Sunday, May 31, 2009

Not every race will earn you a PR

Lately, I've been feeling a bit burned out on racing. With the arrival of my daughter, the recent Jewish Holidays, and a bout of the flu - I haven't been running as regularly as I'd like to. To add to that, I had a pretty packed race schedule, trying to complete the 9 NYRR races in order to guarantee entry into the NY Marathon in 2010.

I had signed up for the NYRR Japan Day 4 Mi, but wasn't crazy about the idea of running it - and decided to anyway. I told myself that I was going to take it easy, and just have fun out there. Sure enough - I started off strong, and pushed it hard. After about 2 miles, I pretty much crashed - with some liberal walk breaks thrown in, I still finished in a reasonable time - nowhere near my personal record - but also not the slowest race I've ever run.

Bottom line? I'm going to look forward to a summer of long slow runs, in preparation for the NYC Half Marathon, and hopefully a fall marathon (yet TBD). I'm glad that I'm done with racing for a while...but I'll still continue my speedwork on Thursdays.

In the end, I'm going to put this all into perspective for myself. I ran this race last year in 39:16 - and was elated because I broke a 10 mi / mi for the first time (it was my 3rd race ever). I ran this one in 33:49 (an 8:20 min / mi) - and felt disappointed because I didn't break 32:00. I could focus on what I didn't accomplish - alternatively, I could focus on how far I've come in a year. I know which option is better for me right now :)

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

I hate morning runs

I happened to have been up around 5am this morning, so I decided to go for a run. Midway through the run, I started to remember why I hate running in the morning. It takes my body quite a while to get adjusted to being awake, I never manage to hydrate enough, and I can't stomach eating right when I wake up.

I don't know how people do it, I really don't. My preference is to run after work...but I guess I'll take what I can get. Between the long weekend, and a busy week - and the Jewish Holiday on Friday, it's going to be tough to get my miles in this week. Come to think of it, if I manage to wake up early enough tomorrow, I may try to get another run in tomorrow morning as well...

In other news, Garmin Connect has recently opened up to all Garmin sport watches (not just the Forerunner 405), and has officially replaced Motionbased as the official online site for Forerunner data. It's a pretty cool interface, and I like the way it displays data about the runs. I'm looking forward to using it more regularly.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Going to start long runs again

I just set two PR's for short distance races - and finally broke the 8:00 min / mi pace for the 5k race distance. I've been grappling with that for a while now - and it was really nice to finally push that one over the line.

Since I completed the 9 NYRR races needed to qualify for the NYC Marathon in 2010, I've decided to shift my focus back to long runs on the weekends. I have the NYC 1/2 Marathon coming up in August, and hopefully the NYC Marathon coming up in November - so long run season is basically here.

I'm going to start with a 9 - 10 mile run tomorrow - and just see how things go. I'm actually looking forward to getting back to a nice, slow training pace - after having spend most of the last few weekends racing shorter distances.

I'm just happy for the summer to be upon us, hopefully get a nice long stretch of good weather, and to start building up the distance again.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

This is a picture that I posted to my facebook page a while back. Showing a picture of me prior to running (it's the best picture I could find), and one after completing my first quarter-marathon last fall.

It's amazing to see the progress that I've made...it's actually nice to have a reminder from time to time about exactly how far you've come.

Am back again...this time for real!

I decided to restart my blog - after several failed attempts, both at blogging and at running a marathon. Running a marathon has always been a personal goal of mine - one that seemed to continuously elude my grasp. I got inspired several times, and took up running - only to have it end in injury after several months. I think that in all of my prior attempts, I did too much, too soon.

In January of last year, I decided to start running again - and bought a treadmill for my house. My goal was to get myself up to running for 30 minutes (at any pace) without stopping. Once I accomplished that, I enrolled in the NYRR Running Classes, lead by coaches Bob and Shelly-Lynn Glover.

The difference this time was that my only goal was to run for 1 year without injury. I ran my first NYRR race in April of 2008, and finished 4 miles in 43:01. Since then, I've run numerous 4 mile, 5 mile, 5k and 10k races - and have even run 2 half-marathons. I'm down to a sub-8:00 min/mi for the 5k / 4 mi race, and am hoping to win a spot in the New York Marathon in 2009 (but have already qualified for a guaranteed spot in 2010).

In the process, I have dropped from 269 lbs (my lifetime high) to my current weight of 225 - made a bunch of new friends, and have become addicted to distance running and racing. I can't describe how much better I feel about myself - both physically and emotionally.

Just a bit of background, taking me from my last failed attempt up to the present. I am hoping to hear the results of the lottery some time in June, and hoping to find out that I have earned a coveted spot at the starting line.