Friday, January 5, 2018

01/05/2018 Double up complete, 10 miles for the day and 26 for the week

I finished up the afternoon with another 5 mile run.  This one I did inside my gym, on a small loop.  It kind of sucks, but not as much as the weather.  As a frame of reference, 30 laps around equals one mile.  Yes, it is that small.  I finished in exactly 40 minutes.  

I started slow during the second run, but decided to kick it up so I would finish sooner.  Each mile was faster, and the last mile was around 7:40ish I think.  On a small loop like I was running, that pace feels like an all out sprint with lots of turns.  By the end, I was tired, sweating a lot, and happy to be done.  

Even with a low total on Monday because of the race and a zero due to the weather on Thursday, I am satisfied with the week.  Next week is key to getting back to bigger miles.  It is supposed to warm up to normal temps and I need to stretch out the long run and the total miles again.

01/05/2018 Fast 5 miler in some stupid weather

I knew it was going to be cold today, but god i didn't think the wind would be so constant.  I started
quick and tried to get it over asap.  5 miles in about 37:30 in some snow on the ground and brutal cold, works for me now that it's over.    I was dressed well enough that I wasn't cold except for my face.  

Second run of the day is happening, but inside so I do not die.  I plan to run for about 40 minutes, we'll see.

Thursday, January 4, 2018

01.03.2018 Simple math problem and run derailment, help me #nuunlife

Here you go, yesterday's long run is depicted in the following math problem:

Long Run Planned + (pre-run coffee>pre run hydration) = An Aborted Long Run

If you suck at math or my math problem isn't obvious enough, I will explain.  I had intended for a long run of 12 miles to happen yesterday.  I am coming off a low week, rested, and ready for the distance.  However, I had 3-4 cups of joe in the couple hours before my run and not really any water, Nuun, or any hydrating fluids.  

I was rolling along at a solid pace for the first 5.5-5.75 miles.  During mile 6 at some point, my stomach started to hurt, pain-hurt.  I wasn't sure what it came from as I never have stomach issues during my running.  My best guess is that the over coffee'd state I was in, hurt me.  I suffered up through 8 miles and I was done. 

Garmin Data
As I looked at my running data from my Garmin Forerunner 230, my first 5 miles were in 38:27, a pace of 7:41/mile.  Mile 6, I slowed down to about a 7:55/mile pace and then mile 7 was 8:05 and mile 8 was 8:46.  Mile 8, my guts really hurt.  I was trying to stick it out, but to no avail.

Oh coffee, I adore you and speak well of you, why F me over and steal 25% of my long run?  From now on, I will adjust the coffee intake for a more balanced approach and up the Nuun products pre run/race.  With today off because of the blizzard, tomorrow I will look to squeeze in 2 runs of 4-5 miles each to get in 24-25 miles for the week.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

01.02.2018 Easy 5 miler, race search/plan

I ran an easy 5 miler this afternoon to get the legs going after yesterday's race and the stair climb earlier.  I ran inside because of the pain of yesterday's cold and I kept it nice and easy.  I would call it a recovery run, but I really don't feel like it was recovery, just the slower pace.  

Tomorrow I need to do a long run. Only getting in 3.1 miles on Monday starts the week off slow and I need to get some miles in before Friday.  At this point, I really want to be 30+ miles every week from here until each of my races.  

Speaking of races, one of my goals for 2018 is to get back racing more often.  I have two possible races I am looking at in February.  The Cupid's Chase event on Feb. 10th in Glen Rock, New Jersey is one.  The other is the Purim 5K in Fair Lawn, New Jersey on February 25th.  I will keep you posted.  I have heard good things about the Purim race and I did the Cupid's Chase twice so I don't think I can go wrong.

01.01.2018 Stair Climber and Curb

I decided to hit the stair climber at lunch today for 20 minutes.  I plan to run a simple 5 miles in the bitter cold in a couple hours, but thought I could get in 20 minutes of torture beforehand.  I put on the first episode of Curb your Enthusiasm to keep me sane as well.  I have never watched it, but recently have begun to enjoy some of Larry David's humor.  His movie, Clear History, is a funny one.  Check it out.

The stair machine needs a little outside help so the rider doesn't kill themselves. I think I need something a little different genre wise though, Curb is not what I was looking for.  Anyone have any suggestions?!

On a more specific note, my 20 minutes on the climber hurt and I'm sweating, so goal achieved.  Time for some Nuun tea to recover before my frigid run.  I am down to 3 tubes of Wild Berry hydration so I think I need to restock soon!

01.01.2018 Fair Lawn 1st Day 5K Race Report

My first race report in a long time.  It feels good.  The Fair Lawn 1st Day 5K is a nice, small event to kick off the new year.  It was my 3rd year running it in a row, and my best result.  A relatively flat course, I am now fairly familiar with it and know what to expect.

The race is well organized from the time you arrive at packet pick up and the warm of the middle school gym was needed.  It was a balmy 9 degrees out.  The facilities and food/drink were also easily accessible.  

Fair Lawn 1st Day also represents a team participation event as well.  I loosely belong to a running club called North Jersey Masters.  It's a great club featuring runners of all demographics.  They attend events, hold group runs and training sessions, as well as social meet ups.  2018 is my first year in the club picture too.  I'm the dork on the far right in the red shoes.

As far as the race went, I had no idea what to expect.  I haven't raced in awhile and it was F-ing cold as anything.  I really just wanted to get out and run fast again.  I hit the first mile marker in 6:27.  I wasn't upset, but I didn't know if I could maintain that speed.

The course is well marked, but with the weather being so frigid, there were virtually no spectators.  I was in my head the whole time though.  My goal for mile 2 was to be strong and maintain my pace.  I know that generally, the third mile of a race I can gut it out.  Mile two can sometimes be a let down.  For some reason, there wasn't a person giving splits at mile 2 and my arm sleeves cover my watch, so I just kept running.  The wind was whipping pretty hard so I simply wanted to run and get done.

Mile 3 and the .1 represented a challenge for virtually the whole time.  I caught a couple people during mile 1 and 2, but one tall dude caught me during mile 2.  I stayed with him and we traded position literally the whole time during the last 1.1 miles.  About 200 meters out, he passed me for good and finished 3 seconds ahead of me.  I tried to stay, but he had a little more left than me.  I have to say though, luckily he was there because he definitely helped me finish strong and there is no way I break 20 minutes without his competition.  

My only major letdown was that my watch was set on the "other" setting and because of this I didn't get any run data, mile splits, cadence, etc.  F.  Based on the mile 1 split, I figure that mile 2 and 3 were probably around 6:40-6:45/mile pace.

I finished 9th overall and second in my age group.  Finishing in 19:59 official time in single digits is a major win for me.  Especially since I only had a small warm up because of the cold.

The race ends and there is immediately support for runners with water and the warmth of the middle school.  There was coffee and plenty of bagels and fruit.  

I waited roughly a half hour for the awards ceremony to get my age group award and was pleasantly surprised by a $10 gift certificate along with my medal.  It was a nice race for a smaller event and it was appreciated.

The only complaint I have, if there is one, is that the T Short is short sleeve and cheap cotton.  I am a bit of a race shirt snob.  I like a tech T and in the winter, I think it should be long sleeve.  However, as a fundraiser for a lot of avenues, the Fair Lawn Rotary gets a pass.  They do a lot of good.

It's really a great little race for those that are in the area.  The race registration was only $25 and everything runs well.  Keep up the good work and I will see you on 01.01.2019