Friday, October 2, 2015

10/02/2015 Trying to get some miles in

Coming off two days of rest after my 16 miler, I felt pretty good.  I hadn't planned on taking two days off after the long run, but sometimes, you run out of time.  Regardless, I didn't have a lot of time today, so I squeezed in a fast 5 miler.  It took me about 40 minutes and I felt good the whole time.

I did, however, run inside due to the rain and cold weather.  I just didn't have the clothing to be outside in these elements so I stayed in.  Last winter, I was relegated to inside running quite a bit.  It sucked.  Today, it sucked as well.  I need to get a solid set of clothing picked out ahead of time and deal with the weather.  This weekend is busy, but I hope to get out for 6-8 miles tomorrow afternoon if time and commitments allow.  

Sunday, I want to hop on the bike and cross train for some more cardio, but off my feet. 

This weekend, I will be posting my preliminary checklist for my marathon preparedness.  I have been looking at a lot of blogs/sites and getting some great advice from people that have run NYC before.  I have to admit, I am getting more excited by the day.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

09/29/2016 Making progress with a long run worthy of the title

Today was the day.  I finally put in a long run worthy of the title.  It's been slow going coming back from a summer than was real short on running.  After putting in 16 miles today at a clip of 8:31/mile, I'm officially back.  I feel good about where I am and where I'm going.  

I also put in some good mental work today as well.  Instead of simply going out and running around for 16 miles, I decided to make it mentally exhausting as well.  Consequently, I jogged over to a park about a block away and did 47 laps around a cider walking path.  I then jogged back.  In total, it was 16 miles in 2:16:14.  Every once in awhile, I like to punish myself with things like this.  I like to use it to build up my mental strength, as well as working on my focus throughout a run.  It could be quite easy to slow down, speed up, or simply fall off a run of that length when doing it about a 1/4 mile at a lap.  

All of my mile splits fell between 20 seconds above or below my average time per mile of 8:31/mile.  I am satisfied with where I am physically right now.  I have 2 more key workouts left in the next few weeks as I continue in my march toward November 1st.  The next key workout will be mile repeats at marathon pace.  I did not think I would be ready to run a pace of 8:00/mile for New York, but after doing the half marathon in 7:15/mile and running 16 today at 8:31/mile, I think it's doable.  Especially because of the way my long run was done today.  I plan on doing as many repeats at 8:00/mile pace as possible with about a minute rest in between.  Then, my last, big workout will be my final long run of between 18-20 miles, at about 8:30/mile pace.  In addition to these two workouts, I will add in some mileage and some hills.

Finally, I am trying to plan out all the race logistics as well.  I am working on a list of stuff to bring, transportation to and from, as well as how I can get the fam there as long as it works for Maura (since she will be about 7 months pregnant by then).  I have work to do!

Sunday, September 27, 2015

09/25/2015 A great day for the Franklin Lakes 1/2 Marathon

On a whim, and with a really nice wife, I jumped in the Franklin Lakes 1/2 Marathon this morning.  The soccer schedule was afternoon games today, so an 8am start time for the race made it possible.  A thanks to my buddy Mike Mainwald for reminding me of the race the other day or it would have passed me by without remembering it was this weekend.  Also, a quick thanks to my friend Len Randazzo, that jumped into the race as well after a bit of a hiatus from racing.  Both guys turned in good performances and it was a good day to run.

I got to the race around 7:20am and registered and immediately saw both friends and we waited around through a ribbon cutting ceremony to dedicate the new community center.  A bit after 8am, we got on the start and we were off.  I quickly settled into a comfortable pace and since I started near the front, I never had to deal with bumping, crowded early running, or any of the usual start time jockeying.  

Below, I copied and pasted my mile split chart from my Nike Sportswatch.  I am really happy how the race went.  I was hoping to be sub-1:45:00 for the run and I never really felt uncomfortable with going under that from the first step.  As you can see below, the first 3 miles or so, I warmed up and shook out the legs.  Miles 4 and 5 I started to settle in.  I did my best work from miles 6 through 11.  As you can see, mile 12 and 13 were slower, but I kept it under 7:30/mile pace.  There was a tough hill on mile 12 and it kind of broke my rhythm.  I fell good until that hill.  It was really from there that I started to have to gut it out a bit.

Overall, I finished in 15th place out of around 200 people, 5th in my age group.  My overall gun time was 1:34:43.

For not running during the months of July and August basically, I couldn't have done any more.  Also, that brought my mileage total for the week to a healthy 34 miles.  Next week, I continue upward, heading to a couple more long runs before NYC.

15:07- 0:17 (3%)7'25"/MI
22:40+ 0:08 (-2%)7'33"/MI
29:54- 0:19 (4%)7'14"/MI
37:10+ 0:02 (-1%)7'16"/MI
44:18- 0:08 (1%)7'08"/MI
51:25- 0:01 (0%)7'07"/MI
58:30- 0:02 (0%)7'05"/MI
1:05:33- 0:02 (0%)7'03"/MI
101:12:36+ 0:00 (0%)7'03"/MI
1:19:30- 0:09 (2%)6'54"/MI
121:26:52+ 0:28 (-7%)7'22"/MI
131:34:15+ 0:01 (-1%)7'23"/MI