It Got Cold

28 Oct

Holy moly, it is cold today.

I laid out shorts last night to run in this morning, but wound up putting on pants.  (Props to Ali, who ran in shorts!  Bad a$$!)  Yes, I serendipitously ran into Ali and Kelly this morning at the park and got to join them for 5-ish awesome miles!  I wound up running about 8 altogether and they flew by, thanks to those lovely ladies!  Yay, running buddies!  It was a beautiful morning and we all commented on the sunrise as we ran past the reservoir.  Awesome.  AND we passed the bleachers, set up near the (dearly departed) Tavern on the Green, aka marathon finish!  Very exciting!

Tomorrow, however, is NOT supposed to be beautiful:

SNOW.  On my birthday!  Harumpf.  Also, I am supposed to run 8 miles tomorrow and I fear the weather will keep me from doing so.  Is it a HUGE deal if I miss this run?  Not REALLY… well, kind of…

Which brings me to this:  I really don’t know WHAT I want to aim for for NYCM.  Last year I was in a similar boat.  I had PRed in Columbus 3 weeks prior and was running NYCM for fun.  My very dear friend Jennifer came in from Chicago to run it with me and we had a great time with ZERO expectations.  We ran the first several miles together with my (also dear, and NYC-based) friend Erica and the 3 of us even made a lengthy bathroom stop (MAN, the lines for those port-o-potties are LONG!) because we didn’t really have any time goals or expectations, and we didn’t want to pee ourselves.  (I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again– much love to those who pi$$ themselves in races, but it ain’t my thang.)

In Brooklyn, posing for my mom and bro

Anyhow, around mile 23, I got a BURST of energy and finished decently strong.  (Finish time of 4:13:14– with that long-a$$ bathroom stop and no time expectations, I’ll definitely take it!)  My point in this epic little narrative is that I’ve proven to myself I can do pretty well in a second marathon after PRing the first marathon 3 weeks prior.  And I know I’ve worked hard in the past year to get faster, so… I’m wondering if I should give myself a li’l goal for NYCM.  Or will this stress me out too much?  I’ve not only gotten faster, but a lot more competitive (with myself– I’m not crazy competitive with other runners, unless they are dudes, in which case I want to beat as many as possible) and so I kind of WANT to do really well… but “do well” is so subjective and nebulous.  What exactly does that mean… to me?  Sub-4?  Sub-3:50?  Even better?  And what is reasonable?  And I do NOT want to get injured, obviously.  So many questions and factors….

I guess all these questions will be answered in a little over a week!

In other news, I’m off to eat a delicious and decadent dinner (and drink many beers) with T tonight at the Spotted Pig!  Yippeeeeeeee!  Happy weekend!

Addendum:

I just have to add that my friends are so awesome.  My co-worker and wonderful friend Fatima baked these for me.  These are pumpkin brownies.  She made them WITH A REAL PUMPKIN (as in, not pumpkin from a can; consider my mind blown that this is possible.)  I love her.  (Side note:  I can see how people arrive at my blog, and one of the most commonly used terms to arrive here is “pumpkin brownie.”  I’m not really sure why, since I’ve only mentioned pumpkin brownies in one other post, but here you go, pumpkin brownie Googlers.  Another one for you to feast your eyes upon!)

NOM

AND… my sweet friend Alli just surprised me by stopping by my office with, oh, just a few awesome pumpkin items.  LOVE HER, too!  Seriously, I have the sweetest friends.  I am so lucky!

That is pumpkin butter, pumpkin pancake mix, a pumpkin cupcake from Crumbs and best of all A PERSONALIZED 26.2 PUMPKIN!

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12 Responses to “It Got Cold”

  1. Kristy October 28, 2011 at 5:33 pm #

    i would run for fun, considering you just kicked a$$ 3 weeks ago! like you said yourself, you have worked so hard this past year getting faster, why not reward yourself by just running for fun, no pressure, and enjoying the crowds? why not try for just below 4:00 – that should be fairly easy (9:00 pace) given your last marathon time. a small, attainable goal that will also allow FUN!

    • Katie October 28, 2011 at 7:05 pm #

      Kristy, we totally ARE running twins, ’cause I was thinking the exact same thing! 🙂

  2. Kelly October 28, 2011 at 7:47 pm #

    Yay! I’m so glad we ran into each other. I am going to try to convince you not to move so we can be neighbors and running buddies forever. hehe. I think I’m going to make some similar brownies this weekend. nom nom. Also, I think NYCM is a perfect race to run just for fun!

    Have so much fun at dinner and HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!

    • Katie October 28, 2011 at 10:18 pm #

      Thanks, Kelly! I am so stoked we ran into each other, too! Let’s run together again soon! And you won’t have a hard time convincing me to stay on the UES… sniff sniff! Enjoy your brownies this weekend!

  3. runningseal October 28, 2011 at 9:25 pm #

    i can’t believe it is supposed to snow tomorrow!

    yes, nyc is the perfect race to run for fun. that is what i told myself I was going to do…but i am not sure what exactly “running for fun” means to me. even that is a bit nebulous.

    i have never brought my camera but was considering taking it. i guess like you said we shall see in just about a week!

    • Katie October 28, 2011 at 10:19 pm #

      Ooh, I like the idea of bringing a camera!

  4. thethinksicanthink October 29, 2011 at 2:38 pm #

    I say just go run the race by how your feel. Maybe try to have as much fun as possible the first half and then, if you feel good, try to pick it up the 2nd half and, if not, just keep enjoying yourself. The good thing about NYC is that its a pretty easy race to enjoy yourself, from what I hear! You could also treat it as a training run or something and make goals for different segments of the race, but not have an overall time goal. Something like “I want to see if I can run the last 10K faster than the rest of the race.” That way you practice closing faster in a marathon (if you’re planning on doing more), but there really is no exact time pressure on yourself. If I ran a marathon 3 weeks before, I would definitely just be doing it for fun.

    • Katie October 31, 2011 at 1:10 pm #

      I like the idea of doing the last 10K faster than the rest of the race! I just may try for that!

  5. Terry October 30, 2011 at 12:15 am #

    Happy Birthday Katie. I got to your blog via Ali on the run and not by pumpkin brownies, although that sounds very yummy. I read a couple of your posts including the ones about the Columbus marathon. I thought you did an excellent write up and was quite surprised to see someone from New York speaking about Dayton, Ohio and Marion’s pizza. I am from Dayton and I still live here. I agree Marion’s is on the top of the list for pizza. It sounds like you and Ali and the rest of your running friends are very blessed to have one another. Great friends inside and outside of running are priceless and if they don’t like to sweat then they ain’t no friend of mine. Live life with passion and give thanks for all that you have. Good Luck next week with your next marathon. ps it is cold here in Dayton also. brrrrrrrrrrrrrrr smile and laugh everyday

    • Katie October 31, 2011 at 1:21 pm #

      What a nice message from a fellow-Daytonian! Thanks, Terry! Glad you share my passion for sweat, and for Marion’s pizza! 🙂

  6. Jocelyn October 31, 2011 at 10:26 am #

    Those brownies LOOK AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Katie October 31, 2011 at 1:21 pm #

      They were! 🙂

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