Ohmygosh, I’m so loving my new Garmin! This morning’s goal was some tempo miles, and while I think I was a little more sluggish than last week, it went well. Here’s how it went down.
- Mile 1 – warm-up (9:09/mile)
- Mile 2 – 10K pace (7:44/mile)
- Mile 3 – 10K pace (8:04/mile – slowed a bit on the bridle to avoid rocks…)
- Mile 4 – easy (8:54/mile)
- Mile 5 – 1/2 marathon pace (8:22/mile)
- Mile 6 – easy (8:53/mile)
- Mile 7 – easy (8:45/mile)
- Mile 0.25 – 8:04/mile
So, 7.25 miles total in 1:01:57 with an average pace of 8:32/mile. I meant for mile 6 to be at half marathon pace, but Cat hill came and sucked a good amount of life outta me. I’m getting there though, slowly but surely workin’ on the speed!
I’m also excited that my shin is feelin’ good – I think it was a bit achy yesterday following this weekend’s mileage and after the ~9 mile run in the rain last week, when I wore old shoes and stayed pretty much on the hard roads (note to self – don’t do this again!)
I’m definitely adding some extra strengthening and stretching exercises for the calf and shin to make sure no other problems creep up!
So, many things have made me think lately how much I love it here in NYC – here are a few of them:
1. The amazing farmer’s markets! These have popped up everywhere amidst the concrete jungle, the most popular (and my favorite) – the Union Square Greenmarket!
Organic peppers, artichokes, oh my!
A tomato-lover’s heaven!
The greenmarket is open Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays year-round, rain or shine, and not only sells fresh local produce of all kinds, but other goods like breads, honey, jams and baked goods.
2. The beautiful weather we have been blessed with lately (ok, it’s a little hot now, but you get the idea).
The sky has been so blue!
3. World class restaurants and eateries – and the fact that Eataly is opening today at 4:00 p.m.! Here are a few shots from last week, during the final preparations.
Yes, I was the creeper with the camera peering into the window…
I’ve read so many different things about Eataly – rooftop, year-round beer garden! vegetable butcher! cooking school! massive grocery store! bookstore! wine bar! speciality fish, meat, cheese, pasta and pastries!
Whew – it sounds kind of exhausting, actually.
Just look at the map (courtesy of NYPost.com)!
But yeah, I’ll be there with bells on, and will report back!
4. I don’t think I even need to mention how much I love Central Park and the fab running community we have here 🙂 NYRR is one of the greatest running organizations in the country and hold so many great races throughout the year!
I don’t know what I would do without the bridle path in Central Park!
Even though I’ve taken it easy on racing this summer – haven’t raced since early June so I could focus on marathon training – I’ve been getting an itch lately. NYRR races are so much fun and a great supplement to training!
I’ve signed up for the ING NYC Marathon Tune-up in mid-September, but it’s 18 miles so I plan on making it a 20 miler and not really racing it.
I’m wondering if a half marathon on October 2 would be a good idea? Hmm, decisions decisions.
Hope everyone has a good day!
Question: What are some things you love about your city?
Question: Thoughts on racing during a marathon training cycle?