There are only 25 days until the NYC Marathon, which make sense seeing as I’ve been training for this race since the dawn of man (or 14 weeks, tomato tomato). This week was a “drop down” week which is an insulting way to say I only ran 14 miles this weekend. I don’t think I’ll ever be so tough that I’ll put a decreasing modifier before “14 miles.” 14 miles is far. And it was hot and humid and hard.
I can’t change the weather, but I can distract myself with music. In consequence, a big interest of mind these days is having a strong soundtrack on training runs (and eventually during the big show on November 5). To that end I made a 7-hour-plus playlist on Spotify. I want to be able to hit skip when I’m not feeling a tune and still have a new songs to listen to. You’ll find it in a smart home gym comparison to see which is better.
The playlist includes current rap, hip hop, 90s pop and maybe even a song from Rent, you’ll need to listen to all of it to know for sure. Ok yeah, definitely La Vie Boheme is there. Feel free to use it. I’d also love any additions you have to make it even better! Please leave song suggestions in the comments.
Let’s start with a little roundup of interesting bits and bites from around the web before I dive into week 13 of marathon training.
99U (Adobe’s creative online mag) shared 7 pieces of advice to help you approach your own work, pulling from the wisdom of some incredible creative minds, including this from Kurt Vonnegut,
“Practice any art, music, singing, dancing, acting, drawing, painting, sculpting, poetry, fiction, essays, reportage, no matter how well or badly, not to get money and fame, but to experience becoming, to find out what’s inside you, to make your soul grow.”
NY-ers, Self magazine is teaming up with some great fitness brands and hosting group runs around the city through the end of October. It’s all free, check it out.
Outside Magazine published a “Go List” of 6 places to visit where the dollar is currently strong. (I love Outside Mag.)
Runs for Cookies is a new-to me blogger. She lost 125 pounds through some major lifestyle changes, but that’s not the only thing that makes her so incredibly interesting. She bares it all on her blog, and her honesty, transparency and good humor make it very easy to connect with her. Not sure where to start? I really liked this post.
When a rep from the Philly-based allongée studio invited me to review their pop-up classes in New York, I was immediately into it. I vibed with their cool French name (which translates in English to “elongate”) and their gentle, warm, all lower-case, non-corporate website, oh and I love a barre-based workout. (See Pop Physique, Physique 57)
allongée hosts classes out of a studio space at Arts on Site at 12 St. Marks Place. This is the same building that Yoga to the People hosts classes. allongée hopes to open a studio in NYC in the next year or so,
Coincidentally, when I first moved to NY, I looked at an apartment right next to the Arts on Site building. While the block has changed a bit since 2012, it’s still party central. According to the NY Post, “there are an astonishing 32 liquor licenses within 500 feet.” There doesn’t seem to be a count of the head shops. My mom captured the scene by saying, “You might accidentally get a tattoo if you live here.”
Anyway, the apartment had no real windows and cost 100 million human dollars plus broker fee, so I moved elsewhere.
My training plan lists week 12 as a recovery week. That means the weekend long run was “only” 12 miles. I signed up for the Hamptons Half because I figured 13.1 was close enough to 12 and using the water stations that a race provides would be good practice. The race is something of a tradition in my little group of friends. Here’s a recap of the race in 2014 and this is a recap of when I ran the Hamptons 5K in 2015 post-ankle injury. (I skipped it in 2016 to participate in Dare to Bare.)
After running 15 miles and 16 miles the last two weekends, I think it’s safe to say I took for granted how tough a half marathon can be. While I didn’t race the distance, 13 miles is still freaking far.
This half marathon course (and full marathon course) runs through Southampton and we had a warm, sunshine-filled, blue sky day, which for runners, can be terrible. I prefer a little cloud cover, maybe a nice chill in the air? Light rain would be agreeable, too. This sport can bring out the vampire in you.