NYC Half Recap

I need to get into a better routine of updating.

The NYC Half came and passed. It went pretty well though I did let my nerves get the best of  me leading up to it. I just need to remember that it’s just a race, it’s not the end of the world if my time doesn’t improve, or things don’t go exactly as planned–you just never know how  your body will fare come race day. Other than my sore shins I was experiencing the previous few weeks, I was feeling a lot stronger and faster than when I was training for my first half which was last September–the Philadelphia RockNRoll. My knee issues seemed to have disappeared–though replaced with possible shin splits–but that wasn’t effecting my running too much.  I was still extremely nervous for that run, though I didn’t have as high of expectations for myself, which I think made it a little more enjoyable. I had a goal at the time–which was to break 2:05, and I did even better than that by finishing in1:59–but I believe I would have been happy no matter what.

It’s hard to say if I worked harder this time around than before, because I was following a similar plan. But I had added an extra (somewhat optional, depending on how my body was feeling) day of running, following through  with more speed/interval runs, and had recently added one day (when time permitted that is) of spin into the mix. I can probably write up an entire post about my new love of spin and how I feel it’s been helping with my running, but I will save that for another day!

So my goal going into the NYC half was to either hit or break 1:55. I didn’t think it was a stretch as I knew I could break a 9:00 pace, but I was a little weary of the hills in Central Park, since I don’t do a whole lot of hill work. But, come race day, it didn’t seem to phase me. I felt pretty strong all throughout the first 6 miles, which was a full loop of the park. I was starting to lose a little bit of momentum going into the 7-8th mile just because I had to go to the bathroom and I refused to stop! But those were also probably the most fun since they were right through Times Square. At mile 9ish my left shin started to hurt again. For about half a mile I was worried about having to slow down, but I just kept sticking to my pace and for the most part, I was able to ignore it.  I should also add, that I wore my fancy (and expensive) running socks that day.  Though I have worn them before, I realized later I had never worn them with that particular set of shoes.  What a bad idea! I felt like I was getting blisters on my feet the entire run. Always wear what you’re used to! I had other things to worry about during the race, but I know I would have been a lot more comfortable if I just worn my normal socks. The remainder of the run went by in a blur. I didn’t  enjoy the tunnel so much though. It was hot and sticky and I lost my tiny water bottle (which is like my security blanket) at the start of it and started to panic. But as we exited, I saw the 800m to go sign and knew I was home free and finished in 1:51. Looking at my splits, I maintained a pretty consistent pace of 8:26-8:31 throughout the entire run, so I was definitely pleased with that.

5K:    0:26:27
10K: 0:52:28
15K  1:18:44
20K   1:45:42
Net:   1:51:26

So I was very happy with the outcome, but….
1) I still want to do better!
2) Next time I plan on trying to enjoy the race more, instead of being so worried about every little thing that could possibly effect my time.

With that said, I took about a week off of a strict running schedule, but this week I’m back to it as I prepare for the Brooklyn Half in May!


Week in review

This week has had some highs and lows.  Last Sunday I completed a very solid 11 mile run in Prospect Park which I felt good about.  I did some minor, minor strength work on Monday night, and Tuesday I did a 6.5 speed-work run and a strength class at night. The speed work included a 1 Mile warm up, 1 Mile @ 10k pace, .5 mile recovery, 1 Mile 10k pace, .5 mile recovery, and 4x400m @ 5K pace, ending with a 1 mile warm down.  The majority of it was right on target and I felt pretty good after.  Once I figure out how to graph my splits on here, I hope to include those–hah, though maybe only on my good days–we’ll see 🙂

Wednesday I was feeling a bit sluggish, and only had a 4 mile moderate pace run to do.  I should add that lately I’ve been having some minor aching near my inner shin, close to the ankle, with my only guess is that it could be shin splits, which I’ve never experienced before.  I’ve noticed it’s been a gradual thing, so my plan for now is to just slow down my pace in the coming days, particularly on non speed work runs, ice, and hopefully it’ll start to improve.  At the moment, it’s not something that is really hindering my ability to run, or slow me down, but I don’t want to do any damage seeing that I’m only two weeks out until race day.  Sooo…back to Wednesday.  I got to the gym after work and started my run, but nothing felt right. My shin was aching, I felt slow, and couldn’t get into a groove.   I even changed treadmills twice–ok maybe 3 times–I blame the lady who felt the need to situate herself right next to me when there were a million open machines–but after one horribly slow mile, I decided that I’d just be better off replacing my run with a spin class. I must have known that was going to happen since I signed up when I got to the gym (always good to have a back-up plan). But I felt great during and after the class, so I decided my decision was a success.  It’s so much easier on my body, but it’s an awesome workout and I definitely feel like it’s been a great, low-impact addition to my weekly routine.

On Thursday morning I woke up feeling better and more energized and did another 6 miler with some minor speed work mixed in.

And now on to today.  My plan was to fit in another strength class in the morning, but decided to hit the snooze button too many times so I went after work and did my own thing for a good 45 minutes and then did a 3 mile moderate paced run.  Today was technically my rest day, but the guilt set it from missing my Wednesday run and I couldn’t help myself.  Also, I wanted to test the waters a bit and see how my shin was faring.  Was it the smartest move? Probably not.  But I didn’t push it, it didn’t feel horrible, but has led me to think that the last two weeks I have been overcompensating for the previous two weeks when I was out of town for a weekend and sick the following.  I really need to learn to let those missed days go.

With that being said, my plan tomorrow, if any, is to get in a very, very short run. We’re talking 2-miler here, and then rest up for my long run on Sunday.  And if I’m rained out tomorrow, so be it!

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Well hello!

Welcome to the very first entry of my brand new blog. I’ve always hated giving introductions so I’ll make this brief.

My main purpose of starting a blog is my hope to track and document my adventures in running (and fitness in general), for the benefit of myself and quite possibly any others who may happen to come across this. While I’ve taken a bigger interest in running and staying active, I’ve found myself wanting a place to keep tabs on my progress, schedules, things I’ve learned from others and my own errors, and so on. If I’m feeling ambitious, I may try to try write more of a background post. But that shall come at a later date.

Right now I’m near the end of my training for the NYC Half Marathon coming up on March 18, so my following posts will likely include some of my last weeks of training, but I hope to register for the Brooklyn Half (if registration ever opens!!!)  and maybe even a full marathon later this year (will I finally get into the NY Marathon?) so I can document my training from start to finish.

Also, I am still in the process of customizing and tinkering around with the blog layout, so I apologize for how generic it is currently looking. (Yes, embarrassing!)

Here we go!

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