Another Busy Weekend!
After an awesome day of relaxation on Friday, we were off to the Around the Lake Marathon in Wakefield, MA that night ready for a 7pm start. Unfortunately a really bad storm came in just after 6 and the race was delayed until 8pm. Thankfully the storm actually cooled things down a good bit though. We were off and running at 8, and there was just a bit of light left in the day. This was a 3.1something mile loop around a lake that we ran 8 times plus a little extra. Certainly not the most exciting course in the world, but at least there was a great cheering section every 3 miles or so. The miles seemed to disappear into the night sky as I just cruised along. I met up with Chris from nearby who is planning to run with me in NH on Tuesday, and we cruised together for the first half or so, until he had to drop back a bit with stomach problems. I finished up right at 4 hours, stretched a bit, changed clothes, and we were off and rolling to NYC a little before 1am. I got a quick massage in the car, iced my knees, and slept the best I could til we made it to our hotel at about 4:30am. A one hour sleep in a bed, and we were off to run again in NYC. A little late for our 6:30am start time, we met Warren Greene, an editor from Runner's World in the lobby waiting patiently for us. We went down to Central Park and started the GPS, and were off. It was a 6 mile loop, so we ran it 4 times, plus an extra 2.2 at the end. It was a lot of fun running with Warren- we had a great time clicking off the miles together, and he even interviewed me a bit while we ran with a small mp3 recorder- pretty cool. So footage from that should be up on runnersworld.com fairly soon I guess. The temp started to get a little warm toward the end, and humidity was strong, but we made it through. The hills in Central Park were more plentiful than I'd really expected, but it was a beautiful day and there were a plethora of people out running, walking, biking, blading, etc., so a very exciting run. One of Kirsten's friends Micah came out to cheer us on too- great to meet him as well. We finished up just as the heat was really starting to crank up, got some lunch, went through the massage/ice/shower ritual, and hopped in a cab to Laguardia airport. After 20 minutes or so of textbook New York cabbie driving with all of us holding on to anything we possibly could for support, we were at the airport and going. Our flights were pretty uneventful- into Detroit, then up to Saginaw, where we rented a car, had a good dinner, and were off to bed for a few hours.
Got to get on another plane now, but will update on today's run as soon as I can!