Carrie Meconis ran her first marathon, the New York City Marathon, in 2011. This mother runner who lives in Queens, NY with her husband and their three-year-old daughter, is tackling her second marathon, this year’s 26.2 in the Big Apple, on Nov. 4. Just a couple of weeks away from race day, Carrie is feeling good about her training: “I’m very happy with where I’m at right now … I’m ready!”
Best recent run: My best recent run was my second 20-miler of this training cycle with three other running moms all at different times. The first joined me for 12 miles, the second came in at mile 10 and left at mile 16, and the third also joined me at mile 10 and left at mile 19. The support and encouragement I felt throughout was inspiring, and the fact that we all made this work so we could run together for different distances is how real mama support should work!
Racking up the miles: A 50-mile week always struck me as a great goal to someday shoot for, but I never thought that day would ever really come. The first time I trained for a marathon, it was all about distance goals and achieving my first "longest" run ever. This time around I knew I would need something to be a "first." Hitting that goal proves to me once again that I shouldn't ever doubt my abilities and strength. If I want to do something, I will do it. I will make it happen. Period.
The family-training juggle: The family-work-training-life balance is always tough. I have the most supportive husband in the world, but he also works six or seven days a week—he’s a stagehand on Broadway—so inevitably most childcare issues and finding any "me time" is up to me. And I work 9 to 5, so it also means that we have very limited time together. I am up before the sun so that I can get my runs in before he heads to work. On the weekends they will meet me in the city so that when I finish a run we can head to the Central Park Zoo. It is so important to me that my daughter sees that I can make time for myself but also that being together as a family is priceless.
Call her coach: Sometime around March 2012 I decided that I needed something besides my full-time job for work fulfillment. My job is good and steady, but I don't often feel like I'm making much of a difference. Becoming a running coach combines two things that I love: running and helping others. I officially became certified through the Road Runners Club of America (RRCA) in June. I also started a Running Mamas group in my neighborhood as part of this. The one piece of advice that I share with all my runners is to accept where you are right now. Running is all about progression—it is not instant gratification.
Keeping it simple. I like to keep my goals pretty simple. I want to keep running, I want to keep racing and I plan on getting faster! I don't have dreams of Boston, but I do have dreams of running with my daughter in her first real race. That would be pretty cool.