Thursday, November 4, 2010

Poland Springs 5-miler, New Shoes and O.M.G. I Actually RAN!

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Yup, you read that right, I actually RAN last night! We had a speed training workout in Central Park, consisting of three sets of a hard speed workout half mile, followed by a "recovery" half mile. My coach Dari has been encouraging me to try run/walking, and last night, coach Bethany succeeded in getting me to actually do it. For my hard speed workout half miles, I did intervals of one minute of running and two minutes of walking.

Also this week, we did the Poland Springs NYC Marathon Kickoff 5 mile race in Central Park on Sunday. Fortunately, my friend Liz was walking with me, or I would've slacked off a bit. It was a pretty intense workout, but the weather was gorgeous and most of my team mates were there at the finish line (which is the SAME finish line that will be crossed by those running the NYC Marathon on Sunday) to cheer for us. I had this GREAT finish line "TA-DA!" pose, but for some reason, it never made it to the race photo site. I wasn't the only one minus a finish line photo, so I guess it's nothing personal. I finished in 1:17:48, with an average pace of 15:33 according to the NYRR official results. Not too shabby!

The race was an excellent opportunity to put my new asics 2150s to the test. These were suggested to me by the staff at Urban Athletics, as a lighter version of the asics Gel Kahana 3s that got me through last year's marathon. They are PERFECT! Even more perfect, is that they were on sale for 50% off for Team in Training members!