Last night I mapped out a six mile route on mapmyrun.com. This morning, I woke up, had a cup of green tea, a cracker with PB and a few raisins (I don't have time for tea before my weekday runs). My stomach was feeling a bit uneasy, which was weighing on my mind a little. I had a plan for my morning and I didn't want my stomach to get in the way. I stretched, got my stuff together and headed out the door.
My goal was to run six miles (the longest yet post-injury) but my route would let me finish earlier if I needed to. I didn't want to though. I explored a bit more of Tribeca than I have on past runs and ran along the river through the promenade, Battery Park, and up the east side to South Street Seaport. I loved seeing so many other runners out this morning and the air was perfect.
The last few blocks went by quickly as I picked up the pace. I prefer starting my runs on the conservative side when it comes to pacing. The first half mile or so has been a warm-up recently and then my legs get used to the movement. But I've been keeping my pace pretty slow until I'm on the homestretch and then I pick it up. I push hard to the end but I know I could pick up my pace earlier in the run and be just fine. Tomorrow morning I'm going to run to yoga and push my pace as much as I can. It's only a little over a mile to get there and at that time of the morning on Sunday the sidewalks of Soho are still managable so I think this will be a good time to test my speed.
I finished the 6 miles and felt really good. My legs felt great, my heart was pumping and I felt like I could go farther! Success!! To make the end even better, I finished near a little farmers market set up by the Andaz Wall Street hotel each Saturday morning and picked up a few apples and a green pepper. I love that there's this little market in the middle of skyscrapers!
Now I'm going to fill the rest of my day with random things until the MSU football game tonight against Notre Dame! Go Spartans!!
Do you have tea or coffee before you run?
workout stats -
3x10 lat pull downs
3x10 weighted side bends
stretching and balanace exercises