Yoga, running, fitness and life
Yoga, running, fitness and life
We're now 11 days out from the NYC Marathon. I'm feeling pretty good so far. I'll be ready for 11/5, no question.
This past Saturday 10/21, I ran the 2017 Halloween Half Marathon in Morristown, NJ. This was my last real long run before race day. I wasn't expecting much, to be honest. However, I was pleasantly surprised by how well organized it was - and how many runners there were! And because it was a Halloween-related event, there were many runners dressed up for the holiday. It was big fun!
Before I even registered for the event, I made sure I could easily get there and back. Since I was coming all the way from Queens - and not driving - I wanted to see that I could grab trains, etc. Turned out I could! It was also lucky that the race start wasn't until 10am. This gave me plenty of time to get there, pick up my bib, and use the P.O.P. twice.
I did some warm-ups and massages for the legs, then I was herded to the Start area, about two blocks from Race Central. I brought my Go Pro for a dry run (using it for the marathon!) and hooked it up. The gun went off and that was that! I placed myself right with the pacers for the 2:30 group. Thinking I was running an easy long run, I figured 11:30 pace would be about right. As it turned out, I dropped them at Mile 1.
On the upside, it was a beautiful day (if still a little warm), but I had a nice run. I didn't run nearly as slow as I should have (11:30 pace or so), but I couldn't seem to pick it up to a solid marathon pace (10:17). That was the only disappointing part of the event for me.
The aid stations were every 3 miles (ish) and all had Halloween candy available. I ate M&M's and Twix. YUM. I was also smart enough to stop there and have NO more candy. It was the right call. Too much sugar could have been bad while running.
Along the way, I met up with a woman (Meg), and we got chatting about this-and-that. Races we'd run, what our goals were, the weather. Her husband was on the course at one point in some residential neighborhood, cheering her on. That was kinda nice.
Around Mile 5 I decided to check on the battery in my Go Pro and it seemed it was running on fumes. I took it off and changed out the battery -- all while running. It wasn't terribly difficult to manage. However, I discovered sometime after Mile 8 that the 32g card was way too small to cover the remainder of the race. I was disappointed in that, and even more annoyed that I had to continue wearing the thing on my head for almost another hour! Urgh. (Since then, hubby has ordered a new 256g memory card and I got more batteries to be safe).
The course was hillier than expected! Towards the end, Mile 12 or so, I ended up walking over one overpass because I was just darn tired to anything else uphill. That ought to be interesting running the NYC course <sigh>. But, I sprinted down the hills and had a REALLY strong dash to the Finish.
I picked up my medal, grabbed some food and changed into dry, warm clothes. It was 3:30p when I got home! Indeed, this had really taken up a good portion of my day. As I said, it was fun, I rested up and ran 3.8 recovery miles on Sunday in the local park.
When I get the video edited from the Go Pro, I'll be sure to post :)