Saturday, February 28, 2009

Long Run

I did about 23 miles today with PPTC. It went pretty well - We did a few loops from Grand Army Plaza so people going different distances could do more with the group. We did a loop from GAP to the Brooklyn Bridge to the Manhattan Bridge and then back to GAP (around 10.5 miles). To add on, we then did a loop around Green-Wood cemetery and then a loop around the park. It was a hilly run which I guess is what I need to do to prepare for the hills at Boston. I was a little worried when we got to GAP the first time and I realized that we were only half way done, but the second half went well once I got into it. I even finished up with a loop in the park right around marathon pace and it didn't feel so bad. It's still hard to imagine running 26.2 miles at that pace though...

Distance: 23.3 miles
Time: 3hrs 10 min

Friday, February 27, 2009

Easy Run

Today I went for an easy run, partly because I felt like I should do something short to get my legs back to normal after the past 2 days and partly because it was so warm outside! I did a loop around Prospect Park, staying on the path next to the road for most of it to give my legs a break from the pavement. It's going to be another high mileage week as tomorrow is the second of my 3 long long runs in the training plan. 21 miles is a long way... We'll see how it goes.

Distance: 4.2 mi
Time: 36 min

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Medium Long Day

Unfortunately, my schedule this week forced me to do my two hard days in a row. I did my medium long day today - I went down to Red Hook, around the track a few times, and then along Van Brundt St. to Columbia to Congress. I didn't really have a plan as to how I'd add on to my usual run but I saw a sign for the bike route to the Brooklyn Bridge and I went for it... It was a nice day for a run - sunny and 45ish. Hopefully my legs don't make me regret doing the whole thing tomorrow...

Distance: 12.1 mi
Time: 1 hr 40 min

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Tempo Day

Today I did a 6 mile tempo run in Prospect Park. It was a perfect day for it, nice and cool and sunny. I debated running over to the top of the hill and starting the workout there so I'd only have to do the hill once, but I thought that was way too lame. Instead just warmed up and then started at the first mile marker I came to from the Cherry Tree run - I ended up doing miles 1-7 from the race course. My splits were pretty even, all from 6:55 (up the hill) to 6:47 with the last mile at 6:39. Its very encouraging to be able to do a run like that on a hilly course on my own. I must be doing something right!

Distance: 10.5 miles
Time: 79 min

Monday, February 23, 2009

Recovery Day

I went for an easy run today and felt surprisingly good, considering the hard long run I did yesterday. I did a loop around Green-Wood Cemetery and a loop around Prospect Park. It's sort of nice weather out there but pretty windy. At least the sun is out which is a nice change from the rain yesterday.

Distance: 7.62 miles
Time: 64 min

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Cherry Tree 10 Mile

I did the Cherry Tree 10 miler in Prospect Park today and I have to say, it was really nice to run a race so close to home. Unfortunately for me, it started right on time when I was still on the line for the bathroom so I missed the start by what I think is about a minute and a half. It was a really fun race, low key and lots of spectators at the finish area.

My plan was to run about 5 miles easy before it started and then run the first 8 miles at marathon pace and the last 2 as fast as I could. I sort of stuck to that plan, I did the 5 before and then the next 8 were a little fast. I think I was just excited to be passing everyone (since I started late) and so used to running the park loop that I ended up picking up the pace on the flat parts because I knew right where I was. My splits were all over the place - for the miles going up the hill, they were right around 7:30 but on the flat and downhill parts they varied from around 7:10 to 7:20. I ran the last 2 miles hard, 7:01 (up the hill again) and 6:33 for a total time of 72:02. Pretty good for miles 14 and 15.

Distance: 15 miles
Time: 1hr 58min

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Easy Park Run

B and I went for an easy run to see how we felt before the big 10 miler tomorrow. We went for a loop around the park and then cut down to Slope Sports to pick up our numbers for the Cherry Tree 10 Mile. Its really nice to have the early pick up option as now that's one less thing to worry about in the morning.

I felt OK, my leg is a little sore but nowhere near where it was earlier in the week. I did some drills to stretch it out so I'm feeling better about it. I'm planning on running the race tomorrow as a mostly marathon pace workout - it'll be nice to have it on a course I know so well and to have more of an idea of where I'm at in my training. Also, it doesn't start until 10 which means I don't have to get up super early and I'll have plenty of time to get in some miles before it starts.

Distance: 4.9 miles
Time: 44 min

Friday, February 20, 2009

Hopefully Not Hurt

So I've had a sore quad for the past couple of days. I felt it for the first time on Tuesday when I was doing my strides - just a little twinge on the inside of my leg. I figured I just wasn't used to doing strides, which is true, and finished the workout. It was only a little sore on Wednesday, so I went on my usual run. Yesterday, it hurt a lot, whenever I started walking - once I got going, it seemed to loosen up and stopped hurting. I decided to play it safe and took yesterday off. It felt better this morning, so I figured I'd go for an easy run and see what would happen. It went pretty well - I feel no more sore now than before I left which is always a good thing. I ran slow, around the cemetery and then finished up in the park with some stretching / running drills to stretch everything out. I'll see how I feel tomorrow. I hope it gets better - I'm signed up for the Cherry Tree 10 miler in Prospect Park on Sunday and of course, Boston is 2 months from today...

Distance: 5.6 mi
Time: 50 min

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Park Run

I did an "easy" run in the park today - I did 2 loops and a little extra as I stopped by the eye doctor on the way to make an appointment for tomorrow. I felt good but I ran too fast. The weather was strange, very windy at first, and then snowy and windy for a while, and then it got colder but the wind died down. I got in and heard the forecast for steady rain tonight, so I guess even with the snow, I was lucky I went when I did.

For the past few weeks, I've been doing the hundred pushup plan. I got through Week 2 last week but then I did the test and didn't get through the minimum. That didn't do much for my motivation and I took a few days off. Today I did my first day of redoing week 2. Hopefully I'll pass the test after this second try.

Distance: 8.7 mi
Time: 70 min

Tuesday, February 17, 2009


Today I went for my first speed day. I did 12x100m at the track down in Red Hook, doing hard on the straightaways and recovery on the turns. It felt great. I was a little worried about how my legs would feel given that I felt awful on my run on Sunday but I guess my day off yesterday was good for me.

Distance: 9.6 miles
Time: 79 min

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Long Run

I just finished my first ever 70 mile week! The 70 mile week was sort of an accident as that's how the timing worked out with the long run Sunday last weekend and then Saturday this week but still, I did it!

I did around 22 today, going over the Brooklyn Bridge, across to the West Side and then up to about 75th Street or so and back. And I actually felt great! It was really nice to have a group to run with as I don't think I would have made it for the full thing by myself. Now it's time for a big breakfast and then a long nap. Long run days are the best!

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Medium Long Day

I got in my medium long run today which is good because I've missed the last few of them. I had a nice run, down to Red Hook, back up to Prospect Park and a loop around the outside of the park to get in my 12 miles. I felt good, even with the 50mph wind gusts. People walking around must have thought I was nuts as they watched me barely moving in some spots and getting blown sideways across the sidewalk.

Distance: 12.1 miles
Time: 95 min

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Beautiful Day

It's 60F and sunny! Perfect for my easy run. I went around Green-Wood Cemetery and then around Prospect Park. The weather was so nice. This year is the first year where I can't seem to wait for winter to be over and I'm not sure if days like these help. It is a break in the winter weather, but it'll make the next cold snap seem that much colder. We're getting close though... it's almost March, right?

Distance: 7.7 miles
Time: 63 min

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

5 Mile Tempo

Today I did my second tempo workout of the training plan. I did 5.1 miles in just under 35 minutes. I felt good for the first 2 miles, terrible the third and then better again for the last part. But, I'm excited because even though I didn't feel great during the middle I didn't slow down and then picked it up at the end.

I did the whole thing in Prospect Park. Someone from PPTC has been busy as the mile markers are painted for the 10 mile Cherry Tree Race next weekend (I'm assuming that's what it was given that they went up to mile 9). That'll be a fun one with all those hills!

Distance: 9.3 miles
TIme: 70 min

Sunday, February 08, 2009

Bronx Half Marathon

I ran the Bronx Half Marathon today. I did it as a long run rather than racing it... I added in a little before and a little after to get in 16 for the day. I really liked the course, with the out and back's. It's always motivating to see the really fast runners go by and also it's nice to know where you are on the course the whole time.

Running the race easy today made me kind of miss racing. I can't wait for my tune up races to see where I'm at. Now I just have to figure out which races I'll do. I'm leaning towards something (???) the weekend of March 8 and then the 15K Colon Cancer Challenge on March 22. Should be fun!

Distance: 16 mi
Time: 2:17

Saturday, February 07, 2009


B and I ran to McCarren Park today to pick up our veggies! It was a nice run, downhill mostly and not too far. I actually led the way and after only one outburst (something like, "If I knew I had to lead the way, I would have looked at a map before we left!") it went smoothly. Now I guess I'm sort of proud of myself for finding the way so I guess I shouldn't have complained so much.

Distance: 6 mi
Time: 53 min
Pushups: 27!

Friday, February 06, 2009

Red Hook Run

Today I did my standard Red Hook run along Van Brunt street. My legs felt much better than yesterday but my stomach gave me some trouble so I cut the run a little short. Luckily, my long run won't be until Sunday at the Bronx Half Marathon, so tomorrow I can get in the 10 miler I missed today.

Tomorrow is CSA pickup day! I actually get to go this time and I'm pretty excited. I can't wait to see what we get this time. I got the list and it looks like NY State beans and potatoes will be the big items. Mmmm mmm mmm.

Distance: 7.67 mi
Time: 63 min

Thursday, February 05, 2009

Cold again

It's nice to be home. I spent Tuesday and yesterday in Albany for work. I did get to go for a run with Team Utopia Tuesday night which was lots of fun. They did 4x5 min on / 5 off - I sort of did the same but I took it easy because of the hard day I'd had on Monday. It was so good to see everyone! Its impressive when around 10 people show up on a night with a wind chill of around zero.

Today I got in an easy run with B in Prospect Park. It was cold and windy again. During our run, we talked about how it was hard to believe that 3 days ago it was 50 degrees out and this weekend it's supposed to get warm again but that it was so cold today ("real feel 4F" according to Even though it was cold, it felt good to get a run in after my day off yesterday.

Monday, February 02, 2009

First Tempo Run

I did my first tempo run of my marathon plan today. I have a head cold so I was a bit worried before I went out, but I felt great once I got running. I went at around 7 min/mi pace and felt nice and strong. It's so nice to have the park nearby to do these workouts as I know exactly how fast / far I end up going the whole time. It's a beautiful day out there today! I'm ready for spring... just one more month (sort of).

Distance: 7.8 mi
Time: 61 min

Sunday, February 01, 2009

Park Run

It's such a beautiful day today so B and I went for a run in Prospect Park. We did the loop twice. It was really busy there with lots of people running, walking and biking but all the snow and ice was gone from earlier this week so it wasn't bad for an easy run.

I've started the 100 pushups plan. I just finished week 1, doing 23 pushups today. Its hard! I was reluctant to post about it because that means I'm actually committed to finishing it, but figured since I've made it for a week, I should write about it and then hope that will keep me going. I'm also trying to do lunges twice a week in hopes that stronger quads will help me get through the downhills at Boston. We'll see in 10 weeks!

Distance: 7.5 mi
Time: 63 min