The 18 on Saturday certainly was a war of attrition. It was brutal! I started at 6:30am knowing that later in the day 95 degrees loomed! You know how you start to run and you can tell it's not going to be a good one? That was this one. Not good when it's 18 on the plate. I actually felt pretty awful for the last 6-7 miles and that's with taking 2 gus. Fortunately with the help of the group run I had a couple of great friends drag me through the last portion of the run. I could tell how bad it got since my ankles/lower legs were caked in dirt which means I had issues picking up the legs.
Yesterday I volunteered for the NYC Triathlon! What an amazing experience. I was by the Swim/Bike Transition. It was pretty amazing to watch people run along the west side path in BARE FEET to head out for a 25 mile bike ride. It made me realize I never want to swim in the Hudson, EVER! First, every person coming out was b**ching about the jellyfish whether they swam through a sea of them or got stung! Yuck. Second, some came out with a lovely Hudson River mustache. Yikes! Although one of my friends suggested perhaps you get a facial from the oils in there? Kind of like a mud bath? Hmm, not sure how much I buy of that! Anyway, I was in charge of making sure no one crossed over into the bike lane and vice versa. After everyone left from the yellow transition, I filled Accelerade cups like it was my job (well, it was for the morning!). I tried it again and I'm still not a fan! Congrats to all that raced yesterday. Looked for Josh out there but didn't see him - sounds like he was going too fast for me to see him!
This week marks a reduction of mileage to somewhat prepare for the 1/2 on Sunday morning. I'm looking to get a good run in - and look at it as a preparation for October. I'll keep an eye on the forecast but I'd love to shoot for 1:45. We'll see how I feel as the week goes on.