I mainly focus on marathons here, but I just wanted to say how good it felt to get back in the groove with a Central Park weekend race as part of my NYC Marathon training. The All-Star Game was awesome and at the same time 24/7 work for several weeks, as my role at MLB meant responsibility for a lot of the voting and MLB.com content leading up to and through the events. I had no chance whatsoever on the training week for several days...I just wanted to sleep.
Saturday morning at 7:30 I woke up and realized there was a race in an hour a block away at Central Park. The heat index was already in the 80s at that point. I threw on the Breathe-Right strip, iPod on left arm, sleeveless Underarmor, shorts, Balegas and Brooks and was out the door for same-day registration. It was a breeze, I got into the 9-minute pace group, and I had one of my best races since joining NY Road Runners. My time was 38:13 and my pace 9:33. It was a little off my 4M PR, but we were going counterclockwise, meaning running up Cat Hill, and also factoring in the heat index I was very happy with this time.
I'm back on track...now I just have to figure out how to train hard throughout my trip to Beijing Aug. 5-26 to work the Olympics for us.