I can’t believe I only have one running class left! I did miss 3 because of work. I have to say they really push me to my MAX! I could never inflict that much suffering on myself!
Yesterday was no exception. I am shocked at how good I feel today, especially since I had a leg workout yesterday AMmore on that in my next post.
So, I jogged a little over 4 miles to the meeting location. Mainly since I thought it might start pouring during the class.
Now most classes are 2-4 miles with plenty of rest in between miles. Of course, the class I picked to do a 4 mile pre-class run was the longest distance class of the entire 10 weeks.
The class was a 5.2 mile pick up run along the last part of the NYC Marathon course. Hello, NYC Marathon Memories (see my recaps here and here ).
My girlfriend (actually a friend who jumped in and ran the last 8 miles of the marathon with me) wanted to do the longer version of the class with the advanced group. Now, I am not afraid of distance, but I am afraid of speed. I can barely keep up with the intermediate group!
Last 5.2 miles of the NYC Marathon course with 4 speed picks ups between 400 and 800 yards.
We ran from 81st up to 110th as a warm up, true to the real marathon course, we ran on the outside of the park.
Next we ran down to 90th at a fast (pick up) pace, entering the park
We recovered to Cleopatra’s Needle, then picked it up to around 65th and East Drive.
We briefly recovered and then sprinted out of the park
We jogged down 59th street to where the marathon reenters the park on the west side.
Our final push was to Tavern on the Green, the official end of the marathon!
Phew, an unexpected 9.5 mile weeknight run! It felt tough, but good.