Friday, October 20, 2017

10/20/2017 Fast finish, solid week

For my 4th run of the week today, I decided on a 5 miler with a big final mile. I ran somewhat of a progressive run, without paying attention, but my final mile was all out. I ran mile 5 in about 7 minutes. I know it isn't a blistering pace, but a couple weeks ago, even 7:00/mile was not doable. I'm getting there.

For the week, I finished up at 21 miles. A solid effort. A big push will come over the next few weeks as I get the nutrition in ordxer and lose a few pounds. That, coupled with some fitness should show me some decent results.

I look forward to the pain sometimes. Today's final mile was a good example of that. A lot of runners are sadistic and enjoy the pain. I have a sick believe that the more painful the workout, the more proud of it I am. Soon, i will look to some repeat session and hill work designed at just that, pain.

It can make racing feel easier that it is, sorta :)

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

10/18/2017 Stretched it out to 6 miles

I have been stuck on 5 milers for the last few weeks and for no real reason.  Today, it is beautiful outside.  The perfect fall day.  Sunny, 50-60 degrees and you cannot ask for anything else.  I stretched out my run to 6 miles today and held my pace to a strong 8:00/mile.  The first mile was about 8:30, but after that I was in a rhythm.  Some days it just feels good.  With racing on my mind, it is also easier to move.

I have been looking up races lately and want to have a fallback or two should I not get into the NYC half in March.  A couple friends (Fetus and Homer) invited me to a 10 miler in January on Long Island, but Saturdays in January are tough because of my son's wrestling schedule.  I have to look at a couple more that I am eyeing and see if I can squeeze one in.  Oh, I was also invited to the LA Marathon by my other firned, but it's the same day at NYC, sorry Basis!

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