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!