Let me begin by thanking everyone for some new music choices…. sometimes it’s hard to think outside of the box. I have quite the eclectic playlist for Buffalo in three weeks… Thank you again!
Anyways, I’m just getting back to normal life after a weekend away and I’m just sitting down at my computer and checking back in….
We arrived to Queens late on Friday night, which was fine because we put the kids to bed and had a few cocktails to relax… well MANY actually, but no judgement. Saturday I planned to get up early and run, and while we did get up early, I somehow managed not to run. I know, I know.. some people prefer to rest the day before a race but I like to get a 2-3 mile shake out jog in. I’ve been a runner for a long time and that’s the way I have done it, I notice when I don’t run before a race my legs feel like lead during my race (foreshadowing? I think so). Anyways, by the time we got ready, we decided just to head out to Long Island and get the race packet and then we would head out to visit some old friends after. Packet pick up was EXTREMELY organized and the expo was great. No complaints, what so ever! We didn’t spend much time there, because my darling children were over it but I was good with it because lets be honest, I just wanted my number and swag bag. We spent the afternoon with great friends, watching our kids play together, enjoying fabulous food…oh LONG Island, how do I love thee… Another thing I’m noticing is that I”m constantly craving sushi before a big race or long run… soooo weird!!!
Sunday was go time…. I had a hard time sleeping because this was the biggest even that I had attended in years… So I was up at 445am… got ready, ate a bit of breakfast, then headed out the door by 630am and arrived by 700am. First complaint, parking isn’t exactly close to the starting line and it’s not even remotely close to the finish line! Not exactly ideal for spectators, especially one with two little kids… my second complaint, was the porta johns situation… listen, they are portable toliets, it’s not a good situation to begin with but a race that big, needs WAY more potty’s! I spent my warm up time standing in line, no bueno! That’s it though, those are my only two complaints… the start was beautiful… fire works galore! Truly awesome! The course is MOSTLY flat… there are a few hills but it’s a pretty nice course and there was a lot of support along the way. I forget how magical the feel of big races is! the energy at the beginning of the race and throughout the course is invigorating….I MAY do more big races in the future.
It was cold and very windy and yes, my legs felt like lead as well as the rest of my body. I threw my iphone to Michael by mile 2 because just FELT too heavy. Sadly. I did NOT hit 1:30, I did hit a new one minute PR 1:34:50… However, I was 14th woman, out of 1780, so I guess I can’t be too disappointed. I’m getting there! I guess I’ll just keep chasing 1:30… until next time…xoxo
Do you prefer big races or nice small town ones?
Does your body ever crave a specific food before a long run or big race?
How was your weekend?!