3 weeks to go! And you know what that means…
Hey on the topic, might as well throw in some MC Hammer for your listening pleasure…
Getting back to business. Yep, this was not an easy week at all. Even 2 days later, I was still feeling my race, but me and my compression socks sucked it up through a set of 4×1000’s. There was an option to add on another 800 at the end, but Coach T said for me it wasn’t optional. meaning he was saving me from myself and cutting me off after the 1000’s.
I was supposed to hit 4:10’s…got there eventually 🙂
Thursday was hills, then Sunday was the last 20-miler-the “3 Bridges Run Redux.” Once again, I’d be leading the “niners.” Difference this time was a much earlier wake-up call!! As this run brought around 500 people, it had to be split up into multiple waves as opposed to the 3 waves of 2 weeks ago. What does that mean for me? The 9 minute group would be departing for run at 6:45. AM. Yes you read that right. The sun was barely up when we left. But hey, it means we’d get back earlier to shop at JackRabbit (the run meeting place), right? 🙂 (and definitely was fortuitous that this run left from the west side JR! meaning no transfers, no MTA fails!)
So anyway, we were blessed with another nice day, albeit a little windy, especially in the early miles on the West Side Highway. Mental note-if it’s windy on race day, draft off of someone taller 🙂 I was the sole leader for the group this time around, though pretty much everyone stuck together and a couple others helped me at times. Another great group to work with! The pacing went well as usual-only miles that were slower were the headwind and bridge miles, and not by much. In fact, at the water station at the 10.5 mile point in Brooklyn, Flyer PN who was manning the station with his wife said that my group was within a minute or 2 of the expected arrival time. whoa. how good is that? 🙂 We hit a bit of traffic in the park, as there was some huge walk going on that was taking up almost the entire 72nd street transverse and the east drive. Found a clearing and crossed in order to hit the Great Lawn and get over to the west side and back to where we started…though we did have to do a little bit extra around the block to get exactly to 20 miles! 😀 But we were DONE!! 🙂
And the splits:
Mile 2 had the major headwind…and I’m sure you can tell where the bridges were 🙂 But all in all, not bad.
Sooo afterwards I did some shopping…yep I had quite a bit of $$ to spend at JR, since I got gift cards for pacing both 3 Bridges runs and my baby brother got me a gift card for my B-day too. I’ll eventually reveal what I got, but I will say that Mr. Garmin took FOREVER to get a signal before the run. He must have known it would be his last outing or something 😛 (and it was a good thing my group was one of the first to finish-no lines!! By the time the later groups finished, the lines were insane!) And I hit up 16 Handles because of course, it’s never too early for 16 Handles. Even at 11 AM. Especially after running 20 miles 😛
Thankfully not really sore today…compression socks FTW!! I think the hot pink CEP’s are gonna be part of the marathon outfit again 🙂 Did get a much-needed massage today for good measure!! And for the next 3 weeks? It’s all about staying uninjured and hoping to not catch whatever is going around in my office. Let the taper madness begin!