Saturday, January 31, 2009

Exhausted

I did a long run today, just over 18 miles. Went with the group from Grand Army Plaza, out Ocean Parkway to Coney Island and back. Now I'm tired.

For the last few weeks, my body hasn't been too happy with me running long runs every weekend. It seems like every other week, I have a great long run where I run fast and feel strong the whole way. But then on the other weeks, I feel like crap. Unfortunately, today I felt like crap. My first 20 miler is scheduled for 2 weeks from today with a shorter long run next weekend. Maybe the shorter run will help get me out of this pattern. I hope so, or its going to be a long 20 miles...

Distance: 18.1
Time: 2:30

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Workout Day

I got in my 5x1200 today. It sounded like it would be really hard, but once I got started it wasn't so bad and I actually ran faster than I had planned. My splits were relatively uneven (5:01, 4:46, 4:53, 5:04, 4:49) but I ran the loop around the park so the uphill ones were the slow ones. I had to remind myself on the hill that I was training for Boston so I'd better not slack off on the hills...

It was a beautiful day for a run. Most of the water had dried up from last night so there wasn't much ice in the park, just some slushy parts and puddles to run around. Nice and sunny too!

Distance: 8.7 miles
Time: 65 min

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Group Run

I went up to Albany on Monday and Tuesday this week. Had to work long hours so I didn't get together with the Utopia crew, but I did get to run an early morning loop around the SUNY campus. I wouldn't say I miss running there, but it was nice to run a familiar loop because it was dark outside. I even saw a few other people out braving the early cold morning.

The original plan for today was 5x1200. However, I bailed on that because of the weather and went to the PPTC group run instead, which was way more fun than a workout by myself in the rain. It was getting pretty cold and slippery and I had my first fall of the winter. Fortunately, it was more of a slow slide down onto the side of my leg, so it didn't hurt much. Good thing, given that I have to run that workout tomorrow and its going to be hard enough without getting hurt.

Distance: 6 mi
Time: 49 min

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Manhattan Half Marathon

I think I'm finally thawed out from the race this morning. It was cold, about 15F the whole time I was outside. The new start location this year was a big improvement making it much easier for me to get to the race. (When I ran it a couple of years ago, having to wait around to switch trains/ take a cab/ run to the starting line and still missing the start wasn't so fun.) I arrived early and got in a little over 40 minutes before the start so I could get a total of 18 for the day. Having these long races with lots of water and cheering volunteers along the course makes the long runs easier, that's for sure.

Time: 2:25
Distance: around 18 miles

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Its getting colder out there. Just finished an "easy" 6 mile loop and a half of Prospect Park. The road is finally dry after the few inches of snow we got this week which makes it nicer for running. I hope its not too cold for the race tomorrow. According to weather.com, it will feel like 10F at 9am... at least the wind is supposed to die down by morning.

Distance: 6 mi
Time: 50 min

Friday, January 23, 2009

Beautiful day for a run

Today was my medium long run. I think these are my favorite runs of the week. I get to push the pace at the end, but I usually end up feeling strong and surprising myself when I get back and check my splits. I ran the first half with B at around normal training pace, 8:45 or so. Then he headed for home and I ran a hard loop around the park, at around 7:30 pace and I felt great. I even passed a guy all dressed in fancy bike gear, going up the hill on Prospect Park Southwest at the end. I did some lunges afterwards, hoping that they'll make the pain from the set on Wednesday go away...

I've finally decided my plan for the Manhattan Half Marathon this Sunday. I'm going to run around 45 minutes beforehand and then do the race for a nice 18 mile day. It'll be nice to have a long run with water stops... Too bad it won't be 45 and sunny like it was today.

Time: 95 min
Distance: 11.6 mi

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Easy Day

It feels much warmer outside today, making it a nice day for my easy run. I got in 8 miles, doing a loop around Green-Wood cemetery and then a loop around Prospect Park. The footing was good, with most of the snow cleared from the past couple of days except for the stretch along side of the rail yards, on 36th and 37th Streets, which was not cleared at all.

Distance - 8 mi
Time - 67 min

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Made It

Today I got in my weekly workout, 2x2 miles. I went right around 7 min pace but it felt really hard. I wonder if its because my body is still trying to get used to running more miles consistently. All I know is it's going to take all the energy I've got left to not take a nap this afternoon.

Inspired by a visit / run with my Team Utopia pals up in Albany on Monday night, I did lunges and pushups afterward my workout. I'm a big wimp. They are doing 100 pushups a day for 50 days and I barely got through 30. Its amazing how I can be in great running shape, but horrible everything else shape. Guess it pays to do some cross training once in a while.

Distance: 8.1 mi
Time: 63 min

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Something Different

I went for a easy run with B this afternoon. We went down McDonald Ave, to Kings Highway, and then back towards home on Ocean Pkwy. It was a nice run, nice to do something different. Not much traffic or stopping and starting which helped since it got colder as we kept running.

It did make me excited for summer as I realized that I can run out to Coney Island and go to the beach! Too bad I've got a while to wait for that...

Distance: 9.23 mi
Time: 83 min

Saturday, January 17, 2009

It was cold!

Got in about 14 miles today. Not quite the 17 that the plan called for, but I think its OK given the extra work I had to do to stay warm. It was about 7F when I left the apartment and didn't feel like it warmed up at all throughout the 2 hours I was out.

It was an interesting run... We ran from Prospect Park, across the Brooklyn Bridge and over to the West Side, around Battery Park and then back to the park. The goal was to see the plane in the Hudson. Couldn't see much but a piece of a wing sticking up out of the water. It was pretty strange. Also strange was the turkey that was walking around in Battery Park... Really, a wild turkey just walking around. I wonder if animal control (or some other agency) is responsible for rescuing wild turkeys that somehow make it into Manhattan.

Distance: around 14 miles
Time: around 2 hours (Stopped my watch around an hour in on accident)

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Medium Long Day

Now I remember why I try not to do 2 hard days in a row. Since I have to make a trip to Michigan tomorrow, I did my medium long run (about 10 miles) today instead. After the workout yesterday, my legs felt OK but at about 45 minutes into the run, I started feeling very tired, just no energy. I went down to Red Hook and then out Columbia St. to Congress and worked my way to Flatbush Ave., cut over to Union, went to GAP and then a loop on the roads around the park. Whew, it sounds much longer when I write it out...

Distance: 10.5 miles
Time: 86 minutes

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Workout!

Today I modified the schedule a little bit so I could use the 1/4 mile markers on the loop around Prospect Park - they are so convenient, allowing me to get hills and intervals in at the same time. I was supposed to do 5x1000 but I did 8x800 with 400 rest instead. The goal was to do them at around 5K to 8K pace, but as I have no idea what I can run a 5K or 8K race in, it was an estimate. I did them all around 3:15-3:18 with a slower one up the hill (3:24) and the last one in 3:10. So, overall, a good workout.

I read this article the other morning and found myself thinking about it a lot during the run. I really like long, hard intervals, the kind that you think to yourself before you start that it will be impossible to do all of them but then when you get about half way into it you realize you can and you will hit your times. I wonder if that makes me more of a 10mile / half marathon kind of a girl. Someday I'll have to focus on training for the half marathon and see.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

I love the park!

We got a little snow and some more ice/rain last night so I was so glad I had the park today. I got in an easy 5 miles with B around Prospect Park. Footing wasn't great on the sidewalks to the park, including the park side of Prospect Park West, but once we got into the park, it was fine on the main road. My legs felt pretty good, considering the long run yesterday.

Get to make the trip up to Albany tomorrow, so it'll be a much needed rest day for me.

Distance: 5.3 miles
Time: 47 minutes

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Long Run

This morning I met up for a group run and got in about 12 miles going from Grand Army Plaza, over the Brooklyn Bridge into Manhattan, then to the Williamsburg Bridge and back to GAP. Between that, my run to GAP and then adding on a loop on the outside of Prospect Park and a little bit in the park, I got in 17.5 miles. It felt so much better than the long run last weekend so that's a relief.

On another note, our monthly winter CSA share from came today. It's always exciting to get the box full of veggies, eggs and grains. Today we got lots of beets (my absolute favorite) along with potatoes, kale, granola and spelt. I don't know what to do with spelt but I guess I'll find out soon!

Distance: 17.5 mi
Time: 2:26

Friday, January 09, 2009

Easy day

I got in an easy run this morning. I was trying to get some work done but got kicked off of the computer so instead of just sitting around frustrated like I usually do when that happens, I went out for a run. I went down to Red Hook - there was a lot of traffic on the way there but once I got there it was worth it. The view of Manhattan was beautiful down by the Brooklyn shipping terminal which made up for the wind and the traffic. I've got to get in a long run tomorrow so I just tried to take it easy and enjoy the view.

Distance: 6.88 mi
Time: 57 min

Thursday, January 08, 2009

I got in 11.5 miles today, doing a loop around Green-Wood Cemetery with B and then 2 loops around Prospect Park. By the end I was going pretty fast as it was dark and I just wanted to get the run over with. It was super windy out there today. The past couple of days have been busy with work so it was nice to get out for a run, even if it was in the dark for most of the time.

Distance: 11.57 miles
Time: 95 minutes

Monday, January 05, 2009

First Official Marathon Workout

I just got back from my first workout in my new marathon training plan! I did 2x1.75 miles at what was supposed to be lactate threshold pace. I actually ran just under 7min/mile pace for both intervals, with the first mile in 6:41 (oops) - I must have been excited to get started on these workouts... Hopefully I'll have that level of enthusiasm for the next few months and not just on the first workout! I've got to get the pacing under control though - it shouldn't take a big uphill to get me to hit my splits.

First one done, just 14 more weeks to go...

Distance: 8.55 miles
Time: 67 minutes

Sunday, January 04, 2009

Easy Day

Today B and I did an easy loop around Prospect Park, adding on a little at the beginning. It was a nice, cool day for running. My legs actually felt good after the long run yesterday which was a nice surprise.

Distance: 6mi
Time: 50:30

Saturday, January 03, 2009

Whew!

I finally settled on a marathon training plan yesterday. The plan focuses on long runs, doing a long run and a medium long run each week, and then one workout, either a tempo run or fairly long intervals. Sounds like my kind of plan. I decided on this one as I think its more do-able on my own than the plans I've followed in the past with 2 workouts a week. It was much easier to get out twice a week for hard intervals when I had a team to meet (I miss Utopia!!)

So today, to start on my plan, I got in an almost 15 mile long run. It had plenty of hills as it started at Grand Army Plaza, went down over the Brooklyn Bridge, back on the Manhattan Bridge, back up the slope to GAP and then around Prospect Park on the roads. I'm exhausted now, but hoping that next week's long run will go smoother because I made it through today's run.

Distance: 14.9mi
Time: 123 min

Thursday, January 01, 2009

Happy New Year!

So I don't think I've ever added them up before, but in 2008 I ran 1632 miles. That sounds like a lot, especially since I didn't run a marathon this year. It was a strange running year for me, given that I didn't really focus on any races at all over the whole year. I started the year out running on treadmills in a gym in the middle of Manitoba, just trying to stay in shape while working 70 hours a week. After I got home in April, I just tried to keep up on with the group runs I did with Team Utopia in Albany. Finally got back into it over the summer and then I moved to Brooklyn and tried to stick with it over the move. I did run the fastest mile I've run since college in late September, but I think thats the only real exciting race I had with a decent time. Next year will be different, as I've got Boston coming up and I'll have a bunch of new races to train for since I'm living down in NYC.

Anyway, went for an easy run today. B and I did the loop around Green-wood cemetery. I felt pretty good - it was a great day for running. Nice and cold and sunny.

Time: 42 minutes
Distance: 4.9 miles

2009 Races





DateRaceDistanceTime
Nov. 15NYRR XC Team Champs Van Cortlandt Park5K21:31
Sept. 18, 19Reach the Beach Relay
Cannon Mt to Hampton Beach, NH
207 mi
I did 23
Leg 1 - 8.9 mi / 68 min
Leg 2 - 3.8 mi / 28 min
Leg 3 - 6.9mi / 50 min
Leg 4 - 3.4mi / 23 min
First Place Women's team!
Aug. 8NYRR Team Championships
Central Park
5mi35:00
May 10Cinco De Mayo 5K
Prospect Park
5K20:31 (2nd place woman!)
Apr. 20The Boston Marathon
26.2 mi3:42:52
Mar. 22Colon Cancer Challenge
Central Park
15K1:04:38 3rd place age group!
Mar. 8Celebrate Life Half Marathon
Rock Hill, NY
13.1mi1:38:18 2nd place age group!
Feb. 22Cherry Tree 10 Mile
Prospect Park
10mi1:12:02 (Unofficial time, missed the start)
Feb. 8Bronx Half Marathon13.1mi1:45:04
Jan. 25Manhattan Half Marathon
Central Park
13.1mi1:44:05