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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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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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