Week 1: Yeah, I’ll start off the season with a race

Week 1 of training for the NYC Marathon.  This is where it starts.  *slowly inhales*

Why not enter the largest 10k race?  Hello Peachtree Road Race.  (And also one of the main reasons I’m missing Anime Expo.  The other being I need to save money)

(apparently I can’t embed iFrames. What kind of bs is that WordPress?)

While the words “Cardiac Hill” were a bit menacing and the humidity was above my standards (hint:  non existent) the run itself wasn’t too bad.  Slightly downhill for the first 3 miles, “Cardiac Hill” followed by another incline section till mile 5.  The thing that threw me off was the final hill heading into the finish line at Piedmont Park.  I was already picking up my pace (slightly) after mile 5, but I had to just dial a back down a bit or else major cramp-age was about to hill.  The weather at the start was nice.  A cool 77 ish with a slight breeze coming into you face.  However the later half was pretty brutal.  The already high humidity with no breeze was a bit much.  Although I have been running more after work lately, I’ve only ran them at a conservative pace for low ish mileage.  Also it didn’t help that my left foot began to go numb for a bit at mile 4, but feeling returned at mile 5 (whew).  I saw the sign for mile 6, and pretty much ramped up my stride.

Now, 6 miles was supposed to be my long run for the week (Saturday), but I think I’ll do a shuffle of the runs just this once.  I have three 3 mile runs lined up and a session of cross-training for this week.  The new Brooks Gel Cumulus 17 feel great, but I may go for an even lighter shoe once I sort out my form and build a stronger core.

Huzzah Progress!