Thursday, May 28, 2009

Rainy Run

I did an easy run in the park today and actually enjoyed the rainy weather. I spent a very long day in Albany yesterday so my easy recovery day from this week's workout had to wait until today. And then I had another busy workday today so I couldn't get out for my usual lunch time run. By the time I made it out around 6:30, my body felt pretty stiff... All that work just isn't good for me. Once I got going though, I felt great... Nice and strong. I did some drills and strides during the run to make sure I was good and loose by the end. A nice pre-race easy run on the course for the Brooklyn Half Marathon this weekend... I'm getting excited for the race! Now I just have to decide on a goal pace - still have no idea what I'll end up running.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

8x400

That was a tough one. 30 seconds is not enough rest for 400s at mile pace. My max heart rate during the workout was around 185 and for the last few, I only got to 172 or so for the "recovery" part. Splits were:
92
86
87
86
85
87
87
86
During the run, I tried not to think about how next week I have to do 4 more. I don't know how I'll do that...

Monday, May 25, 2009

Today I got in a quick easy run of just under 7 miles. I did an outside loop of Prospect Park and then went in for a short loop to make the run a little longer. The park was the busiest I've seen it - so many people out enjoying the holiday. It was entertaining but also a little frustrating trying to avoid all of the people on the sidewalks.

I took yesterday off for no real reason, other than a late lunch and laziness. Saturday, I got in a fast-ish long run with PPTC - we did the normal bridge to bridge run, going into Manhattan on the Brooklyn Bridge and then back home on the Manhattan bridge. I did a total of around 11 miles with my run to meet the group. It was the first long run were I actually felt good since Boston, so that's getting me more optimistic about the half marathon next weekend. I still have no idea what kind of pace I'll try for, but now I'm at least a little more confident that I can pull off a decent time.

Distance: 6.8 miles
Time: 55 min

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

400's Again

Today was 400 day. I did 12x400 with 1 min rest between, definitely a bit harder from last week's 8x400 w/ 90 sec rest... I made it through all 12, but a little slower overall than last week. I decided to use the mile markers in the park again because it's way easier for me mentally than going to the track. Here are my splits:
92
94
91
90
90
89
85
86
90
89
87
85
You can almost see the elevation changes in the park based on these - I started where the mile markers start, at the bottom of the big hill and so I hit the downhill at around 1.5 miles in. Those first two took a lot out of me, my quads felt tired in the next few but once I got the downhill I was able to recover normally again.

That was a tough one. Hopefully doing these in the park will make the first half of the Brooklyn Half next weekend that much easier for me as I'll know exactly what it feels like to run up that hill tired. Also, half marathon pace should feel slow after all this fast running.

Distance: 7.8
Time: 65

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Fast Long Run

Today was a nice long run with the group. We met at Grand Army Plaza and did a loop over the Brooklyn Bridge and then back on the Manhattan Bridge. It was a fast group today, and it felt like they got faster and faster as the run went on. It was all I could do to keep up with them over the bridges and when we started heading home back in Brooklyn, I lost them going up the slope. I had enough left though to add on a little and make it a full 2 hours, a good long run 2 weeks out from the Brooklyn Half.

Distance: 15 mi
Time: 2 hrs

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Weekly 400s

Today I did the workout I should have done last week, 8x400 at mile pace starting every 3 min (not 3 min rest). I figured that instead of trying to catch up and shorten the rest even further and add 4, I'd just redo last weeks run and then be a week behind.

Decided to do it in Prospect Park rather than run down to the track as it looked like it might rain and I knew I'd have a lot of work to do this afternoon so shorter was better. The park also seemed much less daunting than the track for some reason. Given how hard the workout was last week, with twice the rest, I figured the less intimidating option would be best. Turns out it was - I felt great - Splits were good, all 86-88 again with the 86s on the downhill ones and the last one. Running it in the park made them feel like they went by faster, changing scenery made a big difference. Next week, 12x400 starting every 2:30... I'll try not to think about it until then.

Distance: 6.6 mi
Time: 55 min

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Cinco De Mayo5K

This past weekend I ran the Cinco De Mayo 5K in Prospect Park. I found out about this one a few days before and decided to run it just to see what kind of shape I'm in after Boston a few weeks ago. I felt great and it was a fun time, even though the race got off to a slow start. A few minutes before the scheduled 11am start, it was announced that due to other events in the park, we'd have to wait until 11:30 before the race could begin. Once we got going though, it went really well. There were no mile markers set up for the race, but using the markers on the road, I think I ran relatively even splits to finish in 20:31, good enough for 2nd place in the pretty small women's field. PPTC women got 3 of the top 4 which earned us the first place women's team title too! I'm glad I gave this one a try - it's getting me excited to see what I can do and also what the team can do at the Brooklyn Half Marathon coming up in a few weeks. It's really motivating running on a team with such fast women!

Thursday, May 07, 2009

Track

So I'm not really training for anything right now and its strange. I know its only a few weeks after Boston, but I'm feeling funny about it. Like I'm lost with no direction. So instead of letting it get to me by just running easy miles like I have been for the last few weeks, I decided I might as well give the old Team Utopia 400 progression workouts a try since they were on the calendar. Its basically a series of 400 repeat workouts where the number increases and the rest decreases for about 8 weeks. Sound fun?

Today I did the first set. It was 8x400 with 3 min rest. I did it down at the Red Hook track - after running at the always crowded track at McCarren Park for so many years, it still amazes me that I can go down to Red Hook and have the track to myself. Splits were good, nice and even - all 88-90 except the last one which I did in 83. For the first set, it went OK. Next week is 12 so it'll definitely push me to do 4 more... I certainly couldn't have done 4 more today.

Monday, May 04, 2009

Desert? Nope, Pine Bush Preserve

Today I'm in Albany for work. I couldn't resist going for a run in the Pine Bush Preserve after a long day... This is how I remembered it from all of the running I've done there over the years I lived in Albany:




It's definitely one of my favorite places to run, ever. The trails are so soft and quiet and peaceful and I'm reminded of the great runs I've had there and all the friends I've made while getting lost in the woods.

At least that's how I felt when I started the run. But then I came upon this:

I'd heard that the clearing was going on, but it's pretty hard to imagine the extent of it without seeing it. For a place that is a "Preserve", protected by an organization with the goal of maintaining a unique environment that doesn't exist anywhere else in the world, I'm not sure how clearing huge areas really fits in with that... I'd heard that there was some invasive tree species that had spread into the area but again, it's hard to believe that clearing everything out of such big areas is really necessary.