On I went, out of the wood, passing the man leading without knowing I was going to do so. Flip-flap, flip-flap, jog-trot, jog-trot, curnchslap-crunchslap, across the middle of a broad field again, rhythmically running in my greyhound effortless fashion, knowing I had won the race though it wasn't half over, won it if I wanted it, could go on for ten or fifteen or twenty miles if I had to and drop dead at the finish of it, which would be the same, in the end, as living an honest life like the governor wanted me to. -Alan Sillitoe, "Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner"

Friday, July 9, 2010

Week in review/NYCM training

Ah ha, yes, ah ha, training has started! Have I mentioned that?

And I've celebrated by hopping a plane to Seattle for a wedding.  A wedding that I'm not looking forward to, because I'm evidently the only woman in my demographic who actually hates weddings.

So.  As promised, I'm going to lay out what I have so far in terms of my NYCM training.  Basically, my sister looked at my recent mileage and downgraded Pftizinger slightly for me.  We'll reassess in a few weeks to modify the plan again.  It's definitely a work in progress, so please feel free to offer advice.  You can click on it to make it larger and more readable.  A few notes: what's in red are either races or schedule modifications, and LTR are the NYRR sponsored training runs.

And now, what I actually did...
  • Friday:  Rest. (Well, that's a nice way of saying "woke up late.")
  • Saturday:  6 lovely miles along the water.
  • Sunday: 12m, also along the water.
  • Monday:  The program begins!  With a rest.
  • Tuesday: 4.3m with some strides toward the end.  The heat was intense and brutal and I went out too fast with the strides, meaning I had to walk in between.  Lousy.
  • Wednesday: 6.05m on the treadmill.  Oh, man, actually only 5.25m on the treadmill.  But I'm counting the .4m each way to the gym because I'm really annoyed that the gym closed before I could finish my 6m run (and I had to sprint to get the last .15m in on the 'mill).
  • Thursday: No running.  Early morning flight to Seattle instead.  (Well, flight to LAX and then on to Seattle, and then a ferry to an island near Canada.  I do have several hours in LAX, where I suppose I could do some exercise potentially.  But I've always found suggestions that one should run during a layover to be kind of weird, frankly.  Feel free to disagree, but I think my fellow passengers might not appreciate me getting on my next flight having just run and I don't think I have quite enough time to find a shower, too.)

Sunday's long run was an interesting one.  If you're curious, you can click through to my log (in the upper right on the main page of the blog) where you can see more details than you want to about my run: my mile splits, a map of where I ran, etc.  On one hand, we averaged a 12mm pace, which is slightly slower than I'm shooting for.  On the other hand, that was with the several generous walk breaks we took the liberty of taking, given that it was relentless sun with temps in the mid-80s (at 9am).  Our pace when running was pretty much spot-on 10:30-10:40, which is actually slightly faster than I'm shooting for.  Now, if I can only lessen my water breaks, I'll be on the right track.  It will be good to do another half again in a few weeks to see where I'm at in a race setting.

1 comment:

  1. I am tired just looking at your training!

    I agree, less walking, but slower running and hopefully a more friendly weather.