It’s a weeklong celebration, kids, kicked off with my half-marathon PR on Sunday and capped with an evening with my best girl CB at the winebar here in Sunnyside. There’s been goodness stuffed into the crevices all week long, including dinner with AG and his family on Sunday evening, acupuncture on Monday evening, cooking on Tuesday evening, a fancy lunch at Casa Lever on Wednesday, and red wine with friends at two different locations last night.
Today, on my actual real birthday, I ran in the morning with a new friend, MR (who I just added to my blogroll), had a cupcake from Magnolia Bakery for breakfast, met friends at Pinkberry for a frozen yogurt lunch, and indulged in a Crumbs cupcake* (bequeathed to me by office buddy FB) around 3pm, and will be meeting my parents for dinner in about twenty minutes. We’ll go to Quaint, my favorite restaurant here in Sunnyside. Once there, I will partake in as much red wine as I want, since tomorrow I don’t have to work for even one single minute.
I also got in all my workouts this week without any problems. My legs were pretty trashed after what I put them through on the streets of New York on Sunday morning, and even though Monday’s acupuncture was a big assist to my recovery, I still had lingering soreness even this morning. Tuesday’s run, two loops of the neighborhood, was appropriately slow. And during Wednesday morning’s 10 miler (I ran to work again, this time throwing in the upper 5-mile loop of Central Park), it took me three solid miles before my pace dipped below 10 minutes per mile. Today, though, MR really pulled me along. He’s zippy, averaging sub-8’s during his own running, so we banged out a nice 4.95 mile run in 45:37. He’s in from out of town, so I led him from his hotel in Times Square over to the West Side Highway. We ended up at the Intrepid and headed downtown into Chelsea until it was time to turn around and come back.
- 3/23 ~ 5 miles ~ 50:12 ~ average pace 10:03; fastest mile 9:51; slowest mile 10:27
- 3/24 ~ 10 miles ~1:38:26 ~ average pace 9:50; fastest mile 8:56; slowest mile 11:07 (I ran them back to back, the slow one first)
- 3/25 ~ 4.95 miles ~ 45:37 ~ average pace 9:12; fastest mile 8:56; slowest mile 9:49 (Mile 1 and Mile 5)
And for shits and giggles, here is what I wrote when I turned 35, and 36.
- Pigtails Eats Cake (ice cream cake)
- With the Proper Motivation, You Too Can Run Faster! (this was the last week of training for the 2009 London Marathon before I stopped for 10 weeks, due to injury)
*You may have noticed that everything I ate today was primarily composed of sugar. I timed my intake well, so that I only crashed once, during my 2:30 meeting.