This past week was by far the most intense within my training program. I ran two races this weekend including a 5K on Saturday and 18 mile pre-marathon race on Sunday. Having both races back to back was challenging, however, I was happy with my mile averages and end results. The 5K was a charity race supported by the Brain Aneurysm Foundation. I end up placing second for the girls division which I was very excited about! My overall time for this race was 19 minutes and 35 seconds with a mile average of 6 minutes and 18 seconds. This course was in the shape of a figure eight and looped around River Side Park on the Upper West Side along the Hudson River providing a great view. There was also a slight breeze from the water adding a nice break in the humid weather. I would highly recommend this path as a training route for New Yorkers looking to explore a new running trail.
The second race I completed this weekend was the NYC Marathon Tune-Up race which was an 18 miler in Central Park. Total, this race consisted of three loops around the entire park. The course was very challenging since this path included many twists, turns and hills. Personally, I find race courses that are repetitive mentally more difficult. Luckily, the NYC Marathon path is spread out across New York City and not as condensed. Overall, I was satisfied with the end result of my race. My finish time was 2 hours and 23 minutes with an average mile time at 7 minutes and 37 seconds. This Tune-Up race really helped me get into the mindset for the upcoming full marathon. In addition, this race also showed me that I want to stay at a 7:35 – 7:45 average mile pace when running the full 26.2 miles. This speed felt great for my body and current fitness level.