Wednesday, December 13, 2017

12.13.2017 It's so cold out, 8 miles of frozen chin-itis

Jesus, it's cold out.  Weather.com says it's 21 degrees out, but feels like 7.  I would say that is spot on.  I was dressed correctly this morning, but the wind gets you no matter what.  I ran 8 miles and had to use Strava on my phone because I left my watch (hopefully) in Connor's wrestling bag last night.  I didn't look at the app until I got back from the run because looking at the phone during the run is annoying.  I ran an extended version of the run I did yesterday.  I didn't worry about pace at all today though, not even on my big climb.  I just wanted to feel good about the run.
How I felt running today.

It turns out that the run went really well.  I ran 8 miles in 1:01:47.  My splits for my miles were the following:

7:48
7:09
7:26
7:11
7:30
7:35
9:23
7:38

Can you guess which one I ran on the uphill for .75 mile?  Other than that mile, my splits are solid.  I like seeing them get lower and lower, now down to the lower 7:00's.  

I have 21 miles in for the week in the first 3 days.  Tomorrow, I run 4-5 as a recovery run.  Friday I will finish with 5-6 depending on how I feel.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

12.12.2017 Chilly 7 miler, keeping a pace on long runs, #nuunlife Mango Orange recovery

I am in the process of ramping up my runs to make them longer and stretching out the miles.  With 3 months until the 13.1, I want to start building significant time on runs from 7-12 miles.  My initial pace goal for long runs is 7:45-8:00/mile.  I want to hit those numbers for the next month.  After I have built up some base, I will drop the long run pace accordingly.  I want to get my long run pace down as low as I can obviously, with the idea that I will race my 13.1 under 7:00/mile and hit my marathon pace of 7:30/mile.  

Today, I ran 7 miles at a comfortable clip of 7:46/mile.  I really ran at a smooth effort except for mile 6.  There is a significant climb of about 3/4 of a mile at a grade of around 5%.  I pushed it a bit to keep my pace up the hill as close to my overall pace as possible.  That mile ended up being 8:08 so that was satisfying.  I finished up with a strong, controlled mile 7 of 7:45, right on pace.  My cadence is now a strong 185, right where I want it.

As I posted to to my other channels, after my run I really wanted a warm drink that wasn't coffee.  I know, I know, you didn't want coffee?!?!?  I used a Nuun tab for recovery drink and I dropped it into hot water.  It was like a nice warm cup of Mango tea, felt good.

Monday, December 11, 2017

12.11.2017 97 days and counting, 6 miler

In 97 days, I will line up in NYC for the half marathon.  It will be my first attempt at really running a 13.1 hard, trying to get as far under 1:30 as I can.  In the coming weeks, it's all about getting in the miles.  After about a month from now, give or take, I will start to add in some serious speed work to combine speed and endurance.  I firmly believe I can run close to 1:25, which is about a 6:30/mile pace for 13.1 miles.  It might hurt, but I think I can do it.

Today, a chilly 6 miler in about 48:30, comfortable run on the chilly, snowy streets of Wyckoff.  More to come on the plan and my Nuun Ambassadorship for 2018.

12.11.2017 Big news at The DFJ, great way to start a Monday #nuunlife #nuunbassador

I woke up this morning and opened my email to some great news.  I have been selected by the best hydration company on the market to spread the word on clean, effective hydration.  As a 2018 Nuunbassador, I will be sharing my story to you as always, but I will also showcase how Nuun helps me along the way. 


Thursday, December 7, 2017

12.07.2017 Run 2 was pissed, decided to show run 1 who the boss is

Well, this afternoon, run two started off smooth.  I finished mile run in about 8:15 and felt good.  Mile 2 was full of hills and ended up 8:31 and was not happy.  It was quickly decided that the final 2 miles would be a real push to show run one that it meant business.  Confused yet?  

I ran the last 2 miles of run two in 14 minutes, with the last mile in 6:45.  I looked at the stats and my cadence for both runs was 184, love that.

Overall, instead of a long 8 miler in around 64-66 minutes, I'm totally satisfied with 62 minutes of fast running broken into two 4 milers.  I'm now at 20 for the week, working hard.

12.07.2017 Run #1--Quick 4 miler, fastest mile in awhile

I just finished up run number 1 of the day.  I ran a quick 4 miler in 31 minutes, with a final mile in 6:53.  That's the first time I dipped a mile under 7 minutes during a run in awhile.  I have and will race much faster than that, but to hit it in training is feels like I'm headed somewhere positive.

I will head back out for my second 4 mile run of the day later.  I do not have the time for an extended run today, but I can get a couple 4 milers in, so I can bank 8 miles for the day.  That will bring me to 20 for the week so far, with a couple days left to get another run in.  My goal is to go well above 20 every week.  

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

2018 NYC Half Marathon lottery results.....

I think the screenshot below says it all.  Super excited to be doing the 2018 United Airlines NYC Half-Marathon.  The distance bodes well for me based on past performances, but I have only run on one course before.  Luckily, it was a hilly one.  I look forward to pointing my training directly at the half.  My time goal has loosely been 1:25 for it, which ironically is the time qualifier for the marathon and my age group.  Could this be how I get into the TCS NYC Marathon for 2018?


12.06.2017 Jump rope and cross training, not running

My block of time for running shriveled up quickly this morning.  In order to be productive and still get a workout in, I used about 35-40 minutes for cross training and jumping rope.  Here's the workout from today:

5 minute warmup jumping rope

5X through sets of----    Push ups
                                    Lunges
                                    Curl ups

I only took a couple seconds between the sets of exercises above.

I then did 5 more minutes of jump rope.

3X through sets of----   Pull ups
                                   Jumping Jacks
                                   Air Squats

I finished with a final 5 minutes of jump rope.  The whole session took me about 35 minutes and was a good, non running workout.  

I have some creative plans for tomorrow and Friday to get back some of the miles I lost today.  More on that after I get into it tomorrow.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

12.05.2017 Hilly 6 miler, humid and warm for December

It's a warmer December day and humid out as it's on and off rain in the forecast.  I overdressed a little on the run and was a bit warm.  I fixed it as best as I could mid run by unzipping my base layer and taking off my winter hat.  I would much rather be too warm than too cold.  

I ran a smooth 6 miler on some hills today without really caring about the pace.  I just clicked the miles off and felt good coming off of 6 miles yesterday.  

Over the next few weeks, it is time to ramp up the miles.  I want to be at 25 or higher every week for awhile.  I am at 12 in two days and want to hit mid to high twenties for the week.  

Tomorrow is the drawing for the NYC Half Marathon in March.  Here's to hoping I get in with a couple buddies I coaxed into signing up for it.  For the rest of you, frankly, I hope you don't take my spot!  :)

Monday, December 4, 2017

12.04.2017 Motivated Monday run and thanks to @FunnerRunner13 and @NathanSportsInc

My Nathan prize pack!
First, I opened my email this morning to a surprise congrats message from the Funner Runner.  Seems I won her big Nathan Sports pack this month as a giveaway for runner safety.  That was a nice surprise on a Monday morning.  Nathan makes great gear and I cannot wait to get my stuff.  I may even take one of the products a do a giveaway here at the Daily Fitness Journal to celebrate.

If you read my post the other day, you know I am trying to make Monday a good start to my running week.  I have been a little slow to come back from the weekend lately, but today that was not the case.  I ran a strong 6 miler today and finished at 47:35 total, averaging under 8:00/mile.  I hit 5 miles at a pace of about 8:04/mile and decided to push it in the final mile to finish strong and get my pace at or below 8:00.