6.24.2007

NYC Marathon Training, T Minus 24 days

I am building up a base for when training "really" starts on July 17. I have to say, it's been hell. I added a little Saturday 4-miler yesterday which, with today's 10-miler, put me over 20 miles for a week for the first time since Atlanta in March.

I used to say, "it's never too hot for me," but that must have been coined when I was not running. Either I have not yet acclimated to the instant summer conditions of the last three weeks or I am getting so old and I can't take it anymore. It was 77F when we started this morning with the sun up and 100% humidity. The first four miles were okay, the second four a challenge and the last two a death march. If Cherline hadn't been with me I might have walked it in. She's doing the Florida Triathlon the same weekend as the NYC Marathon so we'll be doing some long runs together.

I saw a sneak preview of "A Mighty Heart" last week. Wrenching. Made me never want to go to Pakistan. Watched "Blood Diamond" on Netflix last night. Ghastly. Made me never want to go to Africa. I think Iceland is safe. I'll think about that.

I am going to Rhode Island in less than three weeks. Now THAT is something to get excited about.

17 comments:

Run for Chocolate said...

Yah, Rhode Island!! I am going to the beach on Friday, I can't wait

Michelle said...

Do I sense a New England RBF meet up?

Lara said...

Ug, my husband needs to be where you are. He loves heat and humidity and would probably be living in the swamps of Mississippi if he wasn't tethered to me. Maybe we could do that Trading Spouses thing, that way your AM runs could be enjoyed in the cool 50's most of the time. I'm sure Mrs. T won't mind - Brian will be in the garage working on bikes all the while, so she won't even know he's there.

Maddy said...

The past two days have been brutally hot. Just when I thought it was getting better.

Running in this heat will make NYC feel like a cakewalk!

Runner Susan said...

I think I'll have to skip those movies,. But, I hear they believe in fairies in Iceland.

Darrell said...

That combination of heat and humidity must be awful, makes me really glad I'm out here. Congrats on the high mileage week, death march and all.

SmartCookie said...

Iceland is fabulous. Really, the scenery is so bizarre, it's hard to describe.

On really humid days, the only thing that can get me through a run is the thought of sugar-free popsicles. They're hugely refreshing.

afuntanilla said...

how did you get into NY race?

susie said...

Savannah was hot, but not as hot as usual. However, I couldn't imagine running in it. While walking around, I wondered how you do it.
And YES to RI. Can't wait!

Joe said...

I do think Rhode Island is a controversy-free zone. Also, a place with few movies made about it. So enjoy.

Your summer is the painful equivilent of midwest winter...tough to run in...you just slog through.

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jeanne said...

oh please, you people have no idea what HEAT and HUMIDITY are like until you've run in a d.c. summer!

anyway, let's blame it all on global warming, k?

I'm dying to see A Mighty Heart. Saw Paris, Je t'aime instead. and i really do.

Just12Finish said...

So I guess the Lahore Marathon is off the list?

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Jon (was) in Michigan said...

I can't imagine training for a marathon in Florida in the summer. It hits 90F here and I want to die. Three miles and I'm melting. I can't imagine what the heat must be like if you think its too hot.

Bex said...

yeah, the heat and humidity are killing me, too. Let's move to California and run there. Oh, wait, I AM moving to California! You are welcome to visit.

aprilanne said...

I'm glad you have Cherline for the long runs and I'm sure Cherline will be happy to have you by her side---it can make all the difference. I hope you are enjoying your summer vaca. See you soon! :)