After a beautiful 9 hours of sleep last night, I was ready for the 10 miles on my training schedule today. My half-marathon is 2 weeks away and I can't wait! So after a big breakfast of yogurt, blackberries & granola, I got set for my "long" run. It's a little windy and chilly out, so I layered up with an Under Armour turtleneck, light zip up jacket, running tights and an earwarmer. And let's not forget proper hydration:
Rocky kindly loaded up my fuel belt with one bottle grape of Gatorade, one water bottle and one Vanilla Bean Gu. And since I can't fathom running 10 miles in Astoria, I planned to run over in Manhattan. At first, I thought I'd run the mile to the subway and take it over to Central Park for a few loops. But then my pretty cousin friend suggested I run the Queensboro Bridge into the city. Great idea, Cuz!
|Starting out at QB Plaza|
It was pretty windy up there, with some scary views down (I'm terrified of heights), but it was also beautiful. It's an awesome feeling to run from one borough to another!
|the lovely East River|
I covered just over 10 miles running down to QB Plaza, across the bridge, almost to Central Park and back. Below is a screenshot of my route. I have no idea what the GPS was doing over in Manhattan, because it definitely looks like I was drunk. (Promise, I wasn't. Remember, I haven't had a drink since January 1st!)
My legs felt pretty strong throughout the run, and I tried to go slow (I ended up averaging a 10:13 pace). I took the Gu around mile 6 coming back over the bridge, which was a perfect timing, because it really helped me through the last few miles.
When I got back home, I enjoyed a delicious post-run chocolate milk for recovery. A nice little reward for my efforts!
|Yum! If only it was a Smuttynose instead ;)|
Now I'm off to stretch and make a Lentil Loaf [recipe and post to follow soon! :)]
Happy weekend everyone!