Monday, October 09, 2006

Too Cold; Too Hot; Just Right

OK, so in my last post when I flippantly asked if anyone wanted to join me for a run in Central Park Sunday morning, I wasn't expecting so many of you to show up. Wow, such a big response!


Apparently, there was a NYC Marathon 18-mile tune-up race in Central Park. They started about 20 minutes before I did. The leaders passed just as I started (20 minutes into their race). The racers were doing 3 6-mile loops around the park. I did 2 loops (12 miles). I got lapped by the winner just a bit before their finish line (I was about 2 miles into my second loop). The guy went by me so fast -- amazing.

This One Is Too Cold

The first time I went to NYC I tried to run in Central Park but they had a record blizzard that weekend. Something like 27 inches of snow. I didn't even make it out to the park.

This One Is Too Hot

The next time I went to NYC, I got to the park. It was freaking hot. This was last July. I did 15 miles and it really wiped me out.

This One Is Just Right

Yesterday morning was just right for running. A nice and cool Autumn morning. I ran outside the race course markings and didn't even drink any of their gatorade (there are sufficient water fountains in the park).

I averaged 9:14 pace for the 12 miles. I had hoped I would be a little faster, but the park does have its hills and they did have some impact. But I felt very good after the run.

Interestingly, my split for the first 6-mile loop was 55:24. My split for the second 6-mile loop was 55:24. Don't think I could do that again if I tried; but glad to see I ran consistently.

Will post again with some pics from other activities of the weekend.


Blogger Tammy said...

Haha.. didn't know you had so many New Yorker bloggy friends, did you?

Remember to email me your address if you want your prize! :)

10/09/2006 6:46 PM  
Blogger olga said...

Happy b-day, Kurt! I remember that 18 mile tune-up in NYC, i did it too:) Fun!

10/10/2006 11:29 AM  

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