Saturday, February 10, 2018

02.10.2018 Race: 2nd place overall at Cupid's Chase 5K, Glen Rock, NJ

My second race of the year and it's only February.  I went into today not knowing what the last 150+ miles in the last 40 days would do for me.  Cautiously, I was hoping for about a 19:30 today, believing the training would help, but knowing I need more speed work to really get faster.  Also, racing or running in mid 30's temps feels like a win these days as well.

This is the 3rd or 4th time I have done the Cupid's Chase in Glen Rock.  It is a little smaller, with finishers in the 200's probably.  The last time I did it, a couple years ago, it was like 12 degrees.  I hated it.  Also, I have finished over 20 minutes all previous times as it's so early in the year.

The course is pretty flat and it is marked fine.  I wish there were mile split clocks, but it is a small raise, and a fundraiser for special needs individuals in the community and nation.  

Red Shirt 1st, me 2nd, Spartan sweats 3rd
I ran out fast and right away, within 200 meters, it was only three of us.  It was myself in 3rd , a guy I beat in Fair Lawn last month was second, and a guy that beat me last month in the lead.  It stayed that way for the whole first mile.  My early thought was, the guy in the lead would win as he looked strong and beat me by a decent margin on January 1st.  I did think however, that I would be able to get the other guy that I had beaten last month.  He is a bigger guy, with less than optimal form.

Mile two stayed pretty much the same, except all of us got closer together, which was great for me.  I wanted to stay in touch with them as I knew it was a 3 runner race.  I didn't really see or have any contact with anyone behind me when I looked on turns.  Also, mile two provided the only real inclines, which I definitely used to close the gaps.  They weren't big, but I felt strong on them and gained probably 50 feet on first place and about 10 feet on the guy right in front of me.  

During mile three, at some point we were within 15 feet of each other.  Then, the big guy slid into first and the other guy stayed even with me.  The big guy was still within 20 feet of both of us, so it was still a battle for top three.

About .6 miles left in the race, I moved into second place on a decent downhill stretch into a turn to the finish.  I was pretty sure I wasn't going to be able to hold him off, but I did and finished in second.  I ran 19:04, behind the leader by a handful of seconds, and in front of third by around the same.

That was a solid 55 seconds faster than last month in Fair Lawn.  I did forget to mention that I had a shoelace come undone in mile 1, about 4 minutes into the race.  I was really pleased.  Overall though, I couldn't be happier.  I am only 9 seconds off my PR already, and I have several races in front of me.  Training is paying off and I can't wait to put in a big week starting on Monday!

Friday, February 9, 2018

02.09.2018 4 miler, easy jog, easy week

With the snow and ice on Wednesday and remnants Thursday, I took it easy and ran less to avoid ice issues.  The last thing I need is a fall and injury when training is going so well.  I ran a 4 miler inside yesterday and changed pace dramatically on each mile.  First, to make it harder and second to break up 4 boring miles inside.

Today, I ran an easy 4 miler in like 35 minutes, just to get some miles and stay loose.  I have a race tomorrow morning, Cupid's Chase 5K in Glen Rock, New Jersey.  

I have done the race a couple times and it's close to me, a decent course, and any time I can get a race in, I try to.  Maura is humoring me even more than she already does this year as she knows I want 2018 to be a great year and I am really committed :)

I will do a race report tomorrow or Sunday and let you know how it goes.  I am nervous, but excited to see if I can already see some results of the big training I have been putting in.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

02.06.2018 Ugh, an annoying run

I had a 15-16 miler slated for today, but I ended up being short on time.  I decided a quick run of 8 miles would be a worthy replacement.  However, I am an idiot and started way too fast.  I ended up giving up on the fast part of the run at about 6.75 miles in and ran the last 1.3ish at a cool down pace.

The first 6 miles I ran at a pace of around 7:17/mile, but I have no fuel in me and I was in the middle of a 3/4 mile climb shortly thereafter.  I stopped at 6.74 miles.  The last .74 miles were at around 8 minute pace and I was just annoyed.  Consequently, I pulled the plug and jogged in the rest of the way as a cool down.

I was due for a bad day.  In the end, I still got in some quick miles, and 8 total.  Tomorrow, weather depending, I will get in some more and still be on track for crushing February.  It isn't always easy.  If it were, what fun would it be?

Monday, February 5, 2018

02.05.2018 Fast 7 miles on Zero fuel

Jesus, it's cold out.  I hate it.  It's like 27 degrees out, but so windy that it feels like it's 18, at best.  The wind just hurts the face.  I had planned on simply running a basic 6-7 miles to start the week and get the legs moving after the weekend off.  However, after being outside for about a minute, I decided to run a fast 7 miles so I could get the hell back inside as fast as possible.  I'm actually not kidding either.  I only ran fast so I could get it done asap.  The only thing I ate today was a banana at about 8:15 this morning.  Hence, the zero fuel.  I need to eat, but my fat ass is on a major diet for the foreseeable future.  I can dramatically improve my running by losing about 15 lbs.

7 miles in 51:18 total.  I was moving pretty good, considering the conditions.  It's about a 7:18-7:19/mile pace.  I race considerably faster than that, up to the half.  My Goal Marathon Pace, or GMP, will be 6:30-6:40/mile as I work up a little longer and do some more fast workouts.  

Tomorrow, it is supposed to be a bit warmer, but the wind may still suck.  I am running a nice long run of 15-16 miles, hopefully around 6:45/mile pace.