This weekend was such a great “running” weekend.
Because we were planning to run the Bronx 10 Miler together (as a part of an 18 mile run), on Saturday night I went to Beth’s house for a slumber party. We talked about running, ate sushi, foam rolled, talked more about running, ate candy corn, and slept. It was fantastic.
We woke up on Sunday morning a little worried about how cold it would be outside. As it turns out, it was a gorgeous day and not at all as freezing as we had predicted. After a very terrifying ride with a cab driver who was “new” (as he told us while backing up on 5th Avenue because he didn’t know where York was), our group of four made it to the Bronx (only because we gave him directions), where we promptly got passed on the exit ramp because he was driving so slow. Our driver didn’t know how to work the credit card machine, and after we got out, he just drove off and ran a red light. I’m not entirely convinved we weren’t on a hidden camera show. If not…well, he definitely never made it back to Manhattan on his own.
Despite our harrowing taxi experience, we arrived in plenty of time for the race start. A bunch of runner friends were there so we chatted for awhile. Beth, Ashley, Kim and I lined up in a corral together…and we were off!
We all ran together for the first few miles. I spent half of the time trying to convince Ashley to stop at the bathroom with me. (I didn’t want to stop by myself and then have to run alone the rest of the way. Whine whine whine!) Finally around mile 5.5 we stopped. Sadly, we lost Beth and Kim. We made it our goal to catch back up with them, and they certainly gave us a run for our money – they were picking up the pace as well!
Sidenote: although they market it this way, this race is not totally flat. There are quite a few rolling hills. Nothing too big, but still. The DJ at mile 4/5-ish gave us all a great boost, though!
Miles 6-10 were fantastic. Ashley gave me a big pep talk and told me she thinks I’m faster than I think I am…which is always nice to hear! I mentioned that I feel like I can run faster but am always nervous to push it too early in a race. I’m afraid I’m going to crash and be unable to finish. I’m also secretly afraid of being in that much pain, but I’m trying to get away from that kind of thinking. After being inspired by Dori’s PR-setting race recap and thinking more about pushing yourself, I’ve decided I need to quit being such a wimp. If I bonk, I bonk. (Like in Philly!) I need to take more chances and try harder. If I’m so sick of feeling like I’m stuck running the paces I’ve always run, I need to do something about it.
I need to run faster to run faster.
As we neared the finish line, I was very aware that we still had 8 more miles through the Bronx and Manhattan, but I was mentally in a good place. We picked up the pace progressively, but didn’t go so hard that I wouldn’t be able to finish the rest of my long run. I’m really proud of my negative splits (see below). Huge thanks to Ashley for pushing me at the end!
Oh, and we finally caught up with Beth and Kim and all crossed the finish line together.
First 5 run in 51:22, second 5 in 47:27. Official results:
Comparison to 2012’s Bronx 10 Miler:
A little slower this year, but hey – this was technically a long run!
After a little break, Beth and I met up with Bernadette and headed off through the Bronx and into Manhattan to follow the last few miles of the NYC Marathon course.
Around mile 13, I felt HUNGRY, similar to how I felt last week during my long run. Throughout the day I took salt pills, Gu, and some Honey Stingers Energy Chews, but for some reason I wanted something more. Eventually the feeling subsided…but I’m wondering if that has something to do with the intake of salt but not substantial calories? I don’t even know. But I wanted a bagel.
I realized as we were running down 5th Avenue that I must have totally blocked out how hard those last miles of the NYC Marathon were when I ran it in 2011. That’s a tough portion after a long race! I was definitely feeling the hills in Central Park, but it was strange…some of them felt super hard, others felt effortless; even when they were about the same size.
As the run progessed, it got hotter and hotter. The last few miles felt comfortable overall but still challenging at times (can it be both? I say yes.). I still felt as though I could keep going when we stopped at 18. Or as my watch says, 18.25!
Here are my splits for the second half of the long run. How’s this for a perfectly executed progression run? Not bad right!? Every single mile faster than the previous one!
We said goodbye to speedy little Bernadette as she went off to finish 2 more miles for an even 20. I’m glad I felt like I could continue running, but decided that another increase in mileage this week wasn’t a great idea.
I think Beth will agree when I say that each of us was on a running high for the rest of the afternoon. We stopped at a deli to get breakfast sandwiches and coffee, and went back to her house to kick off our shoes, eat, foam roll, and talk about our morning. We talked about our splits (Beth had a HUGE PR at the Bronx 10M…8 minutes I think?!) and how excited we are for the marathon. 31 days!
My body has been holding up well the past few weeks (KNOCK ON WOOD. ALL OF YOU.) Ever since I started back with PT I’ve feeling much stronger on my long runs. And no soreness! When I first started running endurance races I’d be super sore the night of a long run day…I remember after my first 11 miler ever I couldn’t walk down the stairs at Grand Central and I caused a traffic jam!
Running more miles definitely makes running more miles easier
Once I got home I headed over to Ashley’s house to watch football. She fed me wings and beer and it was fantastic.
Perfect running weekend.
Next up: Wineglass Half Marathon this weekend!
What’s your next race? Do you get sore after long runs? Thoughts on making a race part of a long run?