Our first few days in New York were packed with sight-seeing, shopping and spending happy moments with my family. I nearly forgot that we should have an easy run to get our muscles working and get the feel of running in a cold day. So the pink sole and I went out on cold 5ºc windy day and ran 6k around Northvale. It was exciting to run in a new route in very cold weather. But I know my day will get even more exciting.
Dressed in 2XU compression tights, 3 layers top (tank , long-sleeved dry-fit shirt and a jacket) with a cap over a thick beanie, gloves and my pink and gray lunar glides, we set out for a quick 6k run — a dress rehearsal. The first kilometer was a BRRRRR (HAHAHA). I was cold to death. I wanted to run faster so I can already heat up but my legs felt cold and stiff. We reached Northvale Park and ran rounds. I tuned in to what I was feeling the whole run mindful of how I will adjust my gear at race day. My face felt very cold and my eyes hurt and became watery because of the wind. I never wore shades while running but noted I might have to this time. After 3 kms, I felt hot enough to open my jacket wide and removed my beanie. The breeze would still make my ears very cold when I was just wearing my cap. One thing that felt cold the whole time was my lower back and my thighs. I don’t know why but I definite took note of that. My coughs and colds seemed to be tamed at that point. While my nose wanted to out-pace my running, my coughs didn’t give me any problems at all. It was when we got home and stopped running that the coughs came and boy, how they did! I swear I was coughing incessantly in the bathroom for around 15 minutes. Jun and my sister got concerned and would knock to check if i was okay. Even I got a little scared at one point as my eyes were already all watered and red and the coughs wouldn’t stop. Huh, those 15minutes were a lot more tiring than our 50-minute run.
The test run was a success! It made me throw all my gear out the window EXCEPT of course my fave Nike Lunar Glides and jacket. HAHAHA Gotta go back to Nike Town! Yey!!!
Running with Ryan Hall and Bart Yasso
We went to the city after lunch and went around 5th avenue before proceeding to my next short run that day. I had the privilege of running with Olympic marathoner Ryan Hall and running legend Bart Yasso at the Run by Foot Locker Store. I submitted my entry a day after arriving in NY and got accepted the next day. Isn’t that amazing?
So by 5:30pm, I went to 34th E 14th street where RUN by footlocker shop is located. Mariel opted not to join me and do more shopping instead, hah! As soon as I arrive in the store, I registered and got a beautiful running tee from Footlocker, another long sleeve shirt from Nissan, a Runner’s World and Marathon Magazine. Few minutes after, Ryan Hall and Bart Yasso arrived, the organizer discussed the run and the route. And so, 30+ plus runners went off for an easy 5 mile run. Of course our easy is like walking for Ryan and Bart. Running while chatting with each runner and of course taking pictures with them. It was such an amazing experience. After the run, all of us got to have our magazines signed and of course the experience wouldn’t be complete without our pictures taken with Ryan Hall and Bart Yasso.
So much excitement for one day. The next day brings more…
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