I think I’m going to start using one Tumblr blog for everything
That is, for all my running stuff and anything else. It’s been a bit tiring, trying to juggle what goes on which blog. Especially since some apps, like Instagram, only post to the main blog.
This blog will still be here, but it probably won’t be updated any longer. All my posts will be on my main blog here. (So follow that one!)
Just arrived home from the annual Hellgate Road Runners picnic! Such an exhausting day, but an incredibly fun one too. Tonight I go to bed with a great feeling of accomplishment.
SMASHED my 5-mile PR at NYRR Team Championships!
Finished in 33:31, a 6:43 min/mile pace.
My previous best was 36:35. I beat that by over 3 minutes!
I think everything just came together right for this race. The weather was cool with a light rain, the course didn’t have any major hills, and I’m a month into marathon training.
Someone in Hellgate got a discussion going about doing a Ragnar Relay in 2014!
Already, we’ve decided we’ll be going for the “Docks and Dacks” medal - that’s running the Cape Cod Ragnar in May, and the Adirondacks Ragnar in September. We have at least four people in for it, and I’m sure we’ll have no problem rounding out the team, especially since nobody is obligated to run both relays.
I’m so excited!!!
Got my right ankle x-ray today.
No breaks, sprains, fractures, etc.!
My chiropractor did see a joint in my foot a bit out of alignment. But it’s nothing some dedicated strength training - or in the worst case, orthotics - can’t fix!
While putting together my last post, I realized my oldest pair of running shoes have finally surpassed 500 miles!
They’re still comfortable to run in and don’t seem to be terribly worn (using my other pair of Triumph 9s for comparison). I hope they’re able to stick around for a couple hundred more miles.
My first two pairs of running shoes - these were my third - lasted only 400 and 350 miles each. Granted, the first pair were also used for everyday city walking for a while as well.
Oh I would run 500 miles, and I would run 500 more…
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!!
Talked with my chiropractor about my ankle pain…
So I’m going to get an x-ray.
I don’t think I’ve ever done anything to it (break, sprain, etc.), but something has to be done about it.
Cheering on Hellgate teammate Kerri as she runs the BUS 6-Hour Pajama Romp in Astoria Park! #runnyc (at Astoria Park)