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New speed record set today

I hate to brag, but today I set a new speed record while running 9 miles(14.8 km) in 1 hour 11 minutes. I managed to break into the 7 minute mile zone, the first time I’ve ever been able to do this for more than a few miles and I felt kind of tired toward the end. It wasn’t so long ago that I could barely do 8 minute miles for more than 2 miles, but then I finally managed to run 9 miles at this pace not too long ago. Today I ran a 7 minute 53 second pace while juggling for 9 miles. I dropped the balls twice.

As I’m sure many of you know, I drank a lot of that new cherry kefir juice(the very low alcohol one mentioned in the previous post) just before I went out for this run. Did the cherry kefir help? I really don’t know, it kind of felt like it did. Cherries are good for runners, but fermenting cherry juice improves it by giving it a vitamin boost(the B family and K family) and a probiotic boost. Interestingly enough, I had just run 21.5 miles(34.6 km) on saturday(this record breaking speed occurred today on monday), and it seems I have already recovered from it(it probably helped that I didn’t run yesterday). Usually it takes longer for me to recover from very long runs like this, and my speed usually suffers for several days after. Is the cherry juice helping that much? And is it the kefir or cherries that are helping more? Even more intriguing is the possibility of unknown biologically active compounds that may be involved in improving my running,

Unfortunately I can’t do a real study, using an alternate reality version of myself not drinking the cherry kefir drink as a control, so it’s difficult to say with confidence the cherry kefir drink is helping. It certainly doesn’t hurt though. I’m wondering how much I can improve, especially when the weather cools down. It was about 74 F(23.3 C) when I ran today, and little on the humid side and cloudy.

One thing’s for sure – the local runners will hate me even more. At least I didn’t have either of my wonderful vegan T-shirts on today while running, that really ruffles the feathers of other runners. I’m even getting cursed at these days. I don’t mean to cause butt-hurt, but it is kind of funny, especially when you consider that some of these people think vegans can’t run or be athletic. I’m hardly the fastest runner around, but I am the only joggler in the immediate area.

I will be running the Yonkers Marathon next month

I just registered for the Yonkers Marathon! This will be my very first marathon. It is scheduled for september 29th, at 8 AM, and the course involves running this big circle around the entire city of Yonkers, and a little bit of Hastings-on-Hudson twice(once for the half-marathon). Yes, I will be juggling the entire race.

I didn’t realize just how old the Yonkers Marathon was until recently. It was founded in 1907, making it the second oldest marathon in the U.S, second only to the Boston Marathon. I also didn’t realize how storied it was. The Yonkers Marathon was both a training ground and qualifier for the Olympics! However, after the founding of the New York City Marathon in 1970(as well as other marathons in the area), the Yonkers Marathon started to fade into obscurity, some years attracting just hundreds of runners. Yonkers is on the northern border of New York City.

The course of the Yonkers Marathon is notoriously hilly, and challenging, though not as hilly as it used to be due to several reroutings. I am already familiar with many of these hills, though I haven’t run a significant length of the course. Personally, I prefer a small city/suburban marathon to a big city marathon like the NYC Marathon since I am not fond of large crowds and noise.

Most years I think the Yonkers Marathon gets zero to maybe at most 1 joggler, though I need to do more research on this to verify. Last year it had a little over 1,000 runners for both the full marathon and half marathon.

I also don’t know how many vegan runners(there are plenty of vegan marathon and ultra-marathon runners out there) the Yonkers Marathon usually gets, but its usually not a lot. As far as I know, and this may be the case for the entire world, there are no vegan jogglers who have run entire marathons. Sure there are vegan and vegetarian jugglers, and as I said before vegan marathoners, but no vegan joggler marathoners(if you happen to know of one, please share). Of course, there are plenty of non-vegan jogglers who run marathons out there.

Should I complete this, and I don’t necessarily mean to brag, I may become the world’s first vegan joggler marathoner(though my time will not be that remarkable since I am a slow runner). The fact that it can be done at all shows how silly the notion of vegans being “weak” is.

I have been marathon training for months. So except for regularly going on long runs in very hilly areas to prepare for the beast that is the Yonkers Marathon, I need not do anything significantly different from what I am already doing. Yonkers is so close to me that I regularly run its hilly terrain, so I should be able to handle the hills on race day.

A big thank you to everyone who has been following my training for your kind words and support. If anyone reading this is going to be running the Yonkers Marathon, I look forward to seeing you on september 29th! Let’s hope the weather cools down by then.