Tuesday, October 25, 2016

10/25/2016 Couple days off, relaxing, checklist time

After a weird ending to last week, I ran today for the first time since last Wednesday.  I started with no real plan about what I wanted to do, trying to decide between a 5, 6, or 8,9 miler.  As I settled in, I started comfortably at an 8:27 for mile one.  As I got in a groove, I felt pretty good.  The only downside was that I was running a 1/3 mile loop around the turf complex while my son, Connor, was practicing with his U8 soccer team.  I turned in mile two at 7:55.  

I decided during my run, that I was going to run a nice 5 miler, progressive splits.  For me, that means each mile split gets a little faster.  I was feeling strong, but I didn't want to overdo it, in case I decide to go long tomorrow.  Mile three, I registered a 7:39, followed by a 7:29 for mile four, and I finished with a 7:23 final mile.

I included the word relaxing in the title of this post because, not that I need to relax, but more appropriately, that I have been stressing about my lack of a real "long run," during this training cycle.  I had a great 15 miler a couple weeks ago, and had two aborted 18 milers last week.  Now, I am only 12 days out, and going back and forth about what I want to do about sneaking in a final 18.  I will let you know what I decide tomorrow.

Finally, today I began to set up my final checklists for race day.  As I get a little closer and rewrite the list a bit, I will post the checklist and review the stuff going with me.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Ugh, not sure what is going on here

Today was my second attempt at my final long run.  Last week's 15 miler went well, I should have kept running that day.  Today, all I could muster was a slow 10 miles in about 1:30.  My best guess is that last weekend and the massive amount of physical labor, just zapped me and I have yet to recover.  Add that to the mileage I am still doing, even though it's difficult, and I must just be depleted and getting worse.  

I do not know whether to get some more miles in later today, or what.  I think I might need an extra day off this week.  Tomorrow may be limited to a walk for a bit.  I have really kept it together physically these last couple months of training, I don't want the wheels to fall off so close to the race.  

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

10/18/2016 Today's 7 miler change with tomorrow's final long run

Today, I decided to change my final long run before the marathon with tomorrow's 7 miler.  I am still beat up from the weekend and building the Great Wall of Wyckoff Ave.  I'm actually more sore today than I was yesterday.  I was hoping yesterday's 6 miler would shake out the soreness and the lactic acid, etc.  However, not so much.  When I got about 5 miles in today, I knew a switch made sense.  I want my last long run to be positive.  

It doesn't have to be record breaking, but the long run can have a psychological effect on you.  I want the positive feel of banging out a good 18 miles at race pace heading into my final 2 weeks of prep and taper.  Today, I capped it off at 7 miles at about 56 minutes.  It was a solid 8:00/mile pace.  I am looking to pace the marathon at 8:30/mile, give or take, depending on GoPro shooting time :)

10/17/2016 Running with @GoPro for the first time, kinda cool!

Today, I started the week with a nice 6 miler at a comfortable pace around 8:15/mile.  I brought my
friend's GoPro with me for the first time and tried some shots and video.  Although I feel that I look and sound like a dork on it, I do think it's kinda cool.  It did make me take note of the surroundings a lot more and be in the moment with my run.  On a recovery run or just getting some mileage in, I would be good to go.  I don't see myself wanting to deal with it on a tempo, training, speedwork session, etc.  

First impressions:

1.  After watching a video for about 5 minutes on Youtube, I felt comfortable trying it out.
2.  About 5 minutes into my run, I felt great about using it, switching between picture and video modes and handling the camera.
3.  Holding it steady is not easy for me.  I'm not steady handed.
4.  It's fun and I can't wait to use it on the race and soak up the crowds, sights, sounds, etc. of NYC!

My next task is figuring out how to take all the little vids and pics and get them into a coherent little video montage.  I am thinking IMovie and some sweet tunes in the background, not my voice!

Friday, October 14, 2016

10/14/2016 Best week in awhile, second recovery run

Today ends my running week.  I hit a total of 39 miles for Monday through Friday.  It is easily my best total miles, as well as the quality of miles.  Here is the recap:

Monday- 8 miles
Tuesday- 15 miles
Wednesday- 5 miles
Thursday- 6 miles
Friday- 5 miles

Tomorrow and Sunday, I will be performing extreme cross training as my brothers are coming dow with their wives and we will be building an 85 foot retaining wall.  The wall will be my of 700 blocks, each about 22-23 lbs.  Monday morning my legs will be good to go, but my upper body should be shot.

Looking ahead, next week will feature my top long run before the marathon, as well as my biggest week at roughly 40-45 miles.  Twenty-four days to go.  NYC here I come.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

10/13/2016 Building my best week in a long time

Tonight, I ran a nice 6 mile recovery run.  My overall time was 55 minutes and change.  I averaged around 9:15ish per mile.  It was exactly what I needed.  I got some miles in and kept it slow since I am coming off 8 on Monday, 15 on Tuesday, and a hard 5 miler yesterday.  

At 34 miles for the week, I am a little tired now, but still feel good.  I am looking at another easy 5 miler tomorrow.  Although I will not be running this weekend, I am doing some serious work at the house building a retaining wall that will be approximately 700 blocks.  Each block weighs roughly 22 lbs.  Thank God my brothers and sister in laws are coming to help.  

Heading into next week, I will max out my mileage in training before I start to taper the following week.  Next week will be about a 40-42 mile week.  Tomorrow I will post some information about the marathon for those spectating and that may want to follow me on the race course.