78 Days to Race Day

The first blog post seems like a lot of pressure, but since no one will probably read this, I won’t worry too much.  As the title suggests, there are 78 days left until November 6–the New York Marathon.  I’ve run 5 half marathons in the last three years and decided in a fit of optimism last spring to enter the lottery for New York. I haven’t done a serious race in about a year now, and I’m finding the speed is a little rusty this summer.  Or maybe it’s the oddly high humidity in SoCal this year.

I went Paleo several months ago and feel great, but I’m now trying to negotiate race training on a relatively low-carb diet.  It is definitely still a work in progress.  This weekend’s experiment will be… Pumpkin.  I’m not sure what I’m going to do with it yet, but I’m sure I’ll come up with something.

I ran an unscheduled 3-miler this morning to try my first non-treadmill run in my new New Balance Minima.  I don’t think I’ve been heel striking for a while now, so I haven’t had to do too much adjustment to my stride.  Unlike my first foray into barefoot running, which involved a pair of ballet slippers and a dirt trail, I haven’t had to deal with any major calf pain this time around.  I do feel like I’m working a little harder in the Minima that I would be in my 769’s.  I’m guessing all the smaller stabilizing muscles are getting more of a workout than usual, or I could just be having an off day.  Either way, I’m soaking up the rest of my “rest” week (How is 8 miles after work restful, exactly?), and then it’s back to intervals on Tuesday.

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