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Running in Central Park

Posted by katrinwolfe on Jan 9, 2011 1:13:19 PM

This is week 2 of marathon training.  This week was harder due to some challenges during work.  I was at work way longer than I needed to be and was not able to start my workouts when I wanted.  To make things more interesting I had a weekend trip to New York City.  I was able to get most of my times in during week.  I had to shorten one of my days because of some work demands.  Instead of having my rest day being Sunday, I made it Friday.  Friday was my travel day and I did not want to rush too much trying to get a run in because I had to leave early in the morning.  I run Saturday morning before we started our day.  My long run was a lot of fun because I was able to do it in Central Park in a race with the New York Road Runner's.  It was a lot of fun to run the whole park.  My long run was this week was suppose to be 6 miles but I decided to do the 5 mile race instead.  I like to get some road races in during my training.  The mileage was so close it worked perfect.  I did the race with three of my friends from college.  The race started on the east side of the park and looped the whole park.  The weather was very cold and windy.  The temperature was about 20 degrees at the 8am start.  The water for the stations was frozen sometimes when you got there.  I actually decided not to drink at the stations because of the frozen water.  I loved the race.  It never felt too cold.  Sometimes when a gust came through it was tough.  I finished the race in 46:17 my fastest 5 mile race.  I was excited with the results.  Hopefully, soon I will be near 45 minutes.  When the race was finished the weather was tough.  My group forgot a change of clothes which is not a good decision.  We just did not think about it.  That was not fun but we managed.  We celebrated the race with a nice breakfast in the Upper East Side.  Good food for a good race.

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