Monday, February 7, 2011

Salty Run

Todays Workout: Long Run
Location: Usual Long Island Loop
14.01 miles, 2:05:59, 9:00 pace

Beautiful afternoon today (er, technically yesterday now). Sun was shining. It was chilly but comfortable. Air smelled so amazingly crisp. Should have been an absolutely perfect run. Unfortunately area scumbags do not like to salt or shovel their sidewalks. I think the last time it snowed was tuesday. 5 days! No excuses! How hard can it possibly be to toss some salt out in front of your house?
I slipped and slided for the full 14 miles. Fell on my ass at one point but i dont think anyone saw. I also splashed through an ankle deep ice cold puddle, which was fun. And got stuck behind 3 slow walking dudes on a block that was so snowed and iced up that there was a path only wide enough for one person. I had 14 planned and almost called it quits early several times but stuck it out. Pure stubborness.

At this point im about half way through a marathon training program and have no marathon on the horizon. Really need to make up that race calendar.
Exhausted now. Time to sleep or atleast completely veg out in front of investigation discovery channel.

Monday, January 31, 2011

Todays Workout: Long run
Location: NYSC - LI, Treadmill:(
13 miles, 1:58

Too much snow make the long island streets obnoxious. Had to take it inside today. Went to gym to do long run on the treadmill. Dont have accurate stats on pace today. The particular treadmill I was on stops your workout after an hour and a half and makes you restart if you want to keep going. I had my Nike+ wristband but i havent been able to calibrate it yet. It registered over 15 miles at something like 7:59 pace. I did the first mile at 6.3, then 5 miles at 6.6 (9:05/mile) and then 7 miles at 6.7 (8:57/mile). Incline was 1.0. The workout was intended to be 13 miles at MP +15 seconds, or about 9:00/mile.

And yes, I did say NYSC. They made me an offer I couldnt refuse - a passport membership at half the cost of what i was paying before to go to only the one gym in my home neighborhood. Its a great move bc now i have a gym next to the office, next to my house and next to BFs house on LI. No excuses!

Yesterday went to the same gym, did 30 min of cardio on the elliptical and then lifted. I've actually lifted 3x per week successfully for the last 2 weeks. Crazy sore but glad to be back into a routine with lifting. As I began to get busy in the 2 months before the marathon i had stopped doing in regularly. I justified this at the time as a taper for the race but really i just wasn't making the time, particularly on a weekend day.

My next goal is to make up my racing schedule for this year. Im obvi doing NY if I get in, which i should unless something horrible happens since i did the guaranteed entry thing. I'd really like to do 2 more but i havent gotten serious about figuring out which ones. Off to do some research now...

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Hello 2011

The purpose of this blog was to keep a record of my training for a marathon so I could someday go back and read it over and see how awesome I was. Total fail there.

I did run Philly November 21st 2010 with my brother and it was amazing. It was also no joke. Never felt pain like mile 23 before.
My finish time was 4:03:39. Tom was fantastic in 4:45:18. We ran together through about 15 miles before we separated. I was so proud that he finished as he was in a lot of pain.

I'm going to try to keep this blog up more regularly this year. This is going to be a brief post however.

Todays workout: Long run
11.55 miles, 1:45:49, 9:10 avg pace.