The training was pretty intense at times, averaging about 70 miles per week, which is also for the TARC fall classic 50 miler. I personally would like to thank my coach
Lisa Smith Batchen for your time, great workouts, and mostly for having faith in me. Thank you Lisa! You are so inspiring and encouraging!
We arrived to Mexico late on Tuesday August 23rd. I got a decent night's sleep, and woke up feeling great. Lisa scheduled me for 10 miles. I have never really ran much during the week of a marathon. I typically have preferred to be well rested. I had felt like I should rest and not risk being tired, or overtrained. This time was different. It made sense to me, I needed to get acclimated to the 7,381 feet of elevation gain. Boston is at sea level. I needed to get some running in, to allow my legs and lungs to get used to the altitude change.
In general, it is definitely challenging to run here. Mexico City is the 5th largest city in the world, with 22 million people living here. People are coming and going in all directions, all the time. Cars, pedestrians, motorcycles on the sidewalks. There is a lot of pollution. People in cars, will run you over or should I say, they have the right of way, every time. The sidewalks are broken up, you really have to watch your footing. Urban trail running!
I got my 10 miles in, and felt great. Just like anything, I tried to make the best of it, took a bunch of pix, and enjoyed being back running here.
|After the race, we recovered with family and friends at La Lupita our favorite taqueria.|
|Por fin, done!|
|The finisher medal is the letter Ï¨. The idea is to spell Mexico, and run six consecutive years.|