Who is ready for #2? I am!!!!!
I have picked out the next marathon I will run! Providence marathon on May 3rd, 2015!!! 195 days out so a lot of time to get into the spirit again. Seems like a very fun course, right along the river front so I’m very excited to get going! 8 days out from the first one I’m starting to feel good again leg wise may try running by the end of the week, but it’s time to get back to school work. Agh college…
So what’s next, for two days removed from my first 26.2 Im already thinking of what I can do to shatter that time. I’m in a lot of pain. Real bad blister on my toe that basically make it look like I have 6 toes.. Anyone ever run New York? Because that’s what I’m thinking that may be the next adventure. Let my body recover. And go with the same races as this year other than Hartford. Work today was horrible standing has made the ankles weak as hell. But everyday gets a little better.
Post marathon day 1
Still feel dehydrated, couldn’t sleep well either. Really sore, but I mean I ran a marathon so what’s there to expect!
And here’s some more photos.
Wow. Simply can’t say anything more than that. That was tough. It was 45 degrees and rainy the whole race. Final time 4:15.43, I don’t even care that I didn’t really get my goal. I finished. I felt great early! Miles 1-10 I was on pace for 3:40? With a pacer from team Hoyt. He was fantastic and I’m glad I did what I did, but past ten the rain started falling cold cold rain. It made the water taste gross and it made all those aches and pains come along. Went through a mental block around 15 got through it. But when I hit 20 it was all guts over glory. To tell you I hit the wall was am understatement, I hit 20 at 2:50. Well in range of my goal of 3:45 but the rain just killed me. I hit the wall. It was cold wet rain I stopped and basically fell got up kept going. Mile 24 cramp. Worst pain ever in my left hamstring I thought I pulled it. A lot of cases of runners dropping because cold/cramps/rain. But I saw the city and just went. Everything my legs had left. I hit the corner. Saw my mom and dad than my friends. And I just went. To say this didn’t change my life is a lie. I’m so proud of myself. Thankful for God for giving me these chances after all I’ve been through. But now I lay in bed trying to sleep and heat up. Because I had blue lips, and purple toes for a bit. Already sore in my legs so rest time. Thank you all so much for all the help along the way. Glad I did it and didn’t quit.
The biggest dream comes full circle tomorrow. 26.2 miles. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t nervous. I know my 6 years of running will help me tomorrow. Tomorrow the alarm clock goes off at 5 AM and I travel and run. Goal is sub 3:45 8:34 miles. So on and so fourth. God I’m so scared but I know that I’ve done all I could to get here. Tomorrow is all about guts over fear. Weather looks god awful 53 degrees and rain. But that’s what makes it worth the adventure. The next post I have I hope to be known as a marathoner. And not just a runner anymore. Make sure you track me http://www.hartfordmarathon.com/Events/NU_Hartford_Marathon/Athlete_Information/Athlete_Tracking.htm see you all. Wish me luck.
If you want to track me this Saturday!
http://www.hartfordmarathon.com/Events/NU_Hartford_Marathon/Athlete_Information/Athlete_Tracking.htm hit the link. I have it also synced to my twitter feed @nathan_moreau. I guess the updates come in at the half point, mile 17, 20, and finish. Kinda awkward areas, but oh well! Hope some of you track me. I’m going for sub 3:45 which is 8:34 average mile pace. Nothing impressive for my first marathon just trying to finish it. I’ve been carb loading good so far. Today is my last “day off” before race day.
Hartford 6 days out.
It’s past midnight and I’ve had a long day and now I can’t sleep. Easy 6 miles tonight at 8 minute pace. Even though now I’m 5 days out my legs feel good. Kinda feeling achy lots of colds running around my area. Plus working with kids a lot isn’t helping.. Tomorrow -today- is an easy 5. Doing lots of stretching and carb loading tomorrow. Temps for race day are looking like 62 as the high so I’m guessing 50’s at 8AM.. So do I dress in my tank top.. Or go short sleeves. This being my first marathon the unknown is freaking me out haha. Lots of people are reaching out to me wishing me luck and all that it’s nice! Can’t wait. Official goal is sub 3:45 for sure.
And the hard work is done. Sorta
8 strong miles today at 7:35. Cold weather well cooler 65 felt great. Legs are tired tonight. But they feel great and strong. Rest of my body feels great! When I wake up tomorrow it’s 8 days till race day. Starting to make final preps and I’m getting very excited! So glad all the speed work is done.. Thank you so much.
I’m starting to feel those nervs. I’m nervous for the marathon. Starting to talk about it everyday and I really don’t know what to expect or do. I need help on how to mentally, and physcially prepare in the next week. Like food and carb loading, plans. What’s the best startegy that you use? Any help is appreciated. Only one more strong workout and that’s it. I feel good, I’m just nervous about hitting the wall. My goal is 3:45 or sub. Optimistic would be 3:30. I hope to see some of you in Hartford in 10 days! Help!!!
Haven’t really felt 100% in a few weeks and I’ve been getting nervous. Lots of stomach pains and stuff. Especially tonight I asked to go home early, didn’t really tell why but just something isn’t right. Snuck in a run this morning I don’t know how I feel about tomorrow’s run with how I feel right now. I don’t feel sick. Just in a lot of pain. Doctor will be called..
15 days out, nice easy run to the park and back. At 8:25 pace overall. Traffic through me off a bit, but overall legs felt strong and I’m excited about that.
For years I struggled, physically, mentally. The whole 9 yards. After graduation in 2013. I ran maybe a total of 6 times up until October of last year. Laura has really put me back into perspective of where I need to be. She knows when to push, and when to not. I really don’t know whose more excited for Hartford, me or her. She’s taking the whole thing under her control so I can just focus on running. I’m nervous for sure. If my legs can hold up for 26 miles especially. With my month almost of trainings lost I kinda went at it blind and just tried to build up Milage. I feel okay. But man if it wasn’t for Laura telling me to start running again. I’d be lost. I didn’t have that spark and she gave that to me. It’s mostly because she wants to see that crazy mad man side of me that I get when I finish a race. Because I’m amped up when I finish. The next few days are just gonna be tough with online courses, her birthday, celebrations. Some long hard runs including a 10 mile tomorrow. I moved up my training a day due to my race being a Saturday unlike Chicago -SUNDAY- correct? Even my dad is excited and usually he’s a keep to yourself guy. Because for him this is more of a moral victory that I made it this far because he pushed me to play sports when the doctors said I couldn’t. so this raze literally hits home. The energy is building. I mean it seems im going to have a whole cheering squad waiting for me. These next 17 days are important because it’s all about Relentless Forward Progression.
The view from the top. Ran up a local mountain two times today for a rough workout. Mountain road is about 1.3 miles up its a great view and a great way to train. I usually do this workout at least one time for each race I run. It’s a very motivating run because road is steep and winding so it makes you work for the reward.
Also running friends marathoners. What should I get as gels, stuff to protect my body and so fourth. I’m 21 days out and they will fly Im sure! Help?!