Monday, April 4, 2011


This weekend I went up to NYC to visit my sister, brother-in-law, and niece for my niece's 1st birthday.  It was an awesome weekend with great food, great company, and a great run at the end of it.  Last time I went up, Michael (brother-in-law), Eileen, and I did a nice 4.6 mile run through central park.  This time I had planned on running from their place all the way down the west side highway to battery park (more than 125 blocks).  I was worried due to some calf pain I was having earlier in the week that I wouldn't be able to make it, but those worries went away within the first two miles.

I hadn't been on a run in four days and my body seemed all in once we started going.  Michael and I kept a good brisk pace, and the first four miles went by rather quickly despite stupid bikers and the occasional pancreatic cancer walk.  At one point I turned to Michael and told him I felt like Mac from Mike Tyson's Punch-Out but he didn't get the reference (see above).  Jersey in all honesty does not look as nice as that picture makes it look however, and by the time we got close enough to see the statue of liberty I was to focused on trying to put one foot in front of the other that I don't think I could have taken a second to enjoy the beauty of it.  Oh well!  By the time we hit chamber street (mile 8) I was hurting pretty bad, and at one point had to run directly into a strong wind which almost stopped me.  At that point though I had my sites on beating my PR for distance so I kept on till I hit 9 miles.  An added bonus was that I recorded my PR for 10K (56:17), so two more records set over the weekend!

One thing I took from this weekend is that crispy pigs head, and salty pistacchio soft serve do not make the greatest pre-run meals.  I think when we finished I was pretty dehydrated and I need to be better about drinking water as opposed to beer the night before a race!

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