Friday, October 16, 2015

10/16/2015 A tough 3 miles, still tired, tomorrow's WEF Run

It was only 3 miles, but I never felt good.  The miles at the beginning of the week really sapped me and I haven't recovered, physically or mentally.  Coupled with a lack of sleep due to the awesomeness of the NY Mets, I cut short what I wanted to be 5 miles, and finished up with about 25 minutes of running today.

Sometimes, you just don't feel good out there.  That being said, I am still glad to have run.  The mileage will go down next week and the week after, as I taper down to the race.  Sleep, carbs, and protein will become more and more important.  

Tomorrow, I have the annual WEF 5K here in Wyckoff.  It's a fundraising event for the education/schools here in Wyckoff.  I generally run, and my PR of 18:55 is on this course.  This year though, may be a special treat.  Emma, my 6th grader wants to run the 5K and we may run together.  If so, I will post some pics and maybe have her write up the race report afterwards.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Preliminary checklist for NYC marathon day

Below is the list of what I plan on wearing or bringing with me on race day on November 1st, 2015. I don't plan on leaving Fort Wadsworth with all of it though. I will list everything and then take you through my prep and thoughts on what I'm bringing/wearing. 

Wearing:                                                        Bringing:

Old sweats & sweatshirt                                Gatorade, water, coffee
Race shorts & shirt (long sleeve)                  Food (bagel with PB, banana)
Watch                                                            Gatorade chews
Old sneakers & socks                                    Magazine
Winter hat                                                      Garbage bag
Sunglasses                                                     Phone?
Race bib                                                         Race socks & sneakers
                                                                       Race info

So, I get on the bus at 6am.  There is a Dunkin at the bus pickup spot.  Sweet! I am in Wave 1, so I will start at 9:50am.  I will drink my coffee and eat some of my food on the bus ride and plan to be done eating by 8am.  After that, it's liquids only, mainly the gatorade and water.  

Basically, I am wearing warm stuff and old stuff so I can toss it right before the start.  I will bring my running shoes and socks so they don't get wet, muddy, etc.  Unless it is crazy cold, when I start the race, I will be wearing shorts, long sleeve T, running sneakers, watch, hat, sunglasses (for wind as much as sun). 

The magazine and the garbage bag are mainly for protection from the elements while sitting.  I am still undecided on the phone.  I would like to have it to take pics and really get the experience, but who wants to carry a phone for 26.2 miles?  However, the shorts I wore on my long run weren't too bad and held my phone pretty well without letting it bounce.  I may try a couple more runs carrying it to see how it feels.   

As I said, this list is a work in progress.  If anyone has any ideas, suggestions, etc. let me know.  I welcome all advice.  

10/15/2015 Recovery

So, after I finished 20 miles on Tuesday, I was basically broken the rest of the day and yesterday.  The nutrition thing was huge too, because my stomach was off for about 24 hours post run.  It's a good sign that I need to make sure race week is spent fueling like a professional.

Yesterday, as well as today, I was able to get out some walking.  I walked about 20 minutes yesterday and today I did 2 walks of 20 minutes each.  I feel at about 85% recovered at this point.  I was going to jog today, but I will hold off until tomorrow.  

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

NYC Marathon info, tracking, bib number, start time, etc.

It's coming, I cannot stop it.  Today, the New York Road Runners released the registration information.  I am bib number 8167 adn I start in the first wave at 9:50am.  It's the Bule Wave, Corral D.  This is also the start wave of the professional runners so I am hoping to spot a couple pros, get some pics.  

For those interested in tracking me or any another runner, here is the link to get information on how to do that:

I will update you more as we get closer on gear and whatnot.  

I am holding out not looking at the weather, as it's obviously too far out, but I'm hoping for sunny and 70 degrees.  Is that asking for too much?

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

10/13/2015 My 20 miler to hell and back

I'm not going to lie, that shit hurt!  I just finished up my 20 miler and wow, the last 5 miles sucked.  The mile splits are posted below.  Through 15 miles, I did great.  Then the stuff hit the fan.  I attribute this to being low on fuel to start and running out of nutrition.  Heading into the run, I really hadn't fueled or hydrated well enough.  I knew that heading in and I am ok with it.  I would prefer to train harder on myself than I plan to race.

On race day, I will be packed with carbs from a well planned out and executed final week of eating and drinking.  Consequently, if everything goes well, I will not encounter what I did today.  During miles 16 and 17, the calves started mild cramping.  During miles 18, the right hamstring started as well.  Finally, during mile 19.5 and through 20, my quads were seriously cramping.  I have to admit, I haven't experienced cramping like that before.  I have done the mountain run a couple times, the One Day marathon, and numerous hot weather races.  I have never cramped like this.  It sucked.

I just kept telling myself that I was going to finish 20 miles today and I would be super happy to have that accomplished.  I like where my run took me today.  I also decided that on race day, I will look to run with the 3:45 pace group.  I can handle a 3:30, or maybe even faster.  However, the 3:45 pace will let me cruise and really enjoy the sights and sounds I have heard about during the race and I don't want to miss any of it.  

For right now, I am going to rest up and get ready to watch the Mets clinch the NLDS tonight!  Here are my splits:

15:57- 0:09 (1%)7'54"/MI
23:49- 0:02 (0%)7'52"/MI
32:02+ 0:21 (-5%)8'13"/MI
39:58- 0:17 (3%)7'56"/MI
47:55+ 0:01 (-1%)7'57"/MI
55:43- 0:09 (1%)7'48"/MI
1:03:33+ 0:02 (-1%)7'50"/MI
1:11:24+ 0:01 (-1%)7'51"/MI
101:19:20+ 0:05 (-2%)7'56"/MI
111:27:24+ 0:08 (-2%)8'04"/MI
121:35:32+ 0:04 (-1%)8'08"/MI
131:43:37- 0:03 (0%)8'05"/MI
141:51:49+ 0:07 (-2%)8'12"/MI
152:00:00- 0:01 (0%)8'11"/MI
162:09:00+ 0:49 (-10%)9'00"/MI
172:18:10+ 0:10 (-2%)9'10"/MI
182:27:35+ 0:15 (-3%)9'25"/MI
192:37:17+ 0:17 (-4%)9'42"/MI
202:47:46+ 0:47 (-9%)10'29"/MI

Monday, October 12, 2015

10/12/2015 Back at it, a perfect fall run

Well, most people would not call my lead up training before the marathon exactly ideal.  I have been delayed by a broken rib, spotty because of life, and a little nutritionally exuberant.  However, all things aside, I am happy where I am at training wise.  I just finished up a 5-5.5 mile run and it is absolutely perfect outside.  It's sunny, warm not hot, and a great day to be out running.  

I have not run is about 9-10 days, but it felt good and 5 miles was a perfect amount before tomorrow.  Tomorrow, I have the ultimate run.  I will attempt 20 miles tomorrow on a little base of training and a lot of will power.  If I can survive tomorrow and make the 20 miles, I will be fine on November 1st.  If I die, I won't have to worry about it.