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  2. mattw

    Never Too Late for a Turkey Trot Report

    I ran 2,500 miles last year and only raced once, in March. Okay, well I did a Turkey Trot too, but it was with no bibs or chips, just a timer. I think I was top 5 though. I started 15 or so feet from the line and had to work my way through the crowd as I gained speed. About 100 yards in I had to dodge a little kid (8yr old?) who had sprinted and was now bent over with his hands on his knees huffing and puffing. With 3 more miles to go he was in for a long morning. I continued passing crowds until about half a mile into it and then found folks running around my pace. First mile was a 6:43. Some downhill and extra effort had me passing a few more folks. A younger, college guy started pacing with me and we traded spots some. Some friends of his cheered him as we went by. Some uphll before hitting mile 2 caused him to drop back slightly, but he was on my heels and stayed there on the next downhill into mile 3. Mile 2 was a 6:33. A flat greenway took us back to the finish. I used to mile repeats here when I lived closer to it. I got into that zone and though maybe a sub 20 was possible, but just ran. College guy couldn't keep up. I had seen what I thought was the lead guy not too far out, though I knew I wasn't going to catch him nor the 3 or so folks between us. I crossed the line and I think the clock said 19:something, but my watch read 20:04. I figured the clock was not quite right because I didn't start my watch until I crossed the start line, a few seconds after the go gun. There were no awards or anything after, just water and snacks. My son and a nephew crossed a couple of minutes later. I then jogged back onto the course and caught up with my daughters, nieces and sister-in-law who were in fast dog-walking mode. A good day! I signed up for the local Charlotte marathon which is in November. I haven't had much motivation to start any kind of training yet. However, I have running buddy Tim who is training for Boston, so by default I'm somewhat training for a marthon. My marathon last March got me a BQ, but I was *only* four minutes and 10 seconds under my age requirement. The cutoff was 4:52 under. Oh well, I wasn't dying to go and mainly applied just because of RB signing up. Tim has high hopes and aspirations for Boston. And so far his training is going well. He wants to possibly place in the top 3 for his age group, which at Boston, ain't easy no matter what your age. He is 63 and needs a low or just under 3 hour finish to do that. So, damn! Yesterday (Sunday), he had 18 miles with 10 @ marathon pace (suggested target = 6:50) and wanted me to join. I do not have that speed or endurance, but agreed to start with him and fade accordingly. I did cut back the warm up miles to 5ish though. He didn't. I had mapped out a mostly flat and somewhat downhill 10 miles for the fast miles. That worked out well, but the wind yesterday morning managed to situate itself to be in our faces on all of the uphills. I fell behind as predicted after about 2 miles. I stayed pretty close though through mile 5, then he stayed stronger as I faded a bit more. My goal became to keep the overall under 7 minute pace. My slowest was 7:12, but I finished with a 6:57 average. The last two miles were a gentle downhill plus a tailwind. that helped me keep it under. RB Tim held on for a 6:47 overall! He is inspiring me and this run with him gave me a bit of a confidence boost to work a bit harder and maybe get more motivated.
  3. mattw

    Starting to Get Cold

    The right layers make a big difference in the cold.
  4. Carissa Liebowitz

    Starting to Get Cold

    Great job in getting out there in the cold temps!
  5. Yesterday
  6. Apple Pie

    Starting to Get Cold

    Winter took a long time to come to Connecticut. It’s now here. Temps are winter-ish but there’s been no snow really, although the forecast is 8-12” tomorrow. I love snow so I’m pumped to finally get some white stuff. The whole family is going snow shoeing tomorrow! As much as I like snow, it makes the runs a little more difficult. I generally run on the treadmill early in the morning during the week, and run outside on the weekends. Last Saturday I ran what I would consider my first cold long run of the season - 8 miles in about 22 degrees / feels like 12 degrees. My overall pace was 10:15/mile. Considering that it was my longest run in 15 months, I was pretty content with the effort & results. My hands (even with gloves) and face were freezing for the first mile and a half, but then started to warm up. In the end, I chose the right clothing because I didn’t think about the temperature for the rest of my run. 👍 I got two runs in during the week, 4 miles and 5 miles. I was bummed I didn’t get a third one in, but when I look back at it now I see it was a week. I had to go to NYC (about 3 hour trip by car/train) on Monday & Wednesday for work, and I met my mom for breakfast before work on Friday. So that left only 2 mornings available for running. I suppose I could run at night, but I’m beat when I get home, and by the time we eat dinner, hang with the kiddies for a little bit, then put the two younger ones to bed, it seems like it’s 9:00pm already. I’ll stick with the morning runs. This morning my homemade training plan for NJ Half had me running 8.5 miles. When I checked the weather last night it was supposed to be mid20s with a feels like in the low teens. Basically the same as last week, so why not wear the same thing? Well because after I got dressed this morning, I checked the actual temp and it was 24 / feels like 22. 🤔 I took off one mid layer and was out the door. As I was driving to where I picked to run, I was enjoying the music on the radio. Oh crap, I forgot the shuffle for music on my run. I wasn’t far from home so I turned around and got it. I sometimes run without tunes on short runs, but I like music on longer runs. During today’s run, I was happy I went back for it. I ran in East Hartland, a little teeny tiny town about 10 minutes drive from my house. I parked at the only restaurant there and ran two 4.25 mile loops on roads through mostly forest with occasional houses. I haven’t run there in a couple years so I didn’t remember it being as hilly as it was. I checked the elevation on map my run last night but I’m not that good with determining how hilly a route is unless it’s pancake flat or crazy mountainous. Oh well, there was a little walking on the bigger uphills. It was a nice loop, even with the ups & downs. Today’s pace (10:56/ mile) was not surprisingly slower than the previous week’s run on a super flat rail trail. I’m still getting back into running longer and focusing on getting the miles in. Pace will come down as I continue. That’s pretty much it from here. Hope you’re enjoying your runs as much I am going to enjoy tomorrow’s snow! 😁🤙
  7. Apple Pie

    Just get both feet out the door - or so they say

    Owls are cool. Hope this week was better than last one.
  8. Last week
  9. Dave

    And done.

    100%. To be honest, I still feel a little guilty about skipping those runs. But I'm working on it.
  10. SIbbetson

    Boston - Week 2

    Maybe add one double a week and see what you think; splitting up the mileage makes it easier on your body on a recovery day (e.g., an 8 and a 4 is easier than a 12) and a shake out after a workout helps recovery. It's also more running with depleted glycogen stores to prepare for the marathon. I used to say I'd never do them but now I like them! I like the 20 mile workout - great effort already and you still have so much time to gain fitness!
  11. SIbbetson

    And done.

    Cold rain is the worst.
  12. SIbbetson

    Just get both feet out the door - or so they say

    A race a month is a fantastic goal!
  13. Running Nutz

    Just get both feet out the door - or so they say

    two time in the last 20 years I got those two feet out the door- then ran 10 yards and promptly walked this ass right back inside to hold down the couch. Sometimes you can't force it.
  14. Carissa Liebowitz

    Boston - Week 2

    I've tried the boots a few times and really like them myself. Maybe they work? Maybe they just feel good to sit down and do nothing for a short while? I was listening to some podcast explain how stuff like the boots, hyperbaric chambers, massage, etc. often feel useful to runners because it forces them to relax and lower their heart rates. Like the Vaporflys though, I don't care if it's all just in my head and there is no science - if it works, it works!
  15. Scott

    Just get both feet out the door - or so they say

    I'm training for NJ, but haven't decided yet. I hit a funk (caught well and truly between worries about my children and the increasing mortality of the older people in my life), and skipped 3 of my runs last week. I'm back at it, though, and yeah, sometimes it's just a matter of getting both feet out the door.
  16. Gonzo Runner

    Just get both feet out the door - or so they say

    The funks can be crushing. Have fun with the races, hope they keep the mojo up.
  17. Stephen

    Boston - Week 2

    I'm not sure, I think I like them but I'm also using regular compression socks and all the other rolling / fun stuff. I dont think they're not working which is the main reason I'm still using + convenience in our work gym. I just go down and bring my laptop and work while I sit there for 20-30 minutes.
  18. Gonzo Runner

    Boston - Week 2

    How you liking the boots? Assume if you're still using them you're getting something out of them, curious how big the leap is over regular compression/foam rolling type recovery aides.
  19. eliz83

    Just get both feet out the door - or so they say

    In the Year of Wonder Woman, I think I did 9 or 10 races, and it was a lot of fun! It also made me do races I probably normally would not have done, because I generally like to travel when I do a race. Hope this week is going better! I had a sort of off week last week, too, so I'm also in a "let's hit it!" mode.
  20. Carissa Liebowitz

    Just get both feet out the door - or so they say

    Running a race every month is such a good way to stay on top of training - especially if you just make them a part of your training plan.
  21. Dave

    Just get both feet out the door - or so they say

    I ran two races last year. It felt like more.
  22. NCAthlete

    Just get both feet out the door - or so they say

    Do it! Make sure you throw some fun ones in there!
  23. Stephen

    Just get both feet out the door - or so they say

    I like the idea of racing at least once a month. I've got the first 5 or 6 months covered so far this year, maybe I'll go for the full 12 too.
  24. Stephen

    Boston - Week 2

    I agree. I'm not sure I actually like doubles, they've always felt like something I should be doing if I want to keep getting faster. The flip side, is doubles definitely make you cross the line of feeling like you are always running to the point it becomes a chore. I think I've decided to maximize single runs and see where that takes me.
  25. First official week of NJ 26.2 training I’m sure you’ve heard people say, “Just get both feet out the door and you’ll be fine.” I know I’ve said it many times and it usually works. However, it doesn’t always work and certainly didn’t work this week. All I can say is that I’m glad that week is over. I’m abnormally happy that it is Monday. The week started off great, and I was glad/ready to be back at it and hit it hard. Monday: It was supposed to be incredibly windy throughout the day, so I’d planned to run when I got home from work. By the time I got off work, I wasn’t in the mood to run. I made myself change into my running clothes as soon as I walked in the door, and forced myself to go run the 5 miles I had planned. I really dislike having to force myself to run, but I think we all have those days. It turned out to be pretty refreshing although felt much faster than a 9:20. Between miles 3 and 4, and if it’s dark, you can always hear an own hooting in this one section. I actually got to see it on the tip top of a tree this time! It was just light enough to see it’s outline and some white on it’s chest/neck. I love owls. Tuesday: I was excited about this day before it even came. I planned to take two classes at the WC (spin at lunch and barbell after work) THEN meet Kelli and Leah for some drinks and apps before watching the new Mary Poppins! It turned out to be a great day and the movie was awesome! I’m always the first one in class I always like to write these posts as they progress in the week – to ensure I capture the fun details. You can clearly see how excited I was on Tuesday and it just took a nose-dive after that. Wednesday: Was planned to be another 2-fer with this time barbell at lunch and spin after work. However, after taking the barbell class at 4:30 the evening before, and then doing it again at noon on this day, I was smoked. I should have skipped the second barbell and just gone to spin. I’m trying to give it hell in the gym but I need to ease off when my body tells me to. So I did. I did find out a little more about the group fitness instructor course. They are holding info seshes this Thursday and next Thursday. The course will run every Thursday night from 4:30-7 for four months (Feb – May) – yowza. I know there will be some weekends in there too. I’m going to attempt to get the day of the week changed, otherwise no run club for me for FOUR months! Plus, there are times where I take some time off and leave on a Thursday. I signed up for a half marathon the first weekend of February – the Ralston Creek 13.1. This will be my second time running it. The first time had very sketchy, icy conditions and I hope that it doesn’t repeat. It was quite dangerous. This leads me to a new 2019 goal! Since I raced in January and will also be racing in April, I’m going to try to do a race every month of the year! The only other time I did that was 2011 and it was so much fun! Any distance counts! Race calendar post, coming soon! Thursday is where things began to mentally fall apart for me – you can read why from my last post. Friday: I was going to skip everything again this day because I wasn’t feeling it and because it had snowed all day. However, W talked me into going to the gym with him so I walked/ran on the treadmill for a mile, then did 1000 steps on the Stairclimber. Saturday: Nothing. Sunday: Planned: 10 miles / Actual: 5 miles – I didn’t think it was smart to run 10 miles after only running five (once) the whole week. It is a new week. Time to get my ass in gear, and get a handle on my shit. A marathon doesn’t run itself.
  26. Running Nutz

    January ramblings

    Very happy for you, and excited to see all the good things coming!
  27. Earlier
  28. Carissa Liebowitz

    Boston - Week 2

    A very solid training week! The question of doubles makes me think about a discussion I was having with another runner this weekend. I was explaining how having a coach and being "forced" to do speed work has been a good challenge for me. Going to run for 3 hours? Love it and can't wait to do it! 20 minutes of speed work during a 1 hour of running? Haaaaaalp. I dunno, maybe you like doubles? Of course, doubles only make sense if they are doing something for you fitness-wise. Anyway, this was more of just a rambling about how it's sometimes a double-edged sword to do things we have a love/hate relationship with in running. Blah, blah, blah.... 🙄
  29. Carissa Liebowitz

    And done.

    Nice cadence you got there!
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