I had 12 miles on my schedule, so I woke up a little extra early and ran 2 miles to 59th and 1st Ave where I was meeting the group.
Clearly I was not the only one who thought running the last 10 was a good idea, 1st avenue was a sea of runners … all of us with that same anxious look in our eyes. ”is it Nov 4th yet?!”
My plan was to run the entire 12 at Marathon Pace. (Sorry Meggie , I kinda forgot to tell you that plan!) I knew that Jess and Lora would be running at about the same pace, so I would be able to stick with them and not obsess over the pace on my Garmin.
The run went up 1st avenue, through the Bronx and down 5th Avenue into Central Park.
My primary reason to run these last 10 miles was to conquer the 5th Avenue climb. The ING New York Marathon site describes this portion of the course as:
very scenic as runners climb what is arguably the toughest hill on the course along this tree-lined and shady stretch. Mansions and world-famous museums (such as the Guggenheim, El Museo del Barrio, the Museum of the City of New York, and the Jewish Museum), living repositories of the city¹s cultural life and history, create a passage up to the Engineer’s Gate to Central Park. Leaders in the professional race often try to break their competition on this deceptively hard climb.
Last year I remember loosing steam on 5th Ave. Everything is exaggerated at mile 23 of a marathon, but last year I felt like I was climbing the Alps for miles. Yesterday I saw the reality of the situation. Its a 1 mile uphill lasting from 109th to 90th street … its not easy, but its 1 mile (Mile 23). After logging thousands of miles, I feel like I can do anything for 1 mile. There is no telling what will happen during the marathon but yesterday eased my fears of 5th Avenue. I plan to conquer that hill and coast the remaining 2.2 miles (Miles 24-26.2) through Central Park to the finish line.
Entering the lower loop of Central Park … this will be mile 25ish
The only downfall to this run was that my Garmin was a disaster. Kept losing satellites and flashing amazing speeds like 4:10/mile (thanks for the confidence boost Garm, I guess I will be WINNING this marathon) However the run went like this:
12 miles, 1:37:02 – 8:05/mile average pace.
I am so ready for November 4th. Bring it on … This week I will be living and breathing NYCM 2012. Nails and all.
Essie – Butler Please Blue and Fear or Desire Orange
Well let me correct myself. I will be living and breathing NYCM while figuring out what to do with toddlers in a Hurricane . First order of business was making sure we had the correct rain gear …
Tomorrow we will be playing various indoor games, building couch forts, carving our Halloween pumpkins, playing tag in the hallways and hopefully not resorting to desperate measures such as count the raindrops on the window and “lets play the quiet game”. Wish me luck