the road to new york
Been a busy weekend, running and otherwise…
Yesterday: Ran the 10k in the morning, a solid 35:28 (5:42/mile pace) tired and sore from the past couple weeks’ training, 12 miles total including the warm and cool down. Came in 3rd overall, 2nd male – 2nd place went to a female, Allie Kieffer, no ordinary female runner. Allie, a former Wake Forest standout, is a top national class runner who recently moved to Buffalo. She caught me with about a mile to go, I was able to stay with her and her beautiful running form til the final quarter mile when she kicked away to finish in 35:16. Felt good to be able to stay with her in the final mile. Oh, and the winner was Mark Andrews, in 33:50, a USATF masters champion in the 5k and 10k. Was amazing to be in such elite company in a local race!
Then in the afternoon, went on a lovely hike with my son in the Niagara Gorge near the Falls (see photos). A hike we’ve done often ever since he was small, was a wonderful thing to do before he heads back to NYC for college this Thursday.
Today: Tired from yesterday’s full day of fitness, went for a 16 miler. A tough one after yesterday’s hard run. Now I know I’m ‘in it,’ fully in what I call ‘the cave’ of constant fatigue and soreness of marathon training. Won’t be out of it til tapering.