Finally, my 9 qualifying races for the NYC Marathon 2014 are complete! It was hard to squeeze those last ones in, but let me tell you, it feels good.
Last weekend I ran the Jingle Jog 4M.
I tied bells on my shoes and jingled all the way to Brooklyn. For some reason, I didn’t give myself very much time to get there and ended up in a corral with only 4 minutes to spare. I didn’t even bother trying to move my way up to my assigned corral. I was surrounded by elves, reindeer and snowmen–it was clear that this race was meant to be more fun than competitive.
Long story short, I jogged my way through four nice miles. Prospect Park is nice and flat other than one gradual hill during the first mile of the race. The miles kind of sailed by and suddenly the finish line was right in front of me and I didn’t even have enough room to pick it up for the end.
I really enjoyed the Jingle Jog. If I did it again, I would definitely wear a costume. However, I’m not sure I would pay $50 to run it again. When I registered for my last 3 races, they were literally the only open races left in 2013, so if I wanted to qualify, I had to complete them no matter the cost or distance.
That leads me to Ted Corbitt 15K. When I registered about a month ago, I had no business running a 15K. But the 5 miler I wanted to register for sold out suddenly and I was left with no choice.
I’d like to say that I used those 5 weeks to train and prepare the best I could. But alas I can not. I really didn’t train at all. My training consisted of 1 Barry’s Bootcamp and two 4 Mile NYRR races. Between the weather, the fact that it’s dark at 5PM and my absolutely loathing of the treadmills at the gym, I let myself pretend that the elliptical and spinning were just as good as actual running. FALSE. While I don’t think you need to run everyday. I think running a couple times a week should be a core component of race preparation. Mind blowing, I know.
Anyways, all week long I was dreading this 15K. I obsessively checked the weather hoping it would be canceled. I checked for updates on the NYRR website hoping that the expected snow would convince them to have the race be unscored. I woke up several times throughout the night and looked out the window hoping for a white out. None of that happened. So at 7:15AM yesterday morning, I BUNDLED UP and hopped in a cab to 102nd St and Fifth Ave. It was pretty cold waiting for the race to start. I had many layers on, so as other runners pranced around in just tights and a long sleeved shirt, I wondered how they weren’t turning into icicles.
The race started and my friend Laura and I jogged along for a little while, before she sprinted on ahead. My original plan was to run the first 6 miles and then run walk the last 3.3. I hadn’t run more than 4 miles in months, so I wasn’t sure what my body would allow. For how cold and snowy it was, the weather was kind of nice. Central Park looked lovely, and somehow I really wasn’t cold at all. I don’t think I would have run in this much snow had this not been my last possible opportunity to qualify, but I’m so glad I did.
Despite how unprepared I was to run 9 miles, the familiarity of the park really helped me get through the miles. I know pretty much every inch of the lower loops, so I just focused on the next landmark and the next mile marker. I kind of like when a course has multiple looks because when I saw the 1 mile marker and the 5 mile marker next to each other I thought:
Wow I’ll feel great when I’m back here again.
I can’t wait to be back here again.
I just need to get back here again!
Landmark by landmark and mile marker by mile marker, I made my way through the course. When I hit mile 6, I decided to see if I could run to 7. When I got to 7, I tried to walk a few steps, that felt terrible, and I knew I had to shuffle my way through the last 2.3 miles. But it was only 2.3 miles! I waved hello to the Boathouse, said my second and final hello to Cat, chugged past Cleopatra’s Needle and focused on getting to the reservoir entrance at 90th. The last mile really went by pretty quickly, I felt great at the end. I knew I could have actually pushed a little harder, but I was just glad I had been able to make it to the end.
I actually laughed when I saw the water cups at the finish! Look at all the snow on the top!
9 qualifiers done! I am excited to actually train for the NYC Marathon. Most of my qualifiers were run at very slow paces and I know I have a lot more in me. Hopefully, 2014 will be my running year!
If you are still with me, I saved the best for last!
Barry’s Bootcamp is on sale. Today is the last day, so act fast! Sadly, these deals don’t come around often enough. Here are the details:
All NYC classes are priced at $27. (Reg. $34) Classes will never expire and there’s no limit on purchasing. However you only have 60 hours to cash in on this amazing deal: Friday, December 13th to Sunday, December 15th. Classes are available for purchase online or in-store at our Chelsea or TriBeCa studios.