Marathon Madness + Foot Locker 5 Borough Challenge (again!)

I realized last week that I am running three marathons in the next 8 weeks. I mean, I’ve known that I was running these three for a few weeks now, but I never sat down and thought about running THREE. It both excites and frightens me. I’ve run back-to-back-to-back marathons (+) once before – three years ago – when I was training for my first ultra and really enjoyed the experience.

But, I am not racing all three marathons – there’s no way I could do this physically nor would it be smart to try to ask that much of my body. Below outlines the timing and purpose of each:

– NYC Marathon – Nov 2 (12 days): I mentioned on social media already that I am running the NYC Marathon for a 3rd time this year. This was a late addition to my calendar – but a no brainer and honestly, trumps my own goal race two weeks later. I am honored for the opportunity to guide my good friend, John, for the race. John is participating in the Foot Locker 5 Borough Challenge and is representing Staten Island – just like I did three years ago. (Side Note: If you have the chance to apply for the FL5BC next year, don’t hesitate – it was the most amazing experience of my running career.)  And I get the opportunity to experience it all again this year – but only better because I’ll be guiding John!

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I met John about 18 months ago at a local running event on Staten Island and have since became good friends – he is one of the nicest, most supportive people I have met and I’m thankful to have a friend like him. I had mentioned to him several times that I would love to guide him for a marathon one day. Well, November 2nd will be that day!

A little bit about John from the FL5BC website:

John, who has lived in Staten Island since he was a baby, was diagnosed with congenital nystagmus as a young child and wasn’t able to participate in high school sports like football or baseball because of his deteriorating eysight. So he chose to run, and by his mid-20s, he was legally blind. In 2002, John was also diagnosed with lupus. Doctors suggested he stop running, however John was more determined than ever “to beat the pain, the ache, and take control of my life, and not let lupus take control of me.” John says that running has saved him by giving him a sense of belonging and inner strength. The TCS New York City Marathon will be his 13th race.

John and I met up on Sunday to go for a recovery run (for me) and practice what he needs me to do on race day.

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Note: I will be using the NYC Marathon as a long (very long!) training run.

– Potomac River Run Marathon – Nov 16 (26 days): This is my goal race this fall. I do not have any specific time goals yet – my coach and I will determine the range I will be shooting for after the next couple of weeks of training. This training cycle has been the most enjoyable but also the most intense with the highest mileage I’ve ever run and I’m excited and anxious to see how it all pans out on race day.

– Honolulu Marathon – Dec 14 (54 days): As of right now, the plan is for me to run with and support my younger sister, Nicole, as she runs her first marathon. Regardless of how the logistics of the race go down, I will be in Hawaii for about 5-6 days. Vacation, relaxation, the beach and supporting my sister with her first marathon -> perfect way to end the 2014 racing season!

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What’s the most number of marathons you have run in a “racing season”?

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    1. So exciting!!! I can’t wait to hear about each. I know you’re going to kill your goal, whatever you set, because you’ve been training so hard…and all those stroller runs!!! And, I would go to Hawaii to run just about anything. I’m thinking I may need to talk my husband into that one for next year!
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    2. Awesome that you got another opportunity to run NYC! That race is on my bucket list.
      I’m running the Potomac River Run Half Marathon, small world! Maybe I will see you there :)
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    3. Just got tears in my eyes reading about John’s story, and I am so excited for him (and you!) that he gets to experience the NYC Marathon & that you get to be with him along the way! How exciting :) Please write a recap of that if you can, I’d love to reach it. Wish him good luck for me (even though I’m a perfect stranger!!) :)
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    4. The most marathons I have ever run is zero! Maybe one day, maybe not. :) I think it’s great that you are selflessly helping others through their own marathon experiences. I have volunteered with My Team Triumph in the past pushing a running stroller carrying a disabled person so that they can “run” a race, and it is a truly rewarding experience. I hope you will have an equally wonderful experience guiding John.
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      • I’m hoping to recover from NYC much like a long run…coach was going to have me do 24, so another 2.2 isn’t that much more (and it will be slower than my normal long runs…) But if I don’t feel recovered enough, I either won’t run or won’t race Potomac. The NYC Marathon opportunity was too amazing too pass up so I won’t be upset if the 2nd race doesn’t happen or goes as planned.
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    5. I am doing 3 fall marathons myself – Chicago was to be goal then NYC and finally Space Coast with my sister. Chicago was a bust so trying to recover so I can have a good race at NYC and then trot along in Florida (I do awful in the heat and do not know why I torture myself through Florida marathons so seriously have ZERO expectations for that one!)

      Most so far was a full and ultra in the same month!
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    6. I went a little crazy this year and ran 7 marathons + 3 ultra marathons! While it was blast, I feel like my speed suffered from it – so for the remainder of this year and into next year, I’m putting longer races on hold and working on specific speed training, so I can hopefully Boston Qualify next year!

    7. I’ve only done 1 per season for a total of 2 each year for the past two years, and that definitely even seems like a lot for me. I’m running Philadelphia Nov 23 and I don’t have any plans to sign up for a spring marathon, but hope to do 2 half marathons and some shorter distances as well. I think going forward 1 marathon per year is plenty for me (and my wallet of course!)
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