NYC marathon - do I keep training for another or put off?

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    Nov 04, 2012 2:07 AM GMT

    I should be tucked up in bed with my shorts on ready to go race in NYC marathon tomorrow morning, my first one, but alas, Sandy had other plans. Its disappointing, but totally understandable given the state of the city, especially SI.

    I'm pondering next steps fitness wise and seek advice. I'm ready for a marathon, and would like to do one, but my schedule for the next month is nuts. Looking at Miami, Jan 27, but not looking forward to training in cold and dark in NYC through Dec & Jan.

    Do I just put it off until next year, or face into some cold runs this winter along with a permanently red nose and not let the fitness go to waste?

    Can I augment running with other indoor stuff, is it the same? Can I get away with 2 outdoor runs a week? One short (6 miles) one long (12 - 16).

    While the training has resulted in lean muscle and a loss of bf, I'm a bit too light and wanted to put on about 10 lbs in the next 10 weeks instead of running all the time.

    Any advice greatly appreciated. I was aiming for an avg. 8:30 pace.

  • jock5827

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    Nov 04, 2012 4:02 AM GMT
    Can you find an indoor facility for some extended climate-controlled runs? You'll eventually have to bite the bullet and do some "fun" training outdoors (you hear about the Nor'easter coming next week?), but that will make you so much of a better competitor when you run marathons in warmer places. Good luck.
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    Nov 04, 2012 4:25 AM GMT
    Good grief. I sure hope "bf" means "body fat!"

    Edit. I have no clue about marathon training, but my former boss was an ulramarathoner. He TWICE bailed out of taxis on me, in strange cities, because we saw a marathon in progress and he just jumped the fuck in. "Driver! Take me to the start line!" I don't know how he did it.
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    Nov 04, 2012 4:43 AM GMT
    You should keep training. To bad Philly marathon is sold out. Don't stop the Miami marathon is not far off. Do a long run this Sunday and plan for Miami.
  • Ironman4U

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    Nov 04, 2012 4:51 AM GMT
    Hey man, sorry you're not able to run NYC. Certainly understandable that they cancelled but it's a shame for folks like you who have trained hard.

    There are some other late marathons out there. Richmond, VA is next weekend and it's a train, bus or car ride away. It's a great course with good crowd support. There are others as well that you could research.

    If you decide not to do a marathon in the next month or two, you can keep your overall running fitness up. Make sure you get in your long run every week. I would suggest 3 runs a week. Your long run (which is most important), speed work (which you could do on a treadmill inside) and a tempo run (also could be done on the treadmill if the winter weather wasn't too your liking).

    Good luck man!
  • FRE0

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    Nov 04, 2012 4:58 AM GMT
    Why would the cold stop you? When I lived in Minneapolis, I ran all winter when surface conditions permitted it. The East River Road was a good place to run. In sub-freezing weather, my beard would become all iced up. When ice and snow did not permit running outside, I used indoor tracks.

    In cold weather, you have to dress in such a way that you can make adjustments to your clothing so that you won't become either too cold or too hot. Interestingly, in cold weather, it is possible to feel too cold and too hot at the same time.
  • RollDontWalk

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    Nov 04, 2012 5:30 AM GMT
    Why not just run your own marathon tomorrow morning?
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    Nov 04, 2012 10:48 AM GMT
    Why don't you run Malibu next weekend?
    Flights within the U.S. are always so much cheaper than leaving from Canada. Rent a car from LAX for about $15/day on Hotwire and grab a cheap hotel in Camarillo.

    You could just do another week of tapering and still be in great shape for the race.
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    Nov 04, 2012 7:48 PM GMT
    [quote][cite]mindgarden said[/cite]Good grief. I sure hope "bf" means "body fat!"

    ha ha, yes. body fat. thats what I associate those initials with these days. been dating my marathon training.
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    Nov 04, 2012 7:59 PM GMT

    Thanks everyone for the encouragement! Just what I needed. Was at gym earlier and there were a bunch of people in NYC marathon t-shirts looking very despondent.

    Sadly marathons for the next month wont work as I am going to Ireland for 10 days starting this Friday, and then its TG and then I have another trip planned that I have to do.

    Aiming for Miami, Jan 27. Seeing it as an opportunity to kickass, continue with training and build in some cross training. I just dont want my workout for next 3 months to be a repeat of the last 3, I'm bored by it.

    @Ironman4u great tips on committing to a long run and doing speed/tempo on the treadmill.

    @Fre0 you are right, great cold weather gear available, and its just the first few mins that suck, once you warm up its refreshing. I know this from the bike too.

    @26mileman heard of a few people doing Malibu and Philly, but I have to go to Ireland Friday night.

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    Jan 27, 2013 2:21 AM GMT
    Quick update: I am doing Miami Marathon tomorrow morning. Really looking forward to it and feeling pretty relaxed. Very glad I made the decision to keep training going although picked up plantar fasciitis in my left foot 2 weeks ago, its ok now.
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    Jan 27, 2013 6:15 AM GMT
    Have a great race!
  • Ironman4U

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    Jan 27, 2013 6:25 AM GMT
    Have a great race and enjoy!
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    Jan 29, 2013 5:30 AM GMT
    Update: Marathon virginity lost. In 3:48.

    Brilliant race. highly recommend Miami Marathon.

    Thanks for all the support guys!