Home' Scoop : Scoop 50 Summer 2009 Contents down for the race. It's not necessary to run the full
distance before a marathon (thank Buddha).
While I was slightly concerned about running
10km less than the marathon distance, just about
every program I saw had 32km as the biggest run, so
I put my faith in the running gods and went with it.
Plus, I really didn't want to run any further than that.
So the training began in June. Then it stopped
in July while we went to Europe. Hello cheese.
Four weeks later we came home with only five
runs under the (expanded) belt. Now with just 12
weeks left, we got to business. I'd planned five runs
a week, but looking back, I think I averaged only
three to four runs a week.
With around nine weeks to go, I was feeling
good, and keeping up with most of my sessions.
However after a great (but tough) interval session,
I tweaked a glute muscle. I didn't do what I should
have done, which is immediately book in to see a
physio. I was crazy busy with work and couldn't
see my way to giving up an hour out of my day.
So instead I stretched it and thought it would heal
quickly. Which it didn't.
So I missed over a week's training and missed
running the Fremantle half marathon (still glad
you didn't give up an hour to get help, Emma?)
Finally I went to get a sports massage to calm it
down. Lesson: deal with injuries quickly to avoid
losing training time.
Once over the glute, I had a few more good
weeks of running. Unfortunately I got injury
number two about three weeks before the race. I
was experiencing pain on the side of my left knee
during runs, so I trundled off to the physio who
told me it was my ITB -- a long, important muscle
that runs down the side of your thigh from hip to
knee. I received an eye-watering massage from my
super nice physio (I swear he is, pain aside) and
some acupuncture, and was given home stretches
to do. I hoped this would fix it. It didn't.
I had two more rounds of acupuncture and
massage and more stretching. Just before I flew
out the decision was made that I had to have a
cortisone injection in my ITB. I couldn't run again
until the Thursday before the race.
However, injuries aside, the exciting time had
come to leave for the States. So after several sports
massages, a new pair of shoes, rounds of physio
and the injection, I was ready to go. Terrified, but
We landed in New York a few days before
the race. On Thursday and Friday I tried a little
run on the hotel treadmill, and the ITB felt fine.
Thank you, running god. Part of the pre-race
schedule (other than pawing at the Christian Lou-
boutins at Saks Fifth Ave) included heading out to
the race expo to collect our goodie bags (incluing
race number, timing chips, t-shirts, pen, other
guff ), and register to get on the bus that takes you
(and 43,000 other runners) to the start on Staten
As with anything on race day, you want to mini-
mise surprises. This means you don't put on a pair
of shorts you've never worn, run in new shoes, or eat
tacos for breakfast when you normally have toast.
Before our long training runs we would usually eat
white toast with honey -- easy to digest and high GI.
With all this in mind, we found a local market,
bought white bread rolls and honey and made up
our own breakfast to take on the day. Bagels, coffee
and tea would be provided but it's best not to rely
on them, especially if they're new to your system.
The night before the race we went to a local
Italian restaurant for a bowl of pasta. My bet-
ter half had a glass of red (I was maintaining a
distance from alcohol), and we were early to bed.
I woke every two hours through the night. When
we finally did get up (after a false start at 3:45am
thanks to husband's incorrect alarm), we showered,
dressed quickly and grabbed our bags.
The sight at the bus departure at 42nd Street was
incredible -- it was just after 5am and pitch black but
there were people and traffic everywhere. Coaches
stretched along Fifth Ave as far as I could see, each
one with "Marathon" up in lights. There was a bit of
rain, but not enough to dampen my excitement.
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