Early this AM, the Flyers teamed up with Urban Athletics for a bridgey 20-mile run. 3 bridges, 3 boroughs. Nice little setup, complete with pace groups and water stations. And guess who led the 9:30 group…surprise, surprise, yours truly. But the added bonus was that the group leaders would be rewarded with either free shoes or a gift certificate. Let’s see…supported 20-mile run outside the park, I get to control the pace *and* I get free stuff. I would have done it even if there was no incentive (really!) but this truly was a win-win situation for me!!
So, this was the final dress rehearsal in a way. Got to try out marathon-day attire (no wardrobe malfunctions this time!! yay!!), broke in the shoes that I will be wearing on marathon day and got to run on part of the course-the Pulaski and Queensboro Bridges. We had a really good group going…around 8-10 of us stuck together and chatted, all taking it easy and having fun. We weren’t total sticklers about the pace-especially since all the Garmins in our group would freak out downtown and on the bridges. When we hit Manhattan after coming off the bridge, part of the 10 minute group caught up with us so everyone got a little scattered. We hit Central Park at the spot that we exit it on marathon day…so you can say we were running part of that last coupla miles in reverse…and all I could think was “I will be so glad to be doing this downhill on marathon day!!” Finally, made it to the start/finish point (the uptown UA store)…tired, but glad to be done!! The usual hi-fives and “good jobs!” and chitchat (not to mention me checking my Treo as soon as I retrieved my bag to see how the Chicago runners were doing!) and it was time to head west and head home.
And boy oh boy…I am soooo glad to be starting my taper!! NYCM…bring it on!!!