Didn’t get out for that morning run with Matt yesterday — he had to cancel at the last moment. After that, I didn’t feel much like running in the humid morning solo, plus I was meeting a friend for lunch not too much later.
Luckily, it rained in the evening, cooling things off a little bit, so I finally got out there. (It was still ridiculously hot & humid though.)
Along the way, I finally managed to get myself to remember the intersections of the two restaurants I’ve been wanting to try: Sushi at 33rd & Broadway; Cool looking place (I think it’s called Locale?) at 33rd & 34th. It’s difficult to remember where places are when I’m also focused on running — but it really is the best way to explore a neighborhood.
I also developed a new strategy for these kinds of days: run past open store doors & windows to get a nice blast of cold air from their A/C.
So I didn’t get out for that run on Thursday.
It was raining, and while I don’t mind running in the rain, I figured it was best not to do it when I’m just recovering from a cold. Instead, I did some serious foam rolling in the evening, so I at least did something productive.
I wasn’t planning on a run today, but when I went to my gym for the Friday abdominals class, I found out it was cancelled for the week. I debated hanging around and using some machines, but I knew I would much rather be outside running!
I started out feeling good, but once I got into mile 2, I wasn’t breathing nearly as well as I should have been. I figure it’s a combination of the remnants of this cold, as well as not running since Sunday. It was really humid too — I can’t remember the last time a day went by without rain.
It felt so good to get out and run again.
I can’t wait for the morning run tomorrow with Matt. (Now Allison is sick! :( )
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?
It was humid. At least, more humid than it’s been all year. I normally don’t sweat much, but I was drenched by the time I finished.
I never like to stray too far from the apartment when running at night for many obvious reasons. The problem is, I feel like I’m running the same streets over and over again, which drives me a little crazy. (Still way better than a treadmill.)
My alarms are set for 6am. Future Paul, how about you get out of bed and go for a run?
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.
Run As One!
The NYRR Run As One race was today!
The course was exactly the same as the 4 mile Run for the Parks course, and after greatly exceeding my expectations last week by running with a 7:43 min/mi. pace, I was worried I had set myself up for disappointment this time around.
Boy was I wrong.
I beat my previous time by nearly 1:30 and improved my pace a full 20 seconds!
Plus I placed 250+ positions better (1,223 today vs. 1,587), even though the field increased by over 1,000 runners!
All in all, it was another fantastic race in Central Park.
So our little running group had it’s first injury occur today. Allison took a spill on an uneven sidewalk about a third of a mile in and scraped up her knees. We patched her up at a nearby Rite Aid and took off again, but she decided to call it quits after another mile — probably a good thing too, since we want her healed up for next week’s 5K at Astoria Park!
Matt and I continued running for another 40 minutes or so at a pretty easy pace after Allison left us, which felt great for my sore hamstrings. We did stop at the Astoria Park track so Matt could get a few pull-ups and chin-ups in (and I got about half of a pull-up in).