Tuesday, October 17, 2017

10/17/2017 Another 5 miles and some hills, racing thoughts

I am starting to feel the momentum.  I ran another 5 miles today, in exactly 40 minutes, and with some hills built in.  A clear path begins with some race intentions.  Sometimes that calls for a new race or a new timeframe, or a new distance.  I hope to challenge myself in all three of those areas in 2018.  Without much left to run in 2017, I have begun to reflect on the year and it feels like a lost one for me.  The crazy schedule of family, work, and life made racing difficult and I didn;'t really force the racing issue.  

I look forward to being focused and making 2018 a better year all around; family, life, work, racing, and more!  For now, my daily momentum will have to do and I will search for some good race choices.  If anyone has any thoughts on races, please share.

Monday, October 16, 2017

10/16/2017 Progression run, finding a race

Its a cooler day today, and I am not a fan.  Give me 85 degrees now!  I had a few days off so my legs felt fresh for today's run.  I started off with a 5 miler in mind and after the first couple, I decided to make it a progression run of that distance.  My splits were the following:

Mile 1-8:37
Mile 2-8:13
Mile 3-7:46
Mile 4-7:30
Mile 5-7:09

That 7:09 was nice at the end.  It made me feel fast again.  I'm currently not fast, but it felt better than I have in months.  Over the last couple weeks, even though I am running, I feel like I am shuffling around.  I need a direction to go with my training.  I decided that, in addition to my normal June race in Franklin Lakes, I would add a spring race and bank on it.  I am not guaranteed entry, but I put my name in for the lottery of the NYC Half Marathon in March today.  I am excited that I have a plan and that time of year is good for me (no soccer!). 

I look forward to training through the winter and I will have plenty of time to find a couple fall back races should I not get accepted.  For today, I have a plan and will continue to run.

Here is the link to the application:

NYC Half Marathon Lottery Application


Thursday, October 12, 2017

10/12/2017 5 miler faster-ish

I got out for a five miler today and it's nice to be on a bit of a roll.  I am a long way from running fast, but I tried to be faster than the last few runs.  I managed to run it in about 38:48, which breaks down to about 7:45/mile.  Considering my first my was 8:34, I am happy with today's run.

I am now attempting to add my nutrition to the mix as I need to drop some weight.  I just feel sluggish when I run, even today, when I went faster.  As I continue, my motivation snowballs and I feel like I am headed in the right direction.  I know, with a little effort, by the middle of November, my weight can be where I want it to be.  For now, I need to plug along and back off the food.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

10/11/2017 Muggy 4 miler

Still fat, but I am running.  The weather is cooler, but seemed really muggy.  I only ran 4 miles, but I am sweating like a pig.  I look forward to the days when I can run a 6 miler with ease and feel like I'm gliding to a point.  I'll get there.  

On a side note, I do not know why I am following the TCS NYC Marathon on my Facebook.  Everyday, it's a new post asking about if you are excited, talking about 25 days until you finish, etc.  It hurts a little every time.  I have to try and get in again next year.  There is something about a big race that is special and that a small race just cannot give you.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

World Mental Health Day with Team Never End the Fight

Today, October 10th, is World Mental Health Day.  I am a proud member and supporter of Team
Never End the Fight.  Please take to time to support and educate yourself and others on such an important day.  The truth is, it's more than a day and needs to be a bigger priority for our World.  

Here are some important links for you, friends, family, coworkers, etc.  There are millions of people out there having difficult times, if you can help one, please try.

World Health Organization

National Alliance on Mental Illness

Never End the Fight

Mental Health America

Anxiety and Depression Association of America


Please share!!

10/10/2017 I'm baaaaack

I know, I know.  You all have missed me and my ramblings.  I have been a little lost for the last couple months.  Since the triathlon relay precisely, I have been without running and am now just getting back into it.  I have been searching for weeks to figure out what has happened to my motivation and purpose.  I'm still not sure what's up, but the best I can come up with is that I am not running the NYC Marathon this year.  I have been bummed by that fact for months and probably will continue to be until the next time I am in Staten Island early one November morning for a nice jog :)

I think the real need I have is for a new race or two.  I have my sights set on a couple spring races that I am going to run by the logistical commander soon and I will update you when can.  Last week I teased that there would be big news coming from the Daily Fitness Journal.  Maura said that I made it seem like I was going to be giving out free stuff.  Actually, my big announcement is that I am going to attempt a Boston Qualifier in the spring.  Basically, this means that at my age, I will need to run a 3:20 marathon.  To elaborate a little, this means that I need to average somewhere between a 7:37-7:38/mile for 26.2 miles.  More on this later.

For those that thought I was giving shit away for free, my bad.  Stayed tuned though as I have a couple things that I can put together in a goody bag and I will do a Halloween giveaway.  For now, I am back, running, and I will be here regularly with my running and more.

Today, I ran a solid effort 5 miler in about 40:40.  I feel like I am i an ok place running-wise, however, I am fat from eating so I am dragging around about 15-20 lbs. too much.  Time to check myself a bit eating wise.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

06/13/2017 No excuses needed, none given

Where have I been for the last month?  I know some people are wondering that have been loyal readers in the not too distance past.  Here's the scoop, I wasn't motivated.  However, let me be clear, I wasn't motivated to blog or be a blogger.  

I have been running, mileage is there, hill repeats, short sprints, 400-1600m repeats, I've been going to work.  Up to last month though, I was getting tired of the grinding of the blog.  It wasn't fun and I needed a break to re-evaluate.  After about a week or so, I even stopped stressing about it and just said, I'll go back when I feel like it.  

I started the blog as a way to journal my training without using a pen and paper.  I started adding stuff to that so that anyone reading might gain a little knowledge on shoes, races, training, products, etc.  However, it got to be too much.  I was way more concerned with trying to connect with more and more companies, network, and grow, rather than simply write.  I liked the blog a lot more when it was simply me writing about what I wanted to write about, rather than stressing about making the blog more and more.

For the foreseeable future, I am done with the hustle.  I am a dad, husband, runner, coach, PE teacher, and down the line somewhere, a blogger.  I do not need a second job, I started this as a hobby and that is what it will be.  

My apologies to those looking for their fix of the Daily Fitness Journal for the last month, but it is what it is.  

Saturday is the Triathlon Relay and I am ready.  We are hoping to get back on the podium where we belong.  I will send out some pics at some point.  Until then, get running.  I am.

Friday, May 12, 2017

05/11/2017 5 mile run

I have been a day late and a dollar short lately with my posts, but I promise to get back on track.  Priorities are priorities though, and just getting my runs in is my biggest challenge.  I ran a 5 miler like I planned to do yesterday.  It took me about 41 and change.  I averaged about 8:14/mile.  Today, I will run some repeats of some length.  I haven't decided.  Probably 400 meter repeats.  

I'll get back to you.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

05/09/2017 5 mile progression run and 05/10/2017 hill repeats

I had intended to do mile repeats on Tuesday afternoon, but I got caught on the phone with house business and ran right through my window of opportunity.  Consequently, I ended up getting a block of time back in the evening while Connor was on the soccer field.  I decided to do a 5 mile progression run.  Mile one was done in about 8:30 and I ended with mile 5 being run in 6:24.  

I am happy with that, knowing mile 5 could have gone even faster had I pushed it.  

Today, I just finished up a little hill work.  I totaled 5.5 miles in all.  I ran, after warming up with a slow jog, 10 X 200 meter hill climbs.  Each climb was around 40 seconds, followed by a slow jog back down.  After the 10 repeats, I jogged a cool down to finish.

The entire workout took less than an hour, but felt strong.  Tomorrow, I will jog 5-7 miles and finish the week with a strong tempo or some repeats on Friday.


Monday, May 8, 2017

05/08/2017 5 miler and turning up the speed work for the next few

I got in a chilly 5 miler today in almost exactly 40 minutes.  A little audiobook and a little autopilot and I was done before I knew it.  Starting tomorrow, I plan to try and do 2 speed sessions a week up until the final week before the races I have at the end of this month and next month.  

Speed work can be a huge benefit to those trying to make the jump from good to great race times.  The problem is,most people are intimidated by it and feel like their version of speed work isn't.  

The simple fact is, anyone that is healthy enough to run a few times a week can start to do speed work and can build up to some strong workouts, for them.

Tomorrow, I plan to do some mile repeats to see where I am.  I am thinking 3-5 intervals and a 400-800 meter jog recovery between.  I will learn a lot tomorrow :)