So maybe you're thinking "It's only a mile, what's the issue?" The issue is that I haven't really been running miles "straight through" and I know my endurance has slightly shifted in the last few months. I was too busy thinking about last year's time of 9:03 that I didn't even think about what I could possibly do this year.

Because of this, I set out a time in my head of 10 minutes. 10 whole minutes to run a mile. I knew that was at least doable and I knew that I didn't have anything to lose if I didn't make the 10 minute mark, but I was also going to be very disappointed if I missed it. But that was the goal I gave myself. 10 minutes.

I stand in the corral with the rest of the media heat runners and wait for the gun to go off, I can feel myself starting to become more and more nervous as the minutes count down in my head. Everyone is cheering me on and complimenting me on my blue lipstick, but all I can think about is running as fast as I can.
The gun goes off... And I'm running, feeling good about myself but realizing that there is a steady incline approaching. "Was this always here?" I say to myself, but there is no point in trying to argue, I have to run.

When I'm running, all I can think about is trying to make my goal of 10 minutes. I don't want anything less than that. I want to make this goal and succeed. And that's what I did...
I crossed the finish line at 9:48. Not a PR from last year but certainty better than the goal I had set for myself. This mile has set a good example of what I am going to do for the NYC Marathon and I couldn't be more sure of November 6th. 

Thank you again to NYRR and New Balance for inviting me to run this race and for the great sneakers! 

Until next time beauties

Xo. KissTheRunner 

Am I Deferring the NYC Marathon?

Lately I have been feeling very confident about the NYC marathon and running in general. I felt good, a little uneasy but still ready to tackle on any challenge I might have faced. However, yesterday I was so nervous and concerned for myself because I set out to do a 12 mile long run and only completed four out of the 12 miles.

Now, if anyone knows when training, you long runs are you friend and your enemy. You need them to aid and guide your training but they can also be daunting and a eye opener on what your body can handle.

I was confident and ready to tackle on the run, even if that meant running in the hot scolding heat at the New York City. Now mind you, my last long run was 10 miles on a treadmill. Yes, I know very different from running outside. But I was confident in myself and setting out to run those 12 miles because I've ran half marathons before with little to no training and have come out injury free.

So what made this run so different?

I was in my head a lot, which is no excuse but just explaining what happened, it was hot and I was feeling very nauseous but I wanted to keep going because I knew this was something I had to do. I was slightly worried about where I was running to since I haven't don't it before, but when the distance was calculated, I had my eyes on the prize, running 12 miles.

Of course things don't go as planned and in the middle of mile four, I was over it, almost on the verge of tears, wondering if I can even run this marathon, if I made the right decision, can I defer and wait until next year and build my body stronger while actually taking the time to pick a plan that I can work with fully and not just half ass it.

All of these thoughts ran through my mind and I took to Faceook, voicing my concerns and feelings about the upcoming marathon. I got very genuine feedback saying "don't give up," and "you're having a bad run, everyone has them." I even got some comments saying others were thinking about deffering as well. So in that regard I knew I wasn't alone.

As of right now, I am still going to run the marathon and push through this training. This means I need to work harder and smarter and make sure I am not fooling around. I know we're down to less than 80 days for the marathon and I couldn't be more excited. I just hope I am one of the 50,000+ people that gets to cross the finish line this year.

Until next time beauties.

Xo. KissTheRunner