Sunday, January 27, 2008

13.1 - Update

Well I did it... I joined 5,000 runners in Central Park knocked off a Half Marathon for my first race of the year.

As planned, I didn't go all out for this one. Instead I set a moderate-fast pace early and hit the cruise control, picking off the miles at a consistent pace of 7:15 – 7:30 per.

Thanks to Sempre Libera for the shout-out on the East Side somewhere around Mile 10 or 11. That gave me the extra umph to pick up the pace and finish a few steps ahead of NYRR President & CEO, Mary Wittenberg... Sweet!

From a confidence boosting perspective I am pretty pleased with this race. It proved that I could run a decent pace (for me) over a long and somewhat hilly course. On the other hand I regret not going a just a little faster...

Since, I’ve realized that my fitness is not what it used to be as evidenced by a wicked-bad case of Delayed Onset Soreness. My quads and calves are particularly displeased with the effort.

“Sometimes it is harder to deprive oneself of a pain than of a pleasure.”
F. Scott Fitzgerald

11 comments:

Just12Finish said...

I wish I could do that pace. And run with Wittenberg. You're a stud!

13akbal said...

Good job! Nice way to start out the new year.

DebbieJRT said...

oh to be able to do sub 8 minute miles and call it 'an easy pace' Looking good!

Morrissey said...

Wittenberg she's hot....... even my dad has a crush on her haha

the_ubster said...

I wonder if I could keep that pace for one mile... great job!

JustRun said...

Nice! Way to go, dude!

miss petite america said...

dude! you lok so serious! or perhaps that's your ass kicking face...

Ginger Breadman said...

I love that your muscles were a little displeased. That's good sometimes - leaves you wanting a little more I think - helps you set a few goals. Great job getting out there and doing the half in the middle of winter - it's inspiring!

nyflygirl said...

yay for beating queen mary :-D

chelle said...

Quads and calves. I'm so totally with you on that. ouch.

Anonymous said...

My quads are a bit sore since I started to run again. Never had that problem before. I guess it's a sign I need to ease in slowly!! Keep up the great running and get ready for tri-season!!!!
Janine