Yoga, running, fitness and life
Yoga, running, fitness and life
I am not looking at the weather. I am not looking at the weather. I am NOT LOOKING AT THE WEATHER.
Not gonna do it.
But what I am gonna do is tell you about a strong run I had yesterday. In total, I ran about 7.7 miles. I warmed up, cooled down and sandwiched in between was 1x 3mi @ 10k pace. For me that ended up being 3.1 miles specifically @ 9:22 pace. That's a PB for me! I cracked a 5k distance at 29:03, just under the 30 minute mark. I know that's slow for a lot of people, but that's particularly strong for me. I am A-OK with that!
Today, I didn't have much time between work obligations. So I squeezed in 2.5 miles on a treadmill at the gym. Kept it easy (on purpose!) @ 11:24 pace.
Saw the PT today who worked my shins/calves. It all felt pretty good.
Tomorrow's workout: 8-10 miles, easy with some MP (10:17) miles thrown in the middle. Fingers crossed it goes well! I'm in the "don't screw it up" zone.
We're now 11 days out from the NYC Marathon. I'm feeling pretty good so far. I'll be ready for 11/5, no question.
This past Saturday 10/21, I ran the 2017 Halloween Half Marathon in Morristown, NJ. This was my last real long run before race day. I wasn't expecting much, to be honest. However, I was pleasantly surprised by how well organized it was - and how many runners there were! And because it was a Halloween-related event, there were many runners dressed up for the holiday. It was big fun!
Before I even registered for the event, I made sure I could easily get there and back. Since I was coming all the way from Queens - and not driving - I wanted to see that I could grab trains, etc. Turned out I could! It was also lucky that the race start wasn't until 10am. This gave me plenty of time to get there, pick up my bib, and use the P.O.P. twice.
I did some warm-ups and massages for the legs, then I was herded to the Start area, about two blocks from Race Central. I brought my Go Pro for a dry run (using it for the marathon!) and hooked it up. The gun went off and that was that! I placed myself right with the pacers for the 2:30 group. Thinking I was running an easy long run, I figured 11:30 pace would be about right. As it turned out, I dropped them at Mile 1.
On the upside, it was a beautiful day (if still a little warm), but I had a nice run. I didn't run nearly as slow as I should have (11:30 pace or so), but I couldn't seem to pick it up to a solid marathon pace (10:17). That was the only disappointing part of the event for me.
The aid stations were every 3 miles (ish) and all had Halloween candy available. I ate M&M's and Twix. YUM. I was also smart enough to stop there and have NO more candy. It was the right call. Too much sugar could have been bad while running.
Along the way, I met up with a woman (Meg), and we got chatting about this-and-that. Races we'd run, what our goals were, the weather. Her husband was on the course at one point in some residential neighborhood, cheering her on. That was kinda nice.
Around Mile 5 I decided to check on the battery in my Go Pro and it seemed it was running on fumes. I took it off and changed out the battery -- all while running. It wasn't terribly difficult to manage. However, I discovered sometime after Mile 8 that the 32g card was way too small to cover the remainder of the race. I was disappointed in that, and even more annoyed that I had to continue wearing the thing on my head for almost another hour! Urgh. (Since then, hubby has ordered a new 256g memory card and I got more batteries to be safe).
The course was hillier than expected! Towards the end, Mile 12 or so, I ended up walking over one overpass because I was just darn tired to anything else uphill. That ought to be interesting running the NYC course <sigh>. But, I sprinted down the hills and had a REALLY strong dash to the Finish.
I picked up my medal, grabbed some food and changed into dry, warm clothes. It was 3:30p when I got home! Indeed, this had really taken up a good portion of my day. As I said, it was fun, I rested up and ran 3.8 recovery miles on Sunday in the local park.
When I get the video edited from the Go Pro, I'll be sure to post :)
It's getting closer. Just 16 days until I (along with 50,000+ other runners) head to Staten Island for the NYC Marathon. Wave assignments have gone out (I'll be cruising on the upper deck of the Verrazano Baby!) and the final details are falling into place.
Training is nearing an end. After this weekend I'll be in taper mode. Oddly, I'm looking forward to it. It'll be nice to have a small break in the running. Marathon training is grueling stuff; it takes considerable time.
Tomorrow is my last double-digit long run. Early in the morning I'll be heading to Morristown, NJ to run the 2017 Halloween Half Marathon. It looks like fun; people dress up as superheroes! Luckily, it's not a requirement or I'd never have signed up.
The loooooong list of what to bring on marathon morning... There are countless articles/blogs/whatevers regarding what to bring to the athlete's village on race day. Things like extra clothes and toilet paper are a given, but I thought about something a little different this week. It occurred to me that while waiting for the race start in cooler temps (here's hoping!), I'd need more than just extra layers to stay warm.
My typical race day routine always includes warm ups and stretches. How do you stay warmed up?: ThermaCare patches! I have a lot of experience using these things. What better way to keep my tight calves and Anterior Tibs warmed up than by slapping on heat patches (I did actually buy store brand to save some $)? I bought extra for my shoulder blades (always tight!), plus my cranky lower back. It can't hurt anything to give it a try, right? I think they'll be great (in addition to the extra layers, btw).
Anyhow...those are today's ramblings. I'll be back this weekend for the race update.