Its been a while since my last post- life’s been a little busy…
After the Philly Half marathon I had to jump right back into my training – the NY marathon is 5 weeks away- 33 days to be precise! My sprints jumped from quarter milers to half milers which are pretty rough! Here’s the breakdown of my last 4 runs at the track:
I was getting a little worried about my long runs.. I had a 16 miler scheduled for last Saturday which I ended up missing so the following Tuesday I tried to run it at night. I kept a decent pace but it got dark so I cut the run short to 12 miles. When I set out to run, it was day light but I guess winter is rapidly approaching and the days are getting shorter. The sun set before I was even at the halfway point
I really enjoy running along the West Side Highway – its so much less crowded than Central Park and way flatter! I also love being able to run along the water the entire way, its so pretty. I eventually got North of the George Washington Bridge, at which point I felt it was probably wise to head back south since it was getting pretty late- I snapped a picture of the bridge before heading home:
After only completing 12 miles on Tuesday I spoke to Coach Jay to see what he suggested doing the following weekend since race day is approaching and the most I had run at that point was 14 miles! He told me to try running for 3 hours straight and see how many miles I completed…
20 miles later…I’m feeling much more confident mentally about the marathon. I’m not saying its going to be a breeze, but it feels a bit more attainable now that I’ve run one 20 miler!
I took a few pictures along the way:
After running the 20 miles I tried my very first ice bath and although it certainly was freezing cold, I definitely felt the benefits the next day.
I was expecting to be sore for at least the rest of the weekend but come Saturday my legs felt pretty great. I had no problem walking up and down stairs as I usually do after a long run. I was pleasantly surprised! :)
Here is the breakdown of my 20 mile run:
Finding a place to run 20 miles in NYC was not easy.. sure, I could have run 3 big loops of Central Park for 18 miles and finished the last two on my way home but I didn’t want the monotony to affect my performance. I decided to go to the West Side Highway and run North for four miles before heading all the way down to Battery Park and then back up. I finished the last 2 miles running through Times Square. I knew it would be crowded with tourists but it felt great to be running through the heart of New York and after 18 miles I didn’t mind if my pace was slightly slower because of all the people.
Here is a map of my run:
Looking at it on a map makes me realize how far I actually ran! One day I think I’ll try running from the West Side Highway over to the FDR.. I’ll also have to explore Brooklyn- I’m sure they have some nice running paths.
Whats your favorite place to run?