Saturday, May 21, 2011
Today I ran the Brooklyn Half Marathon. It was the longest I had run since I ran the New York City Marathon on November 1, 2009, and it felt great. Or rather, it hurt, but it was the best kind of hurt. I wasn't super-speedy, but I'm really happy with how fast I ran considering how much training and preparation I had done for the race (which was almost none).
I'm planning to run New York again in the fall, and today gave me a taste of what it will be like to be training again. A few months back, I interviewed Mark Bittman for a story about running and he told me, "I run marathons to train," and I knew exactly what he meant. The race itself is icing on the cake. The training is the part that is deeply gratifying, that rewards you little by little each week. The tiredness that comes from long, endurance running is the best kind of calm I know. I love it. I wish I'd spent more time running long distances in the last year and a half, and I'm ready to get back into the habit.
And yes, for those of you wondering, I am going to plan a wedding and run a marathon at the same time. Training for the race won't be too much extra time on top of my usual running schedule (the long runs each weekend will add a few hours, but that's not much), and I looked at the calendar and our wedding date will fall a prefect amount of weeks out from the race to make it a rest weekend, so I won't have to clock 15+ miles on my wedding day -- though let me tell you, I will run on both the morning of our wedding day and the day after.