The start was by the World Financial Center with thousands of others ready to tackle the narrow, pothole, slick streets. I got as far as I could up front but still managed to be stuck behind walkers! As I started running, I remember looking around and thinking "wow, this is really cool." We ran by the WTC site, Wall Street, FRB-NY, amongst other heavy hitters for our American economy. As you can see from my Garmin, it went a bit nuts. At least it didn't have me running in the water. I've had that happen before. However, rest assured I didn't run onto the FDR Drive.
I felt pretty good during the race and passed RK and flygirl along the way. I even ran into an old TRD teammate, Marco.
My splits? Your guess is as good as mine as the mileage from my watch said I had run 3.42 miles which is completely wrong. It was a 3 mile race. My time came to 22:13 (my watch said 20;06 which I knew was wrong!), or a 7:24 pace. Not too bad. I had to slow on the turns big time otherwise there would have been a down goes uptowngirl going on.
After the race, I headed to a local watering hole for some liquid refreshment. Good time had by all and I think I'll make sure to include this run next year. It's really a lot of fun to run around the streets down there. It kind of reminded me like a scene from Pamplona and running with the bulls, only this time it was people!
140 days til Chicago! Official training starts June 9th. I'm bringing the Pfitzinger book to my parents with me to start studying the plan. I signed up for the Philly Distance Run on September 21st. I also signed up for the 5:30AM (yes, AM!) race on June 4th. Needless to say, I may be dragging at work a bit that day.