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Cherry Tree 10 Miler

I took the 10 miler, grabbed it, and destroyed it.

Seriously, it’s dead.

Here I am before I left my apartment, I was pretty sure I was going to throw up and die.

It took me about 25 minutes to walk to the park and get into place. I staked out a spot at almost the back of the group since I figured I was going to start slowly and see how it went.

The race started 2 minutes after 10 (the good thing about NYC races is they start on time, they realize how impatient we are) and I started out very, very slowly. I actually thought there was a good chance I wouldn’t be able to sustain such a slow pace, but I knew I wanted to save my energy for the hills and later in the race.

Mile 1 flew by. Mile 2 had the killer hill in it. I took it slowly, shortened my stride, and really focused on my breathing. AND I DID IT! And I didn’t feel winded.

From mile 2 until I passed the starting line for the first time I kind of cruised, it was either flat or downhill and I just took it easy and really enjoyed myself.

At mile 4 I ate a few Sharkies for some energy and at maybe 4.5 miles I grabbed a cup of water and took a few sips. The second time up the killer hill I actually went faster, I also felt it at the top.

Mile 6 was killer, I couldn’t feel my legs, I wasn’t sure how I was going to finish, I was however looking forward to seeing my friends who would be at the starting line for my final lap.

Once I saw them I felt great, I threw them my gloves to hold on to as it was quite warm. At mile 8 I got a boost from the fact that I was now setting a personal distance record.

I had a few Sharkies at mile 8 and grabbed more water. The third time up the hill wasn’t so bad. I probably had the same pace as I did the second time, but the wind was blowing in my face and it sucked. But I made it up and I felt great, after that hill I was pretty much home!

At mile 9 I realized I could definitely make it to the finish in my hour and 40 minute goal. I really picked up my pace for the final mile and I crossed the finish line in (unofficial time):

1:38:25!!!!!!

I was ecstatic!

I grabbed two bottles of water, found my friends, and tried to relax.

Check out my splits:

Mile 1: 10:39
Mile 2: 10:25
Mile 3: 10:11
Mile 4: 9:44
Mile 5: 9:55
Mile 6: 9:57
Mile 7: 9:10 (don’t know where that came from!)
Mile 8: 9:53
Mile 9: 9:56
Mile 10: 8:30 (wooooo!!!)

Total Time: 1:38:25
Average Pace: 9:53
Calories Burned: 1267

After I did some stretching we walked to get food a the Dram Shop. My burger, fries, and beer were amazing.

I came home, stretched, used the foam roller, and now I’m icing myself.

Physically I feel pretty great. Toe doesn’t hurt, ankle isn’t bothering me, my shin splint feels fine. I’m definitely sore, but nothing awful.

And now I’m watching the biathlon, my favorite Winter Olympic sport ever.

And check out my preperations if you missed them.

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Ready for 10

I’m running my 10 mile race this morning. I’m trying to convince myself that I’m ready, but I’m really not sure. I would be more sure if there weren’t so many damn hills in Prospect Park and if I didn’t seem to have a shin splint in my left leg. But otherwise I feel good.

Work this week was beyond killer. I know I’m on a total emotional roller coaster about work, but really, I think the events of this week might have been the last straw.

Friday night I left work and picked up my race packet from Slope Sports.

See how it says a “race for the hardcore?” I don’t know if I’m hardcore.

Then I went to the gym to do a 35 minute elliptical workout just to be moving. After that I decided I wanted a dinner. A serious dinner. So I went to 5 Guys and got a burger and fries

And a grape soda

And a small container of ice cream

And you know what? It was delicious, I didn’t feel sick, and I don’t feel even a little guilty. I don’t remember the last time I ate like that and I don’t have plans to eat like that again so it’s all good.

Saturday I went to Trader Joe’s early and then watched the Olympics while doing reading for work all afternoon.

For my pre-race dinner I had rice, beans, cheese, and homemade guac

I found a great guacamole kit in Trader Joe’s. It was a container with 2 avacados, 2 plum tomatoes, a lime, a small onion, a jalapeno, and a clove of garlic. And it was $2.99! The stuff wasn’t the best quality, but it still tastes delicious. I added cumin and salt.

Saturday night was my roommate’s birthday party. The actual party was at a club in the city, but there was a pre-party beforehand at our apartment. Because I had to be up early this morning and I didn’t want to drink anyway, I just stuck to the pre-party.

I had a sip of champagne to toast her friend who just got engaged, but otherwise I abstained from all the alcohol and food. All of her friends were so great. I feel like you often meet people in NYC who are just standoffish and rude, but not these people. They were all so lovely and I was really touched by their encouragement about my race today.

I ended up going to bed around 12:30, after I laid out all my gear for today

I had serious issues sleeping. I woke up about every hour to go to the bathroom, maybe it was all the water I had yesterday?

But I finally got up for real at 7:30 and heated my shin and my right calf.

Then I did some stretching, took a shower, and made breakfast.

I picked up the TJ’s Almond Butter with Flaxseeds yesterday while at Trader Joe’s.

I’m packing some Sharkies for the race since I might need to refuel.

The race starts at 10 so I’ll head up there around 9:15. It probably takes about 15 minutes to walk up there and since it’s so close to my apartment I won’t need to use the bathroom and I have all my stuff. I just need to get in line.

My friend Elisa and her boyfriend Miguel are meeting me at the finish line. And they’ll probably be there in time to see the last lap. I’m so happy they’re coming and I’m sure that I’ll be able to run a good race.

Wish me luck!

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6 Miles and a Crazy Plan

I ran 6 miles with my father this morning. Not going to lie, it wasn’t as enjoyable as Saturday’s run. Physically it felt more difficult and my dad wasn’t very chatty so there wasn’t this conversation distraction.

That said we posted pretty good splits.

Mile 1: 9:36
Mile 2: 9:42
Mile 3: 9:57
Mile 4: 9:46
Mile 5: 9:35
Mile 6: 8:57

Total: 57:36

I had never run just 6 miles before. I’ve done 5 and I’ve done 7 and 8, but never 6.

I was happy to finish and I was happy to do that last mile in under 9 minutes. The last mile felt amazing.

While we were running I had the crazy idea that I should do the Cherry Tree 10 Mile race in Prospect Park this weekend. I’m not quite sure what came over me.

I’ve never run more than 8 miles at one time and Prospect Park is a difficult run with all the hills. I went online to see if I could register and there were only 67 spots left. Then there were only 64 and then 61 and I started to panic and I just registered!

My toe is still a bit sore, my ankle is swelling again (I think it’s my snow boots), and I’m generally just sore all over.

I have no idea how I’m going to make it through 10 miles, but I’m going to go out there and go slow and try my hardest.

It’s back to work tomorrow. I can’t say I’m excited. I’ve been making myself physically ill about work for the past few weeks and I can’t figure out how to stop.

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8 Miles

I ran 8 miles this morning and it was absolutely amazing.

I didn’t stop, I didn’t need to stretch, I didn’t need to walk, I just ran. And I ran pretty quickly.

Mile 1: 9:50
Mile 2: 9:43
Mile 3: 9:48
Mile 4: 9:45
Mile 5: 9:41
Mile 6: 9:37
Mile 7: 9:30
Mile 8: 9:11

Total: 1:17:09

8 miles was so much easier than 7. There were definitely less hills than when I run in the park, but I think the big difference was that I was running with my father. It’s so nice to have company and it just makes it go by so quickly.

I wish I had someone to run with in the city.

My knee isn’t swollen, my ankle feels ok, however there is pain in my toe. I wore my running sneakers (the Asiacs, not my old Nikes), because I didn’t think the rest of my body could handle running 8 miles in the Nikes. It felt fine while running, but now, about an hour and a half after I finished it’s stiff, but not too bad.

Running 8 miles meant a lot to me and I think it is because when I was a kid my dad’s long run that he did was 8 miles and that was always so crazy to me. And now I’ve done it!

And it feels so great.

Plus I burned 1,015 calories so I can indulge a bit at my grandfather’s birthday party this afternoon 🙂

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An Explosion

I was right about my commute yesterday morning. It was far worse than either of my commutes on Wednesday. There were several inches of ice on all of the sidewalks and at one point I went sliding. But I made it and coming home wasn’t so bad.

It was a bit of a weird day. We had a company breakfast and meeting that took up the entire morning. Then there was an explosion at a building a block away from my office.

When I went out to lunch with a few people we got as close as we could to take a few pictures.

The media was out in full-force

As were lots of firefighters

The entire front of the building was covered in soot, but somehow not a single person was hurt.

The picture in the NYT’s link above is even more amazing.

Then it was back to work.

I got my hair cut after work and while I don’t know how I like it yet (I have to style it myself to really see) I think it turned out pretty well.

Unfortunately the girl took forever and I didn’t leave SoHo until 8pm which means I didn’t get home until after 8:30 and couldn’t bring myself to go to the gym. With all my stretching and heating that’s required to exercise I wouldn’t have left until after 9, gotten to the gym until 9:15, and then wouldn’t have gottne home until after 10 when I’d still have to make dinner and do a lot more stretching.

I feel crappy for not exercising, but what are you going to do? I figure my body can also use a few days off. Hopefully I’ll be back strong for my 8 miles on Saturday.

Tonight I’m off to my parents’ house for the 3-day weekend. I will see you there!

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Snow? No!

As you might have heard we got a huge snowstorm here in NYC. Or what was supposed to be a huge snowstorm.

That’s my neighborhood on my walk to work this morning.

Not bad.

The subways this morning were fantastic, barely any people, it was the ideal commute.

In Manhattan there was barely any snow on the sidewalks or streets.

However, I still resented being at work. I wanted to leave early. I was upset when we got an email at 1pm saying it was up to our supervisor. I bitched and moaned all day.

Then, around 2, I got to leave. I went outside, it wasn’t bad, but that’s Manhattan, just wait for the subway home and the walk in Brooklyn I told my friend who I was walking with.

We went to Whole Foods, no one was there.

I got the local train home, it was empty and quick and efficient.

I got off the subway and there was a lot of snow, but it wasn’t snowing hard, it wasn’t windy, and honestly it wasn’t anything to get upset about.

Basically I fell for the hype. Yes, there was a lot of snow. Yes, the sidewalks weren’t at all cleared and the streets weren’t plowed and crossing the streets was a bit mucky, but it wasn’t as though I was going to be stranded.

My walk home:

It’s still snowing now and I actually think my commute tomorrow will be worse than my commute today. The sidewalk snow was packed pretty hard so I’m sure it will be ice by tomorrow morning.

The worst part of my day was this awful stomach ache I have. I’m hoping it’s just one of the stress stomachaches I’ve been getting, but I’m afraid it might be the anti-inflammatory I’m taking.

And no workout today. Obviously I wasn’t running outside and I couldn’t bring myself to leave my apartment to go to the gym.

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Podiatrist!

I had a very successful visit at the podiatrist today. I really liked him on a personal level. He was friendly, he listened, he asked questions, and he was through. So unlike so many doctors (cough orthopedist cough).

The minute he looked at my left foot he knew it was swollen which I was impressed with because I don’t think it seems swollen at all. We basically established nothing. He wants me to get x-rays and to take a strong (lots of warnings) anti-inflammatory. And then I’m supposed to come back in 3 weeks.

He said ideally I would take 2 weeks off from running, but if I don’t want to I don’t have to. I already took 2 weeks off from running for this and it didn’t help so I’m just going to play it by ear.

If it’s painful or becomes painful while running I won’t run. But if it’s not painful and doesn’t become painful I’ll keep running.

I ran tonight with no pain, even when I was finished (and I haven’t started the anti-inflammatory meds yet). I did 5 miles that I was desperate to squeeze in before the snow came.

Here’s how it went:

Mile 1: 10:08
Mile 2: 9:32
Mile 3: 9:43
Mile 4: 9:16
Mile 5:  8:52

Total of 47:37

I was pretty happy. As I said there was no pain in my foot or in my ankle. I had some knee pain when I finished the first mile, but then I realized that I hadn’t finished stretching so I stopped (and stopped the watch) finished stretching and I felt fine the rest of the run.

My right knee was slightly swollen this morning, but I iced it and it seems fine now. Something to keep an eye on.

We’re supposed to get massive amounts of snow tonight into tomorrow day and night. However I will be at work. Apparently my little publishing job is so important that I have to make my way across the frozen city to do it.

But I have a job and I got a bonus today and I’m very thankful for both of those things.

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