A Girl Runs in Brooklyn

The Journey of a Thousand Miles Begins with a Single Step

I am a crazy person…but I survived a long run in a heat index of 98 degrees

On Sunday, somehow survived 13 solo miles with a temperature of 87 and a “real feel” of 98 by the time I finished (and not all that much better when I started). I made a huge “oops” and forgot to set an alarm the night before after getting home late from a baseball game and didn’t wake up until 9:00, and by the time I ate breakfast, got dressed, got out the door, and got to the park I wanted to run in that is a half hour away (there is no shade in the running route by my apartment), it was after 10:00 and already hot and humid, with a heat advisory in effect :(.

I was determined to make it 13 miles anyway though!! Took it slow, and was thankful to be running in a place with a lot of shade (taking the extra half hour to head to Prospect Park was a good idea!), and tons of drinking fountains to refill my water bottles 100 times and rewet my EnduraCool cooling towel (which was amazing by the way, it was my first time using it!!) I gave up caring and took off my shirt sometime in the 7th mile and ran in just a sports bra (never thought I’d do that but I certainly wasn’t the only woman in the park doing the same thing). My 4th time up the huge hill during the 12th mile took a ton of mental toughness but I got up it without taking a walk break even though I wanted to. This was one of my hardest runs ever but I did it. So 5 marathon paced miles yesterday in pouring rain and 13 mile long run today in 98 degree weather…..who’s dumb idea was marathon training anyway?!?!? Also, never ever ever sleeping in on a hot day again. Starting at 5am next time haha

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Me right after finishing 13 miles. Sticking my tongue out to the heat and humidity....couldn't manage a smile here yet haha

Me right after finishing 13 miles. Sticking my tongue out to the heat and humidity….couldn’t manage a smile here yet haha

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Relaxing and stretching under a tree post run….finally able to manage a smile….I did it!

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Recovery :)

Recovery 🙂

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Random musings from my training run tonight

Beginning my 3rd week of marathon training, I went for a run this evening on my usual running route. It is on a path right along the water. That water being the Verrazano Narrows, which is located south of Manhattan after the East River and Hudson Rivers combine, flowing down to the Atlantic Ocean a couple more miles south. The water often can become very rough, as often that area is notorious for wind whipping through it. The wind that can be painful and unbearable in the winter, and refreshing in the summer…..was not present tonight. The water was eerily calm. Waves that can sometimes angrily crash onto the rocks next to the jogging path, and often spray water up and over the rail that separates the path from the rocks below, were not to be seen tonight, the water was almost completely still, looking like a sheet of glass. The Verrazano Narrows is an active shipping channel, and in the morning, many boats come through, but tonight, not one. The water was completely peaceful. I was running right at dusk, my favorite time to run in the summer. The heat of the sun is gone, and it is dark but not black. Tonight, it was the calm between the storms. It had rained most of the day, and thunderstorms threatened for the overnight, but there was not a cloud to be seen, the stars were out and so was everyone else. There was a free concert in the park adjacent to the path, and the music from the cover band could be heard. There were tons of runners, walkers, roller bladers, cyclists, fishermen, couples on evening strolls, and families with children on scooters and bikes, enjoying the time between the storms on what turned out to be a lovely summer evening. I was doing a 4 mile out and back run. First, I was running towards the Verrazano Bridge. The lights were on and the bridge looked majestic against the darkening sky, perfectly reflected in the still water below it. Doing most of my daily training runs with the Verrazano Bridge as the backdrop helps motivate me for marathon training. That bridge is the start of the race, and I will run over it in 16 short weeks. After my Garmin beeped for mile #2, I turned around. As I rounded a curve, the Statue of Liberty came into view, all lit up in her glory. As I further rounded the bend, the Manhattan Skyline came into view, all the lights lit up, the spires of the Freedom Tower and the Empire State Building twinkling. For some reason, tonight I was acutely tuned into my surroundings. Into the running path that I am on so often that I sometimes don’t take the time to fully appreciate the view. I felt privileged and lucky to be on this run tonight. Too frequently I am thinking about how hot it is, my pace, all the things I have to do that day, work stress, or chatting with a running partner. Tonight, I just appreciated being out there.

Photo not taken by me, but this is exactly what the bridge looked like tonight. Taken by Louisa Caragan

Photo not taken by me, but this is exactly what the bridge looked like tonight. Taken by Louisa Caragan

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NYC Marathon Training has begun!

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At 18 weeks out from the NYC Marathon, I begun my 18 week training plan yesterday, officially, with a 4 mile run with a furry friend 🙂

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