4:30 or Bust: A Quest for Marathon Mediocrity

Sunday morning run

with 3 comments

Dragged my butt out of bed at 6:30 this morning and was out the door at 7:15 for a nice 10.3 mile tour of Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens.  Have a full plate of familiy activites today, so my only real chance to get a 10 miler in was first thing this morning.  Despite the cold (25 as I headed out the door), I forged ahead.  Went with the 3rd shirt layer for the first time this year.  Also had 2 pairs of gloves and 2 ear coverings.  I feel badly for the people running in the Philadelphia Marathon today.  That race started at 7am and so I’m sure was very uncomfortable.  

Felt very sluggish in the early miles today.  Not sure if it is because of the extra layers, not eating anything this morning, the cold, the early start, or all of the above.  I did bring a Gu with me and felt a lot better after eating it at about 5 miles into the run.

The fun part of today’s run was the 3 times I crossed paths with the New York City Marathon ‘blue line’.  I wasn’t really thinking about it, and so was suprised at the first encounter.  That was on McGuiness Blvd and Greenpoint Ave.  Hit the line again on 21st St in Long Island City as I was approaching the Queensboro Bridge.  Just reminded me how strange the Queens portion of the marathon in.  My run today, and the marathon course, both travel over the Pulaski Bridge and the Queensboro Bridge.  My route is very direct, and the marathon course is roundabout.  When I crossed the blue line on 21st St, it was heading in the opposite direction!  The final time I hit the line was after getting off the Queensboro Bridge and heading down 1st Ave.  Looking forward to running again next year.  I’ll get an automatic entry after I fulfill my volunteer obligation.  I’ll be volunteering at the Joe Kleinerman 10K on 12/7.

My final time on the 10.3 mile run was 1:36:54, a pace of 9:24.  Not bad at all considering the cold, early start, and breeze.


Written by SCL

November 23, 2008 at 2:04 pm

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  1. actually, the philly race wasn’t bad. it was about 28 degrees, no wind. three miles in, i had to ditch the gloves and hat.


    November 24, 2008 at 7:00 pm

  2. Hey, would love to know what route you ran for this 10-miler. I live in Sunnyside Queens & it sounds like I could adapt your route.


    November 30, 2008 at 6:44 pm

  3. The map of the route is at http://www.mapmyrun.com/run/united-states/new-york/239559398346.

    After Williamsburg, I sometimes take Manhattan Ave to Greenpoint Ave to McGuiness, rather than McGuiness Blvd all the way. McGuiness is sometimes a car speedway and there is not a lot of room on the side for runners.

    Otherwise, I really enjoy this loop.


    November 30, 2008 at 10:29 pm

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