Friday, October 23, 2015

10/23/2015 An easy jog and big decisions to make

Today is the quintessential Autumn day.  It's in the 60's, sunny, and a little breezy.  The leaves are in full effect with changing colors and are flying around as they fall in the wind.  It's a little crisp out running (for me anyway) in shorts and I can almost feel the impending weather that is coming in the next few months.  Anyway, I ran a comfortable pace 4 mile run today, around an 8-8:15/mile pace.  Quite honestly, that's all I felt like doing today.  Beyond wanting to stay fresh for the race, I am definitely looking forward to a week or two off from running.  

It is coming to the time where I normally take a break, but this one will be substantially smaller than normal.  I refuse to take the whole winter off again and start from ground zero in my training.  I am probably going to take 2-3 weeks off, that's it.  I can decide that later.  What is more important is the perplexing decisions that lay ahead for me.  

Next week, the marathon weekend, will also present three Mets World Series games.  Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights, games 3, 4, and 5, if necessary, will be played at Citi Field.  Friday and Saturday nights, the 2 nights before the marathon, could possibly be late nights for me.  Do I stay up and watch?  Do I go to bed early?  Do I DVR?  I have some decisions to make.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

10/22/2015 Now I've seen it all, maybe....

Watch out dude!
So, I got out for some walking today, felt great doing so.  I have some great weather, sun, 70's, a great day to be outside.  My legs are really feeling good these last couple days and I like where I'm at.  On a side note, my feet are a little sore and I am wondering it it has more to do with walking in my regular sneakers I wear every day.  I have had them awhile, and I may need to switch into my running sneakers when I walk.

Over the last few years, I have found a $5 bill, some random coins here or there, a tennis ball/lax ball, nothing really of any consequence.  All of that ended with today's discovery.  I was walking down the road and all of a sudden I was hit with a familiar smell...death.  So, I started looking around as I walked, to see what and where it was.  I found it, up ahead about 20 yards, a dead deer on the shoulder.  As I got closer though, it looked peculiar.  Am I seeing this right?  No.  What the?  Yep, I am seeing this.  There is no head on the deer!  It has clearly been cut off.  Yikes!  Weird!  I will say, a bit gross, but I have a strong stomach.  I called it into the Wyckoff PD and they said they got a call about it and I said, "yeah, but the weird thing is, it has no head."  She said, "What!?  Really?"  Then she got off the phone to look into the previous call about it.  

I am guessing someone took the head from animal control for testing, but why not dispose of the body?  Or, why is someone else on body detail?  I want to go back to finding $5 bills.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

10/21/2015 As promised, today's run, a fast 5 miler

Below, you will find the mile splits of my 5 mile run this afternoon.  Because of my walk earlier, and my shortage of time to run today, I wanted to get a fast run in.  I didn't set out with the intention of getting faster each mile, but I love how the splits look.  As you can see, each mile I got faster, ending with a 6:52 final mile.  Overall, the run took a few seconds over 36 minutes total.  Sometimes, you can get in a good workout without spending a lot of time.  Couples with a strong walk this morning, today has been pretty productive.  Tomorrow, I will rest from running, but most likely I will walk again.

15:16- 0:52 (10%)7'12"/MI
22:20- 0:08 (1%)7'04"/MI
29:18- 0:06 (1%)6'58"/MI
36:10- 0:06 (1%)6'52"/MI

10/21/2015 Walking for fitness, easing up on the miles

Yesterday and today, I decided to get in a couple significant walks.  I walked for an hour yesterday and about 55 minutes today.  I wanted to get some time on my feet, some fitness, but not be running necessarily.  I will say, with such nice weather, it was great to get out and enjoy stretching the legs.  It is perfect weather here, low 70's and sunny.

I will get in a run later this afternoon as I do not want to stop running completely.  I will get in a few this week as well as next week, with the marathon being next Sunday.  

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

10/19/2015 An afternoon 5 mile run, some life back in the legs

It's funny how sometimes the legs have more life and sometimes they don't  Friday, I was dead still and labored through 3 miles.  Yesterday afternoon, Monday, I felt good and banged out a 5 mile run comfortably at about 8:15/mile pace.  I ran without a watch, without looking at the time, and simply for comfort.  I thought about trying to figure out the details and what not, but I simply am estimating my pace by what it felt like.  I feel like it was 8:15/mile, give or take 5-10 seconds.

I am now under the 2 weeks out timeframe and since I am running to enjoy the experience, I am pretty settled.  As long as I get to Ridgewood before 6am, I get on the bus.  I will probably have 14 alarm clocks set.  The only thing that sucks, is that I think that is the daylight saving night, so I will be worked up about what time it is.  I do gain an hour though so that's good.

These last few days, 12, I will be getting in some runs of moderate distance, and a few light jogs, with a little quick running.  I am planning some mile repeats for later, at race pace.  Race pace for the marathon will be 8:20ish miles.  

I am now at the hydration and nutrition management stage.  I am consciously try to drink water and eat better.  My main goal is to lower the fat intake over these few days, and then, next week, to add a bunch of white carbs like pasta, bagels, pretzels, etc.  I need to build the carb stores in my body, but keep the fiber of whole grains and the fat out so my stomach can be normal.

Monday, October 19, 2015

10/17/2015 A great WEF 5K event, @WyckoffSchools @Wyckoff_WEF

Emma in pink, This will be the
the only time she beats me!
This past Saturday, October 17th, was the annual WEF 5k event here in town.  Basically, it's a foundation that parents in town set up to raise money to enhance the schools by going beyond the basic school budget.  Every year they do an awesome job supporting the district.  This year, the 5K had a great turnout.  There was great weather, lots of faculty and staff members in and around the run, walk, activities, and a great atmosphere.  

I had planned on jogging with my daughter and enjoying the run.  It was to be her first 5k.  However, after about 3 seconds of being there, my daughter wants to run by herself, my friends and wife are egging me on to run for time, and I find myself deciding to run, spur of the moment.  So, without my watch, in the wrong sneakers, and after eating less than nutritional food the previous night, I said what the heck and ran.  

Mile one, I hit the marker at 6:10.  A good click, but I was hating my shoes.  I have decided, I hate the Mizunos I have.  I know I gave them a decent early report, but I hate them, they are boxy and feel like bricks on my feet.  By the way Maura, I need new running sneakers. :)  I was conscious of 2 things.  I didn't want the second mile to slip from me and secondly, a 6th grade girl (one of my former students) in front of me gets faster every year!  Mile two, I hit the marker at 12:15.  Nice!  I was happy to see that I didn't lose time, but a little worried that I actually sped up.  Mile three was a little difficult.  I had to push through a little, as I have been doing a lot of miles, but not speed stuff. Being behind in training, something had to give, mileage or speed work.  Since I am running a marathon, I chose to keep up the mileage.

I finished in 19:37, 13th place overall, and second in my age group.  I am happy with that.  The better part was that I finished and then doubled back on the course and found my daughter and ran the last 1/2 mile with her.  I am proud of her and it was great to see her finish strong and happy to have done it.  She finished in around 30 minutes and more importantly, got to feel those cheers at the end of the race and had a big smile as you can see in the picture.  

I want to thank all those in charge of the event as well as its volunteers for another great year.  I have a feeling it was successful as a fundraiser, and as I was saying to the Superintendent, Mr. Kuder, it really is an important community event as well.  The ability of people from all over town to come, spend time with each other, laugh, exercise, and enjoy being outside is a positive experience.  Thank you Wyckoff Education Foundation!