Thanks for the sweet, thoughtful comments on my last post! I’m definitely getting closer to a personal statement I can be proud of. 🙂
Rewinding back to Tuesday, when we indeed received a gnarly, craptastic “wintry mix” in NYC. Yuck. As I trudged to the gym to use the treadmill, I wondered what the heck I was doing outside my nice, warm bed. Some intervals made the run borderline bearable.
- Mile 1: 8:57
- Mile 2: 7:30
- Mile 2 – 2.5: 9:00
- Mile 2.3 – 3.5: 7:47
- Mile 3.5 – 4: 9:00
- Mile 4 – 5: 8:20
- Mile 5 – 6: 8:50
Total 6 miles in about 51:00, and I was a hot, sweaty mess afterwards. Even though my gym’s treadmills have TVs, I still get so bored on them. The intervals at least gave me something to focus on. Still, I’ll take a run outside any day!
Which is good, because it’s going to be 15 degrees on Saturday morning. Guh. So why not run a half marathon in Central Park? Right? Anyone? Bueller?
I’ve got 16 miles on the schedule, so it will at least be nice to get a good chunk done via a race with other crazy runners. And since I’ll be freakin’ freezing, I may as well try to PR! Faster running = getting home to a hot shower quicker, right?
I’m absolutely horrible at pacing, but decided to devise a plan to help me break the 1:50 mark and result in a decent little PR. Here we go…
- Mile 1: 8:30
- Mile 2: 8:30
- Mile 3: 8:30
- Mile 4: 8:30
- Mile 5: 8:00
- Mile 6: 8:00
- Mile 7: 8:00
- Mile 8: 8:00
- Mile 9: 8:00
- Mile 10: 8:15
- Mile 11: 8:15
- Mile 12: 8:15
- Mile 13: 8:15
- Mile 0.1: 40s
Goal Time: 1:47:40
I hope this does not just seem doable in my dreams…
And that’s just a sampling of the delicious eats we had (i.e., I failed at picture taking that night…)
- Kale and parmesan salad
- Curried cauliflower with tomatoes
- Mint, arugula, goat cheese & pomegranate salad
- Beet salad with mint
- Black bean dip with carrots (as a vehicle, naturally)
- Chickpeas in star anise and date masala
- Carmelized onion, fig and gorgonzola tart
- Apple pie
One of the perks of blogging is meeting people you have a lot in common with – something I never even thought of when I blindly started Meals for Miles last May. Dining and dishing with these ladies ’twas lovely 🙂
Here’s a group shot I borrowed from Katie’s post, sans Katie since she was behind the camera.
I took a planned rest day on Wednesday after getting home past my bedtime (i.e., I am an old lady).
Question: How are you at pacing? Thoughts on my plan? Any favorite potluck dishes?