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Monday, September 19, 2011

23 Miles and a Possible Golden Shower in NYC

Me & My Group at the turnaround point of our 23 mile run on 9/17
This past Saturday, I matched my longest training run of all time, 23 miles.  In 2006, 22 miles was my longest training run, so I surpassed that.  In 2007, I did 23 miles, but I went out too fast and walked it in the last 5 miles (that one goes down as one of my all time worst training runs).  Training for Disney in 2009, I ran 23 miles twice, and did fine with both.  Thankfully, this one was more like 2009!  It was ideal running weather, with temps around 51 degrees at the start of the run and about 57 degrees at the end.  We started in the dark, at 4:45am, and finished up around 10:30.  We stopped a few times, so our average pace was about 14 minutes per mile.

I've always been a big fan of running before sunrise, since the miles tick away before you even realize it.  However, with sunrise at about 7am right now, we spent a really long time in the dark, and we were past mile marker 8 when I finally was able to take off my head lamp.  Our beloved NCR trail has taken a beating with a hurricane and massive amounts of flooding, so it was tough to spot the obstacles in the early morning darkness.  Big patches of mud that we seemed "unable" to avoid going north turned out to be no big deal as we headed south - we just couldn't see the way through because it was dark.  We have only one more dark run left - 25-26 miles on October 1 - and I'll be glad to be returning to all daylight runs after that.  I've had quite enough, thanks.

Then... the marathon.  I received my bib number and corral placement last week.  I am in Corral #65 - out of 66.  I was kind of like, wow, I know I'm slow, but my projected finish time for this race is almost an hour faster than my first marathon...  There aren't any walkers in NYC???  It was just farther back than I expected.  To make matters worse, I'm going to be crossing the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge on the bottom level.  What does that mean, you ask?

The good news: Being on the bottom level, the bridge will not be as steep or as long for me as it will be for the people on the upper deck.

The bad news: I'm probably going to get peed on.

Yes, that's what happens folks.  Men who run marathons tend to pee everywhere.  When you start your race at Marine Corps, look to the left, look to the right.  You'll see men on the side of the road, just peeing on everything.  I mean, LOTS of them.  They are not to be missed!  The same thing happens in New York, but the start of the race isn't wooded like MCM.  Oh no, we're on the bridge, and the upper deck men just pee off the side.  I'm on the lower deck, so I need to prepare myself for a nice golden shower.

So gross.

But, it happens, I guess, and I had thought maybe I'd be on the lower deck.  So, I'll try to stay up wind??  And, while Googling this (since I had to know - does this really happen (It does)) - I came across this video of Paula Radcliffe stopping to pee during the 2005 London Marathon, which she went on to win.  That's right - I just linked to a video of Paula Radcliffe peeing.  What else do people expect of me?

Once again, I should remind you that the Go Girl exists and is small enough to carry with you during a race!

On that note, here is a SUPERB New York City Marathon video - a must watch for anyone running the race!!!


New York City Marathon Short Film from ToKeepAndBear on Vimeo.

4 comments:

James said...

Ha! Men really do pee everywhere (not that I do). When I ran the Army 10 Miler last year there were a ton of guys pulling off into the bushes near the Lincoln Memorial just peeing away.

Kandi said...

I hope you can avoid a golden shower! Yuck

Kitzzy said...

Wow, I hadn't even thought of that, but at least no climb up the bridge, yay! Maybe if you run down the center you will be safe? Good luck!

Black Knight said...

I know we, the men, pee everywhere, sorry! I will remember not to wait for the start under the bridges! 66 corrals are a lot of.
I thnk you are ready for the NYC marathon, the 23 mile is a very good long distance run. Good luck.
Paula Ratcliffe is fast in ...peeing too!

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