To finish the Memorial Sloan Kettering’s Fred’s Team Presents Grete’s Great Gallop half marathon was a goal I had set for myself back in May 2015. I didn’t think I could do it in October 2015, so I didn’t sign up for the run. However, this year I signed up and told myself whether I run, walk or crawl.. I’m going to pass that finish line.
It shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone, but sleep is the most important thing for a run! The night before the run was my friend’s wedding, and some of my friends and I went bowling afterwards at around 11pm. A huge part of me knew I was going to regret it in the morning but I really wanted to hang out with the boys and thought, “Oh heck, I’ll be fine!” (Don’t be like me, get an adequate amount of sleep – your body will thank you). I didn’t get home until close to 2:30am. Slept around 3am and woke up at 7am for the run that started at 8am. When the alarm went off, I really wanted to continue sleeping. But almost immediately I snapped out of it and thought to myself, “Get dressed! Let’s go! You can sleep later.”
I ate a slice of whole wheat toast with peanut butter. I made it to Central Park early enough to wait in my corral, in time for the National Anthem and actually had more energy than I expected to have!
So normally I start my run with music already playing and my earbuds in, but this time I wanted to experiment what it would be like to start out with the energy of the crowd at the start line who were cheering the runners on. I had read about this being a great natural boost of adrenaline that works for some people. About 10 minutes in, the crowd now far out of sight, I knew I needed music. Ugh. I had accidentally swiped and closed my music app and couldn’t get any music to play which was really frustrating while trying to pace and find my breathing rhythm. However, I had all this momentum built up and knew if I stopped, it would be extremely hard to start up again. My strategy usually is to push myself to jog for as long as I can without walking. So I went without music for maybe another 10 minutes, and finally, after hearing myself breathing for far too long, I found a playlist and had music to keep me going.
By mile 9, I was so hungry. $3 hot dog for the win!
I said I wasn’t going to run anymore, but I did start to jog again after reaching mile 12.
For someone with only 4 hours of sleep and no training, 3:15:40 isn’t so bad I guess. Just glad I got my bagel.
Another one for the #avahsbagelcollection 🙂