Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Taking it easy

I've been taking it easy in hopes that it will help my knee get better and it seems to be working. I took Friday and Saturday off and then did 5 miles easy on Sunday. It went OK but by the end of the run, my knee was getting sore and then I could feel it for the rest of the night. I took Monday off and then today tried another easy 5 miles. It's definitely feeling better than on Sunday but still tightened up after I got to the top of the hill in Prospect Park - I'm not sure if it was the switch from uphill to flat/downhill or what that did it, but I stopped and stretched and it felt much better. I did some drills in hopes that they would help stretch it out some more and it feels totally fine now. I'm feeling optimistic, but I'm still going to pay extra attention to it over the next few days in hopes of a complete recovery... I'm still a little worried given that hills seem to bother it and there are plenty of hills in Boston. Hopefully I'll kick this thing before I get to the starting line.

Distance: 5.6mi
Time: 46 min

Saturday, March 28, 2009

I got my race packet for Boston yesterday. After a long day on the road for work (to Chicago and back in one day), it was nice to come home to the surprise! A friend of mine had pointed out that my number/wave were online a few days ago, but it's still nice to have gotten the packet.

My knee, however, is getting frustrating. It was really sore yesterday, especially after each time I got off of the plane. So, I decided to play it safe and not go to the PPTC run this morning - I knew that if I went, I'd want to do the whole thing and I'd ignore my knee... so instead I'll see how it feels later today (it feels much better this morning! but it did feel fine yesterday morning too...) and maybe go for a short run to stretch things out this afternoon. I was reminded that it's more important to make it to the starting line healthy than run any specific workouts, so I'll keep telling myself that over the next few days.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Strides

Since I have to be out of town for work tomorrow, I did my strides day today. Because the weather wasnt great (cool and misty) I decided to stay close to home so I did a loop and a little bit more of Prospect Park. I did 12 30 second-ish strides and easy in between.

Most of me felt good, but I'm getting worried about my left knee. It was sore last night, nothing specific, just felt a little swollen under my kneecap. It felt the same this morning but the achy feeling got worse throughout my run today. I tried going on the soft trail on the inside of the road but that just seemed to make it worse. I'm icing right now and hoping for the best. Tomorrow will be an off day and then I'll have to make the call on Saturday morning for whether or not I'll do my scheduled 20 miler. Luckily, I've gotten in 3 20+ runs so far so if I had to cut this last one short, I don't think it'll affect me much. Hopefully it won't come to that though...

Distance: 6 mi
Time: 48 min

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Medium Long Day

I've been really busy, with B's mom in town for a long weekend so it's nice to get back to normal today. I'm pretty exhausted - with running this much, I find I need 9 or 10 hours of sleep to feel normal and since I haven't gotten that much sleep in a few days, I can really feel it. I got an email today from BAA reminding me that the marathon is in 26.2 days... as if I might forget. It'll feel good to get that last long run out of the way this weekend - it's coming up fast.

Today's run was really nice - I ran down to the Red Hook track. For the first time there were lots of people down there - playing soccer, baseball and even running. I think because I got there around 2:30, it must have been school kids mostly but it was nice as it gave me something to look at when I was doing my few laps to get in a little more distance. Then I ran along Van Brunt to Columbia to Congress and cut over to the Brooklyn Bridge. I went across it and then headed back home.

Distance: 12.6 miles
Time: 1:41:40

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Colon Cancer Challenge

This morning I ran my second and last tune-up race before Boston. It went really well so I'm pretty excited - I feel much better than after the half marathon a couple of weeks ago. I even 3rd my age group! That doesn't happen very often in the NYRR races for me. Once I got going and the crowds thinned out, my splits were pretty even with the last 6 miles from 6:45 to 6:55. I liked the course, especially because it didn't include the big hills in the top of the park.

Distance: 10.5 mi
Time: 1:14

Friday, March 20, 2009

Medium Long Run

I hope I don't regret this, but I just did my medium long run for the week of 13 miles. I was originally planning on doing this run yesterday, but with the rainy weather and my parents stopping by for lunch, I didn't make it out yesterday. Hopefully it doesn't affect my upcoming 15K race on Sunday. I'll be running it hard, with hopes of getting in a fast time to boost my confidence as it'll be my last tune-up race before the marathon.

My run today was nice, despite the snow this morning. It was cool and overcast, not bad for a longish run. I ran down to Red Hook, around by the track a bit, and then out Van Brunt St to Congress, worked my way back over the Union and then did a loop around the outside of Prospect Park. I like this route because once I get across Hamilton Ave, there isn't much traffic to deal with for most of the rest of the run. Also, the views of Manhattan are pretty nice from down by the water. I especially like the little section of the Van Brunt Promenade behind Fairway with the old subway? (or trolley?) cars. Creepy, but neat.

Distance: 13.1 miles
Time: 1:44:30

Monday, March 16, 2009

Track Workout

I cannot remember the last time I did intervals on a track. Since I have Prospect Park nearby with mile markers every 1/4 mile, I just haven't needed to. But today I went down to the track in Red Hook and did 5x1000m at 5K pace. It was pretty fun to get out and do the workout, especially with the nice weather. My splits were about as even as they could get:

4:06
4:07
4:07
4:06
4:03

I felt pretty good the whole run - Nice to bounce back from last week's frustration and my long run on Saturday with a good, strong workout. I added on some extra miles in my cooldown by going out to Van Brunt and then back up to Park Slope on 3rd Street.

Distance: 9.45 miles
Time: 79 min

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Another Long Run

I got in my 3rd long run today - I did right around 22 miles total. I did a nice loop from GAP, across the Brooklyn Bridge, up to the Williamsburg bridge, and then back to GAP through Bed-Stuy with some PPTC-ers. Then to get my miles in, I added a loop around Green-Wood cemetery and a loop around the outside of Prospect Park. It was a beautiful day for a run, nice and cool and sunny. My legs didn't feel great for the second half, but I got the run in and now I know I can keep going, even when my legs are tired. It was nice to have a run go my way - it's been a frustrating week, but I'm glad I got a nice long run in. Boston, here I come.

Distance: 22 miles
Time: 3:03:33

Friday, March 13, 2009

Easy Run

Today I did an easy run. It was the first run all week where I didn't feel like my legs were made of lead, so that's encouraging. B and I ran out 3rd Ave into Sunset Park and then back home on 4th Ave. While it wasn't the most beautiful of runs, it was nice to try a new route...

Distance: 5.4 mi
Time: 46 min

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

I'm not really sure what I'm supposed to do with my training plan this week. It calls for a tune-up race which I did on Sunday, a 15 mile long run, a 13 mile medium long run and a speed day (strides). Next week calls for a 20 mile long run, so that's slated for Saturday. All this means that I have 5 days left to do 3 workouts and recover from the race. I was going to try to do the 15 today but my legs felt terrible and I was getting really frustrated that I was running slow but it felt hard, so I only did about 11. So now there's no way I'm getting all that running in this week. I think it probably makes sense to just get in what I can while recovering enough so I feel back to normal for the long run on the weekend. We'll see how it goes...

Distance: 11.25 miles
Time: 94 min

Monday, March 09, 2009

Easy Run

Surprisingly, I felt good on my easy run today. I ran up to GAP and did a loop around the park for about 6 miles. I was expecting my legs to feel awful given how they felt at the end of the race yesterday, but they felt fine. I wonder if it's the mileage more than the hills that made me feel so terrible yesterday. I felt pretty good during the race until the hill during the 9th mile. Once I got up that, I just had nothing left. But today I feel fine... Maybe not enough energy stores built up from last weekend's long run? I know at first, when I was building up my long runs each week (before they got super long) I'd feel good every other week and then terrible the weeks in between... Maybe it's the same thing happening again and I'm only noticing it because it was a longer race. I just wish it hadn't happened on a day when I was so excited to run fast and get a good time in. Hopefully the 15K in Central Park in 2 weeks will go better.

Distance: 6 miles
Time: 50 min.

Sunday, March 08, 2009

Celebrate Life Half Marathon

Today I ran the Celebrate Life Half Marathon in Rock Hill, NY. For a small race, only about 500 people - about 200 more than they had last year, they did a great job putting it on. They had volunteers at every intersection in addition to a very well marked course. There was plenty of water and gatorade along the way and they handed out gels about half way through. They even had door prizes (randomly drawn) and a bottle of wine, socks or hats, and medals for the top three in each age group! Lucky for me, my age group also had the 2nd and 3rd place overall women so I got bumped up to 2nd and got in on the awards!

However, the course was really hard. It was probably one of the hilliest races I've ever done. It started out with a long uphill at around half a mile and I don't think there was a flat part the whole way. Needless to say, my time wasn't great but I enjoyed the scenery. I'd definitely recommend this one if you are looking for a hilly spring half marathon next year.

Distance: 14 miles
Time: 1 hr, 48 min

Saturday, March 07, 2009

Easy Run

Today, B and I went for an easy run in preparation for the race tomorrow. We did a loop around the outside of Prospect Park and the botanical gardens. My legs felt really tired and heavy - I think it's just because I did the speed day and then took a day off. Hopefully I'll feel better tomorrow.

Distance: 4.8 mi
Time: 42 min

Thursday, March 05, 2009

Speed!

Today was a speed day! The workout was supposed to be 12x100 but since the Red Hook track was covered with snow, B and I did figure 8's around the track and the baseball field next to the track instead, running every other straightaway fast. It felt good to go fast when we were doing it, but my legs were pretty tired on the run home.

Distance: 7.8 miles
Time: 68 min

Wednesday, March 04, 2009

PPTC Group Run

Tonight I went for a run with PPTC. I did about 3 miles beforehand and then met up with the group for a loop around Prospect Park. We've got a team for the Reach the Beach Relay this fall and after the run we met to discuss the plans. It's pretty exciting - I haven't done such a long relay before - it looks like it'll be quite the adventure. Guess I'll have something to train for after Boston.

Distance: 8 miles
Time: about 1 hour

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Park Run

Today I went for my medium long run for the week. Because of the snow yesterday, I figured it was safest to stick to the park so I did 3 loops. There were some icy sections on the far side of the park, but other than that, the footing wasn't too bad. It wasn't the most exciting run (fortunately I brought some podcasts along) but I felt good, despite the cold weather. Hopefully this will be my last run in windchills in the single digits for the year.

It looks like a movie is being filmed in the park, so there was more traffic than usual on the part of the road that runs parallel to Prospect Park West. The one good thing about it is that they plowed the entrance at Bartel Pritchard Square so they could park a bunch of trucks there. Generally after a snow fall its really icy and I end up sliding my way through to get to the main road but not today.

Distance: 11 mi
Time: 90 min

Sunday, March 01, 2009

Recovery Run, hopefully

My legs are tired! I did an easy 6 miles in the park today. I definitely had a lack of motivation to get out the door and then a hard time getting up the hill in the park. Hopefully it'll make the recovery from yesterday's long run that much faster. Also, I'll probably take tomorrow off since we are supposed to get 8-10 inches of snow overnight. I thought March was the beginning of spring...

Distance: 6 miles
Time: 51 min