Louise: Let me start by saying that as of Saturday, I was only planning on going to brunch after Pam ran this race. I was going to cheer her on and have a mimosa that I totally would not have earned. I spoke with Pam right before going for my long run on Saturday (scheduled to be a 105 minute progression run) and she casually questioned “why not just run the half tomorrow”. With that, Pam somehow convinced me to sign up for Sunday’s race. On Saturday. I think there was a lesson about peer pressure that I missed…
After signing up, I continued with my Saturday plans to venture into the city. First, I picked up our race bibs and t-shirts. The NYRR running annex made this process such a breeze. I was in and out in less than 5 minutes- got in line, grabbed our shirts, scanned both QR codes from my phone, and had the bibs in hand. Next up: WeBleedBlue.com was having a viewing party for the New York Rangers’ playoff game! If you know me, you know I love hockey. Knowing I was using this half as a training race, I continued about my Saturday and maybe didn’t hydrate as I should have. Open bar, need I say more?
Bright and early on Sunday morning, we took the train to Manhattan and scooted up to Central Park. The sun had come up and it was going to be a gorgeous day in New York City- the warmest day of spring without a cloud in the sky! We found the bag check and porta-potties with ease and prepped ourselves for our race. Shoes tied, bibs attached, Gu in pockets, music ready.
Pam: Okay wait let’s talk about the porta potties. Literally I felt like I hit the jackpot. Not only was there not a line but for the first time in my running career I was the first person to use the porta. As in I had to lift the lid up and open the toilet paper (which was unusually tricky and took probably more than a minute to accomplish). This may not seem like an event to celebrate but ask any runner and I am POSITIVE they have some nightmarish stories to tell you. I knew this was a sign that it was going to be a big day.
After Louise signed up on Saturday with promises of free water, a shiny new medal, and tough hills perfect for training, I offered to run the race together. That’s one of the things I love about running, sometimes it’s not about the time on the clock but the experiences you share. I was already treating this as a long training run so the opportunity to run the race with a bestie was too good to pass up. With time no longer a focus, I set other goals for the race. I wanted to 1) pace the hills so that the last one felt as strong as the first (which is why when Louise took off up the first hill I was like “what are you doingggg? we have 10 more of these bad boys today!) 2) fuel appropriately with my water/gu schedule and 3) encourage Louise and have fun. Throughout the race, we high fived after we conquered big hills, she sang me lines from her playlist, and I threw out motivational one liners. Around mile 10, I was feeling the energy of being only a 5k away from the finish line and I knew it was time to pick up the pace a little. At this point, I couldn’t tell if Louise was blocking me out, wanting to kill me for convincing her to do this, or enjoying my motivation. I’m still not sure what she actually was thinking. LOL. With .05 left to go we grabbed each others hands and crossed the finish line together exactly how we had started. I couldn’t be more proud of her and a 2:05 for 2 laps in Central Park with a best friend is a successful day in my book.
Louise: Ready for my thoughts! Remember, I signed up for this on Saturday. Luckily, my PIC decided we should run together and I am sooo glad we did! She paced me through the hills of Central Park and encouraged me the whole time. Running it alone would have been pretty tough mentally, but I conquered those hills and can’t wait to take on Brooklyn!
13.1 Thoughts for 13.1 Miles:
- Aaaaand we are off! Okay let’s find a rhythm, bob and weave through some people, and I could use some water…
- First hill- let’s crush it! Uh-oh, Pam’s yelling at me for picking up the pace there. Don’t wanna die yet!
- Pam! Guess what song I’m listening to! *Singing Britney Spears* Cause now I’m stronger than yesterday, now it’s nothing but my wayyyy
- Harlem Hill… Okay. You’ve got this. You did it before. Like 2 years ago. It’s going to be fine. So fine. It’s really fine. It’s fine…
- Alright, I can roll with these roOoOolling hills.
- BOOM. One lap done. And would you look at all these cute guys! I bet none of them have girlfriends. They’re here to cheer me on. I mean, who doesn’t love a marathon on a Sunday morning?!
- Pam! Guess what just came on my playlist! …No guesses? *Singing/gasping for air* Stacy’s mom has got it going on, she’s all I want and I’ve waited for so longgg
- “Hello Upper East Siders. Gossip Girl here. Your one and only source into the scandalous lives of Manhattan’s elite”
- This hill again… Can we not?! OH. MY. QUAD.
- I think I blacked out here… but I was definitely anticipating another lap passed all the cute guys in the park
- Oh hi Gianna! Where did you come from? Why are you guys running so fast?!
- STACY’S MOM HAS GOT IT GOING ONNN
- Halleluia! This is the most beautiful mile marker I have ever seen! I’m gonna touch it… Oops I missed.
13.1 Hold my hand! Yessss the finish line.
Until next time,
Xo Pam & Louise