Hi Everyone! Here is a rather delayed report on my running from last week, but first I have to give a huge shout out to YOU all.
Together, we have exceeded my committed fundraising goal and we still have a month to go!!
Thanks to your amazing support, some families are going to be able to smile in the face of their greatest challenge – cancer!
Last week I actually encountered two real conversations with people directly affected by leukemia: One of them has a family member who has just been diagnosed and the other actually received much needed help and support from LLS when her brother was struggling with the disease for 3 difficult years. He eventually passed on, but I dedicate this race to him as well – Ian Tsai.
This disease is real and the support that the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society provides is real too! I feel really proud to be able to play a part in raising funds for this organization and I want to thank you and congratulate you for being a part of this with me.
Now all I have to do is run this race….and finish it!
The beginning of the Hudson Greenway (part of the Manhattan Waterfront Greenway)
Approaching the magnificent George Washington Bridge
My long run this week took me from the top of Manhattan – The A Train to the last stop at 207th Street in Inwood – all the way down along the “Manhattan Waterfront Greenway” down to Battery Park, then across the Brooklyn Bridge to the bus stop on Adams Street to catch the bus home…16 miles!
One thing I can say is that you sure do learn a lot about the city when you run. The Manhattan Waterfront Greenway is an actual registered 32 mile running/cycling trail that runs along the waterfront of Manhattan island along the Hudson, East and Harlem Rivers. You can loop the island…who knew?!
I started out really strong, running along the Hudson River to the Little Red Lighthouse which stands right underneath the dauntingly enormous George Washington Bridge. It is beautiful here. Coming off the wooded pathway right to the bottom of the GWB towering over you and then this adorable little light house sits beneath it. Gated and protected by a Park Ranger in a little booth, it is a New York City Landmark and is on the National Register of Historic Places in New York County. It stands on Jeffrey’s Hook, erected there in 1921 to help prevent Hudson River accidents before the GWB was built and was made famous by the 1942 children’s book “The Little Red Lighthouse and the Great Gray Bridge” by Hildegarde Swift, so much so that its fame saved it from being demolished when it became obsolete after the bridge was completed.
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For those of you with young children, the book is available on Amazon.com – reading the story and then showing them the actual lighthouse (which does offer tours) would make for a nice weekend activity.
Anyway, now that I have distracted you with this lovely tale, I have to come back to the story of my 16 miles….which…I did not complete.
Unfortunately, somewhere around mile 10, my body began to give in to exhaustion. I rested, I walked, I gave myself every pep talk possible, positive and negative, to no avail.
By mile 13, I could not make myself run any further. I was at Chambers Street and just turned off the greenway and headed for the Brooklyn Bridge Train Station to take the subway home. I had done a total of about 13.5 miles (that’s a teeny bit over a half marathon).
I was so disappointed!! And although I wanted to beat myself up about it, I could not deny that my exhaustion was legit. So to beat myself up would have been pointless. I had not given up…I just really could not go on.
Beautiful Hudson Greenway
Still feeling strong at 6 miles
The last picture I was able to take. Sailing anyone?
As a wise man once said, “the single most important ingredient to any intense physical program is sleep”!! (thanks Ahsan J)
This is so true and I confess I had precious little of it in the days prior and yet I kept pushing myself and running.
Well, a point comes when your body says NO! Non! Nein! Nee! Não! Oti! Mba!
So I didn’t make the whole 16 miles, but this is not the end!
I have one more month and I WILL continue my training and I WILL complete the Marathon and yes, I WILL get more sleep!!!…like right now….because it is already 11pm.
Good Night and enjoy the rest of your week!