Today was officially the first nice day of the year. It only took 67 days, but 2014 finally broke through with a sunny 54 degree day. I didn’t run the last 2 days because I fell asleep at 8pm on Thursday, and last night I was just way too exhausted, so I wanted to go a little bit long today. I planned to do 8 but ended up doing 9, and it was kinda tough. My legs felt pretty tired for some reason, and I was just slogging along for most of it. It felt really nice to be outside in great weather, but I felt pretty lethargic. I will say that I did a good job of continuing to move. There were a lot of spots where I wanted to stop and walk but I did a good job of telling myself to keep going.
Tomorrow I am going to try a long run of 17 or 18. See ya then.
After my long run on Sunday I have a really bad chafing rash that made it uncomfortable to walk around, so I took the last two nights off to let that clear up. It’s still not 100% but it was good enough to run tonight. I also think that I’m just resigned to 5 day weeks until the weather isn’t terrible, it’s just too much torture and laundry to do 6 days.
Tonight was pretty cold, and I was under dressed mostly due to laziness. I wanted to get out the door and I didn’t feel like fishing around for clean clothes, so I just ran in shorts and a long sleeve shirt even though it was somewhere in the mid 30s when I ran. I kind of hated being outside and really wanted it to be over. I listened to episode 2 of U Talkin’ U2 to Me, which was very funny, and I did the first 3 in 26:07, and took a break for like minute, and did the 2nd 3 in 24:42, for a total of 50:49, which is like 8:28 miles. Obviously the 2nd half was quite a bit faster, because the way out is uphill, and the way back is downhill. Also on the way back I wanted to get it over with so I picked up the pace a little bit. I felt pretty good at the end, and was trying to focus on my stride and where my feet were landing. I’ve been mildly obsessed with trying to fix my stride because it’s a little quirky, and I’ve been watching videos about how to try and run more efficiently.
This whole year of running has been bizarre, and kind of terrible. I was running through snow covered streets again tonight, and it just feels like it’s never going to get better. I’m still waiting for the first run of 2014 where I enjoy being outside. It’s really annoying to be passionate about a fun hobby that gets really unbearable depending on the weather, and this winter has basically been the worst case scenario. I hope Spring lasts for a while before summer shows up and ruins everything all over again. Alright, see ya tomorrow.
I somehow forgot to celebrate 100 miles in typical blogdog fashion, and I also forgot to make note of when I started wearing my new sneakers, and now I’m going to have to go back and figure it out. I guessed that I started wearing them on February 19 and I feel pretty good about it.
This weekend I got 2 good runs in, and they were both to new locations which was fun. Saturday I ran over the George Washington Bridge into New Jersey and ran for about 62 minutes, so I am calling that a 7 miler. I didn’t really map it, and when I got into NJ I was kind of lost, so it would be very hard to go back and figure it out, but I know my pace and I’m fairly certain I was going about 9 min miles or maybe slightly faster. Going over the bridge was kind of terrifying but fun. It was in the high or mid 30s, which at this point is totally reasonable so I ran in shorts.
Today I finally got a long run in, and I did 16 miles, where I ran up into the Bronx past Van Cortland Park, and then back. I haven’t done a long run in a while, which is terrible, but today the weather held out, and I had appropriate clothing, so that was good. The first half went pretty decent, but a lot of it was uphill, which took a lot out of me. On the way back I felt decent but got really tired in the last 3 miles or so, which makes sense since my longest run thus far had been 13 and that was several weeks ago. I finished in 2:56 or so which was about what I was hoping for, but I have a feeling I’m going to be sore for a while.
Tomorrow (actually today, since I’m writing this late) is another snow storm, so I have no idea how that will affect running. I am glad to be back on track getting some miles in, though. Alright, see ya.
Tonight was freezing and windy, but I was sick of the weather dictating my workouts. So, I put on a bunch of Under Armor, and a few other layers, and headed out the door to run 8 miles. I didn’t really have a tempo plan, I just wanted to get the miles in. I listened to a new podcast, U Talkin U2 to Me featuring Adam Scott Aukerman, and it was quite enjoyable. I just tried to get into a groove and stay warm, and it worked out pretty well. It was definitely very cold, but for like 5 minutesin the middle I felt like I was overdressed. It turns out the wind was just at my back, and the last 3 miles were pretty brutally cold.
With about 2 miles left, I realized that my hat was frozen, and that there was basically a sheet of ice sitting on my head. I kept the hat on though because it was really windy and I felt like having some protection was better than none.
I finished in 68:04, which is actually quite a bit faster than I thought I was going. Right before I finished I predicted that it would be in 70 minutes, but I guess I probably picked up the pace in a few spots just to get home faster.
When I got home weather.com said it was 24, feels like 10, which seems about right. It was really tough and my face was frozen. I had to keep putting my hands up to my face to keep it warm, and when I was running into the wind it was a nightmare. I’m glad I did the workout though because the odds of me getting any miles in tomorrow are pretty much zero. Tonight was a good workout though because 8 miles at 8:30 pace in freezing cold felt decent. So, WE CAN BUILD FROM THIS. See you this weekend.
As planned, tonight I went to the gym to get a workout in, since the outside world is no longer inhabitable by humans. I did a mile warmup, 30 minutes of ins and outs and 8 minute/7 minute pace, and a mile cooldown. Every single time I do this workout I feel an overwhelming desire to describe what it is, despite the fact that I have described it 10 other times. I am going to ignore that urge, so, sorry.
It went pretty well. I haven’t been feeling great the last couple of days, and as you can tell from my post from earlier today, my confidence is not great. I hate my total mileage so far for this year, and the weather is just soul crushing, and my motivation is marginal at best. I’m hopeful that better weather and daylight savings time will elevate my spirits.
I’m leaning pretty strongly towards not running the half marathon on March 15th, because that weekend is just way too hectic, and I kind of don’t feel like spending $250 on gas and a hotel just to run a shitty race, and then instantly turn around to come back to NYC so Ti can run the NYC half marathon using the bib number that I paid for, and then the next day on Monday I’m going to see the Arcade Fire in Philly. It will be way too hectic and expensive. That’s where I’m at right now. It’s not final but that’s what I’m thinking.
This week is yet another week where I have like 0 chance to run 6 days because I’m going to a concert Friday night, and that means I will wake up, go to work, go to the concert, and come home late. So unless I run in the morning, I’m not running, and I have literally never woken up before work to run. I’ll set my alarm just for the hell of it, but it’s probably not happening. But, I’ll be back tomorrow. See ya then.
First things first, just so we’re keeping the total mileage straight, Tuesday I ran a little bit more than 7, and Saturday I ran about 8.5, so I am rounding that up to 9. I didn’t run on Sunday for a really dumb reason (I was wearing my last pair of clean socks, and had to wear them to work the next day), didn’t run Monday because I was sick, and jogged 4 miles yesterday. So, things are still going pretty terribly.
Friday night I did a pretty easy 6 mile jog, and then on Saturday I planned to do my long run, but that did not go well. It was supposed to be a really warm, nice day, and I was really excited to run. I planned to run down the Westside Highway and get in 16 miles. Right away my legs felt like total garbage, and I was running into a really, really tough head wind. After about 20 minutes I was absolutely freezing, and trying to avoid all the puddles from melted snow. I eventually just turned around and figured I would do my long run on Sunday. As I mentioned above, I mis-budgeted my clothes and somehow lost track of a pair of socks. That might seem dumb, and it was, but it happened. Monday I felt pretty crappy all days, so I took the night off. Last night I was in NYC, and it was brutally cold outside. I planned 6, but there was a nightmare wind coming off the Hudson and I had to cut it short.
The rest of this week is also freezing, and there is allegedly another snow storm coming. I’m debating not even wasting my time going to DC to run a half marathon because I am not in shape at all. I’m going to keep trying to push through and hope that some day its not terrible to be outside. I am going to gym tonight, which I hate, but just trying to stay in some kind of shape at this point. See you later.
Last night I was supposed to run but I was exhausted and starving, and got home kind of late, and I couldn’t get myself out the door. Running exclusively in the pitch black during the week takes a massive toll as well. The good news is that it’s gotten a little bit warmer, and the snow has melted a lot. Today was in the mid 40s, and probably low 40s or high 30s by the time I got out the door to run tonight around 7:15. That basically felt like a heat wave compared to the rest of the last few weeks. Earlier in the day I decided I want to do 5 tempo miles as a speed test, with a mile warmup and cool down. I haven’t been able to do any tempo stuff outside at all yet for the most part, so I want to start throwing that into my weeks. I have done a pretty decent amount of interval and tempo stuff on the treadmill the last few weeks, and I wanted to see how it would translate to running outside.
After I warmed up, I got loose and stretched for a minute, and took off. I haven’t tried to run fast for more than a mile in a long time, so I was trying to figure out my pace and also trying to focus on staying comfortable. I never looked at my watch until the end so I don’t have splits, but I finished in 35:23, which kind of surprised me. I stopped at a traffic light for like 90 seconds with about a mile to go, and I’m not sure how that affected me, but I was running very, very hard.
Tonight accomplished 2 things for me: 1) I have some confidence in my overall speed, and I feel good that I can go that fast at this point of marathon training, and 2) I know I have like a 2% chance of PR’ing in the half in 3 weeks. I mentioned a couple of weeks ago that 36 minutes needs to be really comfortable to me, and tonight I had almost nothing left in the tank when I was done. I am just going to focus on using it as a really hard distance/tempo workout to take some pressure off myself. I know I have a better half marathon in me, but this training schedule was too messed up for me to get there, I think.
I’m still really happy I ran that fast though. I’m going to keep running hard, and hope that the weather keeps improving. See you this weekend.