Finally got back to running after a 2 week break in Zambia which included petting a cheetah. And it turns out that I’ve transformed to a snail.
After a long needed adventure vacation in Zambia (where I saw Victoria Falls in all its glory! And exotic animals like never before in South Luangwa National Park!!!) I came back to running without much gusto. The weekend that I flew back I had to run the Brooklyn Half Marathon, which was nice except I was super tired and we had to wake up extremely early to get there on time to not repeat the NYC Half debacle…not to mention the fact that I hadn’t run one step except to maybe get the camera from my tent to take a pic of some elephants wandering through our camp. So it was a pretty run around Prospect Park, and then a pretty tiring run down Ocean Parkway. I clocked in at a 1:44 and change, slower than my first half marathon, but I wasn’t too upset since I had not trained one bit…and I’m not talking about the “oh I didn’t train…I only ran a few long runs the weekends before…” No Training, I am talking about lying in a hammock, drinking beers every night and sitting in vehicles Oooo-ing and Ahhh-ing at giraffes for 2 weeks No Training.
Giraffes to Ooooh and Aaaaah at in South Luangwa National Park, Zambia
I love winter. I love SNOW! I love playing in the snow, looking at the snow, ice skating, snowboarding, anything! Growing up in Connecticut and spending my early 20’s in the Snow Country of Yamagata, Japan has made me a snow bunny. But snow + running – that’s been a bit of “meh.” -_-
The up side is that Central Park has been absolutely stunning in the past month. The snow froze to ice, then another layer of snow came, froze over, repeat 6 times and you get a winter wonderland right in the middle of New York City.
2013 was my year for running – major accomplishments this year without set back (knock on wood, no injury or major sickness!) First full marathon completed under goal time, and a great show of support from fellow runners and non-running friends overall. I couldn’t be happier with the dedication I made to training. It’s a tough one to repeat seeing as how I’m not sure I’ll sign up for the NYC Marathon 2014, and I’d like to perhaps improve in some other ways besides distance, as well as not burn out by over training in general, but we shall see where all these miles take me in 2014!
Last Friday, I did one of the craziest things I have ever done in my whole life. I ran a marathon – 26.2 miles – for ‘training.’ For ‘fun.’ To see if I could do it.
Well, I DID It. And I couldn’t have been happier with the time. But DAMN it Hurt. I now know why the marathon is such an epic race. Everything happened to me in those last 6.2 miles that they say would happen. I didn’t know how it would happen or when it would happen, but it happened and when it did, I knew what was going on and made it through. 26.2 miles with an extra 0.01 to make sure!!!
South County Trail
It was a perfect running day. Cold but sunny. Fernando and I had been thinking to do this trial run for awhile and we wanted to do it before it got too warm. After jostling the schedule in our calendar for awhile since we had to factor in my father being in town again as well as rain days, resting, and no-alcohol days, we finally decided that 29 March 2013 was the only sensible option. Luckily for me, we actually decided this a bit last minute, which was good because I didn’t have to spend the whole week dreading it. Instead, I was excited because our strategy involved taking a train (yay!), running in a new place (yay!), running on a flat course (yay!), running while viewing trees and nature (yay!), having Fernando bike next to me with supplies (yay!), and the final piece to the puzzle – getting a ride back to NYC afterwards (yay!!!). Continue reading →
On 10 March, our heroic friend Ayako organized the 9th Run for JAPAN group run around Central Park to raise money for the people affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake. This Run for JAPAN fundraising event which started two years ago kicked off my renewed running ‘career’ as it was the first time I had ever attempted 6 miles straight, the longest run of my life to that date. This time, I followed suit by marking the run as the current Longest Run to date. And that distance was Twenty. 20 Miles. Blaw.
Before the meet up time of 10AM, I decided to go out and do a pre-run, so that I would get some miles in beforehand in case my running friend Santiago would not do more than 2 loops with me. Fernando, still nursing his fracture, joined my side on his bike. Proudly sporting our Run for JAPAN shirts, we went down to the park, covered the east side, and then did two of the small 1.7 southern loop so that we’d be near the meeting point. By the time it was 10AM, I had completed over 6 miles, the whopping distance of 2011.