Sunday, November 29, 2009
Thursday, November 26, 2009
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Sunday, November 22, 2009
Saturday, November 21, 2009
Thursday, November 19, 2009
So it was bound to happen, I apologize. I felt like I had nothing to blog about, not that I haven’t been running. I’ve actually been very purposeful in my running. It’s hard after a marathon, or any big running event, to find purpose. I had focused on my training for NYC since the beginning of June until November 1. There is a sense of “now what” since finishing the marathon. It happened last year after Newport as well. It’s hard to overcome, because on one hand you want to look at what is next, but on the other hand you are completely exhausted and to be frank sick of training. Some are lucky enough to be able to run without purpose, I don’t have that skill. After the New Bedford Half Marathon 2008 (my first distance race) my coach told me to just enjoy running for a while. That lasted less than a week, before I called him and asked for more direction.
So here I am, 3 weeks post NYC marathon. I’ve been running 4 days a week and cross training 2 days a week. Less exhaustion, no pain, SUCCESS! Today, or yesterday to be exact I determined the next challenge…THE NEW YORK CITY HALF MARATHON GRAND PRIX. 1 year, 5 half marathons, Central Park, Bronx, Brooklyn, Staten Island, Queens…sounds like a blast. What makes this exciting is that we will be racing with Joe’s sister for all 5 half marathons and on January 24th in Central Park I will be part of her very first half marathon!!
So what will be different? Well I am committed to trying this on a 4 day a week running routine. Mon, Wed, Fri with a long run on Saturday. Bob would tell me this isn’t going to work, but I’m going to try it. The one thing I have learned in 2.5 years of running is that 6+ days a week of running, for me, ends in injury. Also going over 45 miles a week is also road to injury, again for my training. This means I need to make a decision regarding track. If I give a day to the track that means I will sacrifice some mileage. I hope to get my mileage into the low 30’s for the first half marathon and close to the 40’s for the next few. So do I aim for less mileage and go inside once a week, do I change my experience and add a day of running for a total of 5, or do I add pick up’s and tempos on the road? My PR for a half marathon is 2:03:32, my goal is to reach the 1:50-1:59 window. This is likely not to happen for Jan, but possibly for the next one. God knows, I will have 5 tries before the end of 2010!! Suggestions?
Miles trained today: 3.08
Days until NYC Manhattan Half Marathon: 66
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Monday, November 9, 2009
Saturday, November 7, 2009
Monday, November 2, 2009
I'm going to break my own rule and blog about a run the day after, forgive me, but WE RAN THE NEW YORK CITY MARATHON!!
I'm not even sure where to begin with this one, it was unreal from beginning to end. There were highs and lows, emotional at times, but we finished! It was a race like none other, I left New York today with no regrets. We had a blast! There are some shout outs I have to make:
To my lungs, I'm sorry that I ran while you were not up to top conditioning. Forgive me and please stop punishing me. You should have been cooperative and fought harder prior to the race, we never planned to run sick. I coughed throughout the race as you tried to remind me you were no in favor of running this marathon. I'm sure we contaminated many fans as I couldn't help by high-five them!
To Jenn and Mitch, You guys are unreal. I ran the race focusing on getting from 1 mile to the next, from mile 13 till we saw you, I chanted "get to Jenn, get to Jenn". Mitch, there you were, from now on we will refer to you as Mr. Gu. How you picked us out so clearly out of 43,741 runners, I have no idea. There you were, Gu in hand, we wouldn't have finished without it. Jenn, I cried when I saw you, although I think I heard you first. Jumping up and down, running along side us, cheering us through. You guys are the ultimate fans.
To Brooklyn, I love you, what a party! I don't know how many miles we were with you for, but it was a blast the whole time. Thank you for the hershey candy bar. I can now say that I danced to the YMCA while running a marathon. Your cheers were deafening, and there were plenty of sox fans out there.
To Melissa and Matt, mile 7 was all yours! Just the pick me up that we needed as things we starting to settle down. I want proof that you drank as close to 26.2 beers as you could!
To the Queensboro Bridge, Oh man do I hate you. You are an awful place and have no right to be part of a marathon. Desolate and uphill, my fellow marathoners were dropping like flies. You tried to take my Joe, and we fought you off! I knew that you had to connect to land eventually, but it felt like we ran on you for 2 hours, although it was mere minutes. Hellish!
To 1st Ave, Great times! I thought we would not get along, miles 16-18 run along your part of the route. I apologize to the Yankee fan I flipped off, don't tease marathoners this late in the race, even if we are Sox fans. I felt strong, like I could have run forever. Beautiful sights, the highlight of my marathon!
To Central Park, I hate to say it, but we are not good friends. I'm sure you are beautiful, but all I remember are your ugly rolling hills. Rick, where were you are mile 23? I felt the urge to spray the air with foul language, I held back in your honor. I apologize to the guide at mile 24 who was kindly making way for a wheelchair athlete, I thought you were removing me from the course and offering me a chair. What can I say, the lack of glucose was affecting my brain function!
To the timing mats, thanks for being there to remind me that there were friends and family at home who were cheering for us. Every time we ran across I did a little dance, yes even at the very end. Next time I don't need so many reminders that I continue to be very far from finishing. It's a long way from mile 24 to mile 26, and I didn't need the count down to the final .2 meter by meter, a little like rubbing salt in the wound.
To Nich, You are great! What a weekend, and too see a familiar face at the end made it all worth it. You made it felt like we were the first 2 finishers. Sorry I hugged you at the end, in hindsight we probably didn't smell great, the glucose can be blamed again
To my Babe, we did it and we did it together. Thank You!
There is so much more than can be said, but you will never get it until you have run it. The New York City Marathon is an experience like no other, such a great time. The lottery for 2010 is open, if we can do it anyone can do it!
Miles raced on 11/01/09: 26.2
Marathons Completed: 2