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Still Alive Despite Ignorance

Since David and I are running the Queens Half-Marathon (part of the NY RoadRunners “5 Boroughs Challenge” series), I had to change my running schedule a bit and do my long run today, so that I could rest on Saturday and wake up at the ungodly hour of 4am to make the trek to Queens on Sunday.

But I digress.

Anyhow, I got up at 5:30ish and was out the door by 6am.  This time, I was wearing my Forerunner to make sure I did the 18 miler I was supposed to.

The weather in NY has been absolutely perfect for running (low-mid 70s), so it was actually a very pleasant run.  I ran about 0.6 miles to the East River Park (ERP) and then went uptown for about 2.5 miles and back.  So by the time I got back to where I started running at ERP to go downtown towards the Financial District, it had been about 6 miles.  So in my head, I started doing the math to figure out where exactly I was supposed to turn around, so I started doing the math on my head, subtracting the 0.6 miles from the stretch before the park, adding some more, etc.  I thought I had it all figured out.  I decided my turning point would be somewhere along the Chelsea Piers.

So imagine my surprise when at mile 14 I realized that I was not going to be that close to my house by the time I finished my run.  In fact, I ran as much as a could (18.5 miles) and was still TWO miles from home.  Now you say, “Well, 2 miles is like nothing.”  But I was SO, SO TIRED.  I was tempted to resort to the $10 dollars I keep in my pocket when I do long runs (in case something tragic happens and I have to take a cab home), but I decided to suck it up.  And so I did.  Miraculously, I made it home.  Hooray for me despite my math inability.


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