This weekend has been filled with lots of running! Yesterday I did the 5th Avenue Mile and today I ran the 18 Mile Tune – Up race around Central Park.

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I’ve never done the 5th Ave Mile before, so I was really excited! I haven’t done a mile trial either in a very long time (if ever) and was really looking forward to seeing what I could bust out. I woke up Saturday morning feeling like crap 🙁 A cold was definitely coming on and I might’ve drank one too many beers Friday night.

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I made the trek to the 80th and 5th ave start, found some friends and was ready to just get this thing over with and head back home to bed. It was a crowded start, but before I knew it, we were off and I was sprinting my heart out. My goal was sub 7, so that meant I had to come in under 1:45 for each quarter mile. I had banked like 10-15 seconds during the first 1/4 and realized I started WAY too fast. Jocelyn spotted me, snapped her fingers at me to get my attention and after a few seconds, she took off past me. That girl is fast!

I was dying by the end and I definitely pushed myself hard, but I got that 6:59 I so desperately wanted! My “official” results say otherwise, but my 1 mile beeped on my Garmin at 6:59, so I am definitely taking that! My heart/lungs took some time to recover, but it was so worth it. So awesome to see that ‘6’! I stayed for a bit afterwards and talked to a lot of awesome people, like Meggie, Ellen, Jessica, Beth, Carla, and Jenny! It was so nice to see everyone, I had no idea so many awesome friends were running!

I had a rather shitty day after that, I’m a huge baby when it comes to getting sick! I wined a lot and just felt annoyed and upset that a cold was coming on, especially because of my 22 mile run planned for today.

I woke up at 5:30 this morning, felt crappy, but definitely okay enough to run. I had plans to run 4 miles to the start of the race, since I needed to add on some miles and I figured it would be faster than taking 2 subway trains to the start. I underestimated the amount of miles it was going to be, so I ended up running 4 1/2 miles, then speed walking to the start. I got in the end of the corrals and started running again like 3 minutes later, so it ended up working out okay.

Along the way, I realized I forgot my metro card and my debit card! I clearly wasn’t thinking and rushed out of the house without 2 very important things.

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I sent out this tweet, hoping one of my friends could help me?! Thankfully Jocelyn responded quickly and was already planning on meeting up with me, so she said she would buy me a metro card! MUCH APPRECIATED!

The plan for the run was to run 5-6 miles at an easy 10 min/mi. pace, then do 6-8 miles at MGP ~9:30. I did exactly that, but when those 8 MGP miles were over, I couldn’t slow down. I was feeling so good and was kind of just going with the flow and dropping 9:30’s like it was nothing. I have no idea where this AMAZING run came from, especially since I had a shitty morning and was dreading this run! I just kept on going and going and I finished up 22.7 miles in just under 3:40. That’s an average pace of 9:40!!! This is great for me! It’s super close to MGP and I know I could’ve kept going out there! I seriously wasn’t even dying yet at almost 23 miles, who am I? I sort of wished I was running a marathon today because of how great I felt! I REALLY hope I feel this good on marathon day!

I miss my running buddy! I'm celebrating 22.7 miles with a 9:40 pace today!!! #NYCM http://instagr.am/p/P7IjQBFYGl/

I was happy to find Adriana after the race! I haven’t seen her in so long and it was nice to catch up on the long walk back to the subway. She had an amazing race too! The weather was perfect, my body felt rested, and I am still have a runner’s high almost 12 hours later. It was a fantastic run for sure.

My goal was to finish the 18 mile Tune Up in 2:55 and I finished in 2:54:36, about a 5 minute PR from 2 years ago. Pretty awesome.

Guess what tomorrow is!?! My 1 year wedding anniversary! I can’t believe it’s been a year! Derek and I both took the day off from work to celebrate. Not sure what we are doing, but I’m sure lots of delicious food and beer will be consumed. I never blogged about my wedding, I know I’m a terrible blogger, but maybe this is the time to do it? Haha, we’ll see!

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Happy Anniversary Derek!!! So excited to eat our cake!

7 Comments

  1. AWESOME. JOB. WOW. You are a crazy runner and
    I LOVE that you man handled that run!!! XOXO Happy anniversary!

  2. Wow! Just found your blog and got to read about an amazing 23 mile run! I am just getting back to running after an injury that kept me sidelined all summer…reading your post makes me excited for my next marathon training cycle! And congrats on the 6:59 mile, too. 🙂

  3. Congrats on a GREAT run! So exciting to have such a confidence boosting run at the perfect time! Just remember this going into taper 🙂

    You look BEAUTIFUL in your wedding pic! More pics, please 🙂

  4. Congrats, I knew you’d go sub-7! My Garmin map of the mile is comical because the line is so wavy from not hitting the tangents. (So it too was a few seconds faster than my official finish time).

    Nice job on the tune-up as well! And happy anniversary!

  5. HAPPY ANNIVERSARY! I want to see more pictures so I definitely think you should post about it! 🙂 And way to go in your races! I’m dying for a sub 7 mile.

  6. Lots of goodness in this post 🙂 except the part where you felt crappy for the rest of the day after your KILLER mile.

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