All posts tagged: "training"

Recovery Mode End: One Month Since Race Day


6 Dec 02016 | 2 minutes of your time

You put your heart into something like a marathon whether you intend to or not.

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Tempo Tuesday… on Wednesday
8 km
Tempo Tuesday… on Wednesday
5 Oct 02016
It's just the result of actually training.
Sunsets & Hills
9.5 km
Sunsets & Hills
27 Sep 02016
Things sometimes come to strange ends, some predictable & others far less so.
Three-Quarter Marathon
31.6 km
Three-Quarter Marathon
24 Sep 02016
The wind didn't cooperate.
Electrolyte Test Drive
6 km
Electrolyte Test Drive
23 Sep 02016
It's just me trying it out.
A fresh pair of runners that are probably going to be my trusty companions through 42.2 km of New York asphalt.
a sums & pieces for 21 Sep 02016
Unexpectedly Tempo
Unexpectedly Tempo
20 Sep 02016
I didn't actually have a plan.
5.4 km
14 Sep 02016
I dragged my reluctant butt out for a late-evening run.
Fueling NYC

I’ve settled on my fuel plan for New York. I’ve been training with this product called Infinit Nutrition, trying out a couple of their sport drink blends on my longer runs (which are now consistently up in the high twenties for distance.) My completely unscientific assessment is that (a) I’m feeling better between runs (recovery) than I remember feeling between runs last time and (b) they don’t give me the gurgles in my tum-tum. On that anecdotal evidence alone, I ordered a customized formula from their website, tweaking the mix to what I think I need to balance out the last few nagging doubts in my training for the home stretch, and bring it home to the NYC finish line in November. The only thing that’s got me worried now is what kind of documentation I might need to carry a small bag of white powder across the border later this year. It’s sports drink. No… really.

14 Sep 02016 | asides & shorts | running
Acutely On Track

I don’t know what it says about my training, or what it leaves out, but y’know how I track my annual goal distance for running each year and keep apprised of if I’m ahead or behind? Well, simply, I’m ahead. And officially, if I check forward a couple months (because I AM a couple months ahead) technically… just merely technically… I could skip any and all runs between now and New York, and (assuming I could still run NYC) never dip into the red on my annual tally. It’s just math, but that’s a comfortable mental space to be training in at the moment.

8 Sep 02016 | asides & shorts | running
Double Half

It felt like a good training weekend. I have been looking down the barrel at this approaching marathon –just over two months to go– and realizing that I need to start, actually start not just plan to start, cranking up my distance. So I went out on Friday morning (day off) and planning to run about 15 klicks, detoured and ended with a sprint a few blocks from my house at a solid twenty-one point one. Sunday, I was anticipating a bunch of post-marathon washouts from my crew, but Mary followed me for a mid-distance adventure and we trolled a half dozen bridges and clocked a solid twenty-three (though my watch blipped and erased the last three hundred meters!) Two halves, made for just over a full marathon over the weekend. Central Park in November doesn’t feel quite as unreachable this morning.

29 Aug 02016 | asides & shorts | running
Those First Thousand Klicks of the Year: 2016 Edition

I can always sorta gauge how well my training year is going by when I reach that 1000 klick mark on my annual tally. In 2013, when I was training for (and quickly approaching the date of) my first marathon, I hit that milestone in early August. Otherwise, it’s been a lot later in the year:

  • 2012 – October 30
  • 2013 – August 6
  • 2014 – October 20
  • 2015 – September 26 (During a race so I didn’t write about it.)
  • 2016 – August 13

I crossed that mark once again on Saturday morning, a few minutes into a 15 klick morning run. Again, early in August, with a few months of training left before my November marathon. That fills in a bit of a confidence gap I’ve been feeling. Really. Somehow.

15 Aug 02016 | asides & shorts | running

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