Monday, October 19, 2009

What a weekend with more cold and rainy weather. I got out to run both days though which is something, even though I ended up skipping the XC race at Van Cortland Park that I was thinking of going to.

Saturday - 12.4 miles - I made it to the PPTC weekly long run, it was a relatively big group and about 6 of us chose one of our regular routes, across the Brooklyn Bridge, around Battery Park and then back over the Brooklyn Bridge to home. It was a good run, I felt really strong towards the end, running back over to Brooklyn. Definitely happy I made it out.

Sunday - 5.4 miles - Did an "easy" run with B around the neighborhood. He hasn't been running much which suites me just fine as it means I'm usually forced to go easy when we run together, but yesterday he pushed the pace a bit and we ended up running at around 8:20 pace. Whoops. But it felt OK, and I'm taking today off to make up for it.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Cold and Rainy

It was not the nicest weather when I went out for my run today: 40F, windy and rainy. But I went anyway, after going back up to the apartment for a rain jacket. Got in a comfortable hour at almost exactly 8 min/mile, supposed to be an easy day but I think the rain and wind had me going a little too fast in order to get home sooner. I ran up to Prospect Park and did a loop and then came home - for a little over 7 miles.

Took yesterday off as I was traveling for work. On Tuesday I made it out to the weekly PPTC speed workout where we did 4xmile. I felt surprisingly good considering the race on Sunday and then a long day traveling for work on Monday. My splits showed how I had no real idea how fast I should be running when I started, as they went from 6:35 at the beginning to 6:20 at the end. I felt nice and strong throughout the workout, with the last one being hard, but not impossible hard. Overall, I was really happy with the workout.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Bed-Stuy 10K

I ran the Bed-Stuy 10K this morning, a nice small race by NYC standards with just a few hundred runners and walkers. It was so small that we got lost on the course and made about an 11K... They had a police escort for the leaders, but then there was a big gap between them and the second group of runners which I was following. We lost sight of the leaders about 2.5 miles in and then missed a turn and added about 1/2 a mile to the overall distance. After looping back in the general direction of the course, we finally ran into it and got back on track. I was running with a PPTC teammate in sight and knew that before we got off course we were the top two women, so when we started passing women when we got back on course, I started wondered if we'd be able to make up enough to get back into 1/2 positions. We did, fortunately I recognized the women we saw up front at the beginning and I just coasted through to the end. It was a fun race, regardless of the course confusion, I was just glad I was doing this one for fun and not trying to set a PR - There were a few guys who made the wrong turn that weren't too happy about it... and rightfully so.

It was nice to do something local, without the long commute that usually goes along with the big NYRR races. Also, its fun to be competitive in these smaller races, overall it was lots of fun and I'm definitely glad I did it.

Race: 6.7 mi / 45:42
Total: 10.85 mi / 83 min

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Another good week for me this past week. Monday I got in an easy run, going over to Red Hook to the post office and around Ikea and then back home, nice and comfortable. Tuesday I made it to the PPTC Speed Session - it was Week #4 and my second one for the series. We did a tempo run in Prospect Park, 20 min wu / 20 min tempo right around 7 minute pace / 20 min wd. With my additional run to / from Bartel Pritchard Square where we meet up, it gave me just under 12 for the night. Was a fun run, nice to run with a group to get me through the tempo. I know I wouldn't have run nearly that fast if I had been doing that workout on my own. Took Wed/Thurs off and then went easy with B yesterday around our neighborhood.

This morning went for a short PPTC group run, lots of races coming up tomorrow so no one in the group I ran with wanted to go too far (there was a group heading out for 20 miles, wow, its hard to think about going that long when you aren't in the marathon mindset). Saw/smelled two unusual things today on my run. On the way up Union St to meet the group, I ran by one of the warehouses for the casket company and they had the door open, weird thing to look in there and see all those caskets standing around. Then when we went by the farmers market at the plaza outside the courthouse in downtown Brooklyn, ran by a few huge crates of basil they were unloading from a truck - it smelled amazing! It was fun to get out for an easy run with the group - was able to just enjoy the run rather than push to keep up and definitely helped get me excited for the 10K I'm running tomorrow in Bed-Stuy. Should be fun!

Good luck to all the marathoners this weekend! I know this is a big weekend outside of the City, with races in Albany, Hartford and Scranton as well as Chicago. Nothing like all those amazing marathon performances to motivate me to get through my easy base training weeks coming up!

Sunday, October 04, 2009

Another Easy Week...

This week turned into another easy week. I was excited to finally have a week at home, but then I got a pretty bad cold. I usually just run through colds, but this one really took a lot out of me and I didn't run at all after Sunday afternoon until Thursday when I finally started to feel normal again. Got in easy runs Thursday and Friday and then went for a long run with the group on Saturday morning. We did about 12 miles, from Grand Army Plaza over the Brooklyn Bridge to Manhattan, over to the west side and then down around Battery Park and back over the Brooklyn Bridge to home. I could definitely feel that I'm still recovering from Reach the Beach and being sick as after about an hour and a half I just felt exhausted.

I want to start getting in consistent 90 min to 2 hour long runs weekly or every other week and start testing out the idea of a spring marathon. This happens to me every marathon season I sit out, everyone's getting ready for their big race and I start getting the itch to start training for my next race. We'll see...