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Road To The NYC Marathon: Struggle City – Week 6 + 7 Recap

by Nellie


Because I love y’all and I value the fact that you take precious time out of your day to read this blog I am going to be 100% honest about where I am and how I’m feeling about marathon training.
It sucks. Bad.
I mentioned last week about the various groups that I’m (obsessed with) on FB and most of the posts are like “had a great training run today!” Or “easy 10 miles for breakfast this morning!!” Meanwhile I am living, sleeping, and vacationing in Struggle City.IMG_4662
I have literally asked myself why in the entire H-E- double hockey sticks am I doing this again? I mean. This is not fun. The joy has been zapped and all I want to do is curl up on my favorite pillow and nap for 7 straight days…is that too much to ask??
I know I’m not the best runner and I’m certainly not the most natural runner but finding the motivation to go out and do it anyway was never an issue…until now. My pace is way slower than last year, everything hurts most days and marathon training is not allowing me to do things that I love like spinning and Zumba.

The Long Run To End Long Runs

Things took a bit of a turn for the worse during my long run last weekend. I started off with a fun 5k–the Percy Sutton 5k in beautiful Harlem where we got to run a very rare road race with New York Road Runners. The course was super hilly but I made it through. Early on my calves started cramping like crazy. I try didn’t know what was happening as I had super hydrated the days before (100oz+), had a proper breakfast and got decent sleep. It was super painful but worked itself out a little bit after I finished the race.


Central Park is just so beautiful!

Central Park is just so beautiful!

The training plan called for 14 miles so I had to run down to Central Park to hopefully finish strong. Unfortunately it all went downhill (see what I did there?) after Mile 8, it got hot–82 degrees, and although I had fuel on me I was so done. With my husband’s encouragement I pushed through and I was so tired by mile 12 I was simply delirious.

I finished. It was UGLY but I finished. Needless to say I am not looking forward to 15 tomorrow. I have another fun race that will take up 5 miles but the final 10 are all me. Send me good vibes because I need it!!

Although it’s hard and I am struggling, I know I will finish. I won’t be at work the next day after the marathon so I will be finishing for sure. Even if it takes me all night. Kidding! (Sorta)

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What was the last major challenge that you dealt with and overcame? Any tips on staying motivated? Any tips at all? How was your fitness and food week?

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Allie August 28, 2015 - 5:33 am

Oh Nellie!!! I feel for you and I’m so sorry you’re struggling. This is mostly supposed to be fun and it sounds like all the fun is being sucked out. I think part of the problem is running ALL these miles alone. I know that I dread going out by myself for anything more then 11 or 12 and I make plans with friends (no matter their pace!) to run the longer distances with. Is there anyone who can run with you? Even if you did 7 or 8 and they meet you for the last half or last few?? It may make it a lot easier when someone is suffering along with you πŸ™‚ BIGGEST HUGS and ALL THE MOTIVATION!

Nellie August 28, 2015 - 2:48 pm

you are so right. The alone thing sucks. I get in my head and pretty much tell myself I can’t finish and it goes downhill from there. I don’t have any close friends training for a marathon but you are right I can recruit some for parts. Thank you!!

Janine Huldie August 28, 2015 - 7:17 am

Aw, sending you so much motivation here today and I think you know that I am so not a runner in the least, but still I feel your pain and got my fingers, toes and everything else crossed for you now. You go girl, because I am so much faith in you. Major hugs!! πŸ™‚

Nellie August 28, 2015 - 2:46 pm

Thank you so much my love! xo

Kimberly August 28, 2015 - 10:52 am

I so enjoy your honesty. I will be going through the exact same thing at this time next year and I am oh so nervous! I appreciate that you are so honest on your blog and share all the ups and downs.

But I can answer one question for you. You are doing this because on November 1st you’ll be able to say that you are a marathoner!!

Nellie August 28, 2015 - 2:45 pm

YES! Thank you. It won’t be easy but I WILL complete this crazy journey!

Nellie August 28, 2015 - 2:46 pm

ha YES I can definitely compare it childbirth but thank goodness the training isn’t as LONG πŸ™‚ Great job starting back up, sometimes, that is the hardest part.

Tamara August 28, 2015 - 3:23 pm

I think my brain would psyche me out, which can happen at any time, sometimes unexpectedly. I suppose maybe with this, I’d struggle but keep going. It sounds really hard, but as always, you sound very strong.

Kita August 28, 2015 - 11:47 pm

I see you running it out and I am in pain but you must keep going Getting up and doing it is better than what I am doing which is nada.

Lashawn August 29, 2015 - 8:29 am

You can DOOOOO IT! Every morning when I wake up and see you running on my Nike app I’m so proud!!!

Coco August 30, 2015 - 7:20 am

Marathon training is tough mentally as well as physically. I think everyone goes through the stage of suck, but not everyone is honest about it!

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Carly September 2, 2015 - 10:49 pm

oh Nellie, I’m sorry!!! Sometimes it sucks. Especially with the weather we’ve been having. But then you’ll have a cutback week, or an actual feel-good long run and you’ll get your mojo back. I remember one terrible long run, I think it was an 18 where my watch clicked 18 miles about 6 blocks from home and I just sat down on the sidewalk. Just keep slogging, this is the worst part with the heat and the heavy training. And the day of the marathon is going to be MAGICAL for you. I am so sad I won’t be here to cheer you in person. Xoxoxo

leslie September 3, 2015 - 10:20 am

So sorry to hear about your struggle Nellie. I can’t imagine how stressful and difficult it is to manage your schedule and all this training. It’s such a toll on your body and mind. Do your best to hang in there. We’re all rooting for you!

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