Training Totals for Week Ending 1.11.2015

 

Run Miles for the week: 33.4 in 5:23:33
Run Miles for the year: 63.2
Projected total run miles for the year: 1922.3
Run Streak: 18
Runs that were one stupid mile: 2
Days until I beat my old run streak: 96
Prospect Park loops for the week: 4
Prospect Park loops for the year: 6
Bike Miles for the Week: 0
Bike Miles for the Year: 0
Projected total bike miles for the year: 0
Body Weight Work: 20:00
Total Exercise Time: ~6:0:00
Average Weight: 182
Books Finished: 0
Total Books for the Year: 0
Milo posts for the week 3
Milo posts for the year 3

Notes: A slight cut back from last week, getting ready to start marathon training for real this week with the introduction of speed work and some more miles. Six am speed sessions – should be interesting!

Training Totals Week Ending 8.3.2014

Run Miles for the week: 25 in 3:44:24
Run Miles for the year: 619.3
Projected total miles for the year: 1046.5
Run Streak: 7
Number of runs that were one stupid mile: 0
Number of days until I beat my old run streak: 107
Prospect Park loops for the week: 2
Prospect Park loops for the year: 55
Average weight: 178
Total Exercise Time: ~3:45:00
Hebrew: 00:00:00
Books Finished 1 (Armed Struggle: The History of the IRA, Richard English)
Total Books Read for the year 20

 

Notes: Race the New York Road Runners Club Championships this weekend. Five miles in 39:24. A new PR. Maybe there is some hope for me in the running game after all?

 

Goals for the coming week: 1 work out, 40 miles.

On Running Everyday

Yesterday was a tough one.

Monday night, the little dude refused to sleep.  He woke up at midnight, and again at three, and again at four thirty.  Object permanence, they say. When my alarm went off at 5, instead of getting in a quick mile before heading out to travel to D.C., I hit snooze.

That was stupid.

Logically, I knew another ten minutes of sleep wasn’t going to make any difference in my day, but in that moment, my sleep deprived brain would accept nothing other than another ten minutes in bed.

So, 5:15. Up, shower, shave, coffee, suit, and out the door to catch the train to D.C.  All day in our nation’s capital in meeting after meeting. Ended up in a bar in Du Pont with an old friend watching the U.S. lose.

Back on the train.

Cold sandwich, beer, spy novel. If only I could sleep in public places. Into Penn Station at 10:40.  Fuck it, cab it home. Back in BK at 11:15.  Kiss the sleeping wife. Kiss the sleeping baby. Change and head back out.

“I’m going for a quick run” I tell a sleeping E.

“You’re insane” she replies.

Yes, maybe I am.

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What’s the point of dragging my exhausted ass to run a mile at 11:30 at night? There are no health benefits. In fact, I’m pretty sure I’d be better off, physically, if I just went to sleep.

But this isn’t just about the physical, is it? It is about running as a refuge, as a thing you can control and do for yourself. It’s a place to reflect — even if its just for eight and a half minutes. Hell, you can do it everyday if you want to.

And its about more than that, too, right? Its about wanting something, and playing tricks with yourself to make sure to get there. Its about ensuring that because no excuse is good enough, the training always gets done.  The miles always get logged, and you get where you’re trying to go little by little, day by day.

Its obsessive, sure, and many runners better than me don’t need to run everyday. But here’s what I’ve discovered – to get what I want out of running, both psychologically and physically, I do.

So there I was, at nearly midnight, with the people leaving the bars, and the guys on delivery bikes, and black cars circling for fares.  There was no place I’d rather be.

One point four miles. Eleven minutes.

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Friday Inspiration – More Thoughts On Running Everyday

Today was the 31 first day in a row that I ran at least one mile.   In the world of streak running, that’s nothing.  The United States Streak Runners Association lists multiple people with streaks of over forty years.  But for me, it’s been a challenge to get out there every day and run.  It has also (I think) been a benefit.

In this past month, I’ve run 130 miles, averaging about 4 miles a day.  All of those miles have been outside.  I’ve resorted to running only one mile 6 times, and circled Prospect Park 16 times.  The coldest day was 60 degrees and the hottest was 85. I’ve run in only two boroughs, and crossed only two bridges, but my easy runs have gotten a tad faster, I’ve gotten a tad thinner, and I’ve stayed sane through the stresses of life.

I know all the criticism of streaking – that running one mile provides no health benefit, that maintaining a streak can cause you to run when you really should be recovering, and that running everyday leads to burn out and injury.  But so far, this little streak has been good for me.  One day, I’m going to have a make decision to run while sick, or injured, and then I’ll consider whether or not this stupid little project is a good idea.  But until then, I plan to get out there, every day, and get in some miles.

Here’s a short video of Rick Rayman, a Canadian dentist who has run every day for the last 35 years and finished hundred of marathons along the way.

I find the Rayman video strangely melancholic for being about a man with such interesting accomplishments. For something a bit more upbeat, here’s a great video I’ve shared before on Mark Covert ending his forty-five year streak.

A Plan for the Holidays

Eighty hour works weeks, buying a condo, traveling for the holidays. Excuses, excuses, excuses.  E-fucking-nough.  I’ve got to get a regular running and studying routine going, and its got to happen now.  To help that along I’m taking a page from Runners World and doing a little holiday streak challenge.  I’m committing to running and studying Hebrew everyday* from Thanksgiving to New Years Day.

I’ve had a lot of success, and some failure, with run streaks in the past.  When I first got semi-serious about running I developed a run streak which lasted a little over 100 days.  During that streak I set PRs at every distance.  Eventually, I got a nasty case of the flu and ended the streak.  Next time I started a streak, I stubbornly ran while injured just so I could keep the dumb streak alive.  That was stupid and hindered my performance for quite some time.

With this little streak, I’m hoping to find some middle ground.  Since the streak has a set end date, I don’t anticipate injury being an issue.  If it is, I’ll stop.  The point of this is to get back in the swing of running regularly, not to end up injured again.  I’ve been smart and cautious with my training for a while.  Now I think it is time to take it up a notch, to start banking consistent miles, so that I come out stronger and faster in the spring.

The Hebrew study is a more clean cut case of just getting my lazy ass to focus.  Its way past time to make studying a habit and a priority.  There’s really no physical or intellectual downside to studying everyday.  It’s not like I’m going to hurt my brain or something.  I’m just going to have to find the time.  I say it is important to me, now it is time to prove it.

It’s going to be a busy 41 days.   I’m looking forward to it.

Anyone else out there interested in doing a holiday streak? Join me, it’ll be fun.!

*For running, the minimum will be three miles.  For Hebrew, I’ll be studying for at least fifteen minutes everyday, but the total time of study must average out to a half-hour a day over the period of the challenge.  Got that, dork?