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nyrr al gordon classic

February 26, 2011

in Play,Work

[Shameless self-promotion: help me reach my fundraising goal for the 2011 ING Marathon!]

Waking up at 5 am is no fun, but the day before a race, I’ve always got so much adrenaline going that I have no trouble getting up. There’s always a tinge of regret for signing up for a race too.

Once you get near the race grounds though and see all the runners, you’re really happy to be there. Misery loves company, except it starts to turn into excitement as you get into your corrals. Speed-demon Lo (see her red race tag?) and I took the subway down to Prospect Park in Brooklyn today to do the 4-mile race through NYRR! Here we are after the race!

winners! in our own hearts.

I finished in 35:22, technically a personal best per mile (8:51) if you don’t count that 8k I did in Shanghai where the time may not have been accurate. It was a really good run — no cramps, and I could actually pick up the pace at mile 2, going faster with each mile. I think I actually did the last 2 in about 8:30 each, but it averaged out a bit higher.

Here’s Lo & CJ, who almost managed to do the whole race “properly”! haha

lo & cj

Afterward, we walked over to a random cafe nearby, Crossroads Cafe for some coffee and food. I got a soy latte that was decent, along with a california panini — also alright.

crossroads cafe

california panini

Yes, that’s bacon you see! It’s my post-race treat to myself.

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amber runs nyc

February 23, 2011

in Play,Work

First it was the Great Wall Marathon, and then it was the Xiwuqi Extreme Grasslands Half Marathon. But then I ended up doing neither.

I’ve been talking about wanting to run a marathon for over a year now. It’s one of those bucket list items I’ve had in the back of my mind, but never acted on out of fear. I’ve just never been much of a runner (really), and the thought of doing something for more than 4 hours straight was (is) really scary. But I take the fact that Sarah Palin can run a sub-4 marathon as a personal challenge.

So I bit the bullet two days ago and signed up for the NYC Marathon this coming November! I’ll be running with Team for Kids, the fundraising arm of New York Road Runners, who puts on tons of programs for low-income kids and communities throughout the U.S. and even in South Africa. I love what they do and stand for, and I hope you’ll support me by visiting my fundraising page!

Thank you ahead of time!!!