So much can happen in a week. Tuesdays and Thursdays are my new 10k training days from now on (minimum 25 miles per week plan), so this post begins on Tuesday. I never ran the Forest park route at night and it just so happened that it was really foggy. After running for 2 miles, there were no more street lights. It became pitch black and I couldn’t even see the ground, like a scary movie scene. The only way out was forward, so I grabbed a stick (just in case) and ran faster. I’m the only running idiot in the whole park right now! After mile 4, I was out of the park and in the street, whew. At the end, I was soaked, not of sweat but dew from the cloud.
The new job starts Monday! My last day was Wednesday. Its a brand new start for me, and I’m looking forward to it. Later that day, my wife and I went out with some colleagues/friends to Chelsea Piers to celebrate the new job, good times. On Friday morning, I felt like hell. I can’t believe I’m sick, my body was steaming hot and so weak. I knocked out for 2 hours in the middle of the day. But one thought kept circling in my mind… will I be able to run the 7am Brooklyn Half marathon race? I just kept drinking water, swallowed acetaminophen pills, and hoped for the best. I woke up at 4am on Saturday, still undecided but had an hour to make up my mind. After eating some oatmeal, I went out for a 5 minute test run to see what my machine was capable of. Yes, a passing grade, sore throat is minimal and 90% power levels, I’m in!
Alex (my running buddy) shared a cab with me to Prospect Park. 15,000 runners were there for this epic race. My goal was to finish in less than 2 hours. I kept myself extra hydrated and had to pee twice before the race, but once we started, I had to pee again! The lines for the potty at mile 1 were ridiculous, I refuse! At mile 2, I noticed runners jumping in the bushes (even women squatting, lol). I quickly joined the pee crowd to relieve myself. The mile after was a record for me, 7.53 min/mile. I made sure to drink water from every water station since I still felt a bit sickly, sometimes 2 cups per station. The race went fast, and no walking breaks (except for when drinking water). Around Prospect park, inside Prospect park loop, the long journey down Ocean Parkway, the first sighting of the Cyclone coaster, the Coney Island boardwalk, the finish line. I finished the race… UNDER 2 HOURS! My time was 1:56. PR for me! Unbelievable! Such a great race, great weather, no leg pain, great time, great experience.
13 miles down, time to rest now.