Yoga, running, fitness and life
Yoga, running, fitness and life
tRAINING RUN #1
This morning's training run was the first in the series the NYRR does in preparation for the NYC Marathon (I'm running it this year). It's a non-competitive, non-scored run with miles varying from 6-20. My goal was 13 miles.
I received an email yesterday afternoon saying that due to heat conditions, the run would be shortened to 15 miles. Heat conditions. Urgh. I notoriously don't do well in the sun and heat.
I arrived early enough to use the P.O.P.s 2x and enjoy my usual pre-run crumb cake (it's homemade, it's scrumptious!). Knowing we had full course support, I didn't bring my hand-held water bottle. But I still wanted to find a water fountain before running. In Central Park, they're EVERYWHERE. Except when you need to find one. The one at the ball field where Race Central was, literally dribbled water when I pressed the button. Urgh. I asked a volunteer where I could find the next closest water. He directed me to the Start line where he figured there'd be water tables. There weren't. I asked another volunteer, he directed me to the medical tent. I asked an EMT where I could find water and he pointed me to a cooler with bottles. YEAH. Another EMT handed me an ICE PACK on my way out of the tent. YEAH YEAH.
Instead of corrals, they sectioned off runners by pace groups. Knowing the heat would be bad, and wanting to continue with my "slow down" experiment, I joined the 12:00mm group (having never actually run this slow, I figured I had no excuse to "fail" in the heat! But since my easy runs have been at about 11:45 lately (and there was no 11:45 group, I didn't want to move up to the 11:26 group), 12:00mm it was. The pace leader was super perky and smiley. The runners in the group were real friendly and we killed some time with chit chat.
When our leader took off, she really took off! I glanced at my Garmin: 10:40!!! That's not even close! Whhhaaaaaat??? On the upside, we went quickly into a strong downhill so I figured maybe she'd slow it for the uphill coming (Harlem Hill... "THE" hill). No, no she didn't. Mile 1: 11:05. 11:05!!! All I could think was, "I'll never get these miles done at this pace in this heat." I was thinking I'd drop the group, when at Mile 2 (11:35), we slowed at the first water station. Since I still had water, I slowed some, but continued on. I totally thought Ms.-Perky-who-doesn't-understand-pacing will soon catch up, but she didn't. I never saw them again.
Luckily most of the course is in the shade. I'm sure that's a big reason I survived the miles. After the first 6 mile loop, they had bananas and Gatorade. I took a banana and dumped the rest of my water for a complete fill of Gatorade. The second loop cut Harlem Hill and was only 5 miles. I noticed the flags went from the Yellow Caution to Red, High Alert. I maintained somewhere around 11:35 pace for a chunk of the run, but the last 2 miles were getting hard. It was SO. HOT. I had a Gu that was more like syrup it was so warm in my pocket (blech).
Completing the 2nd loop (11 miles), we were told to stop completely; they black flagged the course and were about to break everything down. It was officially too hot to continue. We all got ice packs (yes!), bananas, and more Gatorade.
11.25 miles @ 11:40 (I knew I couldn't do 12:00mm) ... 2 more miles walked