Sunday, November 29, 2009

Week 1 Done

This week went pretty well for me, given the holiday and the new training plan. Here's a recap:

Wed - off, long travel day
Thu - 8 min warm up
2.8 mile Turkey Trot in 19:24 (was a 5K but the course was off according to my Garmin and others got about the same)
2x800 w/ 3 min rest in 3:19, 3:22
3.5 mile cool down fast with cousins who really pushed me
Fri - 4.25 miles easy, 36 min
Sat - Long run, 13.14 miles in 1:44, felt great on a hilly, windy run
Sun - off, travel day home

I'm heading out of town again for work tomorrow morning. Since I'll be traveling with a group of coworkers, I know getting my running in is going to be hard. I'm hoping I'll be able to get in one of the workouts this week and then just trying to get enough sleep to get in a quality long run in on Saturday when I get home.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

New Training Plan Begins!

This week I'm starting a new training plan that I pulled off of the Runner's World website. I'm giving the advanced level a try and if it starts to seem like too much, I'm going to back down a level. So far, so good. Yesterday I did my first workout: 4xmile at half marathon goal pace w/ 400 jog recovery and then 6x200 a bit faster w/ 100 jog recover. Here's how it went down:
14 min warmup to the track in Red Hook
Mile Splits:
6:52
7:00
7:01
7:01
200's:
44
45
45
46
46
43
12 min warmdown home
Overall, it was a pretty good workout, nice and consistent, although I'm not sure that 7 min pace is really my goal half marathon pace. It felt strange to run on the track and go any slower, and I felt like I could hold it through the whole workout, so it just ended up being the pace for the day.

Today was my recovery day, I did an easy run, around in Red Hook again, for 5.2 miles / 44 min. My body felt OK, considering what I made it do yesterday, so its definitely a good solid start to the week. Next up is going to be a similar workout mixed in with a Turkey Trot on Thursday, should be lots of fun.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Hills!

Tonight I went to the last of the fall PPTC speed workouts. We did short hills, one set of 10 that were maybe 100m long and then a set of 5 that were a little longer, maybe 150m. It was a fun workout, it felt good to run short intervals, I haven't done anything like that in a long long time. I ran home afterwards for a total of 7.4 miles for the night.

As I ease into my training plan for the half marathon, I'm also trying to get into the habit of doing some overall strength exercises. I've started doing abs/lunges/back exercises twice a week and then I did yoga for about half an hour this morning. I'm going to try and work that in twice a week too, to get more overall core strength and flexibility. I'm hoping that once I build it into my normal routine, it'll get easier to stick with it. Also hoping that since I'm writing about it here, I'll have more motivation to keep to the plan. We'll see how that goes...

And I can't forget to mention that on Sunday I ran in the NYRR Team Champ XC race. It was a really good time, lots of PPTC runners there, and we even placed! We got the second place women's team by just 1 second for the total time of our 5 runners. Pretty fun, made me glad I didn't let up that last stretch when I really wanted to or on the hills on the back loop. I ran OK, 21:31 for 10th in my age group and 2nd on my team. It was fun to run XC again, especially at Van Cortlandt Park!

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Back in it...

This week was a good week for me. I was busy at work, but made time for running too. And I set a goal for this winter - I'm going to try for the NYC qualifying time at the Manhattan Half Marathon, assuming its in late January as its been for the past few years. I think coming up with a shortened (9 week) half-marathon training plan and setting a start date for that (one more week) really got me excited about my running. Hopefully that motivation will carry through throughout the plan.

I made it out 5 days this week, most of them easy 6-7 milers. Got in one workout, at the PPTC speed session on Tuesday night where we did 5x800 with 5 min rest. The rest was a little long, so I decided to try and push the intervals, which I did around 3:05 or so, finishing the last one in 2:55. It felt really good to go fast, which got me all the more excited for this training plan to start. Got in 9 this morning with the club to finish up a solid week.

Sunday, November 08, 2009

Down Time

So I've been taking it easy. I've been having a rough time of "recovering" from my vacation with just 2 easy runs that had to be cut short this week. But today, I finally had a decent run. I was only going to do 40 minutes with B but I felt good, so I kept going for a full hour. Its beautiful weather here today (60 and sunny) which I'm sure helped keep me out there. Felt good to get a decent run in. It also made me a little more excited to get started with the half marathon training.

Distance: 7.85 mi
Time: 61 min

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

What will I do?

Today I ran for the first time after a week break because I was away on vacation and didn't feel like running. One thing I did think about though were some goals for the next year. What I'd like to do is train for a half marathon in the spring, qualify for the NYC Marathon with that time and then run it in the fall. However, NYRR isn't going to make that easy this year.

You see, NYRR announced that registration for the marathon will open early this year, starting on Marathon Monday (this week). What they didn't state in their press release was that its also closing early this year, so if you want to get in with a qualifying time, you have to submit your time by early March. And that doesn't leave very much time to get a 12 week training plan in.

In addition to the shorted timeline for training and getting the race in, there's another problem. NYRR hasn't released their race schedule for anything past December. How can they say you have to get in a half marathon before March but then not tell you when their races before March will be. Also, if I need to get started with a new training plan, I need to know when that plan will end, so I make sure I get my timing right. NYRR sure isn't making this easy. I'm glad they'll be encouraging new runners, but I'm not sure this is the best way to do that. Guess its time for me to look for half marathons outside of what NYRR has to offer this winter in order to find something to base my training on, unless they come up with a schedule soon.