As I write this on Sunday evening, I am still thinking about the ING New York City Marathon. I found out it was cancelled on Saturday morning. In fact, while Joanne (my running buddy) and I were running earlier, we had been discussing it and how we could not believe it was still going on. When I heard the news, I was shocked, not that they cancelled but that they waited so long. The logistics and safety of everyone just never seemed possible to me. I’m sad for the runners. I know I would have wanted to run it SO badly if I did all the training. But really, we should all be putting our thoughts, emotions and efforts to those who suffered the worse (and are still suffering).
I saw an awesome picture of hundreds of runners waiting for the ferry to Staten Island, not to run, but to help in some way in recovery. Check out this article and video from Runner’s World to see how some runner’s even ran a mock marathon around Central Park. But really, we should all be putting our thoughts, emotions and efforts to those who suffered the worse (and are still suffering).
If you are interested in helping, here’s a list Christine posted yesterday
For those of you looking to HELP, DONATE or VOLUNTEER, here is a Facebook page that’s aggregating information about volunteer and donation needs for Sandy relief efforts.
- Please consider donating to the Brooklyn Recovery Fund.Brooklyn Community Foundation – a great local philanthropic organization – will administer the fund which will respond to the immediate and long-term impacts of Sandy and serve as a flexible source of grant funding to local nonprofits for the rebuilding efforts. Having worked in the nonprofit sector for over 10 year, local organizations are often the ones that are best suited to help meet the specific community’s needs. 100% of every donation will be used to support storm recovery efforts in Brooklyn.
- Alternatively, Waves for Water is coordinating a full-fledged relief initiative focus on the coastal communities on the East Coast, particularly in New York and New Jersey.
Do you run to COMPETE or COMPLETE?
Joanne and I did 10 easy miles on Saturday. It was our last long run before the Seacoast Half Marathon. We started discussing what our goals were for the race. Joanne mentioned a quote she’d heard from someone, “I run to COMPLETE rather than to COMPETE.” While I know that I’ll never be the fastest runner out on a course and will probably never win a race, I do feel like I am more than just trying to complete the race. I’m competing with myself.
How much I can push my body.
How fast I can make my legs move.
Can I PR on this course?
Of course, I’m competing against other runners, too. I like to pick a color for a race, say pink. I’ll look for a pink shirt ahead of me and will aim to pass that person. Once I do, on to the next pink shirt. It’s not only a way to motivate myself to keep going but to also keep my mind busy. We all know running is just as mental as physical.
I never liked putting my goals out for everyone to see before. But since this race, I’ve begun to see the benefits of putting it out into the universe. So what are my goals for the race? My training plan has me hitting a sub 1:47. While I’m feeling really good, I’m not super confident I can achieve that. I’m going to try my hardest for it but will adjust as needed.
A Goal: Sub 1:49 (a new PR)
B Goal: Sub 1:50 (current PR)
C Goal: Sub 1:53 (time on same course last year)
This week is all about the taper and taking it easy. And of course, carb loading.
Do you run to COMPETE or COMPLETE?