I had one of those amazing weekends where everything just went right. My last long run of 8 miles was fast and perfect, the boy caught 2 HUGE tuna on his trip out to the canyon, I ran the Tunnels to Towers and had an amazing experience. Saw some college friends...the list goes on and on...
Running partner and I met up at the park and ran 7 of the 8 together, it was so great to get out there for our last run before the marathon. She has seen me at my best and worst I'm so grateful to have her as my running buddy! We cranked out a 9:30 pace which felt comfortable. I'm still unsure of my pace plan, but I know 9:30 for 26.2 isn't happening!
Sunday I got up bright and early and met up with some friends to drive into Brooklyn for the Tunnel to Towers Run. Without getting too into the deets, I have never really been interested in running this race, mainly because I have a hard time with anything 9/11. I prefer to quietly reflect on that day and my experience (I worked close to the towers and saw the first plane hit, ran from burning buildings, ect...) and I knew from others that this race is a really emotional tribute to not only Steven Siller but all the lives lost, but when a friend had an extra bib I jumped on it and I'm so glad I did!
I really feel like I saw humanity at it's best...30,000 people coming together, simply amazing. I wouldn't really consider this a race, there are just too many people, no corrals, runners and walkers mixed in together, but that's part of the beauty of it, everyone together as one. I witnessed wounded warriors running on prosthetic limbs for the first time, men and women running in full gear and grown men crying tears of happiness, an old man running (no matter how slow he was running!) with a sign on his back asking us to bear with him as he wanted his first 5k to be in honor of the fallen....no words!
|Mike running in uniform...so awesome!!|
I'm so glad I got out of my own way and decided to run. It was hard, especially the sea of blue holding banners of fallen FDNY as we exited the tunnel, but it was also really uplifting. Quite the paradox!
The after part was fun, TONS of food from local restaurants - pulled pork, burgers, ribs, pizza, soup and that's only half of it. We didn't stay for the after party, but I did get a pic with Rudy Guillani which was really awesome, for those who don't know Rudy was the Mayor of NYC and really carried us through 9/11. I would definitely run this again!!
So with that, I'm going to try not to stress and enjoy my last few days of taper before I kill Chicago!!!