I had such an amazing weekend at Cow Harbor in Northport, Long Island. I met so many new friends and I am already excited for next year. I will try to get it all out without writing a novel!
Camille Herron and I had a 3am wake-up call Thursday morning to get in our runs before the 6am flight. I had 10 miles to do and I knew that I would not feel like running when I got to New York at 7pm!
My host Mom, Janice Winter picked us up from La Guardia and we drove to Northport. It was cool and rainy..Fall!! Yay!!! (Check out Janice’s latest project here, she is amazing!)
I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Northport. Seriously, it is the cutest town I have ever seen. It reminds me so much of Greendale, WI where I grew up. (minus the ocean)
Before the race, I spent my time reading, resting, and seeing Northport with Janice. So awesome. It felt good to take a 2 hour nap on Friday! The Winters treated me to dinner at the Yacht Club that night. It was SO good! I feel lucky to have been able to stay with the Winter family. They were so gracious and their children, Lindsey and Bryce are so amazing, smart, and talented!
Weather was absolutely perfect! I warmed up with Janet (who later WON the race and broke the course record!!!) and Alisha Williams. It was nice to chat with them as my nerves calmed down. After reading about all of the elite athletes that were there, I did not think I would be in the top 10 females. The field was stacked! They said it was the fastest elite field in 34 years! Yikes!
The course was awesome. It was a challenging course with a killer hill at mile 2, but I loved it. I love the rolling hills much better than pancake flat courses. I didn’t wear my Garmin, but I know my pace took a dip on this hill. I ended up running by myself after mile 2. This was a bit difficult as I knew that the gal I had passed was not close behind me, and the next girls were pretty far ahead. It was kind of like I knew my position and there was not much that could change where I placed. I thought I had surged in the second 5k (the easier half) but my time said otherwise, lol! I hit the first 5k in 17:29- (newPR for the 5k!) and the second 5k in 17:44. oops. I felt pretty good, probably because I slowed down so much! I ended up in 8th place with a 10k PR of 35:13, exactly where I was seeded. I won some money and a sweet jean jacket. I am ok with it, I know I need to work on shorter distances as they are definitely my weakness. The pain is so much different than the pain of a marathon!
After the race, Camille, Deena Kastor, and I hung out, had some pumpkin beers, lunch, and chatted. These 2 ladies are so inspiring to me, and Deena has been my favorite female runner for years! She is so great! What a great way to end a perfect trip!
One thing I took away from Janet, Camille, and Deena, was their absolute love of running. I found myself dreading my double run days this summer and just kind of feeling down about running. The heat didn’t help either. These women run because it makes them happy. They also have fun and balance outside of running! I mean, having beers with such fabulous runners told me that I need to relax and enjoy every moment of this experience of being a runner. This past week, I have felt so refreshed about my running. I feel happy and excited about my upcoming races. I have run doubles this week and have really slowed down and enjoyed my second run of the day. I haven’t felt this good since before I ran Grandma’s Marathon in June. Although I did not run as fast as I wanted in the 10k, the trip was invaluable to me as it completely changed my attitude and reminded me why I am doing this…I LOVE THE RUN!
Tomorrow I am running a 5k in Phoenix so I am excited to see how I will do as my mileage hit an all-summer high this week!