Way back in December I signed up for the Long Island Marathon. I was coming off running the NYC marathon and really wanted to run another marathon, only faster. What seemed like a good idea at the time turned into a nightmare. In January I got the flu followed by a nasty stomach virus which initially set back my training, but it wasn’t the end all. What I really struggled with was the cold and snow that resulted in long training runs on the treadmill. After many missed runs and just feeling stressed about running I decided to stop training for the Long Island Marathon. Not only did this decision remove a big weight from my shoulders, it also turned out to be a blessing because I ended up having to stop running for 4 weeks due to a tear in my shoulder. This led me to make the decision to drop down to the 10K and run with my husband Chris, who just happened to be running his very first 10K ever!
The plan was to leave at 6:30 am so that we’d have time to park and get to the start with time to spare. Keep in mind that we live a mere 15 minutes away from where the race begins but I hate being stressed about being late so I tend to leave ridiculously early whenever I need to be anywhere. At the last minute I decided to check the times of the road closures and since the road we need to take didn’t close until 7:30 am we decided to leave at 7 am instead. Well…..this decision did cause me a little stress because the parking lot I usually park in was closed and to get to the other lots there was bumper to bumper traffic. This seemed like a catastrophe at the time, but in the end it turned out fine and we got to the start with 10 minutes to spare.
Since this was only my third run back from a month long break due to my shoulder injury I just planned to run for fun with the hopes of finishing in under an hour. Chris had never run more than 5 miles so his goal was the same as mine.
The race started promptly at 8 am. The 10k runner’s run east and the Half and Marathoners run west to start. The only problem I had with the start this year is that the fireworks they set off at the start of the race left a wall of smoke that we had to run through. Breathing in the remnants of fireworks was not the way I wanted to start out my race.
Miles 1-2 were relatively easy.
Around mile 2.5 the lead runners for the marathon passed us. They looked awesome and it made me realize how slow we were running. We were on mile 2.5 and they were on mile 5.5. Right before mile 3 the race splits. Marathoners and half-marathoners go left and 10Kers go right. This was about the time I was starting to really feel it. My endurance just wasn’t up to par and I was slowing. Right after mile 4 Chris left me and I was okay with him taking off. I truly believe that everyone has to run their own race.
I did catch up with him at the mile 5 water stop. I even managed to stay ahead of him until the last half mile where he just took off. I just didn’t have enough oomph left in me to keep up. I did manage to speed up after I saw the mile 6 marker and I even managed to pass a few people. I came in just under an hour and I couldn’t have been happier!
Chris beat me by 26 seconds. This is first race where he has beat me and I am sure that I will never live those 26 seconds down. My plan is to never let him beat me again!
This was actually my slowest time for this course. In 2012 I ran it in 55:41 and in 2013 I ran it in 56:19. Overall it was a great race and I am extremely proud of my time considering the lack of training!!!
Even though Chris beat me I still loved running with him! It is amazing to share my love of running with my love, even if it gets a little competitive at times.
Do you run with your significant other?