Today was the day.
Was it everything I expected?
It was more!!!
As always, I will have a lot to say. So this might take a few days. Today we will talk the basics. As I mentioned we were leaving at the crack of the crack of Dawn at 5:00 AM. This meant getting up at 4:00 as you must have time for a cup of coffee, to get ready, and lets be honest time for coffee to work it’s magic. (Yes, that is important to us runners).
I was lucky enough to be part of my running groups Clown Car again. There were, I believe, 14 of us. It’s nice when you get a group like this because then it is not expensive at all. Plus the driver will take a group picture.
As my friend asked is this a group of homeless people or just people trying to stay warm in the cold before a race?
The van dropped us off close to the start where we were able to make a pit stop at a fast food restaurant. Once we got to the start everyone went their own separate ways as we were starting in different corrals and waves. Luckily, Mary, was in my corral again. We were lucky enough to start the NYC Marathon in 2016 and it was nice to have her to chat with pre-race. Once the race started though, I was on my own. I kind of like that (usually) in a race.
Going in I had decided on a very conservative pace to start with. I was bouncing between 11 and 11:15. I think I picked that because I knew that I would go out too fast and if I picked a slower pace than even out to fast wouldn’t be too fast. My paces reflect up and down which is fine for the way I intended to run the race. I walked when I needed to but I still would not say that I took it easy. I also pushed. I ran a hard race. I worked hard and I finished with my realistic A time goal.
Official time was 2:31:29
It was a good day. My Garmin showed more than the 13.1 but that might be do to too much bobbing and weaving. My paces were up and down with the course and my plan.
This worked for me. It might not be what a coach would recommenced, but for this day this was perfect. In looking at the faster paces at mile 8 & 9 that might explain my feet starting to hurt at that point.
My mantra was “This is your race. You need to run it your way.”
And I did.
The best part was I enjoyed myself. I helped someone bob and weave to cross the street. I took pictures along the way. I just enjoyed the experience and before I knew it, I was pulling into Central Park. I will admit the hills of the Park were not that enjoyable, but crossing the finish line in the Park was awesome!
More tomorrow, because to be honest I’m really tired.
What did you do today?