I tried to increase my mileage the last two weekends and I’m pretty happy with my results. It’s now October 3 and by October 22 (or shortly after) I’d like to hit a half-marathon mileage of 13 or 14 miles. This Saturday’s run was great, though at the very end my right foot started to bother me (it almost felt like something was in my shoe) so I ran in discomfort the last 2 minutes or so. I normally wouldn’t advise running through shoe discomfort, but it was toward the very end and I had been doing so well. I’m getting new running shoes this week so hopefully I won’t encounter that problem again.
So this coming weekend I will shoot for 12 miles. Perhaps run from WTC to Central Park and back. Then the following weekend I’ll do a short speed run, and my final “summer” run will be the big post-birthday half marathon run. Gonna be an exciting month!!
This past Saturday I tried pushing myself a little harder during my outdoor run. In particular, I tried to keep a faster-than-normal pace even after my mini sprint. It worked! Saturday’s run has been my fastest run to date. I’ve been faster in previous years (particularly during the year I ran the NYC Marathon), but for this summer this is my fastest time. I need to start building endurance now if I want to hit my goal of 12 miles come October. Totally do-able, but I need to rack up my mileage.
What’s funny is that the weather was somewhat cool on Saturday (56 F w/ no sun) and I hate running in the cold weather. But after the first 5 minutes I was fine.
After skipping my run last weekend (thanks, hurricane Irene), I was back on the pavement this Saturday for my 12th outdoor run. (Officially topping my 2010 count.) I was a little pressed for time so I went at a pace slightly faster than usual and it ended up being my fastest run of the summer. It was such a great run that I’ve updated my summer goal. By my 33rd birthday in mid-October I’d like to run a half-marathon. (The weekend after my bday.) This coming weekend I will hit Central Park again for some hill training and I’ve also been trying to make sure each week I incorporate a leg workout (which mainly consists of barbell squats, calf stretches, leg extensions, and leg curls).
I went for a long run last Saturday (Aug 13). It felt great; I felt strong throughout the run and had it not been for the winds toward the end, I probably would’ve gone an extra mile or so. I started the summer off at a 248-lb. weight or so and I’m now at about 239 lbs. I’m not looking to lose weight to be honest (it’s all a number game), but instead I’m looking to maintain/improve my cardio and lower my body fat. At any rate, these runs have definitely helped me out. Summer is slowly winding down so I’d like to have at least 2 more long sessions.
This weekend’s run felt a little tougher than usual (considering it was a short run). I managed to run a 9.21-minute mile in there and I’m wondering if that’s what wiped me out. (I average about a 10-minute mile.) So I want to keep pushing that 9-minute mile speed. Next weekend I will try to run two 9-minute miles in my 5-mile run. We’ll see how I feel. Regardless, it was an enjoyable run.
I did my old school run this past weekend. One lap around Central Park’s outer loop and one lap around the Central Park Reservoir. Back in my marathon training days, I would run 2 laps around Central Park (12 miles). It was painful (most of the time), but I recall doing it on multiple occasions. Three loops around the Park was the most I ever did (18 miles), and that nearly destroyed me. But after a good 6 year absence (I’ve been running a trail closer to my new gym these past few summers), I threw myself into the runner’s lane and finished my most challenging run of the summer — Central Park. The hills will tear through all of your leg muscles, but I gotta say, they weren’t as bad as I remembered. Which means my hill training has paid off to some extent.
Along those lines, the NYT has a story today on the difference between running on soft surfaces (dirt road) versus running on a hard surface (pavement). Turns out, soft runs aren’t better on your feet. In fact, when people run on soft trails their bodies are stiffer (hence more prone to injuries) than when they run on hard roads. Interesting read for all outdoor runners.