NJ Marathon – See you at the Shore!

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Okay…so maybe I’m not yet actually “ready”, but I have spent the better part of the last week truly getting excited for this race. When I first announced this race, I was happy for the experience to run the New Jersey Marathon, but I didn’t have any emotions connected to it. Now that I’m almost done the bulk of my training, my heart is completely in for these 26.2 miles that will go down in 26 days and here are some reasons why!

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Image: NJ Marathon instagram
  1. I love how the NJ Marathon has such a great online presence to hype us runners up for the race. Their Instagram and Facebook  pages are fantastic! It kicks me back in gear on those days where I don’t feel like training.
  2. It’s on the Jersey Shore! I’ve never been to the Jersey Shore and I can’t wait to run in a new place. I’m hoping the water views will keep me entertained during the last 10 miles!
  3. This race is a flat one! While I don’t totally mind hills in a race, I’m hoping this will make for a PR course (not that I haven’t put in the work for a PR!).
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    Some bumps, but really not much gain/loss in terms of feet.

    4. Aid stations every 1.5 miles! I bring my own hydration, but it will be nice to be more comfortable running with a bottle instead of my hydration pack – I think that played a part to overheating during my last marathon.

    5. The Bagel Nook! Have you SEEN the videos of the Flaming Hot Cheetos Bagels on Facebook? The bakery is only 20 minutes from where I’m staying and one of those is totally MINE the morning after the race.

Doesn’t this sound absolutely wonderful? You can run too! There is a marathon, half marathon, and a relay! There is also a 5k the day before. Sign up and save with my code!

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NJ Marathon Training: Week 8 + RNR Discount Code

Another week of training is complete! Schedule wise, it wasn’t the most beautiful, but I got my four days of running in. My right quad/hip was still feeling off, so I changed weeks up and used this week as a step-back week to lower the mileage a bit.

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Week 8 (February 13-19):

Monday: Rest – I was actually sore from my long run.

Tuesday: 1 mile on the treadmill. My hamstrings were weirdly tight, and I didn’t realize it until I started running. My form was suffering, so I came off and spent lots of time with my R8 Recovery and foam roller.

Wednesday: 3.5 miles before SkeeBall. My hamstrings felt better, but my hamstring/quad still felt off. Sacrificed an extra .5 mile to have extra time to stretch before hitting happy hour.

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Thursday: Rest day. I had planned to run 6, but between house work and trivia, I didn’t have the time.

Friday: 4 miles before work. It was the coldest morning of the year, but I made myself get up (after some bargaining). Hamstring/quad felt about 80% – didn’t hurt while running but was really tight after.

Saturday: 5 miles in 70 degree weather!! My body was not ready for the sudden heat shift, but I can’t complain. My HR was high for the day before a long run, but I felt great and my quad loosened up after about 2 miles.

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Sunday: 11 miles in BaltimoreI was torn on how much to run, but running out of water and needing a potty break told me that 11 was how far I was going! My leg felt about 90% after 4 miles, but is still pretty tight the next morning (I haven’t gotten to roll it out yet)

Week 8 total: 24.5. Not the best, but I’ll take it for a step-back week.

The next two weeks will have higher mileage (hoping I can break into the 30’s) that I’m hoping will bring some needed life back to my legs. Higher mileage felt so good on my legs during my last cycle, but I just can’t get there as of yet. After that I have a weekend of races – Rock and Roll DC Half Marathon and the Baltimore Shamrock 5K. I’ll likely run both for fun and not focus on any time, but we’ll see.

Have you wanted to run RNR DC but haven’t signed up yet? Sign up with the code BibRave15 and save $15 on the half or full! (This is good for ALL open Rock and Roll races!)

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Also don’t forget about my New Jersey Marathon code – it saves you $5 off the Full, Half, or Relay! (I’ve guilted Jake into doing the 5K, but alas – no discount).

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I’m linking upCourtney of Eat Pray Run DC for her Winter Training Recap linkup. Check out how other runners are training this winter!

Do you have any races coming up?