Monotony can kill off enthusiasm for our most intense passions. It's up to us to keep things fresh. For most of August 2009 to the present that passion has been running. Previously I was a faithful gym rat counting reps and not miles.
Early teenage asthma prevented me from running. I worked through it, managed it, and finally (mostly) beat it. Asthma be damned.
I chose the August 2009 New York City Half Marathon as my first race. I gave myself about 3 months to train. I set my goal for a sub 2-hour finish time. Results - 13.1 miles in 1:52:24 with a pace of 8:34. I will never forget what it felt like to cross that first finish line. In a word? Incredible! Yes, I cried.
What's happened since then?
A year of races, becoming part of a running team offering invaluable support and education, and discovering that New York City is the best place for me to live my life off the road and on.
My Personal Records:
4 Mi. - 2010 Run for the Parks - Central Park - 30:17 / 7:34 pace
5 Mi. - 2010 Father's Day - Central Park - 39:07 / 7:49 pace
10K - 2011 Joe Kleinerman - Central Park - 47:05 / 7:35 pace
1/2 Marathon - 2010 Staten Island Half - 1:44:55 / 8:00 pace
Marathon - 2011 Tokyo Marathon - 3:47:12 / 8:40 pace
60K (37.2 miles) - 2010 Knickerbocker - 6:49:41 / 11:00 pace - (took way too many breaks)
Tom Fleming’s Boston Marathon training sign on his wall
Ran 7 sets of 800s last night. I was pleased with pace again. I only did about 3 of these at 7 min/mile pace. The rest were sub 7 and holding 6:30 pace for a few felt okay. Great job to the team! They’re all getting so fast. It’s awesome to see this steady improvement.
Best part is no aches and pains today which means all the off the track strength training, stretching, compression wear, and cross training is paying off. Next up DC Sun Trust Half on March 26th. Like the quote says, with every 800 I huff and puff through that means maybe 2 people I can pass on the course? Can’t wait.
…a reminder that The Dashing Whippets Running Team will be manning a water/cheering station at around mile 11. I LOVE watching runners racing as it’s inspiring as well as educational.
Then next week about 30 of us go to DC to run the Sun Trust Half/Full Marathon. I’m doing the half and am so psyched as it’s my favorite distance to run. Hoping for a PR!
Shalane Flanagan, 2nd woman finisher at the 2010 New York City Marathon (via moveyourbooty)
I got chills when I read that interview with her in RW. Soon she and Goucher will be vying for the women’s Olympic marathon team spots. Go girls!
Linda Houtkooper, Ph.D. a registered dietitian at the University of Arizona via Hal Higdon
The caveat here is of course to eat for fuel to maximize performance and not just take in junk calories. I love to eat and it’s great to eat decadently from time to time but I wouldn’t try to fuel a 50 mileage week with sweets or junk food. But yes. If you’re running those miles…EAT! Go for it.
Haruki Murakami, What I Talk About When I Talk About Running. (via runningchitony)
Seize the [running] day!