Friday Inspiration: Galen to the Marathon

With Ryan Hall’s retirement, the U.S. lost one of its few truly great marathoners. But this week, news arrived that Galen Rupp will be trying his luck at the marathon this year. Its too early to tell if Rupp will be the next Meb or Hall*, but I’m excited to watch him race.

Here he is destroying the 10k.

 

*and he already comes with some doping baggage.

 

Some Thoughts on This Years New York City Marathon

So it looks like the New York Marathon is on.  I am of two minds about this.  I love the New York Marathon, more than a race it is a celebration of New York with tens of thousands of runners and hundreds of thousands of spectators.  If I’m not running it, I always go out and watch. This year, the debate about whether or not the race should go on is vigorous, its on the front page of the New York Times and its clogging up my running clubs listserv.  For what its worth (which is nothing) I think the race should go on, but I can understand why others feel differently.

In times of trouble, as in the months after September 11th, the New York City Marathon has been a statement that New York is unstoppable, that life goes on no matter what.  But in 2001, the race was almost a full two months after 9/11.  This year, the race will be happening less than a week after the most destructive natural disaster in New York history.  Thousands of New Yorkers will surely be without power, thousands more will be struggling to get to work.  If I was them, I imagine I’d be pretty pissed to see resources going to a footrace when they could be going to getting the lights turned back on.

Still Con Ed doesn’t marshal marathons, and the New York Road Runners Club can’t drain the water from the subway stations.*  The race is a testament to perseverance, both for those who run it and for New York as whole.  Holding the race shows that life is moving on, that we are rebuilding, that nothing stops New York.  That is why, though I understand the anger many are feeling about the decision to go forward, I’m glad the race is happening.  I hope Meb wins, and that he raises a FDNY flag at the finish.

The finish line in Central Park

On Sunday I’ll be thinking of the communities struggling to rebuild after the storm, but I’ll also be on Fourth Avenue in Brooklyn like I am every year, cheering on the runners.  Hope to see you there.

* The NYPD generally plays a huge roll at the marathon, but this year they’re a little busy.  My understanding is their role will be slightly less than in previous years.  We’ll see.

Taper Madness

Dear Internet,

I am going insane. Also everything hurt. I’ve been told that it isn’t uncommon to get all kinds of aches and pains during the taper period, but man, this is ridiculous. My shins have been aching, my foot is aching and, well, I just feel like I am falling apart. I’m getting out there and running everyday, but it hasn’t been fun. I really can’t wait for this damn race.

Training Totals 5.9.2010

RECAP: 48 miles is a lot of running. Its Tuesday and I am still exhausted. But now its taper time and man am I looking forward to it.

Saturday’s long run started off great, for the first fifteen miles or so, I felt strong and fast. I Rahm Emanuel, I kept a good pace and I was getting a tan. But miles 18-22, wow those sucked. I had to walk a lot in the last two miles, but psychologically, it was very helpful to get in that last long run. Now, I’ll just chill, do a long run of twelve miles this coming weekend and try to watch what I eat to be below 180 by marathon day.

Anyway, here are the numbers

Summary

Work out streak: 130 days; (242 to go)

Run Streak: 82 Days

Average Weight – 181 (two pounds less than last week)

Running Miles: 48 miles in  7:23:18 for an average pace of 9:15 pace

Row Meters: 0

Bike Miles: 0

Swim Miles: 0

Body weight exercises and balance work: 0

Total exercise time: ~7:30 hours

Weekly Data:

Monday – Ran 4 in 33:33

Tuesday – Ran 6.5 in 56:42

Wednesday – Ran 4 in 32:42

Thursday – Ran 6.5 in 57:29

Friday – Ran 3 in 26:49

Saturday – Ran 22! in 3:40:15

Sunday – Ran 2 in 15:48

Goals for Last Week:

1. Run at least 45 miles – DONE!

2. Pay attention to my daily weight and what I am shoving in my mouth and hopefully lose a pound. – DONE!

3. Exercise for at least six hours – DONE!

4. Mirror race time and condition in long run including what you’ll eat the night before and the morning of. – DONE! (Sorta)

Goals for Next Week:

1. Pay attention to my daily weight and what I am shoving in my mouth and hopefully lose a pound or two.

2. Pamper the hamstrings and feet so as to avoid injury down the final stretch

3. Write up plan for tackling the race

4. Don’t freak out.

Training Totals 5.2.2010

RECAP: Not every week can be great. Sometimes, the body just needs a break, and this week was one of those weeks. Even though I decided to cut my long run down from 18 to 15 miles, I still feel ok about this week. My left foot which was giving me a lot of trouble last week feel fine now, and I credit that to taking my runs a little easier, and just generally listening to my body.

This week is the final big week before the Vermont City Marathon. If all goes according to plan, I will run 48 miles, including a 22 mile long run this weekend. Then, its taper time! I’m not sure how ready I really am for this race, I feel like I have put in a fair number of miles, but I’ve done zero speed work, and probably didn’t really do enough mileage to go under 4:30 for the race. I’ll write a longer report on what I am hoping to achieve at Vermont later, but for now, what I need to concentrate on is getting through these next couple of weeks without getting hurt, or going crazy.

Anyway, here are the numbers

Summary

Work out streak: 123 days; (249 to go)

Run Streak: 75 Days

Average Weight – 183 (one pound less than last week)

Running Miles: 38 miles in  5:41:10 for an average pace of 8:59 pace

Row Meters: 0

Bike Miles: 0

Swim Miles: 0

Body weight exercises and balance work: 0

Total exercise time: ~5:45 hours

Weekly Data:

Monday – Ran 1 in 8:38

Tuesday – Ran 6 in 51:51

Wednesday – Ran 4 in 31:22

Thursday – Ran 6.5 in 56:28

Friday – Ran 1 in 9:00

Saturday – Ran 15 in 2:22:01

Sunday – Ran 4.5 in 41:50

Goals for Last Week:

1. Pay attention to foot and make sure this isn’t a big deal. – DONE!

2. Pay attention to my daily weight and what I am shoving in my mouth and hopefully lose a pound. – DONE!

3. Increase mid week run- DONE!

4. Exercise for at least six hours. – FAIL

Goals for Next Week:

1. Run at least 45 miles

2. Pay attention to my daily weight and what I am shoving in my mouth and hopefully lose a pound.

3. Exercise for at least six hours

4. Mirror race time and condition in long run including what you’ll eat the night before and the morning of.

Training Totals

RECAP: I think I need to face up to the fact that for right now, as long as I am getting in my scheduled runs, I should really be too upset about not hitting my total workout time goals. Work is busy, I travel every weekend, and really, all that is important to me right now is making sure I am properly trained for this marathon.

This week was a bit of a recovery week, long run was just fifteen miles, and I generally took it easy. Still for some reason my calves have been sore all weak. Not injured, just really tight and sore. Not good, considering this week will be my biggest mileage week ever. If all goes according to plan, I’ll be running a total of 43 miles for the week. That my friends, is a lot of miles.

Anyway, here are the numbers

Summary

Work out streak: 109 days; (263 to go)

Run Streak: 61 Days

Average Weight – 184 (lost one pound)

Running Miles: 36.5 miles in  5:21:04 for an 8:48 pace

Row Meters: 0

Bike Miles: 0

Swim Miles: 0

Body weight exercises and balance work: 0

Total exercise time: ~5.5 hours

Weekly Data:

Monday – Ran 3 in 26:10

Tuesday – Ran 5 in 45:10

Wednesday – Ran 4 in 32:26

Thursday – Ran 5 in 39:39

Friday – Ran 1 in 8:45

Saturday – Ran 3.5 in 30:03

Sunday – Ran 15 in 2:19:00

Goals for Last Week:

1. Increase mid week run – DONE!

2. Do at least three days of body weight work – FAIL!

3. Pay attention to my daily weight and what I am shoving in my mouth and hopefully lose a pound. – DONE

4. Exercise for at least six hours. – FAIL

Goals for Next Week:

1. Increase long run to 20 miles

2. Increase weekly mileage to 43 miles

3. Pay attention to my daily weight and what I am shoving in my mouth and hopefully lose a pound.

4. Exercise for at least six hours.

Training Totals: 4.4.10

RECAP: Well, life got the better of me this week. I was in New York for Passover for part of the week and then in Connecticut for Easter for the other part (I’m in an interfaith relationship, the spring gets complicated). I made my running goals for the week, but little else, and fell far short of my goal of working out for seven hours. This week, with an 18 mile long run scheduled, plus less in the way of work and social commitments, I should be able to finally hit the seven hour mark.

On the plus side, I am getting faster! This week’s 15 miler was done at exactly a nine minute per mile pace and my average pace for the week was 8:49. I’m pretty proud of that. Admittedly part of why the long run was so fast was that I did it on an almost entirely flat course. The course I normally run is much hillier, as is the course of Vermont City, but still, just being able to knock out that 15 miler with minimal pain and suffering and at such a good pace made me feel pretty goddamn good.

Anyway, here are the numbers.

Summary

Work out streak: 95 days; (291 to go)

Run Streak: 47 Days

Average Weight – 185 (lost one pound from last week)

Running Miles: 35 in 5:08:09 average pace: 8:49

Row Meters: 0

Bike Miles: 0

Swim Miles: 0

Body weight exercises and balance work: 0

Total exercise time: ~5 hours

Weekly Data:

Monday – Ran 3 in 25:59

Tuesday – Ran 4 in 34:11

Wednesday – Ran 5 in 47:24

Thursday – Ran 4 in 34:23

Friday – Ran 2 in 15:30

Saturday – Ran 15 in 2:14:54 (!)

Sunday – Ran 2 in 15:48 (!)

Goals for Last Week:

1.    Keep long run consistent at 15 miles – DONE!

2.    Exercise for at least seven hours – FAILED

3.    Increase midweek run to five miles – DONE!

4.    Pay attention to my daily weight and what I am shoving in my mouth and hopefully lose a pound. – DONE!

Goals for Next Week:

1. Increase long run to 18 miles

2. Exercise for at least seven hours

3. Pay attention to my daily weight and what I am shoving in my mouth and hopefully lose a pound.

4. Get run done before heading out for work.