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Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Success!

Well, project double-dip (as in dipping into the life expectancy of my legs) was a success, my friends. The first event? The run? It went just swimmingly. I had six miles on the schedule, so I walked the four blocks from work to Central Park, and took on a full loop. The schedule also demanded that this be an "easy run," so I decided to take things nice and . . . well, easy. I made my goal to run using consistent effort throughout the run. I ended up finishing 6.01 miles in 59:26 for a 9:53/mile overall pace. I really felt great . . . I'm not sure whether it was the change in scenery or what, but it really just felt . . . easy. My splits looked like this:

Mile 1: 10:00
Mile 2: 9:53
Mile 3: 9:38
Mile 4: 10:09
Mile 5: 9:55
Mile 6: 9:42

After finishing up the run, I glanced at my watch and realized it was 7:45 p.m. I had exactly 15 minutes to get back to the office, pack my stuff up, and head right back out again with several of my soccer teammates. We made it down to the fields (at Pier 40) with about 20 minutes to spare, and we actually ended up rounding up ONE SUB for our team, which was a pleasant surprise! It didn't really affect me . . . considering I ended up playing the entire game, but I'm pretty sure some of the unfit players on my team were pretty happy about it!

This particular league is an all-girls league, which I was kind of excited about. The team we played was WAY better than we were, and they had plenty of subs (unlike us!) . . . but we somehow eeked out a 4-4 draw! Not bad at all! I had three of our four goals (go me!), and actually set up the fourth. But let me tell you, my legs were SHAKING by the end of the game! Ha. I think I'm definitely going to have to start getting up and running in the a.m. There's just no way around it. Shoutout to my kick-ass little sister, Mo, who was brave enough to volunteer to play keeper for the second half. She pretty much saved the game for us on multiple occasions, and was seriously rockin' it back there in the goal! Oh, and random celebrity sighting--Heather Mattarazo was on the team we played. I would have had no idea it was her, but my teammate Eileen picked up on it right away!

Oh well . . . that's it for now. I'm pretty sure I deserve some sleep right about now!

2 comments:

Alex Gonzalez said...

You ran 6 miles, and THEN you played a full soccer match and scored 3 goals? Now that's impressive! Question is...How are you feeling this morning? :-P

The Laminator said...

That's so awesome, Irish! You totally kicked some major butt. 6 miles and 3 goals scored...wow, you must be feeling so bad-ass right now. Congrats!