All of you. Everyone I’ve met over the last nearly three years. Everyone I’ve run with since beginning training in June.
There isn’t much substance to this weekly run down as I was somewhat down with a cold throughout the week. But I’m not dwelling on that – I want to focus on Saturday’s route of the last ten miles of the marathon and the absolute running block party it was.
Saturday morning came bright and early. I won’t say dawned as it was absolutely pre-dawn when we gathered at the JackRabbit on the Upper East Side as one of the many groups tackling the last ten miles. I truly think every NYC based running group was out there this weekend or last. We at Rogue joined the larger JackRabbit team and general public with one of our coaches as a pacer.
We headed out of the store a few minutes after seven and over to 1st Avenue to start the run up to the Bronx. I’d never run the Willis Avenue Bridge before and was somewhat surprised at its incline. From there we wiggled around surface streets until a rest area (with Gu, Nuun and a puppy!) and then a longer rest area as the Madison Avenue Bridge was undergoing some work and not open at the moment.
You really can’t stress it and no one really was. It was a meet and greet on the go while keeping our watches out of power save mode.
When the bridge re-opened it was a right turn and then a relatively straight shot down Fifth Avenue with a slight wiggle around Marcus Garvey Park before heading into the Park at Engineers Gate. I was glad for that – not so much the final stretch as the water fountain. It was slightly warmer than I’d expected and I need more than a 20 oz without water stations. That also lead to the wonderful fashion statement of my long-sleeve shirt shoved in my belt. Nice to know that’s an option too.
I actually ran all of it with a Rogue runner who had to drop back in pace and it was nice to get to know her as we ran. We were also running at the same pace as a group of women wearing amazing & fun skirts. I know I’d met one of the women at the Mini or one of the other summer runs, and it was nice to see them again.
I crossed the “finish” with two of those women and “apologized” for eavesdropping as the one who had run NYC before – I later learned three times – told her friend where the finish was, what the exits would look like. This was super helpful even as Rogue Wednesday workouts crossed the finish a few times.
The running community is such a help – it’s not a competition, everyone is really helping and coaching either other. It’s just fun and I cannot wait to run with 49,999 of my BFFs NEXT SUNDAY.
The choice of Cascade over Gym Girl for “only” ten was deliberate. If the weather is in the 50s, I might go Cascade over Lotta Breeze and I wanted one final test, although I’m pretty sure I wore it for the first twenty miler. A spurt of cleaning this morning found my disposable pants to go with the sweatshirt. Yay not scrambling later this week.
The other up side of “only” ten miles is you don’t feel trashed and can have some fun with friends. Leaf watching. Twinning. Brunching.
Friends absolutely make our lives better.
- Monday: squeezed in 3.5 miles after a long ass day at work. The run ended at a diner for matzoh ball soup for the second day in a row, which should have been a sign of what was to come, health wise. There’s just something in that chicken fat.
- Tuesday: plan was to go to the gym to cross after work. I worked late and had a sore throat coming on by the time I left.
- Wednesday: Rogue, Little Inferno. I felt pretty awful by this time but decided to try it. The planned workout:
– 2 minutes at 10K pace followed by 1 minute easy– 6 minutes at HMGP followed by 1 minute easy– 10 minutes at MGP followed by 1 minute easy– 6 minutes at HMGP followed by 1 minute easy– 2 minutes at 10K followed
- the reality? My watch worked. My lungs not so much. I hit the intervals, but my paces were all over. It was great to run through the finish line a couple of times.
- Thursday: went home after half a day at work and worked from my couch to try and kick this.
- Friday: made it through the day of work, but there was no activity beyond some yoga and PT.
- Saturday: the running block party I detailed above.
- Sunday: off completely. It’s pouring and I want to rest. Watching football, tracking my friends running Marine Corps.
Week/total mileage: 15.85 // 419.32
Plan for the week:
- Monday: run
- Tuesday: off, back to back meetings. Outside shot at morning run if I don’t run Monday
- Wednesday: last Rogue group workout
- Thursday: Expo. Gym cross maybe. Walk home maybe
- Friday: dinner with the other Joyful Heart runners.
- Saturday: a walk maybe?
- Sunday: 26.2!!!!!!!!!
I’m excited. Nervous. Ready. Proud.