#jentonyc – day 2

Thank goodness for NYC adrenaline! It got me through day 2! My luggage was supposed to arrive first at 11pm, then 3am, then 6am, so I didn’t sleep very well in fear that I wouldn’t hear the call that my luggage had arrived. We got up early to head for the TODAY show! (My luggage was at the hotel by time we got back, yay!) We were looking forward to this TODAY show because it was the annual Halloween show!

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Yay!!! So excited!!
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After the TODAY show, I picked up my luggage and then Deanna and I went for our last run before the big day on Sunday! And of course, we went to Central Park! The day was absolutely beautiful, and NYC actually gets a fall season, so the trees were especially gorgeous! I ran a 5k with a smile on my face the entire time, such a dream come true!

After we completed our run, we made our way to the TCS NYC Marathon finish line! A little more than 48 hours later, we would both be crossing that line as NYC Marathon Finishers!

After our run, we headed back to our hotel to get ready for the rest of our day!

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Yes, both slices were for me. . .

My friend, Stephanie, lives in NYC, and was around when I was in town so we met up! She treated me to some delicious tea while we had a chance to catch up on the last 8 years. Stephanie and I went to OCU together, where SAI brought us together. This was one of the highlights of my weekend! Stephanie is a beacon of light and getting to spend a little time with her was encouraging as I headed into marathon weekend!

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Selfie with StephJo!

Deanna and I were lucky to be one of the few Team for Kids runners that were able to participate in the NYC Marathon Opening Ceremonies. We got to meet other participants that fundraised and trained at the same time we put in our efforts. It was neat to visit with first-timers as well as the veteran Team for Kids runners.

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It was so cool to meet the group I’ve been connected with online for so many months!

Before the ceremony officially started, we were delightfully surprised with getting to meet kids that have directly benefited from our fundraising efforts. (All the feels, y’all!!)

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The opening ceremonies began with Team for Kids as we marched around the NYC Marathon finish line, and then a group from every country represented in the marathon followed. Each group carried their country’s flag, some of each group dressed in their traditional attire, and most groups showed off some musical and/or dancing traditions. WOW! It was incredible!

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So, Deanna and I were hungry so we decided to leave the opening ceremonies before they were officially over. (And we were trying to limit the amount of time on our feet!) As we were leaving the grandstand, I spotted my good friend Meb. Just like when I met him in July, I was starstruck! I’m sure Deanna thought I was crazy, all I could say was, “Meb, Meb, Meb, Meb,” as I poked her shoulder to get her attention.

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Meb wished ME good luck after taking this picture!! What?! 

Meb went to take center stage and we left for dinner! We met up with Deanna’s husband, her daughter, and her daughter’s friend. (Again, have I mentioned how cool it was to travel with real New Yorkers?!) We ate at a wonderful meatball restaurant, they even encouraged marathon runners to eat there! (I didn’t mention I was a Royals fan while I was there…)

After dinner, it was bed time! Friday night was our night to sleep because on Saturday night our excitement would keep us up! (Okay, and the fear that we would miss all the alarms and wake-up call with the time change!)

#jentonyc – day 1

Oh my goodness, so it’s been way too long since I’ve updated my blog! I get so worried that every blog post has to be perfect, when in reality I need to just write so here goes…

(I still will update with my training posts, but for now, I am going to talk about NYC!) 🙂

The start of day 1! Obviously I was looking forward to this trip. I love to travel, and I love weekends that I get to be surrounded by people from all walks of life coming together for one event. I have previously been to NYC twice, once on a personal trip and once on a band trip. I have enjoyed my time in NYC in my past two visits, but it was never a place I loved…until this trip.

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Early morning flight!
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Hello, NYC!

While I was happy to be in NYC, shortly after taking this pic I found out that my luggage was not in NYC with me. Luckily, I packed all of my running gear in my carry-on, so I wasn’t too stressed. (And David helped me track everything while I was out enjoying NYC!)

After taking care of all the paperwork for lost luggage, I was ready to meet my friend, Deanna, at the hotel so we could get to the expo! I used Uber for the first time and then Deanna and I made our way to the expo! (BTW, it was super nice getting to travel with a native New Yorker!)

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Subway selfie!
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We have ARRIVED!
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Deanna picking up her FIRST MARATHON bib!

Of course I was really excited for this opportunity to run the NYC Marathon, but I was also extremely happy for Deanna as she was running her FIRST full marathon! Bib pick-up was very easy! Since we were with Team for Kids, we walked right up and got our bibs. This was the first marathon expo where I didn’t feel like I was going to throw-up the entire time because of nerves. At the time I was worried that I wasn’t excited, or maybe since we went to the expo on Thursday instead of the day before it hadn’t hit me yet, but as the weekend went on, I realized I was just confident in my training, and finally understood that whatever happens on race day, happens. I accomplished 18 weeks of training and raised money for an incredible organization…no matter my finishing time, I felt like I had made a difference!

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All SMILES all weekend!
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Expo goodies!

After getting back to the hotel, Deanna and I went out for dinner at a local diner. I was already feeling the NYC love.

NYC Marathon Training — Week 10

August mileage = highest monthly mileage for me ever!

Day 2, Tuesday, September 1st: 4 miles

Zapped that zero on my first run of September!

Workout summary: ran 4.01 miles; avg 11:34/mile; 11:52 / 11:32 / 11:45 / 11:08.

Day 3, Wednesday, September 2nd: 8 miles

So, I reeeeeally don’t like running in the dark, but I had a meeting at 9 AM and the temps are just too hot for 8 miles after work . . . I sucked it up, and ran super early in the dark. I ran my favorite 5 mile loop by our house, stopped for Gatorade at home, and then went out for the last 3 miles. I am still laughing about this autocorrect mishap, so thought I would share! 🙂

Got it done! And with a decent pace for myself!

Workout summary: ran 8.01 miles; avg 11:18/mile; 12:07 / 11:29 / 11:19 / 11:14 / 11:09 / 11:25 / 11:04 / 10:28.

Day 4, Thursday, September 3rd: 4 miles

I never really have much to say about my Thursday runs . . . I’ll take that as a good thing. A run without craziness like my friend Layla says!

Workout summary: ran 4.03 miles; avg 10:49/mile; 11:19 / 10:47 / 10:48 / 10:25.

Day 6, Saturday, September 5: 17 miles

Saturdays are typically a shorter long run, sometimes at race pace . . . but with our plans to attend the OU game, I decided it would be better to just knock out those long miles! We had a crew up at Lake Hefner, and so pleased with the results!

Anjesh, Katie, and I after I finished my 17 miles! Fun to see water at Lake Hefner and VERY thankful for these friends to join me for the later miles to keep me moving!
Our crazy crew! Special congrats to Stephanie for her longest run ever…20 miles!!!
Birthday brunch for the best SAG wagon ever! 🙂 Classen Grill with our running buddies!

Workout summary: ran 17.02 miles; avg 11:30/mile; 11:46 / 11:28 / 11:42 / 11:15 / 11:06 / 11:40 / 11:31 / 11:45 / 12:05 / 11:21 / 12:09 / 11:13 / 11:15 / 11:08 / 11:15 / 11:35 / 11:19.

Day 7, Sunday, September 6: 8 3 miles

Saturday was supposed to be 8 at race pace followed by 17 today. As I mentioned earlier I planned to swap the two runs. Well after yesterday’s run, walking over 4 miles as a part of game day, and being out in the heat. . . I decided to compromise. David was kind enough to drag me along for a 5k around home. It wasn’t race pace, it wasn’t my expected mileage, but I listened to my body, had great company, and we had popsicles after together! 🙂

Workout summary: ran 3.1 miles; avg 12:14/mile; 12:11 / 12:23 / 12:08 / 11:51 for .1.

NYC Marathon Training – Week 1

NYC Marathon Training – Week 1

Day 1, Monday, June 29: cross-training

Hiking in SW Oklahoma with David! I went on a hike the week before closer to the Quartz Mountain Lodge, but we went hiked a lot higher on this day. I was completely and utterly exhausted afterwards, BUT I loved every moment, even when I kept asking, “how are we going to get down?” as we got higher and higher…

As seen on our hike in SW Oklahoma!
Love all of the wildflowers!
Feeling on top of the world with my love! Seriously thankful for his patience as we climbed so I could get to this view!
Another shot of the gorgeous view! Love the Quartz Mountain area!

Day 2, Tuesday, June 30: 3 miles

Well…as I mentioned earlier, I was completely exhausted after hiking. Not to mention, I was already exhausted after the conclusion of my third summer at the Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute. I made the stupid summer mistake of NOT running in the morning because I decided sleep was more important. Since it was my first official running day of training, the thought of skipping my run wasn’t even in my mind. My stubbornness got me through 3 miserably hot miles before dinner. David met me in the driveway with ice cold water. 🙂

Week 1, Day 2 – first miles towards my 11th 26.2!

Day 3, Wednesday, July 1: 5 miles

I actually got my rear out of bed to have a sunrise run! The heat index was nearly 20 degrees cooler, so these 5 miles felt much more comfortable. And, I love when I actually get my run completed before work — the rest of the day feels awesome!


Day 4, Thursday, July 2: 3 miles

Thursday was a day off from work for me, so I started a little bit later in the morning, but got it done and David joined me!

Day 5, Friday, July 3: rest day

I had a very successful rest day! (BTW, I think I am really going to love having my rest days on Fridays!!!!) We drove to Kansas City with a stop in Emporia to grab a quick coffee with our friend, Katie! Friday evening we got to attend the concert of one of our niece’s and watch fireworks with David’s brother’s family!

Day 6, Saturday, July 4: 4 miles

I modified the mileage for this run and Sunday’s simply because I didn’t have incredibly high weekly mileage while I was at Quartz Mountain, so I am trying to not do too much too soon. The plan called for 5 miles at race pace, I went 4 a bit slower than race pace. My legs actually felt the best they have since starting training! David also joined and embraced the Kansas City hills with me!

Forgot our patriotic running gear – boo! But we still ran 4 for the 4th!

Day 7, Sunday, July 5: 6.2 miles

Plan called for 8 miles, I modified to a 10k which also completed my virtual 10k hosted by nuun. David and I started around the same time of day as Saturday, but it was MUCH sunnier so we should have started earlier…at least we had the hype of running somewhere new together!

Love the paved running trails through Blue Springs! Interstate in the way? No problem!
One of the water fountains along the path!
Did I mention it was super hot?! WATER!
My bling and my honey!
Awesome race swag!

Overall, it was a great first week of training for the NYC Marathon. I know there will be ups and downs, and I plan to journal (and blog) along the way so when I get too tired, too cranky, too whatever, I can reflect back to encourage me. I am thankful for all of the support from my family and friends that have already encouraged me in my training – thank you, in advance, for your continued encouragement! I am reaching for a lofty (to me) goal for this marathon and I will need all the support I can get! 🙂

I have been asked a few times recently, so I am posting the information again. I am running the NYC Marathon for Team for Kids (!!!) and still working on my fundraising goal! If you would like to donate in support of my fundraising efforts, you can donate here. THANK YOU!!