Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Mile Repeats

Its been a long time since I've done a mile repeat workout, but today, to avoid falling too far behind my PPTC teammates, I did one. I did 4xmile at approximately 5k pace on a rec trail here in Wisconsin, using the Garmin to mark the miles. My splits were 6:47, 6:38, 6:39, 6:40 - not bad for doing it on my own and not being on a track. I'm pretty happy with it, it gives me confidence for the relay this weekend!

Distance: 8.6 miles
Time: 71 min


So today I missed the PPTC speed series workout because I'm still out of town but I got the email saying it was 4xmile. I'm guessing a few of you who are reading this were there - does anyone know how fast the miles were supposed to be? 5k pace?? I'm going to attempt it tomorrow on my own so any insight would be very useful... Thanks!

So far I've made 2 out of the 6 workouts, given my upcoming travel plans, I'll be lucky if I make 4 out of the 10 sessions. Maybe I'll have better luck in the fall.

Today I went for an easy run - 40 minutes of comfortable running. My legs felt pretty bad from the longish run I did on Sunday, my guess is I'm not recovering too well as I've been away from home, unfamiliar sleeping and eating as well as lots of family activities don't make for fast recovery. It'll definitely be nice to get home tomorrow.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Vacation Running

I'm on vacation, visiting with family in Wisconsin, but I'm managing to get some easy runs in. Yesterday B and I went for a slow 40 min run - beautiful weather here, nice and sunny but not too warm with a cool breeze.

Just got back from my run this morning, where I went a little further, for about 80 minutes of easy running. I found my way to the Heckrodt Wetland Reserve and ran in there for a while - Pretty soon after I got onto the trails, I saw another runner so I figured it couldn't be a bad place to run. I ended up looping around there for about half an hour, seeing no one else there rest of the time. Really peaceful run, definitely glad I made it out today.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Yesterday I got 2 runs in again. After an easy run where I felt pretty terrible on Monday, it was a relief to feel so good yesterday. I got in an easy 3.5 during lunch and then made it to the PPTC speed session in the evening. We did a warmup and then about 2 miles where we gradually increased the pace - it was a struggle to keep up, but I managed OK and was happy with how it went.

Today was a recovery day. I did one of my usual Red Hook runs, running down on the Van Brunt Promenade and then making my way back up to Park Slope on Carroll Street. It was hot, but I carried water which made it do-able. People driving cars seemed to be especially careless today, which was frustrating - there were 3 or 4 times where people playing with cell phones weren't looking at all and rolled through cross-walks right in front of me. I guess its to be expected, but I still didn't like it.

Tuesday - 9 miles total (3.5 am, 5.5 pm)
Wednesday - 6.5 miles

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Long day...

Today was my long run day. Instead of going long all in one run, I split it up into two in order to see what it would feel like in preparation of my upcoming relays. Fortunately I had company on both runs so it made it much easier to commit to getting out twice. In the morning I met a small group of PPTC'ers at Grand Army Plaza. We went to the Brooklyn Bridge into Manhattan and then back to Brooklyn over the Manhattan Bridge - one of our regular loops. As always, it turned out to be a nice run, hardly any traffic on the bridges with the 7am start. It was humid, but there was a nice breeze the whole time which kept it bearable.

After spending the day apartment hunting, I made it out for my second run for the day. I met up with a friend and we did a loop and a half around Prospect Park. There was some kind of festival going on near the Bandshell and the rest of the park was pretty busy too... lots to look at as we went by. Surprisingly, besides my feet being sore, I felt relatively good on this second run. I just felt really warmed up right away and not too tired. I'm sure I'll sleep well tonight though.

Total distance: 10.5 AM, 7.5 PM = 18 for the day!

Thursday, July 16, 2009

I'm Still Running...

I've been taking it easy the past month or so, and obviously the blogging has suffered too. I spent 3 weeks working up in Hobart NY running at 5am in hilly Oneonta. Beautiful runs, with the fog in the morning, it was like running in the clouds at times, but at 6 when I got back to my hotel room, I just didn't have the motivation to sit down and write about it.

I've been keeping the mileage pretty consistent, 25-30 miles a week. Now I'm home (at least for a few weeks) and I'm getting back into it. I signed up for the coached PPTC speed sessions (missed the first 3) and made it to my first one this week. I've got to say, there's nothing like a coach emailing me training plans and then cheering me on through a track workout to get me motivated... I am finding that switching programs and working with someone new is a little challenging (apparently I'm set in my ways...) but I'm going to give it a try since I know it'll get me excited about my running again, if nothing else.

I'm debating a fall marathon, but leaning towards not doing one. We'll see if I change my mind as I start ramping up the training for the Reach the Beach Relay in September... I also just joined a team for the River to Sea Relay, a shorter relay across New Jersey (7 person teams, 2 legs each) coming up August 1, and I'm really excited for it! I'm curious to see how my body reacts to running twice in a race. It's been a long time since those mile / 5k doubles in college...