I runfess that this is one of many half started posts from the last few weeks, but the meat of it remains true so I’m rolling with it.
Running is happening but I find myself struggling with anything to say but “the run happened”, although several Mondays ago’s seven miles felt like seven feet. I <3 fall. So instead linking up with Deborah and Kim to talk about the balance of the year’s races and some travel running.
How do you end up with four “races” in Q4? Easy. “Peer” pressure of the variety that got me into September’s races.I had the Ted Corbitt 15K on the calendar since this summer because I think it’s an important one, and I LOVE this distance. I was content with that, and then… conversations happened:
- in truth, I had a feeling I’d run Haunted Island. I’ve run it twice? before and it’s always fun, but both of my usual partners in crime were out and the hurry up and wait for an island in the middle of a harbor is boring solo. Then a friend asked whether someone wanted to do a 5 or 10K leading with her for the marathon taper, and it was time to costume plan. To avoid some of last year’s issues, they’ve taken advantage of it being a weekend and split the races over two days, which I think is smart. At one point they were going to offer a Half which piqued my curiosity, but I’m not sure about four loops so…
- and then once we figured out where we’d be for Thanksgiving, it answered the question of which Trot. Answer: Delray and remembered to register Mom as a runner this go ’round. She’s back from her knee issue and hoping to place depending on who shows in her age group.
- aforementioned Ted
- The friend whose first official race was Tunnel to Towers wanted a medal, and we all jumped into the Big Apple 5K. NYCRuns is king of the fun run, and what better way to go play in December?
How do I intend to stay healthy for those four and some Q1 plans?
A couple weeks in, and I’m not sold on the return to stability shoes, although I trust my PT implicitly. Two weeks ago I wore them twice but with two Ghost runs between them and really didn’t like how they felt on a long-ish run of 6 miles. This week I committed to not going back to the Ghosts between runs and wore them Saturday, Monday, Tuesday and Thursday and they felt OK. Feeling them is probably the reality that I do need the support they’re offering, but I love how soft the Ghosts are. I runfess I went back to them for Saturday’s race for two reasons: one, nothing new-ish on race day, although I violated that otherwise and two: I don’t trust my footing in these yet and Governors Island’s path isn’t always level. I guess we’ll see how they feel on Monday. I love Brooks’ generous trial period.
About running consecutive days…
I don’t, except when I do. I arrived in Philly on Sunday night and the conference didn’t start until 11 leaving me a morning to putter around.
I never worry about elapsed time, except when it’s hysterical. Guess who detoured into the Liberty Bell exhibit and paused rather than ending the run? Oh well! It’s part of the reason I didn’t worry about running two days in a row, this was a mile ish, a twenty minute museum detour, and then a mile ish with photo stops so generous to call this a run. It was midway through the afternoon session of the conference when I saw a note in the app about a run or walk along the waterfront and is there any better way to start off a series of panels followed by a train ride home? And yes, that’s hat hair and two shirts four days ahead of an 80 degree day. Welcome to “autumn” in the northeast.
Speaking of autumn, how better to celebrate Halloween than on Governors Island. For the first Saturday in eight, it didn’t rain! This year, NYC Runs decided to split out the 5 and 10K races across two days, which I think is smart when it’s an option because it makes the ferries so much smoother. Notice a “problem” with our costumes? It should not be shorts/skirt and tee weather for a Halloween race, and especially not comfortable in that while waiting for the race. Bananas! I’d sized the tee to layer over a long sleeve tech shirt but…
This course actually differed slightly from the five? other GI races due to construction, but remained a loop-ish of the island. They’ve completed some additional paving in the last few months which avoided some of the terrain issues I’ve frequently experienced. Unfortunately, there’s still no place for a 3rd water stop which would have been beneficial on a warm October day. I appreciated the balance of Nuun and water, and the new Hiccup cups were an interesting addition. Certainly easier to hold onto than paper cups, but unfortunately there weren’t enough by the time the party pace runners came around to the second lap. I’ll give that another chance before judging as demand certainly was atypical for an October race.
As for my race? Well…someone went out too fast. I don’t know who that would be. Never happened before 😀 Must have been the “tail” wind.
Audio books on the run has somewhat surprisingly continued, and this weekend’s is Running in the Midpack, which Liz and Wendy also read. I have to say, it inspired me to get my head in training, which I could use. Will it stick? I don’t know, but a ten week Half plan landed on my phone so… we’ll see. Full review to come when I finish it.
I won’t lie, I didn’t mind the unseasonable temps when it came to post-run brunch on Stone Street and an evening walk. Now? Of course it’s raining.