Holy crap, it’s September

1 Sep

OK,  so  fall is my favorite season for a number of reasons.  (Poetic.)  I will enumerate a few of them, picture-style:

1)   Be still my heart, I love you pumpkin ale.  I want to swim in a vat of you.

2) Don’t worry– I didn’t forget you, pumpkin pie… and pretty much anything else pumpkin that does NOT have effing raisins in it.  Seriously, pumpkin is food of the gods and raisins look like dried up rodent turds.  Why on Earth do people want to mix these two things?

3) My birthday… and T’s birthday, too!  (He’s 9 days older than me.)  I mean, let’s face it, I love any excuse to have the spotlight on me, get presents, etc.  (To be honest, that’s not true at all.)  But I do love birthdays in that I always hear from friends and loved ones from all my (many) years of life and it’s always such a great feeling to feel so loved.  Oh yeah, and getting T to take me out to some fancy dinner where I can get all snazzed up and then eat delicious food and get crunk (ideally on the aforementioned pumpkin ales) is always a good time. 😉

4) Last but most definitely not least, IT’S MARATHON SEASON!!!!!  YAYYYYYYY!!!!!!  People think I’m obnoxious/lying/insane/stupid when I say I love marathon season more than Christmas season, but it’s true.  I feel my heart start racing (get it?  har har) whenever I think about the NYC marathon.  I am sooooo delighted I’ll be running it again this year!  This is a picture of me finishing last year.  I finished in 4:13:21 (9:41 pace) which actually isn’t that bad when you take into consideration that I had just PRed the Columbus marathon 3 weeks prior, and also that I took a LONG bathroom break in Brooklyn, due to really needing badly to pee, and the line being painfully, OH SO PAINFULLY long.  Anyhow, I’ll be doing Columbus again this year (and I hope PRing again– BIG TIME) and then I’ll be doing NYC again this year (I’ll figure out what I want to aim for– if anything– after Columbus!)  I am getting giddy just typing all of this out.

Anyhow.  This freaking summer flew by in a way I never thought was possible.  So much I wanted to do that I didn’t do.  But then again, I did do a ton of fun stuff — vacation at the beach with my fam, bachelorette party in Montauk, a couple very fun weddings, ferry to the beach in Sandy Hook, food and drinks on the roof biergarten at Eataly, The Boilermaker, the Queens half, my bestie’s baby shower… phew!  I’m sad it’s over, but I’m looking forward to a super fall!

Now… on to my run this morning.  I intended to do 12 miles, but woke up a bit on the late side.  (Again, the 4:50 wake up was a no-go.)  I finally made it to the park a little before 6.  I decided to do the 11 miler today and the 12 miler tomorrow– just to save myself a few minutes this morning, due to late start– and off I went.  A loop of the bridle path, a loop of the reservoir, a big loop that included the Harlem Hills but cut off at 72nd Street (for some reason, I really don’t like that bottom part of the big loop) and then another bridle path loop.  That, along with my run to and from the park, came out to just over 11 miles.  The run felt fine– great at some points and just “meh” at others, but these days, a run that feels great at any point is very welcome.  I brought a gel along with me, because although I don’t care for them and haven’t used them for most of my races, I’ve decided maybe I should start incorporating them into my longer runs.  And I did feel a burst of energy after I’d eaten it (though it was disgusting.)  So I guess I’ll stick with it!  This is what I had:

This is what I actually prefer, but I didn’t have any on-hand.  I need to replenish!

BZZZZ you are delicious.  OK, not really, but you’ll do.

Anyhow… my average pace came out to around 8:42, with my fastest mile being somewhere around 8:11 and the slowest one being, like, 9:48 (I gulped down the gel and took a long water break in this mile.)  Not too bad!

So tomorrow, I have 12 and then Saturday, I have to do 20.  I’ll be out of town with T and some friends, so 20 miles in a new place should be interesting.  I hope I don’t get lost!  I should probably figure out a route before then…

Oh and I ran into my buddy — running blogger extraordinaire Ali— on the street in my neighborhood last night and she informed me that my blog needs more pictures.  I’m trying (see all the pretty pics in this post!) but I am just not a picture-taker, and plus my phone is from 1982 and doesn’t take great pics.

OK, not really, but it’s certainly not an IPhone or a phone with any sort of intelligence.  I know, I’m a Luddite.  And this is obviously a work in progress….!

One Response to “Holy crap, it’s September”

  1. Lori September 2, 2011 at 1:22 pm #

    dont forget pumpkin lattes at starbucks are coming!!

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