Monday, January 04, 2010

I moved my blog!

So I wanted to update the format of my blog and it got out of control and I ended up totally moving it. Its now at

Sorry for any trouble, thanks for updating your links!

Fatigue Fighter Intervals

So the Runner's World half marathon plan I'm following called for what they call Fatigue Fighter Intervals today. And I sure was fatigued by the end. The plan actually called for this type of workout for the last few weeks, gradually building up the distance of the long interval, but since I'm a slacker, this was the first time I tried it. Instead of doing 3200's at half marathon pace, I wimped out and only did 2400s, justifying it to myself by saying that the workouts progressed from 2000 to 2400 to 3200 this week and that I skipped the first 2 so I should get to start in the middle. That and it was really windy at the track in Red Hook today. So here's how it went:
400 - 94, 100 jog rest
1200 - 5:03, 200 walk/jog rest
2400 - 10:37
6 min walk/jog rest between sets
400 - 93, 100 jog rest
1200 - 4:56, 200 walk/jog rest
2400 - 10:24

Overall, it went well. The plan said I should be able to do 95 / 5:00 / 10:30 so I started out a little conservative and then pushed it through the second set. It was not an easy workout for me and I found myself saying, in the last mile, that I needed to just visualize the last mile of the half marathon and not let up. The cold windy conditions (checked before I left to see 25F feels like 15F) didn't help much.

Two things about the wind - I think Garmin should come up with a wind speed sensor / pace converter. It was blowing so much, I wish it could have made me feel better about the slow straightaways each lap by calculating some sort of converted pace taking the wind speed into account. Also, over the holidays I got a gift certificate to a sporting goods store and I picked up a new pair of Under Armour shorts that I tried out today for the first time. They caught my eye because they advertised that they'd keep you warm so I thought I'd give them a try. They actually worked! I wore them under a pair of thick running tights and no numb legs for me on this run!

Saturday, January 02, 2010

Long, sort of

Today I met up with the Saturday morning run group for an easy 12 miles. I ran up to GAP then we did a loop around the Greenwood Cemetery and finished up the loop of the park before heading home. I barely made it out the door, I woke up to see snow on the ground and told myself I'd just run tomorrow instead. But then I made the mistake of checking the weather forecast for tomorrow only to see it would be much colder and windier than today and decided that I'd better not put it off. Despite my bad attitude, the run went well and I was glad I got out. I was also glad that the group wanted to go relatively short for a Saturday morning as the wind was really picking up and my legs were numb from the cold by the time we finished the cemetery loop.

Yesterday I got in a great 7 miler. I ended up doing an outside loop of the park at a pretty fast pace for an easy day. It felt so good to be running outside after the last week of limited treadmill running.

In addition to this running, I've also been thinking a lot about my running last year. Even though I did manage to finish Boston and put in a solid performance at Reach the Beach, I still feel somewhat disappointed with how the year went. Not only did Boston not go as planned, there were many days where I just didn't feel like running or I slept through a group run or race that I'd planned on doing. I also went through big spans of time where my mileage jumped around a lot with a 15 mile week followed by 40 followed by 25 with no real consistency. I'm trying to figure out how to snap out of this slump and I'm leaning towards taking a whole month after the Manhattan Half where I don't wear a watch and I focus on just getting out the door 4-5 days a week, without worrying about pace or distance. I feel like I've been training for something for so long or at least feeling compelled to get in the "right" number of miles at the "right" pace for even longer and that I just need a break from all that to refresh my running. So for now, that's the plan after I get this NYC qualifying half time out of the way. Maybe 2010 will be the year that my running gets more inspired, more fun. Lets hope so.

Friday, January 01, 2010

1860 miles

In 2009 I ran 1860 miles. That's pretty far.

I accomplished a goal I set for myself when I was 11 years old and my dad ran the NYC Marathon. I told him I'd run 3 marathons in my life, that I'd qualify for Boston and run that as my 3rd. This year I did it, it didn't go how I'd planned, I ran about 20 minutes slower than I'd wanted to, but I'm proud of finishing.

I also ran the Reach the Beach Relay, my first 200+ mile relay. It was a great time and I'm definitely glad I decided to join the team. I ran much faster than I thought I could as the race went on, surprising myself by running my 4th leg faster than the legs before. We also won, first women's team overall which is something I know we are all really proud of.

We'll see what happens in 2010... I'd better get out for a run.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

I took Sunday off, without really wanting to, because of the snowstorm. I actually headed out to catch the bus up to Prospect Park to meet the group for the regular Sunday run, but after waiting for 15 minutes on the cold, snowy sidewalk, I gave up and walked home. Its probably best, as I needed an off day, but it was really hard to miss out on such a beautiful snowy run. Monday I did an easy run with B, we just went slow for about 4 miles, again with some snowy sidewalks to get through.

Last night I got together with some PPTC runners for a tough fartlek workout. It was cold and I knew it would be a long run, so I took the train partway to GAP and then ran the rest. We did the same workout as last week, 6 sets of 3 min on / 1 off / 2 on / 1 off. It was hard, especially because of the cold, but I managed to get through it. The second half seemed to go pretty quickly, those short 1 min rests seem to make it go by fast because there isn't much time to think about the next interval before it starts. I was so cold, and we finished near the train station, so I took the train back home. I figure I got in a total of 8 miles for the night.

It'll be an easy day for me today, and then travel to the freezing Mid-West tomorrow for the holidays. We'll see how the running goes out there, in addition to the cold temps they are calling for a snow/ice storm tomorrow and Thursday, so I might be stuck on a treadmill for most of my running. Got to pack lots of layers...