I am still in my pajamas. Kind of pathetic? Yes…although in my defense I did drag my butt out of bed at 6:30 this morning to run in the freaking freezing cold. I got up, did the race, came home, showered, went straight for the PJs and bed and haven’t looked back since!
This was the NYRR Fred Lebow Classic – 5 miles. Basically an abbreviated loop around Central Park. It’s a good thing it wasn’t any longer than five miles, or I don’t think I would have made it out of bed! I’ve been kind of under the weather the last couple of days and seriously the only thing that separated me from the covers this morning was telling myself that it was only five miles.
Like the race I did in December, I was kind of shocked at how many people were there. I know NYC is a huge city and NYRR is a huge organization, but it still floors me when I see thousands of people show up in 15 degree weather at 8 AM on a Saturday to run a race! Actually aside from being bone-chilling cold, it was a beautiful morning – crisp and clear. I am NOT a morning person AT ALL, but I have to admit there is something wonderful about being up to see the sun rise on a clear morning. (Not so wonderful that I’m willing to do it more than, say, once a month. But still.)
All things considered, I’m happy with how I ran. Feeling as crappy as I was, I really thought I might be literally jogging it, but after the first mile I managed to settle into a decent tempo pace and get a pretty good workout in. Once again, crowding at the start was a major pain in the ass and the first mile of the race was a frustrating mess of trying to get around people. I don’t know if this is just an inevitability of running races here – I guess the only thing I can really do about it is get faster so that I can get a better start position, huh?
Since it was a short race, I was home by 9:30 and showered, re-pajama’d and back in bed by 10. The rest of my day has been a glorious hodgepodge of napping, reading, snuggling with the kitties and watching football.
Race: Fred Lebow Classic 5M
Date: January 9, 2010
Conditions: Cold (15F), clear and sunny
Mile Pace: 7:48
Overall place (all): 772 /3,370
Overall place (females): 117/1,511
Age group place (F 25-29): 32/372
Today’s EAT: Hubs and I ordered a large pie from Joe’s Pizza for dinner. Pizza and football go together so well!
Today’s DRINK: I’m sipping on a Heiniken Light, because beer and football also go together so well….but probably just one for me. Still feeling kinda crappy.
Today’s RUN: Between the race and an extended cool-down jog, which was mostly me searching (unsuccessfully) for a place to buy a cup of hot tea for the subway ride home, I covered about 7 miles today. Taking tomorrow off of running and going to yoga at my gym!