Today was NYRR Pete McArdle Cross Country Classic, a 15k cross country race in Van Cortlandt Park. It was sunny and cold, a really beautiful day with about 400 runners. The stats are not up yet so I can’t tell you all the results. I came away with 1st place in my age group which was a nice mental boost. I worked as hard as I could, I have certainly run this faster but I felt like I was running against myself, the same old story that I have told since August. But it was respectable, I got a metal and I am happy.
And now I will try my very best to rest, to not run until January 1, only stretching and maybe some swimming. A big success is that I did not get hurt this year, but I guess getting hurt served the purpose of making me rest. I am thrilled to be healthy, albeit overtrained, but healthy. Oh man this means I have to eat less, now that is hard.
But I have a plan. I am my own worse enemy, not planning well enough, running too much, too hard, not taking breaks. So I am enlisting the help of a professional. I am looking forward to the beginning of year because I feel a whole new level of running coming my way. So look out my fellow age groupers I feel some PR’s coming on.