Friday, April 24, 2015

half marathons.

last november or so, when i was real pregnant & remembering my active days of yore, i signed up for a few races in a fit of physical restlessness. well, actually, i signed up for one race - the queens half marathon - only to discover later that an all women's half marathon, one of my favorite races (can one have a "favorite" race? i suppose one can) & the one i really wanted to do, would only be a week after that. it was one of those moments when, because the events were still months away, so far off that they might not have even existed, that i thought, "i got this! two half marathons two weekends in a row, it'll be totally fine!"

fast forward to the middle of february or so, when i was still healing from giving birth, hadn't run for about three months (my doctor gave me the red light when i was 27 weeks along or so), when even walking up the block made me breathless, that i thought, ".......those half marathons are gonna suuuuuck."


anyway, fast forward to two sundays ago, when i woke up bright & early to make it to the half marathon starting line in queens by 7:40 am or so. i'm pretty sure i had to take the train all the way down to times square & transfer to, what was it, the seven train??! that whole commute is still wrapped in a sleepy, early-morning haze, although i do distinctly remember a fellow runner standing up in the middle of the train & stretching the entire ride out to queens, it was fascinating stuff.


here are some thoughts i had while running the queens half:
1. what a beautiful day!
2. there are actually not that many people running this race.
2.5. wow, there are really not a lot of people running this...
3. ...which means the chances i have of coming in last just skyrocketed.
4. finishing last would be really embarrassing. I MUST RUN FASTER.
5. so this is queens, eh?
6. the globe is pretty great.
7. is that a cricket game going on in that field??
8. you know, lagaan is a truly underrated movie.
9. what's ira glass's story? is he married? or kids, or...? **makes mental note to google that when i get home** *update: he is married**
10. ira glass's voice, so smooth & quirky.
11. yep, it's starting to get a little warm out here.
11.5 another cricket game! i love queens!
12. WHY ARE THE MILE MARKERS SO FAR APART.
13. GIVE ME ALL OF THE GATORADE I CAN'T GO ON.
14. oh, so we're doing the same route two times? got it.
15. it's pretty depressing that the winner of this race is probably already done.
16. i think i'm dying!
17. 11 miles down!
18. i wonder what the medals will look like. it's all about the medals.
19. MAKE IT STOP I CAN'T GO ANY FURTHER.
20. WHY DID I SIGN UP FOR THIS I CAN'T DO IT ANYMORE.
21. THIS IS THE LAST RACE I EVER WANT TO DO.
22. THIS IS THE LAST THING I WANT TO BE DOING RIGHT NOW.
23. ABANDON HOPE ALL YE WHO ENTER HERE.
23.5. I WANT TO CRY.
24. I THINK MY LEGS ARE FALLING OFF.
25. there's ben! there's my baby! there's the finish line!
26. that wasn't half bad. where do i sign up for next year's race?

ben passed the stroller off to me about 30 seconds before i crossed the finish line, which, i'm glad it didn't happen any earlier than that, because that sucker is not a jogging stroller. the race group was so small they announced everyone's names as they ran across the finish line. it was a thrill...& norah slept through the whole thing. :)


i am also happy to report that the medal was pretty great. one of the prettiest i've ever seen.


sun in eyes:


imagine that this empty concrete pool behind us is filled to the brim with water, okay?


these next few photos are all basically the same, but i simply cannot get over norah's sweet profile, so i had to post them all. her little upturned nose gets me every time:




her face in this one, the little smoocher <3




& a few other photos from queens:



cool side note: i took a few graduate courses with a guy named joe. he's a queens native & he wrote a book about the 1964 world's fair that happened in queens.




remembering the last few times we get off the 7 train at this stop...


the boardwalk-type walkway was a bumpy ride for the stroller, so ben tried to roll it along that smooth beam in the middle, but he could only fit one wheel on it. that was a really boring & unnecessarily long explanation for this photo: :)



norah flashing her perpetual expression on the subway ride home. too hilarious:


okay, so fast forward to a week after that, when i ran an all women's half marathon in central park. - like i said before, i really love this race. the all women's thing has all sorts of girl power vibes to it. the central park loop is my frequent running haunt, so i wasn't nervous about the race at all. i know the course really well, i did not have to wake up nearly as early as the week before, & all in all, i was feeling good. i even set a new pr! which is always nice.


i met up with my people after the finish line, with my running poncho thing blowing mightily in the wind, as you can see here:


that sweet babe:


queens half, all women's half, check & check. even just remembering them makes me tired. now i need to take a REALLY good nap.

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