Monthly Archives: July 2012

Chef in training! Week 4 Recap

It’s no secret I’m no master chef (or any kinda chef for that matter), but ever since training started I’ve been trying to experiment with pasta dishes so that I can find the ultimate recipe for success come race day. I’ve tried a few variations of this very simple recipe that I found off Runner’s World, and I’m liking it. It’s basically just pasta, asparagus, shiitake mushrooms, garlic, and a little bit of extra virgin olive oil, sprinkled with parmesan cheese. The few modifications I have made is that I do not include lemon zest and use about half of the oil suggested. This last batch I also added a little bit of chopped up onions since I had some leftover from the other day.

Saturday night dinner for the next 15 weeks? Note: I ate WAY more pasta than is shown on this plate


I also included turkey meatballs from Trader Joe’s. I realize they don’t look too appetizing in the photo, but they were a good addition to the pasta. Like I said, I’m no cook, and I don’t really enjoy handling meat (haha-stupid), so I didn’t mind having a little help from Trader Joe’s.

This was my Saturday night pre-long-run dinner. Verdict? It sat well in my stomach that night and the following morning. So, this could be a contender.

And this is how week four of training went:

Monday: Rest Day
Tuesday: 3 Mile run + 45 min of strengthening
Wednesday: 6 Mile run at marathon race pace
Horrible, horrible run. The weather was actually decent (or as decent as a NY summer can be) but I felt low on energy, sluggish, and very slow. Trying to run and hold a 9-9:15 minute pace felt as difficult as running a sub-8:00 pace for this length. I could shrug it off as it just being one of those days (which I think it partly was), or I could acknowledge a few possible red-flags. First, I probably did too much strengthening work the previous evening. I think strengthening is important, but I either have to figure out a better day to do it, or go easier, especially since Wednesdays will always be my second longish run day. Second, I only ate a banana before my run. I have a difficult time waking up an entire hour before running in the morning (before work) to eat a decent breakfast, so I usually skimp out before my weekday runs. For the most part it’s been fine for my shorter runs, but anything over 5 and its starting to effect my energy levels. So…I must figure out a better plan for eating.
Thursday: 3 Mile run on the treadmill + Yoga
Whereas yesterday’s 9:00ish pace was rough, I was fine running around the 7:40-7:50 mark on the treadmill. Granted it was only 3 miles, but I still felt significantly better the entire run. Maybe I’m not getting slower after all!
Friday: 45 min strengthening
Saturday: Rest
I battled with myself over going to spin in the morning, and in the end, decided to sleep in and take it easy while catching some of the Olympics, and I’m glad I did.
Sunday: 11-Miler at around 45-60 seconds slower than marathon race pace

I actually finished at McCarren park. My Nike+ Sportwatch was .35 of a mile behind Adam’s Garmin so I kept going just so I could get that 11-Miles. Sad.


Most of this run felt good! I didn’t have too many issues with energy levels or body soreness. I was a little sluggish right out of the gate (but I usually am), and I started to get a little bit of knee pain around 8-9 miles but it subsided after a mile or so. Also, the weather was decent in comparison to week’s past.

We started on Metropolitan heading out towards the waterfront, down Kent and then Flushing Ave towards Dumbo. This time we went across the Brooklyn Bridge into Manhattan, and then back into Brooklyn via the Manhattan Bridge, since the run was a few miles longer. Running across the Brooklyn Bridge was a bit like that Gecko (I mean Geico) commercial and we had to run through the Financial District/Chinatown to get back onto the Manhattan Bridge. I’m sure if we run this path a few more times we’ll get the hang of it and maybe the Hulk in me won’t come out.

For the most part, our splits were essentially on target, maybe even a little bit too fast on some miles. Right now I’m aiming at about a 9:00 marathon race pace, so for the longer runs, I should be running anywhere from 9’30-10’00 miles (maybe even slower, but that seems like a stretch right now). I’m guessing the slower 10’00 miles were around when we were dropped in Chinatown and there was some stop and go but I’m not sure WTH happened during that 10’53 mile. There were a bunch of stop-and-go moments while we were trying to figure out how to get onto the Brooklyn Bridge (oops, ran out of sidewalk and into the freeway on-ramp! oops, dead end!) but I didn’t think it was that much.

11-Miler on July 29th

Like I mentioned, I felt pretty decent during the run, but I was soooo spent afterwards. I felt like I just ran a Marathon! Not that I know what it would feel like after running 26.2 miles, but I was SO exhausted and started to freak out about what running a whole 15.2 miles more might feel like. What did I get myself into???!

xo.

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New Shoes and Week 3 Recap

I am a bit late. At this rate I should be starting on a Week 4 recap, but no matter!

This past weekend I bought a new pair of shoes to throw into the mix. Originally, I was planning on getting a bit of a heavier, more stable shoe to pair with my Brook’s PureFlows, either the Brooks Adrenaline or maybe the Nike Zoom Structure Triax 15. I used to run in the Asics GT-2170, but throughout training for my last two half-marathons I developed shin splits. While it could have been from a number of things (not to mention I was also training in some older Nikes), I decided to try out some new shoes to see if it could help, and settled on the Brook’s PureFlows about a month ago after reading such great things about them. When I purchased them, I wasn’t certain if they would be appropriate for my long runs, but the plan was to primarily wear them for my week-day shorter runs. Right out of the box, I loved running in them. They were super comfortable and light, especially paired with my new Brooks socks I just purchased. When doing more research I found a lot of comparisons between them and Saucony’s Kinvera 3 shoe. But why would I get two similar shoes, when the point was to get a more stable shoe for my longer runs? When I arrived at the shoe store, I was fully prepared to buy another heavy shoe (like my previous Asics), but in the end I decided on the Kinveras. A lighter shoe has been working out for me so far in training, so why not keep with them? I’m still not sure either will be my long-long-long distance shoe, but I’ll see how each feel as the runs get a bit longer.

Saucony Kinveras 3

My brightest looking set of shoes yet

Last week’s training schedule was a little bit lighter than usual and it went a little something like this:

Monday: Rest day
Tuesday: 3 Mile run in the morning + Chisel in the evening
Wednesday: 5 Miles at marathon run pace. Right on target with a 9’01 pace.
Thursday: 3 Mile run in the morning + Chisel in the evening
Friday: Spin with my favorite instructor. Oh, how I miss spin. Not to mention my favorite teacher. I hadn’t gone in weeks and I was lucky enough to finish work in time to make it to his class.
Saturday: Rest day. Shopping day!
Sunday: 6.5 Mile in Central Park with Team ASPCA!
This was a stepback week, so the long run was quite a bit shorter. Since it fit with my schedule, I decided to meetup with Team ASPCA’s training group. It was my first time running in a group, and it was definitely a great experience. My plan is to run with them every so often, but likely not every week. The 45 minute commute up to Central Park takes up a lot of precious early-morning-moderately-cooler-weather time. Plus, Adam and I are training on exactly the same schedule, so it makes it easier to run as a pair. But I’d like to as much as I can when it makes sense to.

This weekend I’ll be running an 11-miler. Let’s just hope the weather cooperates!

xo.

Week 2 Recap

Well I’m still not at 2 posts per week. But I’m trying to get better at this!

I’m now in week three of training and it’s been going pretty well…besides the heat. Never has the weather made such a difference in my day to day life before! How I miss the winter days when I’d be shivering in my damp clothes (uh…from sweat of course) after I had cooled down from a longish run. Actually, maybe I don’t miss those days. And I say longish, because once I get into the 15-20 mile run territory, my measely 10 milers I used to dread during half-training will probably seem like a walk in the park.

With the heat also comes lots of sweat and lots of sunscreen, which without fail, runs into my eyes every time and burns like hell. Every sunscreen I’ve bought claims to be sweat proof and “won’t run into your eyes”. Help! Do I just have an overly sweaty forehead?

So to just briefly recap last week. Week 2 of training went like this:

Monday: REST DAY!
Tuesday: 3 Mile run. I did this one at night because I couldn’t get myself up in time before work, but I was glad I did. It was mildly cooler that evening and a bit breezy. I felt good and ran an 8:20ish pace for the majority of the run, which is really more like I’m used to. I’m noticing my comfortable pace is about 15-25 seconds slower in the summer. I’ll get over it, but it is a slight blow to the ego when I see my pace slowing a bit.
Wednesday: 5 Mile run at or around race pace. I don’t remember a lot about this run except that I was drenched in sweat after. I hate you heat.
Thursday: 3 Mile run+Chisel: Not much to say about either. Did my run in the AM and Chisel at night.
Friday: Hot Pilates
Saturday: Strengthening: What I thought was a very mild and short strength session left me sore for my long run the next day. D’oh. Too many squats.
Sunday: 9 Mile run: Adam and I ran together. We (he) mapped out a new course we’ve never taken before which took us across the Manhattan Bridge, which is my new favorite bridge! So flat, I love flat! Into Manhattan for a very short section through Chinatown and the LES, and back into Brooklyn via the Williamsburg Bridge, which is definitely NOT my favorite bridge. While the incline sucks, it’s really the sharp decline at the end which kills my knees.

I stole this map from Adam, because I’ve failed to upload any of my runs in the last few weeks. Why? Software updates!

While it was humid out, it was overcast, which made it not so terrible. We left around 8ish and I’m thinking if we really want to beat the heat, we’re going to have to wake up AT LEAST an hour earlier. 6AM every Sunday??! Yeah right… Other than that, I felt good and we stayed at our target pace which was about 30-45 seconds slower than marathon race pace. Oh, and if I thought I was drenched on Wednesday, coming home from my run on Sunday was like stepping out of the shower with all my clothes on. Yeah. Gross.

Week 3! Wooo!

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I Suck. Go NYC!

So much for trying to post at a minimum, twice a week.  A lot has happened since my last post, and I’m hoping that because of that, I will start posting more frequently.

Since last April, I’ve run the Brooklyn Half and a handful of other shorter runs, which resulted in a mixture of ups and downs.  Believe me, I have a lot to share on those experiences, and I will in my future posts, but the big news I have to share today is…I am running in the NYC Marathon!  I didn’t get in via lottery, but I will be running for the ASPCA . Raising $3,000 will take some work, but so will training for the next 18 weeks, and I’m ready to take it on!

With that being said, another reason I am not going to recap the last few months at this moment, is that it was my first official day of training!  Of course, I’ve been maintaining my running, and my first 3 mile run this morning wasn’t a huge venture, but it marks the start of my long road ahead.  My plan is to follow Hal Hidgon’s Novice 2 Program with a few additions:

  • Strength Training: Depending on how I’m feeling each week.  I’d like to throw in at least one day of strength training (maybe 2 if I’m not too worn down, but I don’t want to push it), preferably on Tuesdays since that’ll be one of my shorter/slow running days.
  • Yoga or Pilates: At a minimum twice a month.  When I’ve trained for half-marathons I’ve been able to fit it in once a week, but I realize this schedule will be a bit more grueling, so if I can do either once every other week, I’ll be happy.
  • Spin: Which will serve as my cross training. This will be a tough one.  I really enjoy spin, and I feel like it’s a good compliment to running, but I’ll really have to see how much energy I have once training starts.  I’d like it to be another every other week event.
  • Mild speed work: Hal doesn’t include speed work in his Novice 1 or 2 training programs.  I know that he is very much against it for new marathoners, and while I don’t want to over do anything, I’d like to include some tempo runs, and very mild speed training.

At this point, I think the first month will be a learning experience to see what I have the energy to fit in, because it’s only going to get tougher.  While I do want to get in my other workouts, running will take the priority.

Day 1

Day 1: 3 mile run around McCarren Park. Way too hot. 72 more runs to go.

One thing I am learning already is that I am going to have to run slow in training. VERY SLOW on some days.  No, I’m not the fastest runner in town, but some days I enjoy a little bit of speed, and sometimes you can’t help it when you aren’t paying attention to your watch.  Today, I ran my 3 miler around my projected marathon pace (which will probably change along the course of training) and more or less, I kept to it the entire run.  I will say, that it wasn’t too hard to run a little bit slower, on a day that was in the high 80’s. The heat is not my friend.  No, no, no.

Tomorrow I plan to get in a 5-miler (also at or around race pace), and then I’m off to Boston!

Happy Fourth!!

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