NYC Marathon training - Week 3 (7/22 - 7/28)
Monday: I was originally going to go to yoga class, but woke up late - I needed the sleep. Instead I went to the Hellgate hill workout - 10 laps of hills over ~3.3 miles.
Tuesday: Despite missing yoga on Monday, my friend Sara had inquired as to whether I’d be going to yoga on Tuesday. It wasn’t originally in my plans, but I agreed to go since I had already completed Tuesday’s miles.
Anna wasn’t instructing at all this week, so we took a chance on another instructor. Sara and I have a mutual friend named Rebecca, so we chose the instructor with the same name. The class was great, and was oddly less crowded than the other classes I had been to in the middle of the day. I thought everyone would have been trying to get their day’s yoga in before heading into the office.
Wednesday: The weather had finally begun to cool off, so I went out for six miles in the early evening. On the run, I saw a van with a completely blown-out front tire. Like, the guy was driving on the remnants of the tire as it made a loud "flop-FLOP-flop"… weird.
Right after the run, I headed up to the Hellgate speed workout to call splits! It was nice to be watching everyone run the exhausting laps rather than run them myself for once.
Thursday: A… cool July day? Very strange, but perfect for a pleasant three miles.
Friday: Rest day. I did ride my bike into Manhattan for my chiropractic appointment and to pick up my bib for Saturday’s Long Training Run.
Saturday: NYRR’s Long Training Run in Central Park. The run was paced by volunteers from the New York Flyers, another running club in the city (and one much, much larger than Hellgate). While NYRR provided water stations along the way and Gatorade, PowerGels, bananas, and pretzels at the 102nd Street Transverse after every lap.
Moving with a mass of other runners and being able to forget about trying to keep a pace made for an incredibly pleasant run. I had right ankle pain similar to last week’s Queens 10K, but not quite as intense - I’ll hopefully be getting that x-ray this week. My left big toe started to feel weird late into the run, but I think it was because my sock had shifted a little bit.
I was scheduled to run 12 miles, but because of the way the run was structured - doing loops of Central Park - I exited the park at the southeast corner with a total of 14.6 miles.
Later that day (and after a necessary nap), I went up to Astoria Park to cheer on my Hellgate teammate Kerri as she ran in the Broadway Ultra Society 6-Hour Pajama Romp. She ran the same ~1.25 mile loop for SIX HOURS! Not only did she run the full 6 hours, but she placed third among women with 38.25 miles, having never run anything longer than a marathon before. The only two women that beat her had both run 100-milers in the past.
A nice, easy 6-miler after yesterday’s long run. Felt really really good.
Run: 33.5 miles (30 scheduled)
Bike: 21.2 miles
NYRR Club Championships are this Saturday!! Go Hellgate!!
Today was a rest day.
And thank God it was. Running when it’s 100 degrees out, and NYC has broken it’s single day power usage record?
No. Thank. You.
Instead I caught up with an old college roommate, drank beer, and ate fried chicken.
MLB All-Star 5K
Whew, busy weekend! First thing I did was wake up at 5am to take a subway ride down to Prospect Park for the MLB All-Star 5K. Unlike most races, where I go alone, one of my oldest and closest friends joined me - Chris!
Going into the race, I was a little peeved with NYRR. Their Facebook account had been advertising that the race shirt would be an “awesome MLB Nike tech t-shirt”, which is part of the reason why I was willing to sign up for a $35 5K. When I went to pick up the race materials… the shirt was a regular cotton Nike tee. I made a note of this issue on NYRR’s Facebook page and sent them an email, with no response from them yet. Though a number of other runners have commented on my Facebook post about their disappointment as well.
ANYWAY! The race was a lot better than I had anticipated. Running with a friend is always more enjoyable for me, despite running slower than I normally would. But the kicker was right at the start of the race.
We positioned ourselves at the right edge of the corral for no particular reason, but boy was I happy we did. Immediately after the start, there had to be at least ten different MLB mascots standing along the right side of the course with their hands extended for high fives!
There was a photographer right there taking photos as we slapped hands with the mascots, but NYRR hasn’t put up the photos of Chris and I (Oh please, oh please put them up!).
I let Chris set our pace, which ended up being a comfortable ~9 min/mile. Chris is a good athlete, but he isn’t a regular runner, so he’s not used to running 3.1 consecutive miles. At the 2 mile mark, I tried to get him to push the pace, but he wasn’t feeling up to it. I did manage to get him to push it for the last half mile though! Afterward, he regretted not pushing it earlier.
After the race, we got our race numbers signed by Mets legend John Franco! We were going to try to get an autograph from Tony LaRussa as well, but the line got really long by the time we met Franco, and we wanted to be sure we could get to the All-Star Game Fanfest in Manhattan to see Mookie Wilson speak (which was also awesome).
I had a 5 mile run scheduled for the day, and I think between the 3.1 miles in the race and about 6 hours of walking around the Fanfest, I got the proper cardio done.
I’ve been lazy about updating the last week — but I haven’t been lazy about my running!
Since being cleared to run on Tuesday, I’ve run four out of five days (and played kickball on that fifth day).
So let’s recap:
Group run at The Eastside Running Company. This was the first run I’ve done there, but I can definitely see it becoming a weekly staple. The group I went out with did 5 miles at a ~8:40 min/mile pace: from the store, to Central Park, wrapping around the reservoir and back to the store. It was great to run with a big group and a good way to get myself to run after work, when I’d usually rather sit on the couch and relax.
This was the first time I used the Garmin Forerunner my dad gave me on a run… and I still have to get the hang of it. I didn’t think of turning on the watch until I was in the store, where it couldn’t receive satellite signals, and we were off and running the moment we left the store. It didn’t manage to acquire the last satellite until we were already into the park:
Slow paced, early morning run with Matt and a new running buddy, Anastasia. I dunno if she’ll become a regular in our group, but the more the merrier!
The Forerunner wasn’t showing our correct distance when I looked at it at the end of the run, but it imported into RunKeeper with everything correct. Like I said, still gotta get the hang of it.
Another morning run — this one with Matt and Allison. I never thought I’d be getting up at 6am on a day I took off from work, but I guess running is the one thing that’ll get me out of bed that early! It was actually great to be up that early, because I got to enjoy a long, relaxing day.
Finally got out for a longer run. Would’ve liked to go even farther, but I don’t want to put too much stress on my leg so soon after shin splints. Took the subway out to Central Park with Allison because the weather was so gorgeous. However, there was a catch — an AIDS walk.
There were thousands of people, someone mentioned 45,000, I believe, participating. While NYRR races will leave room for other runners/walkers/cyclists, this group was like a living wall. Needless to say, we were unable to run our intended route, needing to take a few detours and turn-arounds (including just before Harlem Hill).
On a positive note, we ended up running an extra mile than we intended, which is always a fun bonus. And really, how could you not enjoy a run in Central Park on a beautiful May day?
Maybe I'll go for a morning run anyway
- Allison : Matt and i are running tomorrow 630 if you wanna join
- Me: Absolutely!
- Allison: :). Oh thats pm is thAt ok
- Me: Oh. I don't think I'll be back from work til about then.
- Allison: Booo. Sorry.
2 Runs, 9.3 Miles
Yep, got out for two runs today!
First was an early afternoon 5.7 mile solo run around Astoria. My legs were still feeling it from the 5K yesterday, so I had to keep my pace a little slower than I would have preferred, but it’s probably for the better. [RunKeeper]
I got out for the second run with my friend Cory — just up to Astoria Park and back for 3.6 miles. This run we kept at a much slower pace for a few reasons, but primarily because Cory was not wearing any of his own gear. I have huge feet, so he had to borrow some I-don’t-know-how-many-year-old sneakers from my roommate Jared. Unfortunately, the sneakers still didn’t quite fit, giving Cory major pain in his left foot. We needed to slow down a few times so he could walk it off a bit.
But hey, running with a friend at a slow pace is a lot of fun, and that’s what really matters, right? [RunKeeper]
Another weekend, another race. This time it was a 5K race in Astoria Park to benefit QSAC, an organization that provides services for people with autism and their families in NYC and on Long Island.
This race was much different than the last two — particularly because I got to run with Matt & Allison! (We decided we would all wear orange for the race, as you can see.)
The race was clearly not a NYRR race: there were only about 25 runners from what I could tell, while the majority of the participants were walkers. While the other races had corrals based on time, everyone just lined up wherever they wanted behind the starting line — we passed the majority of the people ahead of us very quickly.
The tiny field of runners certainly paid off: Matt and I placed 4th and 5th, respectively, while Allison placed 4th for the women!
Matt and I ran together for most of the race at a great pace, hovering around 7 min/mile the entire time. But right at the end, only Matt had the energy to give the extra push to the end. I just couldn’t get my legs moving any faster than they already were, allowing Matt to finish seconds before me (oh well!).
Today I was finally able to drag myself out of bed to go for a run before work! I’ve tried many times before, but me and 6am don’t really get along.
This time the only thing that kept me from going right back asleep was knowing Matt and Allison would be waiting for me. It certainly helps to have friends I can run with now!
We didn’t run too far — less than 3 miles, but running any distance before work is better than none!
Now I’ll just have to figure out what to do with all the extra time I have between finishing morning runs and going to work.