749 – 755

Hey blog.

I wonder what percentage of my entries start with either “Hey blog”, or “So,..”. I’m willing to bet its a very high percentage. ANYWAY

Tonight I jogged 6 miles in about 52:30. I say about because for the first time ever my watch said I overran. Usually I do 3 miles out, and when I get home it says I did 2.9 miles or 2.95 on the way back, and I have to jog down the block to finish up. Tonight I did 3 out and it had me hitting 6 about 50-100 yards away from where I started. I went out in 26:30, which is 8:50s, and then came back a little bit faster, and it felt fine. I was just casually jogging to a basketball podcast, but it was a very nice night and I wanted to get it over with.

It’s pretty funny that 6 miles felt kind of time consuming to me tonight. There was definitely a “let’s get this over with” portion of the run, which has happened to me a million times in my life, but generally not on a 6 mile jog.

I’m also still on a terrible food/beer run, but that ebbs and flows. I have this bad habit of needing to feel like I’m taking advantage of my time off while I can, and then hunker down for marathon training, but I feel pretty gross, so I’ve been making solid food choices the last few days.

This weekend is a question mark because it’s Ti’s birthday and we will be celebrating, hopefully I get a couple nice runs in. See ya soon!

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744 – 749

Hey blog.

Last night I ran 5 miles, the first of which was a jog, and the middle 3 I picked it up a little bit. I did the first 2 in about 16:30, and the last one in about 7:40. Then I jogged a mile home. I am still trying to keep my mileage low but throw challenging portions into workouts. I think next week I will bump up the mileage a little bit. I think I going to finalize my plans to run Philly next week, so I want to stay in shape as best I can while not over-exerting myself before I start full-time marathon training again in probably July.

Alright, I’ll be doing some running this weekend, see ya later for that.

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738 – 744

Hey blog.

Tonight I ran 6 miles, about 2 of which were a hill workout, and it was a nice change of pace. It was pretty warm out, and I was getting tired of jogging in Liberty State Park, so I decided to change things up, and run up the big hill on Newark Ave. I had jogged about 2 miles, and at some point I decided to sprint up the hill, and learned it was almost exactly a quarter mile, and then decided I would do it 4 times. This is the evolution of a speed workout.

I ran hard up the hill 4x, and jogged down it 4x, and then jogged home. It was 6 miles in a total of 53 minutes, the jog part of which was slow, and the hill portion of which was on a very hard hill, and it was fun to push it for a little bit. It was a miniature portion of what I would consider a hard workout so it fit into my plan to try to keep recovering from the marathon but still throw in a small workout portion. I want to run a fast 5k in like 3 weeks, so I need to ramp up the speed stuff, and this was a nice start.

Ok, jogging tomorrow, see ya then.

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733 – 738

Alright so I didn’t run this weekend. Saturday I woke up at 7am to watch Ti run the Brooklyn Half marathon, and we didn’t get home until like 6pm or so, and we had been drinking, so that was it for that day. Sunday I had to work in the morning, and then I spent some time with Ti in the afternoon and the day just got away from me. I’ve also been reading about how important it is to rest/recover after a race, and that the rest period should be 3 or 4 weeks, and that kind of stuck in my head. So, I think 21 miles is a good first week back, and I’ll build from there. Obviously it sets me back on the quest for 2k but I can make that up later.

Last night I ran 5 mile pretty easily. I didn’t time the first 2 miles, but the last 3 were in 24:30 or so, and it felt pretty good. My miles were approximately 8:20, 8:25, and 7:45, for the 3 I timed. At first I had no intention of using my watch but I just wanted to see what my steady jog was time-wise. The weather was decent and it went fast, etc. Nothing exciting.

I think I might have a plan for the rest of the year. I am pretty positive I am running the Jersey City half on September 20th, out of convenience, and possibly the Philly marathon in November. I am reluctant to run Philly for the 3rd time, but it’s the only race that really works out for my schedule. I would start training on July 20th, the half would be at the end of week 9, which is perfect, and then I’d do the bulk of my training in September and October which are great running months. There are no convenient November marathons besides Philly that I am aware of.

I just found info for 3 5ks coming up in JC over the next few weeks, and I may check those out. Anyway I’ll be back tonight for another jog.

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727 – 733

Tonight I did a total of 6 miles, 4 of which I pushed the pace for in 31 minutes or so. My legs felt really good and the weather was nice, and I just wanted to do something interesting. Nothing really noteworthy. I had a long day so gonna call it a short entry. See ya later.

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717 – 723, 723 – 727

Hey blog.

Today is Thursday, and I took the day off from running for no real reason. I did 6 miles on Tuesday, 3 of which were kind of fast. I jogged a mile, ran hard for one in about 7:15, jogged another, ran hard for 2 in about 14:40, and then jogged home. Yesterday, I just jogged around doing some errands like food shopping and did a total of 4 miles. I was planning 5 but I just kind of was doing an arbitrary route and I was also carrying groceries. I’m also kind of trying to take it easy but I’m still eating and drinking like total garbage so the workouts are important.

My plan for the weekend is probably 6 tomorrow night, 10 or so on Saturday, and maybe another 6 on Sunday, for a total of 37 for the week. If I get through that comfortably I’ll be happy, and hopefully soon I’ll figure out what I’m actually training for. My legs still don’t feel like they can go super fast just yet, but that will take a little while. I’m just going to try to take it easy while gently reminding my body how to go fast when it needs to. I can feel myself gaining weight but I don’t really care right now. I’m just going to enjoy being a normal person and then get back into training mode soon. Alright, see ya later!

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712 – 717

Hey blog.

I am back after a week hiatus, and as I mentioned on Wednesday I ate a bunch of garbage and drank a lot of beer and did not exercise. Needless to say I don’t feel like I’m at the top of my game, but I was kind of excited to start running again. Today is what I would call the first “warm” day of the year, as I was sweating like a maniac all day just walking around in a suit, and I was also incredibly sweaty during and after my run. I did 5 miles in a little over 42 minutes, and it was ok. My legs actually still felt kind of tired, but that will pass. I thought I might have a hard time making it through the whole run due to the rapid increase in temperature, which usually takes me a while to adjust to. I was able to put my head down and get through a couple of rough spots.

I still don’t really have a plan for what I’m training for, but for now I am going to do 5/6/5/6 on 4 weeknights, and then a 10 miler or more, and anywhere from 5-8 the other day of the weekend. I’d like to stick around 37-40 mile weeks, or more if I can, to stay on track for 2,000 for the year. I am exactly on pace right now, even after taking a week off. I am giving some serious thought to a fall marathon, so I can maybe do a half in September or October, or both, and then a marathon in November. It’s more about the mileage than anything, and obviously races are fun and I like doing them. I also just want to ride the strong confidence I have now and keep giving myself chances to have great races.

I’ll be back tomorrow night for 6. Might try to throw some fast stuff or hills in there. See ya.

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