On not feeling 100%…

Have I been feeling 100% ? No. Do I think the NYC 1/2 will be a PR race? Highly unlikely. I haven’t fit in as many long runs or tempo runs as I would have liked. My right hamstring/glute has been bothering me. I’ve had a case of the motivation blahs since the NYC marathon in November. And late nights in the office have taken precedence over healthy dinners and 8 hours of sleep.

BUT just because I’m not feeling 100% doesn’t mean I can’t give 100% of what I have on race morning. In the March issue of Runner’s World, I read an article about Sammy Wanjiru’s Chicago Marathon win that said exactly that. He was the underdog for that race – he had missed workouts due to a stomach bug and was undertrained. Everyone expected him to drop out a few miles in. However, he didn’t let self-doubt creep in and ruin his race. He gutted it out until the last 800m and eventually won the damn thing. Obviously not everyone can win a major marathon (or set a PR) just by believing in himself, but I do think that this article and Sammy’s victory illustrates just how important the mental aspect of running can be. Races are often won, not by who has posted the most impressive workout splits, but by who wants it more. Especially in a race as long as a half-marathon (or marathon), it’s all about staying in a positive mental place and being confident in your ability. I’m still working on getting myself pumped up for Sunday, so I’m pulling out all of my old tricks (upbeat music, reading running websites for inspiration, getting lots of sleep, even eating vegetables instead of candy!).

In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, I drank apple-kale-celery-parsley juice on Thursday morning (I had one on Friday, too!). It must be the weather – I haven’t craved one of these in months. I also had some scrambled eggs – I needed something to chew!

Late nights at work often mean my dinner plans are up in the air, so I try my best to fill my veggie quotient early. I’m lucky to have a great cafeteria on-site where I can get a container full of veggies, tofu, and grain-based salads for not too much $$. I always include a fat in my salad (nuts, cheese, olive oil) because the body absorbs the vitamins from vegetables much better when fat is consumed at the same time.

Thursday’s salad had romaine lettuce, mushrooms, feta cheese, croutons, roasted sweet potatoes, tofu in sweet chili sauce, israeli cous cous, and a scoop of wild rice salad. With some sriracha!

I didn’t have time for a normal dinner, so I just snacked on some things throughout the evening –

When I got home, I wanted to do a little something to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, but beer wasn’t an option since I’m limiting the booze till after the race, omgz. Instead, I whipped up a homemade version of a shamrock shake! 1/2 cup Whole milk, 3/4 cup Breyer’s mint chocolate chip ice cream (my favorite brand!), a splash of peppermint extract, and a few drops of green food coloring went into the blender.

Topped with thin mint Girl Scout cookies! My mom took the hint and bought me a few boxes, hehe.

I’ve kept the running chill this week and have run between 4-7 miles every day except Tuesday (rest day!). I’ll run a few easy miles on Saturday morning and then hopefully have 22+ hours ro rest up for the race.

It’s going to be a busy weekend – I’ll be back on Sunday with a recap of the NYC 1/2 marathon. Weather is lookin’ perfect! Good luck to all my fellow racers!

  • AR

    Ya never know – you may end up surprising yourself. Anytime I’ve PR’d at a half it’s been when I wasn’t aiming for it. Oops. No pressure FTW!

    I want that shake. I’m going to have to make one.

  • Anonymous

    @theangryrunner – i just remembered your Las Vegas 1/2 recap. when you wrote
    about making starbucks via with hot tap water, you won my heart. <3 <3 <3
    maybe that's the key to a PR 😉

  • katie

    good luck this weekend! my training has totally fallen off this week due to some serious studying for an exam on monday – so in that regard i’m very glad i didn’t get into the half.

  • AR


  • Alyx

    Where do you get your juices? I work in midtown east and cannot find a good juice place!

  • Anonymous

    We’re 100% in the same boat on not feeling 100%– I think I’m getting more excited as the days near, but definitely all a mental game at this point. Here’s to resting up and getting pumped!

    PS- What bib # are you? I’m 1445! I’ll try to be on the lookout for you in the crazy crowded corrals– we should also try to meet up sometime after the race for a nice recovery run.

  • Wow! Where did you get your apple-kale-celery-parsley juice?

  • Katherine

    I think you’re going to have a great race b/c you’re going into it with a good mindset. Take care of yourself, rest easy and run hard on Sunday! And then stop by the massage tent and find me so I can work out all your post-race kinks! 🙂 Good luck!!!

  • @Alyx – the juice is from a place near Columbus Circle. I don’t know the name (it’s kind of a hole in the wall place), but it’s on 8th Ave and 57th St.

  • @Lindsay – I’m bib #2400. I’ll look for you at the finish!

  • I went into a McDonalds last week for the first time in years…because the ones here in NYC now get Shamrock Shakes. I know it’s horrible for me, but I had to do it. Your version though, sounds so much better!

    Good luck on Sunday! Have fun and enjoy the view as you run through the city!!

  • I just read that article yesterday, and I loved the spirit of it. Pretty amazing. Racing is 100000% mental, I totally agree. That is, sadly, while I will always be a very prepared runner (because I love it), but a very bad racer (because I’m a mental scaredy-cat)

  • good luck tomorrow, friend! I will be cheering my face off for you someone along the East side of the park 🙂

  • Corey @ the runners cookie

    I seriously believe that PRs do not always happen when everything has been going great. Some of my best races have been while I’m sick, slightly injured, or facing adverse weather. You never know what you will be able to pull out on race day, and it sounds like you have a great attitude about it!
    I really wish I could get an affordable salad like that at work – my lunches have been so boring lately but I can’t spend $10+ a day to eat out. Your milkshake looks amaaazing – I am digging the peppermint extract lately.

  • That milkshake looks so good!! Good luck on Sunday!!

  • Kristan

    Good luck tomorrow!!! I’ll be out there cheering for you! Also that milkshake looked insanely delicious.

  • Christy Jen

    Hi! I have to admit, I love your blog and read it all the time. However, today is my first time posting. Thank you especially for today’s post. my last race was in nov 2010 (Seattle marathon and I qualified with 3:35!), however I have since been a bit under the water with running. Actually I haven’t had a good long run in a long time and have been doubting my ability and passion in running. today’s post allowed me to see that i don’t have to feel 100% all the time, but i can always give my 100%. life is too short, so why not given your 100%?! thank you and can’t wait to hear about your race!

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