Running quote of the week

“Running isn’t a chore to fit in, but a privilege … I’m not trying to figure out the least I can do to keep up with my goals, but the most I can get away with.” – Jonathan Beverly

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Hill running on marathon day

The long and windy road
Today's run (street): 4.6 miles

It's marathon day in NYC and I got an early start on the coverage. I didn't take advantage of the extra hour's sleep from DST, because I wanted to have my run completed prior to the marathon pre-show. There wasn't much drama in today's race, but it was still fun to watch. I was hoping all my friends who ran it had great experiences. I thought about them on my run knowing I'd be covering far less distance today.

Today was my last chance to do a good training run prior to next weekend's 10K. I decided to head over to the Greenbelt bike trail and run south so I could take on the long hill along Sunnyside Boulevard. It was cold enough for long pants and sleeves, but I remained comfortable (except when the wind hit me head-on). The Sunnyside hill is just long enough to wear you down because it gets increasingly steeper along the last half mile. I just kept reminding myself that I'd get to run it downhill on the way back.

Today's run went well and I'm hoping I've built my fitness to handle a brisk pace over 6.2 miles next Sunday. This will be a busy week with early mornings into the city. I'm not sure how I'll handle my taper, but I'll figure it out. Although the Hope for Warriors course is fairly flat, this weekend's hill heavy training should yield some conditioning benefit.

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