What did I get myself into???? 26.2


Ohhh lord. What did I get myself into?

Back in November a few friends had a brilliant idea of signing up for the NYC Marathon to on behalf of a very close family friend who has battled Cancer.

That was back in November. Reading about the NYC Marathon..they get over 100,000 applications and only about 6% of those applicants are chosen by lottery. Never in a million years would I have thought my number would have been picked out of their lottery hat.

Yep, I got accepted to run the NYC Marathon.

The longest I have ever ran was 8 miles. EIGHT miles. ummm, do I need to remind you that a marathon is 26.2 miles?

A chubby foodie running a marathon? I suppose so. It has been on my bucket list. But OMG, I never thought it would become a reality. How am I going to do this??

Sooooooo, does anyone have any training tips for me? This girl needs all the help she can get.

What to wear?? I am thinking this…

And I am quite certain I will look like this after the race..



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    Oh my! Good for you! My tip is to run/walk it;) Jeff Galloway is a strong believer in taking walk breaks. I have found that sometimes when you allow yourself to walk 1 minute every mile, it actually increases my pace and prevents me from getting overly tired on long runs. That said, I am more of a half-marathon type of girl. Best of luck! It will be an awesome experience!

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    What an awesome adventure. I’ve done a couple of half marathons, and trained for a full but then bailed before the actual race after getting bronchitis. You need to get on a good training schedule, preferably with some friends you enjoy running with. Running will get easier and easier and pretty soon your 15 mile training runs will seem easy. You have your readers cheering for you virtually πŸ™‚

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    Congrats and good luck with your training – how exciting!!

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    How do you think this will fit in with your job at the bakery? LOL But seriously, you CAN do it! No one said you have to win the marathon. Just stay focused on what you really want to happen and then make it happen. Good Luck, girl.

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    Good for you, Leslie!

    I ran 8 feet once. Thankfully, the paramedics were quick with oxygen.

    Good luck with your training!

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    I have a tip for you but you may need to kick it up a notch or 13,000. I have never been a runner, unless I was being chased. But I started the C-2-5K and found that the walk / run method of training ROCKED! I am sure there is a C-2-42.19K version of it out there on the interwebs. If it got me off the couch running around for no good reason I bet it can help you.

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    How exciting!!!! I’ve always wanted to run NYC marathon but the chances are so low….good luck with training!

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    Dude you so have to wear that “thing” from the first pic!

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    Hi Leslie – The Run/Walk method is definitely the way to go – not only does it help physically, but mentally it makes long runs seem so much more achievable. I would recommend joining a running clinic if you have any near you, and the best book on running is called ‘Running’ by John Stanton. There are training plans in the back and tons of tips on preventing injury, training, eating, etc.
    What an awesome goal – way to go!! Good luck πŸ™‚

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    Good for you! I’ve never run that far, but I’m running my third 10KM run this weekend (I think that’s about 6 miles) and I always swear by the run-walk method. It’s worked for 10KM, I don’t see why it can work for 26 miles.

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    you have to run it in a skirt!! way cooler than that picture above…LOL. check out skirt sports.

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    Woot woot! Awesome for you! I’d go run just to get to go to NYC again. Run, then eat the town. Love that place! πŸ˜‰
    When is the race? How long do you have to train?

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    I’m thinking the green thong thingy is gonna cause some chafing…. I wouldn’t do it, but I’m a guy… Maybe something loose fitting like ….. a moo moo or however you spell the name of those big old lady shirts….. which you’re not….. an old lady I mean…. ok, ‘m just gonna go back to reading your blog now. Have fun with that run.

    You jerk I told you not to say the moo moo thing……. GOSH!

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    Go for the green thong. Totally. πŸ˜‰
    You don’t have to run the whole time, do you?
    Wear deodorant. Drink water. Have fun. Take pics.
    I would have some hot pink shorts made along with a tank top with your logo, though- seriously.
    I wish I had some really great advice…but… I’m more of a marathon baker and cook than runner/walker.
    I’d personally stroll and take pictures of it all. πŸ˜‰

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    You are so funny!
    This is something that would NEVER be on my bucket list, so I am totally impressed. And I know squat about training except I’ve heard you should be doing half the distance every day. You are going to be a stick when this is over.
    Either that or in intensive care.

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    I have to go scrub my eyes with bleach. Thanks for sharing that photo.

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    so exciting, you can totally do it! good for you!

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    You will do a great job…I have every confidence in you!

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    Uhhh, you’re 6 miles better than me at least. I seriously don’t think I’ve ever run more than 2 miles! Have you ever checked out the blog Daily Garnish? She’s a runner, and her writing is *almost* inspiring enough to get me to run. It’s inspiring enough to make me consider it, which is a start!

    Good luck! I know you can do it!

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    Aaaahhh!! so funny you got picked! It was meant to be!! πŸ™‚

    I really don’t know what to tell you since a half is as far as I’ve gotten, but I have heard great things about the Galloway method. I would also highly recommend taking a yoga class every week to help with flexibility. Running kills my legs.

    GOOD LUCK!! So excited for you!! Can’t wait to hear more!

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    I agree with the walk/run method. I did that for my 1st 1/2 marathon in February and it worked really well. Just focus on finishing and not your time and you will do just fine. A friend and I did a 5k race this past weekend and just decided to have fun…. we ended up finishing only 24 seconds slower than my fastest 5k time πŸ™‚