• I didn’t want to go running this morning.
  • I ate a Monster Cookie before my run.
  • I’m not prepared for Frankenstorm.

 

We always do these as “ice breakers” at work where you write two truths and a lie and people need to figure out which one is not true. Have you ever played it before? It’s pretty fun. So pick out which one you think is a lie and keep reading to see if you’re right.

I had my alarm set for 6 a.m. and was kind of awake a few minutes before it went off. I thought that maybe I slept through it and I was pretty happy about it… I really wasn’t in the mood to get up and running. For some reason, it seems so much tougher to do on a Sunday rather than Saturday… and the idea of running loops in Prospect Park just seemed “meh.”

But then I was like… you guys will think I’m a slacker if I don’t get my run in! Plus it’s my last 20 miler because the Brooklyn Marathon so I definitely needed this run, especially since I really didn’t run when we were in Jamaica/Barcelona.

Soo finally I was up and getting ready… and I saw the Monster Cookies chilling in their containers on the counter, telling me to eat them… and I couldn’t help myself. I ate one. Probably not the wisest decision ever, but in hindsight I think they were actually good fuel.

With PB, oats and peanuts (we won’t talk about the M&Ms), they really did have some good elements in them. Right?

Let me preface this by saying, historically, my last 20 mile run before any marathon has always been horrendous. I’m not sure why, but it’s like my body needs to take it all out on this run so I usually end up in tears with my psyche shaken. Which is always good three weeks before a marathon. But today was completely different. The laps around Prospect Park worked to my advantage and I actually enjoyed it (I think because I like ticking off parts of my run in my mind)… and my body seemed to forget the previous loops and not get tired or sore like I thought.

I had my Fuel Belt with water and Clif Shot Blocks for fuel. I love Clif Shot Blocks (still on my chews kick) but the packaging is terrible. It’s SO hard to open and get to the bottom of the package… it’s cute packaging but not very functional.

Yeah there’s no graceful way to open this while you’re running… for this reason, I’m not sure I’ll keep using these.

Keeping tradition, my three favorite things about this run were:

  1. Getting to enjoy the fall colors. The leaves are SO pretty! Prospect Park is filled with yellows, oranges and reds and it was great scenery to look at during my run.
  2. A boost in confidence. I’ve never run the park loop more than three times so I didn’t know what to expect. I felt a little bit like a hamster on a wheel, but it was enjoyable. I have never run a marathon where I know the course so well, so it’s exciting!
  3. Having a good last 20 miler. I haven’t experienced this in such a long time and it feels good… I feel ready, which I wasn’t expecting with the long break. My legs feel fresher than they have in a few months, which I think makes a big difference.

 

So by now you can tell the lie… “I’m not prepared for Frankenstorm.”

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While we didn’t jump on the bandwagon of buying batteries (for what I’m not sure) and water, I feel like we are pretty prepared. Our flashlight is out, we have tons of candles, water in the fridge, and candy/Monster Cookies (plus a bunch of other more nutritious stuff) for fuel! What else could we need? They actually just announced that MTA/mass transit is shutting down this evening so this may be as serious as they are predicting (government officials lost credibility after the hype around Hurricane Irene last August).

 

What are your two truths and a lie? What motivates you to get out of bed on those days you just don’t want to run? 

 



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