Original post title: Trying not to run on caffeine and sugar.

That was before this became a pointless weekly run down due to a wonderfully crazy work week. My office has our annual gala on Monday and I wear a lot of hats for that. On the plus side, I made relatively good decisions for real food and  not venti sugar bombs and as a result, I slept except for some Monday night insomnia.  I’ll touch on what little running actually happened after my Ted Corbitt recap, but first…

What I said last week about only two things for Black Friday was true, and then Cyber Monday hit. Still on the running theme, I got:

  • Project Repat T-Shirt Quilt. I’ve been dithering on this since Kim mentioned a quilt she had made a few years ago. The 55% off gift card made me pull the trigger.
  • JackRabbit sale and coupon on sale for my 1080s. I hate the new ones, so glad to stash a pair of the v9s especially as my “new” ones are already 100+ as I ended up wearing them for the marathon. Oddly the ones I bought were the runners up in August.

Ted Corbitt 15K recap:

At one point, I wasn’t going to run Ted. I wasn’t sure how I’d feel a month out from the marathon – the rest one day for every mile run adage can be confusing for a first time marathoner. And then as I got further into training and wasn’t trashed after 20 miles, I realized I’d be able to run 15K just fine and I signed up.

Ted is one of my favorite races (2017, 2018 recaps) and running it in his centennial year just seemed right. The giveaway was a pair of gloves, which I like. As someone who is forever losing her gloves, can never have too many.

I’m still bad at Flat Cari

I’m not a huge weather stalker – but found myself peering at it this week. It looked like it was going to be a downright balmy 20/30s. Sold. I didn’t get a good Flat Cari as I’m still using my stepstool as a staging post. That’s the 2017 shirt, which remains one of my favorites. It’s a vivid blue. I layered the NYC Half long-sleeve tee under it. Bottoms were my favorite LBCs, Black Winterland. It was so nice not to need all the layers. I was partially still marathon Cari with my Run NYC hat and marathon gloves.

I left between 7:45 and 8 to run to the start. I saw a message on NYRR’s Facebook Friday night that mentioned the new start. I’m glad I saw that otherwise I totally would have run to 102. This was somewhere I’ve never seen an NYRR race start so there was some zig zagging to find the start line. While I don’t like rushing-and getting a bit of pedestrian rage – it had the added benefit of not having to wait at the start and not cooling down.

Just shy of mile two, I was lapped by the eventual winner who was passing mile seven. A fellow runner and I just looked at one another and said WOW. .There really is no other reaction possible. I feel badly for the local runners who might otherwise have won without a sponsored athlete going sub 5 minute miles.

Me? I finished ahead of 400, not 4000 others. I had so much fun. I really like the new course and one amazing benefit of marathon training is that Cat Hill or the first round of Three Sisters didn’t faze me. Second set did, but that was more tired legs 11 miles in.

I didn’t look at my prior times before this week, so I really had no idea how I was running vs. prior years. I need to find the switch from long run to race, but this wasn’t really the run to figure it out. That I had enough in the tank to kick it up a notch in the final mile means I could have gone faster, but PR chasing wasn’t a goal.

speaking of final mile

As I turned onto the 72nd St. transverse for the last tenth or so, I hear someone calling me and see this maroon blur streak in. It was so good to see Amy, one of the Rogue coaches coming off their Saturday run. Was glad to find her after the finish for a hug and hello. It was short as we were both freezing when we stopped moving.

It’s pretty safe to say that Ted is one of my favorites that I’ll return to every December. It’s a nice year-end since I’ve never done the Midnight Run. I was also reminded of why I truly love the half marathon distance and I’m excited to properly train for one.

Weekly run down with Kim and Deborah:

two of my favorite runners
  • Monday:  planned missed Monday due to Winter’s Eve with two of my favorite people. Too cold & raw even to walk to the bus at 79th, so no step goal.
  • Tuesday:  couldn’t sleep, so after trying to fall back to sleep from 4-5, I headed to the gym to kickoff half marathon training with a treadmill lactate threshold workout since it was still snowing. 3x 10m at 5.4mph and 2m recovery at 5.0.
  • Thursday: I at least made it to the gym for some PT before it closed.
  • Saturday: Ted Corbitt 15K
  • Sunday: 25m row; yoga and PT.

Plan for this week:

  • Monday: off; gala
  • Tuesday: run?
  • Wednesday: run?/fly
  • Thursday: run? packet pickup
  • Friday: off
  • Saturday:  Delray Jingle Bell Jog
  • Sunday: morning walk to the beach?

 

    1. Thank you . It is a fun one. I saw from your post or Strava that Dustin was here – if he often is for work this time of year he should consider it. A great celebration of NYRR history

  1. I love the 15k distance. Glad you enjoyed the race.

    Seeing you and Elizabeth was the highlight of my week.

    This foot thing is a real drag.

  2. congrats on the 15K! I really like that distance too when I am feeling good. That is a great deal on the shirt quilt. I did one a few years back and I sill love it. Thanks for linking up

    1. I had started a t-shirt quilt years ago, but it never got finished. This is a great way to purge the drawers and tie some new and old interests.
      There’s something magic about the 15K/10m distance. It’s long enough to get going, but not as long as the Half.

    1. Ted is amazing – winter landmark and a man with a great legacy. It’s not worth coming from Chicago for, but if you find yourself here you should absolutely do it

  3. Well done on the 15k! I ran a 5k recently where I had to move over so the 10k eventual winner and pace car entourage could come through. Talk about a buzzkill. Have so much fun at your Gala and in FL next week!

    1. Thanks! I loved the pace car this past week – it was Santa in a red sports car. But yeah, in general I’m withyou on that.

  4. Congrats on your 15k! There are a few races that I run every year because I adore them and Ted Corbett sounds like one of those races. Hang in there with the work crazies.

    1. Thanks. This is luckily the tail end of the work crazy and I do love what I do. DItto re: some favorites, it’s this & the Frozen Penguin for me. I love the idea of Lebow and it is my first Half, but it’s not the same.

  5. I know what it’s like to see the winner come blazing through when you’re no where close to their distance…when I ran my first sub-2 half marathon, I was on the biggest endorphin high EVER. Then, maybe 15 minutes later, the MARATHON winner came through the finish line…now, that was a buzzkill LOL Sounds like the 15K is a great distance for you 🙂

    1. The other runner and I were looking at one another trying to figure out how it was even mathematically possible. When we rounded the curve to mile two and saw the clock we it was sub5 minute miles. InSANE but awesome
      Hope you still enjoyed your sub2
      It really is the perfect distance, especially with a 2ish mile warmup

  6. That’s so cool that you got the Project Repat deal – you’re gonna love the final outcome of your t-shirt quit! 🙂

    I love the 15K distance and wish that there were more races in that distance.

    1. Me too. With the cancellation of the Hot Chocolate one, I think this is the only local one. WE do have the Bronx 10 though.
      I signed up for Project Repat when you first mentioned it in a comment somewhere, but kept just missing the deals. So jumped on that. May or may not be running related

  7. Glad the race went do well. Great to know you still are in shape from the marathon. That end of CP is no joke! Good luck with the gala and …. Florida? Walk on the beach sounds great.

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