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Easy Tempo, Weather Forecast, Next Weeks Dress Rehearsal, and Pictures!

October 21, 2009 2 comments

New York weather is officially crazy.  Supposed to be 76 today, it was 43 a few days ago, back down to 55 by Tuesday.  Who knows what Nov 1st will be…accuweather.com says Hi 48 Lo 39, possible morning shower. Hi 60, Lo 51 and sunny.  Thats doable, would like it a little warmer, but I’d definitely prefer a little chilly to a little warm.  Big change from yesterday’s prediction…Sun I like, any warmer could be an issue.  Still hoping for 55 and sunny!

Today’s workout was just a tune up, 3x10min tempo with 2 min rest.  Ran with Nate and managed a brisk but comfortable 620-630 per mile pace.

Next week on Wednesday I plan to do a marathon “dress rehearsal” which basically is dressing exactly how I plan to dress on marathon day.  I’m doing this because 1. I’m excited.  Even at age 35, I feel like a kid on Christmas Eve.  2.  It will be good for my peace of mind to know I am not missing anything in my outfit.  3.  I will visualize a great race

I wanted to share some exciting pics from my facebook friend Dee of marathon prep around the city…

Banners are going up all over city!

Banners are going up all over city!

Bleachers at the Finish Line in Central Park

Bleachers at the Finish Line in Central Park

Signs for Marathon are EVERYWHERE!

Signs for Marathon are EVERYWHERE!

More Signs!

More Signs!

NYRR Headquarters Decked out

NYRR Headquarters Decked out

Im TOTALLY getting this shirt.

Im TOTALLY getting this shirt.

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Another Chilly Day in NYC, Another Solid Workout

October 18, 2009 2 comments

Total miles on Saturday, 12.  Ran 3 miles on the warm up, then 2×2 miles at tempo with a 2 min rest.  Splits were, 6:24 (uphill), 5:58 downhill, rest, 6:19 uphill, 6:01 downhill.  Felt healthy and fast.  Weight before 188, after 183.  Had a little inner left knee pain for last few days, but hip and foot felt great today.  Ultrasound machine really helping.

Talked with John Shostrom and Scott McCraw about marathon pacing and goals.  They seem to think 3:15 should be a piece of cake for me.  I hope they are right…I think I am ready.  My only concern is, with only 1 marathon under my belt and such a drastic “hit of the wall”, I am cautious rather than cocky.

Running these tempos plus the 1:25 half marathon gives me good confidence.  Speed is not the issue.  Endurance is the issue.  My plan is to be conservative for the first half.  I would be happy to be around 1:35 and try to hold even or maybe run a negative split.

Ended up with 36 miles for the week.  Will drop it down more next week, 28-31 miles with a 3×10 min tempo on Wed or Thurs.  No more weight lifting.

The 10 day weather forecast still only goes up to Monday October 26, and says that day will be Sunny Hi 57, Lo 46.  I can live with that for the marathon, lets hope that weather holds, even a little cooler would be perfect.

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