Sunday, April 4, 2010

Last few races + spring slump

Since I haven't posted in a while - thought I'd recap on the last couple of races, plus the Passover holiday. I ran the NYC Half Marathon on March 21, and achieved a new PR of 1:56:52 (nearly a 3 minute PR over the Manhattan Half Marathon back in January). I was a little disappointed because I had my heart set on a 1:55:00 (or better) finish, but my legs + the hills in Central Park just had other plans. My training buddy Mark achieved an astounding 9 minute PR, to finish in 1:49:59 - hitting his goal of a sub 1:50 finish. About a week later, I raced the New York Colon Cancer Challenge. Having just raced a half the week before, I opted for the 4 Mi rather than the 15K. I didn't have high hopes for this race, as I haven't been to speedy on the short distances lately, but I let my fellow NY Flyer Mark talk me into trying to PR again. I ran the first two miles at a 7:30 pace, but once again, the hills in mile 3 took their toll on me, and I wound up with a 32:12 finish (only :12 slower than my 4 mi PR). Fortunate for me, another Flyer caught up with me in the last 1/2 mile, and encouraged me to finish strong.

The bottom line is that I really need to recommit myself to speedwork, which I have really been neglecting lately. Granted, my half marathon time continues to improve, but I feel like I'm not racing as smart, or as hard as I know I'm capable of.

Finally, we'll talk a bit about Passover. Unfortunately, all talk of good nutrition goes out the window. The additional dietary restrictions on Passover, coupled with the holidays themselves just set you up for bad eating. I feel like I can eat and eat and eat and just not feel satisfied.

The good news is that after Passover, I hope to make some dietary modifications - eliminating the morning bagel (substitute oatmeal with fresh fruit) and substituting yogurt and fruit smoothies (fruit, skim milk and ice) for other, less healthy snacks. Those two small things should help get me back on track. Between eating better and speedwork, I hope to have some of my pep back before I start training for the fall marathon season (starting in late June/July).


ROYMEO said...

Boy do I know what you mean on the eating part. It hasn't been easy but I also decided not to beat myself on it. I will do my best, let it be and after the Passover, I will be back on track.

Personally, I need to show gratitude to two specific type of work out. Speed work and hills repeats. Those two things made me feel better, stronger, Pr'd and hate the workout even more :)

Neil Harris said...

Hang in there. Passover takes its' toll on all of us.