And a muggy, humid 3.3 miles on the bridle path a few hours ago ended my NYC Marathon training “pre-season” (Hey, other athletes have a pre-season to gear up for their main season…so I think I should too!) Pre-season also ended with a 10-and-change mile long run on the west side highway yesterday afternoon, smartly done in the afternoon (hey I needed to sleep!! and apparently I need to acclimate too), thankfully right before the skies opened up yet again over NYC. Oh-and I actually saw the Garmin distance go backwards for a sec…weird!! And I wore my trusty Cumulus 9’s…compared to the 10s, felt like night and day. Yes, the 10’s will be going back to the store.
So. Tomorrow begins the quest for marathon #2. Planning to peak this time at 45 mpw, long runs no longer than 20 miles, and gonna try to fit in 2 cross-training days a week as long as I can (may have to “double” up on a day where I have a short run…) Goals? Well-honestly, I really do want to at the very least, get under 4 hours again so I can prove that 2006 was not a fluke. However a certain someone told me that is the lamest goal ever :-p What can I say-the last coupla years did shake my confidence a bit. Even though the spring was decent, I’m still not convinced that it would translate to a better marathon time. I guess the thing is-I really don’t have a recent race time to use as a predictor. The 4-milers are probably a bit of a stretch, I haven’t run a decent 10K yet this year, and while I was happy with Broad Street, I can’t really use that to predict a time for a hillier course like NYC.
So…tomorrow begins 18 weeks of hard work!! Wish me luck :-p
And on other running notes, I’m really getting into following the track and field OTs the last few days. I am kicking myself for crashing during the womens 10,000m on Friday nite (or Saturday morning, depending on how you look at it…) as I missed what was definitely a fabulous ending to that race. Shalane Flanagan and Kara Goucher ran expected fabulous races, but Amy Begley ran the race of her life-especially the 2nd 5K!-to get the A standard, to make sure her third-place finish wasn’t for nothing. (If anyone can find the video of this race on the web anywhere, please let me know!!) Exciting races in the sprints too (like the 100m that just happened!!) Who says that you have to be a marathoner to be a runner? While I am looking forward to watching the Olympic marathon on TV next month-moreso for the personal connection…I mean, those US guys qualified in my own backyard!-I think the track events are gonna be very exciting to watch as well.
(update-found it!! at least, the last minute or so of the 10K, thanks to nbcolympics.com)
And is anyone else sick of the constant Brightoom emails that clog up the inbox as I am??? Dammit…where is that “unsubscribe” option…?