Unwise

26 Sep

So, last week, I relished sleeping in in the mornings and taking it easy in the evenings.  However, by the end of the week, I was itching to go for a run.  Fall is my absolute FAVORITE time of year to run and there’s also another 26.2 I have coming up in the not so distant future…!

So, Friday morning I went for an easy 5 miles– just from my apartment, partway over the Q’boro Bridge, and back.  It felt glorious.  Friday night, I went to Flywheel for a nice 45 minute session.

Saturday morning I ran over the bridge and to my old ‘hood, the UES, (about 4.5 miles) where I picked up my bib and tee-shirt and then hurtled myself down Fifth Ave for a mile.  Then I watched some other runners dominate the other heats, which was a lot of fun!

Ah yes. Gorgeous, as always.

My time was 6:34 and I guess that is cool, considering I didn’t feel like barfing at the end and really did it for the easy 9+1 point?

Saturday early evening, T and I went out with my good friend and her fiancee in the East Village, where I downed some delicious Lagunitas IPAs.  Then we called it an early night, since I had a race the next morning.  However, on our way to grab a cab, we passed Lunasa, the site of our joint birthday party 2 years ago, so we had to stop in for a beer.  As a waitress walked by with a tray of shots, T told her to bring us a round.  Um, what?  In other words, I am a really responsible runner.  (Of course I did the shot.)

The next morning, I got up at 5:30 and just missed the 6 AM N/Q train at Broadway, so I had to cab it to 102nd Street and the park, where I met up with Lori, got my bib, and took off for the NYRR 18 mile tune-up.

And this is where I learned a valuable lesson.  Running 18 miles just 8 days post-marathon and preceded by a run + spin day and another run day is… not fun or easy.

I considered throwing in the towel every mile, post about mile 13, but I stuck it out like a stubborn little b*tch.  Was it pretty?  No.  Was it fun?  Nah.  Did I take 2 walk breaks?  You bet your a$$ I did!

I kept reminding myself that I would have punched my mother in the face (love you, mom!) for the opportunity to run a mere 3 months ago when I was dealing with the dreaded PF.  I kept telling myself that the weather could not have been more perfect for a run (true).  But, the bottom line is that it was hard as hell.  Everything hurt.

But I finished it —  in just under 2:49 (a 9:23 pace.)  Fine.

OMG MAKE THIS END

It’s a little over 5 weeks until NYCM and I have to admit that Sunday’s brutal run kinda freaked me out, but then again, I will actually TAPER for NYCM… so that should help.

In other news, I currently have my nails painted in Essie’s new “Marathin” shade and it’s purty.

I’m not sure why it’s called “marathin” and not “marathon,” but I like it anyway.

I hope your days are filled with running, pumpkin beers, and other delicious fall goodies!

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9 Responses to “Unwise”

  1. Celia September 26, 2012 at 12:40 pm #

    omg you ran the 18miler the week after your marathon?? Glad you are able to run again though!

    Pretty nail color 🙂

    • Katie September 26, 2012 at 1:28 pm #

      ME TOOOOO!!! 🙂 I keep looking for you in the park– I remember seeing you on a Tues night, so I looked for you last night!

  2. Kimra September 26, 2012 at 1:25 pm #

    YOU CRAZY. But good-crazy, right? At least you have good reasons for why everything hurt! (Ahem: marathon.)

    Also, that “marathin” name drives me nuts — like, am I supposed to be all “ooh, I will run a marathon to get SKINNY because my nailpolish told me to”? — buuut I have to admit it is a really pretty color.

    • Katie September 26, 2012 at 1:29 pm #

      Dude, my thoughts exactly. I really hope that’s not why, ’cause if so, that’s wack!

  3. Kristy (@RunTheLongRoad) September 26, 2012 at 5:42 pm #

    ha ha – yes, it is tough not really having that “down time” post-marathon and jumping right back into training. you’ll feel a little better each day.

    i need to come up and run the fifth ave mile someday. short and sweet torture!

    • Katie September 27, 2012 at 12:12 pm #

      You should come for a longer race and we can run together!

  4. Alli September 26, 2012 at 6:22 pm #

    I like the idea of this 1 mile mile! Hurrah for you running.

    They should call it Mara-it’s-on! Lol. Clearly, I need some sleep.

  5. mealsformiles September 26, 2012 at 7:42 pm #

    man, I ran that 18 miler once during training and it was pure hell. three loops around the park? I will never voluntarily do that ever again. huge props to you, my friend!

    • Katie September 27, 2012 at 12:13 pm #

      Yeah. Brutal!!!

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