Saturday, August 29, 2009

Week Recap

This was another busy week for me and my running definitely suffered. I traveled Sunday, and because of a flight cancellation, didn't make it to my destination until 2am. With work in the morning, I missed Monday's run too as I was not about to get up early after such a late night. Managed to get in 6 miles on Tuesday morning at a pretty fast pace for such an early morning (just under 8min/mi) and then slower 6 on Wednesday morning. It was so nice to run in the 50 degree temps, even if it was really early and dark for those runs. Took Thursday and Friday off because the long hours at work were taking a toll and I wanted to get some sleep.

Got in about 5.5 miles just now, felt good to be home but the humid warm weather was definitely a shock to my body after the week of cool temps. Back to the cool weather mid week next week though, so I have to just suck it up through this weekend, and get some running in in a setting where I can also get some sleep and don't have to work 10+ hours a day...

Friday, August 21, 2009

I'm Moved!

I didn't get much running in this past week. I had a good weekend last weekend, made it out for an early run with PPTC on Saturday morning - we went from Prospect Park, over the Brooklyn Bridge and then ran up a car-free Park Ave to 72nd St. for a lower loop of Central Park before catching the train home. It was a lot of fun and I was glad I made it out. Spent the rest of Saturday packing up the apartment, went for a short easy run Sunday morning and then started moving. Luckily we hired movers, so there wasn't much heavy lifting, just up and down the stairs with our fragile stuff. So we finished up the move Monday and I feel like we've been unpacking ever since.

I made it to my last PPTC speed workout for the summer (only my 3rd, of 10, I'll have to make it to more next time...) on Tuesday. We did 7x400 and I felt great even though it was muggy and 90 degrees. Took the next 2 days off (one day in Albany, last night was filled with putting together Ikea furniture) but made it out tonight for an easy 48 minutes.

I'm planning on getting some miles in this weekend before I head up to Manitoba for 2 weeks on Sunday. At least I'm guaranteed great running weather when I'm up there - lows around 45 each morning and 70 in the afternoon. I might have to bust out my long sleeved running shirts if I make it out for runs before work!

Friday, August 14, 2009

This week I got some decent running in. After a really long day on Tuesday at work, I got out for a run with my Team Utopia friends up in Albany before heading back to the city. The workout of 10x2 min at 5K pace flew by as I caught up with everyone. Wednesday I got in an easy 70 minutes around the cemetery and around the park - I felt much better than I thought I would and just focused on staying relaxed throughout the run. I took yesterday off and then did another easy run today, this one just 40 minutes. Just trying to stick with one workout a week and then some easy miles is working out well for me... I'm excited to check out the Summer Streets in Manhattan on my run tomorrow!

Monday, August 10, 2009

After a busy week away for work with only one day of running (in Manitoba - it was 45 degrees, beautiful!), I got quite a lot of running in over the weekend. On Saturday, I ran in the NYRR Team Champs race. After the alarm went off Saturday morning, I said to myself that I'd just skip it, but then lying there, I felt too guilty about it being a team race, so I finally got myself up and out of the apartment. I felt OK on my warmup but the first mile felt awful. Finally hit my stride in the second mile and ran pretty even splits for a 35:00 - right on 7 min pace for the 5 miles, not bad for the week I had. I'm glad I decided to get up and go...

Sunday I tried another double. Got in about 8.4 in the morning and then 6.2 in the afternoon. I met up with a few of the other girls on our Reach the Beach Relay team. It helped a lot to have them to run with, I doubt I would have found the motivation for the double on my own.

Today was another off day since I had a busy work day... Hopefully tomorrow on my trip out of town, I'll bring along running stuff and get a lunch run in. I've gotta get more consistent during the week, no matter what work throws at me.

Sunday, August 02, 2009

R2C Relay

Yesterday I ran across New Jersey. Really. I was on a team for the River to Sea Relay - 7 of us ran across New Jersey from the Delaware River to the Atlantic ocean, Milford to Manesquan. It was quite the adventure... I ended up joining the team a few weeks ago because they needed an extra runner and I'm really glad that I did.

My 2 legs were numbers 6 and 12 so I had a long time to wait around and help support my teammates before hand, directing them and handing out water. When I finally ran, I did my first leg of 8.05 miles in right around 58 minutes, which I was really happy with given the hot conditions. Then I immediately ate some food and fell asleep for a few minutes in the car while others were cheering on the team. A few hours later, I was running again, this time for 6.55 miles in about 48 minutes, not bad considering how tired I felt at the start of this leg.

It was a pretty fun event, very well organized. Since it was a relay, directions and signs were really important and they did a good job so both the drivers supporting and the runners knew where to go. If you can get a team together, this race is definitely worth a try - way less commitment than the longer relays out there because at 92 miles its only half the distance, but it was still challenging because with teams of 7 runners, you didn't get as long as a rest between legs.