Because of that pesky calf injury I haven’t been running as consistently as I would have liked. With Miami two weeks away it was starting to worry me a bit.
This week was my peak week in training and I can happily report that I was able to indeed make this my peak week capping it off with a 13 mile long run today, 10 of which were a part of the NYCRuns Inaugural Central Park 10 Miler.
If you race in the New York City area you know this is a rare race distance. NYRR only has the one in the Bronx and that was new this past year and the Prospect Park Track Club sponsors one every February.
Today I felt the lack of consistency in my running during my last mile of the race. I was an idiot. I said I wasn’t racing it but I ran my first mile in 10:28. Things just got slower from there on. The good thing is that for the first half of the race I was running at my half marathon goal pace.
It was great to get the rolling hills of Central Park as part of this long run so I really got to test my calf while pushing up the hills and I can happily say that my calf didn’t bother me at all. That is a nice confidence booster going into this final week of training with speed work and the such.
The race was really nice with the smaller field and the awesome hot chocolate at the finish — the perfect recovery drink for a long run in winter. But seriously, thank you for the warmish temps in January.
Oh, and I should mention that I got a PR today by a whole two minutes. I will thank that 10:28 first mile for that.
Now I turn my complete focus on Miami. I will be in my happy zone weather-wise and look forward to running on the course again. I need this warm weather and sun and women wearing just sports bras and booty shorts.
Congratulations on your PR!