So my husband ran the Brooklyn Half Marathon Saturday morning. He is such an inspiration. I have never been a runner (he ran cross country in high school and has been running ever since), but I have been trying to pick it up. I have been doing a walk-run program (of my own design) to slowly increase my amount of running. I go for 30 minutes and vary the amount of running in a 5 minute segment (started with 4 walk and 1 run). I now am up to 2 minutes of walk and 3 minutes of run, then repeat. I used to be up to 4 minutes of run with 1 walk, but this winter derailed me with several foot/heal injuries and I had to restart in March. As soon as it starts to feel easy, I finish out the week (I usually run M, W, F and do Pilates on T, R) and up it the next week.
Well, back to my husband who was amazing Saturday morning. He had a goal of running a 7:45 average pace. And he did! He actually ended up running a 7:42 average pace. There were a total of 40,000 people entered in the race and about 25,000 actually completed (many didn't show up at all). But it was really fun; the course gave many opportunities to see the runners. And the morning was beautiful; perfect conditions for running (cool and low humidity) and the course was mostly in the shade. I dropped him off at security and walked to the 1.5 mile marker. And to my surprise (it was at a cool circle with a huge monument) there was a farmer's market going on and there was a GF baker! So I got an apple muffin for breakfast and waited for the race to start.
|Monument at the Circle|
|GF Baker at the Farmer's Market|
|Start of the race with a truck that shows the elapsed time|
|The Speedsters: the 1st place winner had a time around an hour, CRAZY|
|Finsihed in 1:42:06!|
Then we took the train back to his sister's apartment, had lunch at a deli and rested and relaxed. His sister took us to dinner at an amazing taco place and the food was great. All the tacos were GF and delicious!
Then early to bed to leave at 6am for the Tournament of Champions!!!