Saturday, I ended up doing 11 miles, to make up for the 11 miler I didn't complete after last week's Queens 10k. Originally, I was just going to tack the 5 extra miles to the 4 I was supposed to do, but I wanted to get the mental strength of an 11 miler under my belt.
Lucky for me, NYRR was having a Long Training Run. This was a non-timed/scored training run that had course support. You could run anywhere from 6 to 20 miles. They had a map for how to get all of your miles in- 1 full loop (6), 2 middle and lowers (5 each) and 1 middle (4). I decided to rock the first 2, which would get me my 11 miles.
The run started by 102nd St. on the east side. The transverse was used as a regrouping area after each loop, complete
with port-a-potties, water, gatorade and energy gels to grab on your way
out for your next loop. There was also a med tent, where I saw a lot of
iced knees. They had water stations along the course as well as sprinklers. Pace leaders were provided by the
New York Flyers running group in case you wanted to run with a group,
too. They were every 30 seconds up to 11 minute miles. I was a little
nervous being a lot slower than that, but there were people in the back
with me doing their own thing, too.
Can they please do this more than twice a year
during NYCM training? It was really nice to have an organized relaxed
run in the park. The weather could not have been better for July; it ended up being a beautiful day for a run (that's what a 7 day heatwave will do to you!).
I'm glad I had something structured to make me get out of bed early and
be there for. As much as I like getting a long run done before 10AM,
getting out of bed before 4AM can be quite brutal.
I believe the next training run is actually a full 18Mile Tune-Up. It is scored and timed, so to get the full credit, you have to finish (or at least, cross the finish line.) I did that one last year and
I can say, I totally prefer the non-scored version. It's a lot less
pressure especially if it's supposed to be a training run.