ZOMG, I SAW KARA GOUCHER ON THE BRIDLE PATH THIS MORNING, ZOMG!
Ok, sorry. Had to get that out of the way. When I headed out for some early miles this morning, I hoped I’d see some of the elites getting in their shake out runs before tomorrow’s NYC Half Marathon (more about that in a minute!), but didn’t think I’d see Ms. Goucher, my running inspiration, all alone on the path. Needless to say, I smiled nerdily, and she smiled back (she had headphones on, or else I probably would have said something just as nerdy).
That, along with the fact that I ran 7.5 pain-free miles, made my
morning week! The Achilles felt good and the legs were actually a bit peppy:
Hooray! The usual breakfast – Ezekiel sprouted grain cinnamon raisin toast with natural crunchy peanut butter and berries – followed core work, my PT exercises and a shower.
Lunch – Greek yogurt, strawberries, pear, walnuts and chocolate peanut butter with honey – after catching up with the NY Times and a trip to Whole Foods
Tomorrow is the New York City Half Marathon – one of my all-time favorite races. I’ve run this race every year since NYRR began having them in 2006 (except for ’09, damn IT band), but this year I was shut out of the lottery (along with most other NYC-area runners) and my times aren’t nearly fast enough to qualify me. It was a bummer, but I got over it.
But the fact that race day is tomorrow and the NYC running scene is all abuzz is really giving me the case of race envy. Even though the Achilles would have prevented my from running anyways, I totally wish I was toeing the line tomorrow morning and running an awesome course through Central Park, down through Times Square and the West Side Highway and ending in Battery Park. It’s a great way to experience NYC and get an awesome run in!
Last year, the NYC Half was my first big race post- PE/DVT, my mom and sister came in for the weekend to spectate, and I PR’d.
(I’m on the far right)
Needless to say, it was a very memorable day 🙂
In order to still be a part of the race this year, I decided to volunteer as a “course marshall” in the park. What could be better – a bird’s eye view of the elites and spot to cheer on my fellow runners as they pass by. I’ll likely be awake before most of the runners – my volunteer duties begin at 6:00 a.m. – but I can’t think of a better way to start a Sunday (well, unless I was running!) 🙂
Question: Do you ever get “race envy” ?