I guess I didn’t think about this part of training for an October marathon. Having to motivate myself to suck it up and get the runs done, with the bulk of training being in the summertime. And NYC was definitely a furnace this weekend. On the running agenda for me-a 14 mile long run one day, short run the other day.
So…the original plan was to get up reasonably early on Saturday, and get in my 14 while watching part of the Pride Run 5-miler. Plan A=FAIL. Thanks to me inbibing a little too much at Brooklyn Brewery the night before…and I think my body was just tired from the week in general. Slept til late morning, laid in bed for a coupla hours, fell asleep some more…needless to say a long run was not happening, as I was also distracted by watching soccer and track & field on TV. So I got my short run in that day…
…and figured on a new plan. Get up reasonably early on Saturday, and get in my 14 while watching part of the Hope & Possibility 5-miler. (after all, that worked well last year!) Plan B=FAIL. The alarm sounded and I immediately turned it off. And once I did get up I had to eat, have coffee, hydrate, get dressed, watch Beverly Hills 90210 reruns on SoapNet for the umpteenth time. Needless to say, my 14 wasn’t getting started til the afternoon. Not ideal but I figured I’d keep the effort dialed back and hydrate lots. And minimize my park time with running up and down the East River path, and even an out-and-back over the Queensboro Bridge.
Plan C=accomplished, but it wasn’t pretty. This 14 kicked my ass. For god’s sake, the Brooklyn Half felt easier, and that was almost 2 minutes per mile faster. Was just one of those runs where I don’t know how I’m supposed to do a full 26.2 at a pace a minute and a half faster (yeah I was that slow yesterday. Or it could have been Mr. Garmin screwing up. I’m hoping it was the latter.) Yeah, I know the timing wasn’t ideal. But I didn’t have much of a choice at that point…I had to get it in.
Needless to say, today was a non-running day. The air conditioning in the NYSC was what I needed. But I returned home to see a message on the answering machine from ConEd urging all Upper West Siders to curb their electricity usage. Hmmm, what the hell am I doing on the computer blogging then… 🙂