i was due for a running stumblef*ck sometime. i knew i got off too easy on the brooklyn boardwalk… 🙂
in need of a “cutback” long run this weekend, i joined a bunch of Flyers who regularly run in Van Cortlandt Park this morning for a 9-mile loop. my teammate who coordinates these weekend runs raves about how the surface of the trails is so much better for your legs, and this particular 9-mile loop is pretty flat with the exception of one hill…ok, i was sold. and the distance was just what i needed this weekend.
while he was right about the forgiving surface, what i realized was that it was an obstacle course of sorts-i really had to watch my footing-even more so than on the Central Park bridle path! with a couple miles to go, i finally tripped over a rock and went down. luckily, nothing was bruised (except my ego) or bleeding, wasn’t hurt…just a little shaken (not stirred), and a very cool teammate of mine took care of me for the remainder of the run…thanks! 😉
i think i’ll be doing my 11-12 miler next weekend in Central Park 🙂 but this was a change of pace, being done with my long run earlier than I’ve been waking up on most Saturdays 🙂
speaking of pre-Queens long runs, this looks to be how i think they will go…
weekend of 4/1-2: 11-12 miles (maybe a loop before the Scotland 10K and then bandit that? all depending on what the weather forecast is…)
weekend of 4/8-9: Labrecque 4-miler on Sunday, followed with an additional über-easy 4-5 later that day (can’t add on to the race due to a commitment I have immediately following the race)
weekend of 4/16-17: 12 miles-we’ll see how I do carbo-loading on matzah 🙂
weekend of 4/22-23: 8-10 miles? would 10 be too much the week before?
that’s the plan. now all i have to do is make it happen. easier said than done, as usual 🙂
good luck to all running the More Marathon and Half-Marathon tomorrow-I’ll be volunteering at one of the water stops with a bunch of other Flyers.
finally, i leave you with a very amusing quote…we had a sub last nite for spin class-one that was a total freak (hey, i can say it because he even admitted it) and anyway…this quote is classic:
“remember-if you’re not watching your butt, no one else will!”
i had a tough time keeping a straight face for those 45 minutes 🙂