So here I am, two days before the Marine Corps Marathon, and life has been flying by at 110 mph. There is wind and 60% rain forecast for Sunday, oy. Just got to DC but I wanted to get a post in, before Marine Corps Marathon race day on Sunday and cheering on my friends running the ING NYC Marathon this year!
Two weekends ago, I ran Grete’s Great Gallop in Central Park, my last 13.1 mile tune-up race in my training schedule. Since I just ran the NY 10K the day before, I knew my legs were not fresh and that the double loops of Central Park hills would challenge me as usual. I had a great feeling about race day though–I am really inspired by the legacy that the inspiring Grete Waitz left behind. Not only was she a 9-time NYC Marathon champion, she was a champion of NYRR Youth Programs and started Aktiv Mot Kreft, a charity that fights cancer by encouraging people to stay active.
I had the pleasure of meeting her back in 2010 when she did a signing at the Adidas booth at the NYC Marathon expo. I still have that picture somewhere and will try to find it. I wanted to run the race well in honor of her.
(photo credit Ben Ko)
The weather was fantastic and I felt pretty good during the race. I ran 1:56:38 (8:55 pace) for a half marathon, and I think it was a PR for me on this Central Park course! I was very happy with my effort. This race had a fantastic dri-fit white Adidas shirt with “AKTIV” and “Grete’s Great Gallop” on it, and all athletes got lox and bagels afterwards. It was great fun.
Right afterwards, I met up with Teresa and we headed to the NY Street Ramen Contest. We saw our friends Alex, Ricky, Steve, Warren, Kyle and a bunch of other people there.
There were a lot of people at 95th and Broadway and the lines were a bit long, but manageable. There was only one row of tables and somehow we managed grab it for ourselves! I
Here was the line-up from the NY Street Ramen Contest FB page:
1. Ramen Lab: Italian Ramen (Chicken and pork base soup with tomato tare, Basil, Grated cheese) 2. Hakkoan: Chan Chan Yaki Ramen (Salmon, Mushroom, Cabbage, Carrot, Garlic, Onion, Miso) 3. The Shoyu Ramen: Asahikawa Ramen (Shoyu, Olive oil) 4. Yume Wo Katare: Shoyu Ramen (Pork base soy soup, Cabbage, Garlic, Bean sprout, Char siu pork) …