Yikes! It’s been a while since the last time I wrote! Don’t worry – my time has been training-filled and full of learning experiences. Since my last blog entry – the NYC Half – I have done 2 more half marathons! Last month was the More Shape Women’s Half Marathon, which was 2 laps around Central Park. Great race, boring route. I know, calling Central Park boring makes me sound like a brat, but after the scenic-filled NYC Half, that park just seemed uneventful. And 2 times on Harlem Hill was no walk in the park. (Bad pun? Is that even a pun? Whatever, it’s staying.) Here are some highlights:
The race was sponsored by Shape Magazine, whose parent company is Meredith! It was nice to see my name plastered all over the place during packet pick-up and I pretended to be a celeb – the Meb Keflezighi or Deena Kastor of the race.
Just me, my race, and my Nathan. (Not that Nathan, sillies. My other Nathan – the cool little running belt I got from my mom!)
Here I am debating what to have for brunch when the race was over. Tofu scramble with all the fixings? Toasted sesame seed bagel dripping in (tofu) cream cheese and Earth Balance? Definitely a Bloody Mary. Or a Mimosa sounds good. I always want mi-more mimosa.
Done! Apple in my hand and brunch on my mind (still).
Not bad for a “boring” course, right?!
Ok, all caught up on the Women’s Half? Good!
Now on to the next one:
Last Saturday, over 26,500 of us tackled the Brooklyn Half Marathon – the biggest one in the country! Another spectacular event put on by New York Road Runners. The humidity (76%) and 15 minutes of rain could have thrown us all into a frantic state of disarray, but we pulled through!
Actually, I really hate to say this, but this race had a lot of casualties – many more than I am used to seeing. Probably because of the humidity? I saw so many people fainting. A seizure, maybe even 2. AND heard that there was a heart attack right behind me. I (along with some guy who was running near me) had to veer off couse one time to flag down a police officer for someone who needed serious medical attention, and helped to wave down EMT on at least 2 other occassions. It was scary. BUT all that, the humidity, and the rain aside, it really was a good run. The Brooklyn Half is one of my favorite races and I had been looking forward to it for a while.
Packet pickup. No sleep ’til Brooklyn!!
DADA DADA DADA DADA BATMAN.
Champions. Warriors. Winners. (or just 3 people ready to go back to bed. We had gotten up at 4:45am to get to the starting line for 7am. By 9:30am we were far from home, tired, sore, and maybe a little delirious. But we were done!)
What’s next on the agenda? A lot of swimming. It’s time to step up my game a bit and show that water who is boss. TNT group training sessions in swimming have continued to be extremely helpful and valuable. Even though I did most of the swim practices last year, I am still learning tips and tricks that have helped my form and overall execution of the stroke and I feel surprisingly calm, cool and collected in the water (a welcome change from this time last year). Regardless – there will be plenty goggles, open water swims at Coney Island, and Body Glide in my immediate future, and I am perfectly fine with that!
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