Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Running In A Winter Wonderland

Wednesday (1/21/15) -  6.4 mile loop in neighborhood untimed.

Thursday (1/22/15) - 6.4 mile loop.

Friday (1/23/15 - 6.4 mile loop.

Saturday (1/24/15) - 4 miles, 31:34, 7:56 pace.  Speed work on the treadmill at the gym.  8 x 400s at 8.4-8.9 speeds with 7 speed recovery runs in between.

Sunday (1/25/15) - 7.09 miles, 59:20, 8:22 pace at SUNY Old Westbury.  Started run at 3:30pm at 39 degrees.  The temperature dropped down to 36 degrees by the end of the run.  I dressed inappropriately, wearing only shorts, a tech turtle neck neck with a long sleeve cotton shirt over it, and a baseball cap.  I was chilly throughout the run, never really warming up completely.  I passed only a couple of other runners on the campus, both covered from head to toe in winter running gear.  Later, one of those runners posted on the Greater Long Island Running Club (GLIRC) Facebook page that he recognized me from earlier, pointing out my shorts.  This morning a different runner reassured me that I had made the right decision because he had worn shorts that day, too.  I like that explanation.

Monday (1/26/15) - Regular day off.

Tuesday (1/27/15) - The "Worst Snow Storm of All Time" (more like "Worst Snow Storm of the Week") hit the east coast overnight.  The Governor and New York City Mayor declared a State of Emergency.  The 24-hour news channels were giddy about the impending doom.   I almost got a little panicky about getting trapped on Long Island during Snow Laughing Matter (My alternative to the overused "Snowmageddon" and "Snowpocalypse").  They were closing mass transit and all bridges and tunnels by 11pm Monday night.  When I awoke Tuesday morning, I expected to see my neighbors, who had turned into zombie yetis while I was sleeping, shuffling to my house looking for an Aimée appetizer and kids meals, literally.  Instead, I found 12 inches of powder.  It was easy enough to shovel with a little help from my freighbor at the end (Good timing on his part?).  Freighbor and I were shoveling snow, by the way, because Pete is conveniently on a road trip odyssey to Utah via Florida (Did I mention he was geographically impaired?  Probably not because I, too, was unaware of his disability until the day he mapped out his itinerary.).  The kids spent the day playing outside.  And my 14-year old dog reverted back to puppyhood, pouncing and burying his nose like he was hunting for wabbits.

I waited until my son's friend went home, then headed out the door at 4:30pm.  I was excited to run in the new snow.  It was 27 degrees and sunny.  I wore long leggings, my Avalanche pullover with a heattech turtleneck underneath, gloves, a wool hat, and my wool Pearl Izumi socks.  I ran confidently on mostly packed down snow because of my Yaktrax.  Not one slip or fall.  I stayed mostly on the sidewalks because there wasn't enough room in the streets and I didn't want to risk a car not being able to stop in case of an emergency.  My biggest hurdles were the snowbanks at the corners and the handful of sidewalks that weren't shoveled.  Other than these, I had a fantastic run.  I chose not to run with music so all I could hear were my footfalls on the crunchy snow and my breathing.  The crisp air felt fresh on my face and in my lungs.  The sky was a beautiful pink at sunset, and then a muted violet.  I felt fantastic for the duration.  Unfortunately, I left my cell phone at home so no photos.  Just imagine a winter wonderland with me running in the middle.  Good, you got it.

Lucky for me, NBCNews4 Chopper captured last night's sunset much better than I ever could. 

 I almost forgot to mention the man driving past me who shouted, "You're my hero!" out his car window.  That was nice.

Total Miles - 37.09

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Making Plans

After my unspectacular effort at the Sayville Run to the Brewery, I came to a conclusion.  Despite my twice weekly speed workouts,  I did not really get any faster.  On paper, I PR'd, but in reality my pace was actually slower than the previous ten miler I ran in the spring of 2013.  That race, the Long Beach Mayor's Trophy Race was measured incorrectly.  It wound up being 10.118 miles which may not seem like much of a difference, but my pace was actually slightly faster than this past weekend's race (7:54 vs. 7:57).  I maintained my speed, but I did not improve upon it.  The conclusion I came to was low mileage.  Leading up to the race, I was alternating between up to 30 miles one week and less than 20 for others.  Basically, my miles were halved since pre-Boston.

So what am I going to do about it?  Well, I'm cranking it up, baby.  I will bring my base back up to at least 40 miles per week.  The best way for "Me of So Little Motivation" to do this is to sign up for future races for some incentive.  I am officially signed up for the Runner's Edge 3x2 Relay Race in February, the Kings Park 15k in March, the More Magazine Women's Half Marathon in April and...the New York City Marathon.  Well,  I put my name into the New York City Marathon lottery...again (This is my third attempt after being rejected twice in the past.  The attempts have not been consecutive, however, so I don't qualify for the now defunct Three Strikes and You're In policy).  Applications are being accepted until February 15 and then the lottery will be drawn on March 3, months earlier than in the past.  If I don't get in, I am going to apply to the St. George Marathon in Utah (where I already have hotel reservations...just in case).  I will have a better idea of my plans much sooner in the year than I expected.  Oh, and the NYC marathon happens to fall on my birthday this year.  I'm not holding my breath, but that would make for a pretty cool birthday party.  

Am I gray or grey?

Wednesday - 6.4 miles (untimed)
Thursday - 6.4 miles (untimed)

I will be focusing on adding miles and not speed until my official training begins.  The only way I know how to do this is to run without my watch.  The end.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Ten Miler Playlist

"All Night Diner" - Modest Mouse

"All These Things That I've Done" - The Killers 

"Anaconda" - Nicki Minaj

"Blow Me (One Last Kiss)" - Pink

"Chandelier"- Sia

"Change" - Churchill

"Change" - John Waite

"A Choppy, Yet Sincere Apology" - Riverboat Gamblers

"Club Can't Handle Me (feat. David Guetta)" - Flo Rida

"Come With Me Now" - KONGOS

"Counting Stars" - One Republic

"Dashboard" - Modest Mouse

"Dark Horse (feat. Juicy J)" - Katy Perry

"Dog Days Are Over" - Florence + The Machine

"Domino" - Jessie J

"Don't Stop" - Girl Talk

"Dynamite" - Taio Cruz

"Elastic Heart" - Sia

"Fidelity" - Regina Spektor

"Fire Woman" - The Cult

"Fireball (feat. John Ryan)" - Pitbull

"Get Lucky (feat. Pharrell Williams)"- Daft Punk

"The Girl's Attractive" - Diamond Nights

"Girls Like You" - The Naked and Famous

"Good Feeling" - Flo Rida

"Good Vibrations" - The Beach Boys

"Head On" - The Jesus and Mary Chain

"Hey Ya!" - Outkast

"Higher (feat. Travie McCoy)" - Taio Cruz

"Hold On Tight" - Electric Light Orchestra

"Home" - Phillip Phillips

"Jai Ho" - A. R. Rahman, et. al.

"Let's Go Crazy" - Prince and the Revolution

"Like This" - Girl Talk

"My Body" - Young the Giant

"Mystery Achievement" - The Pretenders

"Night Changes" - One Direction

"One Night in Bangkok" - Murray Head

"Play Your Part (Part I)" - Girl Talk

"Play Your Part (Part II)" - Girl Talk

"Possum Kingdom" - The Toadies

"Pursuit of Happiness (Extended Steve Aoki Remix)[feat. MGMT & Ratatat]" - Kid Cudi

"Raise Your Glass" - Pink

"Ray of Light" - Madonna

"Rebel Yell" - Billy Idol

"Rock Star (Jason Nevins Remix)" - N.E.R.D.

"See The Lights" - Simple Minds

"Seven Nation Army" - The White Stripes

"Smells Like Teen Spirit" - Nirvana

"Song 2" - Blur

"Starlight" - Muse

"Stereo Heart (feat. Adam Levine)" - Gym Class Heroes

"Subculture" - New Order

"Suddenly I See" - KT Tunstall

"Talk Dirty (feat. 2 Chainz)" - Jason Derulo

"Timber (feat. Ke$ha)" - Pitbull

"Uprising" - Muse

"Video Killed the Radio Star" - The Buggles

"Walkie Talkie Man" - Steriogram

"We Can't Stop" - Miley Cyrus

"White Horse (Funkstar De Luxe vs. Laid Back)" - Funkstar De Luxe & Laid Back

"Zungguzung guguzungguzeng" - Yellowman