Training Log – Week of Dec. 8 (Week 48)

Anyone else need a weekend to recover from this weekend? It’s the holiday (party) season, which meant making the rounds Friday and Saturday night.

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Wine bottle holder becomes an ornament

Hey, gotta give the people what they want, right?

General training notes: Hmm, “weird” would be the word to describe this week. The workouts got done, but I felt off the entire time; my head didn’t seem to be in it, and I was definitely going through the motions.

Monday – a.m. run

Four “unofficial” miles with BoMF and four “official ones”

Tuesday – a.m. run

So much #FireOnTheTrack: 12×400 with one-minute rest. Two teammates did these with me, and it was awesome to have them help hold me accountable. It was also nice to see progress: During the season, the three of us were about the same speed; during this workout, my splits were faster, and I felt less gassed overall. After work, I mindlessly spun out for 20 minutes.

Wednesday – a.m. CompuTrainer class at Tailwind Endurance

Surprise, surprise: lots of VO2 max efforts. In the saddle, leg strength—not stamina—is proving to be my limiter now, which means it’s time to start ramping up the bike volume.

Thursday – a.m. run and strength training; p.m. swim

“Long run” of 6.5 miles, plus corework and pushups. Hit the pool after work for a 1,300-yd. recovery swim.

Saturday – a.m. swim and strength train

I’ll take it as a good sign the masters swim team asked me to join their workout. But I’m still rocking the #wannabeswimmer status and sticking to short, 2,000-yd. swims. Lots of corework and fun with Therabands after.

Sunday – a.m. run

For the record, drinking red wine and straightening my hair may become my new MO—because this run was awesome! (Maybe curls provide too much drag?) I settled into a pace slightly faster than steady for 45 minutes, but it felt sustainable. I also feel like my stride is opening up and becoming longer. Does that make sense, runners?

Do you have any unconventional methods (like straightening your hair the night before for holiday parties) that make your workouts that much better?

Training Log – Week of Dec. 1 (Week 47)

Let’s call it like it is: I spent the weekend catching up on life—running for errands, shopping for groceries, etc.—and binge-watching House of Cards. In my defense, it was raining Saturday, which meant the weather was ideal for cleaning and getting sucked into a Netflix-original series. I regret nothing.

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Full disclosure:  I have watched it before.

General training notes: This week marked a new running block. Basically my mileage has been lower the past few weeks. However, as the month progresses, it will increase gradually. Case in point: my long run spanned six miles (usually 10), and my steady run lasted 40 minutes (usually 45). And as I mentioned yesterday, my swimming and biking will start to ramp up as well and finding mileage/volume “sweet spots” will be a trial and error process.

Monday – a.m. run and p.m. swim

Five “unofficial” miles with BoMF and four “official” easy ones. In what is becoming a normal occurrence, I swam after work: 1,200 with some tech and solid 100s. For whatever reason, the pool’s water level was extremely low, which make for some interesting flipturns (forever #wannabeswimmer).

Tuesday – a.m. run and strength train; p.m. bike

Serious #FireOnTheTrack: 4×1200. And I hit my splits and didn’t feel like I was totally going to die. (Does that mean I didn’t push enough?) A teammate hopped in for some 400s and 800s, and she definitely held me accountable for the final 400. In total, the workout ended up being 5.5 miles with a warm-up and cool down. I did some light upper-body stuff after. And since Syracuse had a game, I spun out on my indoor trainer.

Wednesday – a.m. CompuTrainer class at Tailwind Endurance

Back on the bike! Lots of increasing, VO2 max intervals—think VO2 max, then 20 watts above VO2 max, then 20 watts about that.

Thursday – a.m. run and corework

Six easy miles followed by my first game of pick-up basketball in four years (one word: exhausting) and corework with a few teammates.

Friday – a.m. CompuTrainer class at Tailwind Endurance

Who knew straightening my hair and drinking white wine 12 hours before a CompuTrainer class would actually lead to a good ride? The 75-minute erg workout included intervals of various lengths and intensities, and although they were supposed to be based on FTP wattages, mine felt more like a “sweet spot,” aka I need to test and get new numbers.

Saturday – a.m. swim and strength train

Who goes to the gym on a Saturday? Apparently quite a few of my Full Throttle Endurance teammates, which was obviously news to me because I never go there on the weekend. Anyway, I swam 1,600 yards and did some pre-brunch upper-body strength training and corework.

Sunday – a.m. run and corework

Incredible 40-minute steady run, plus plenty of planks

What’s the last show you’ve binge-watched on Netflix? (Looking for some recommendations here because we know it will only take a few days to rewatch House of Cards.)

My Thoughts on Running

Seeing as how I’ve been running all the (pain- and injury-free) miles this off-season, I finally gathered my thoughts and wrote about running all the (pain- and injury-free) miles. I’m always game to talk watts, but let’s talk … splits? Miles? Paces? Hey, I’m still learning.

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From Thanksgiving: A slow and snowy run back home.  On the bright side, the dicey conditions ensured I ran easy.

When my triathlon season ended in August, I took about a week off before I started making off-season moves. Hey, it’s the off-season not the soft season. Anyway, as I briefly mentioned in my Philadelphia Half-Marathon recap, I needed to tackle my run head-on. During the season, it was all about minimizing this Achilles heel—laying down a solid swim-bike combo so a blazing-fast run wouldn’t be necessary. But still, my run wasn’t where it needed to be, which became evident at Nationals. And I “age up” next year, which means stiffer competition—which also means a faster run is necessary.

Plus, not only did I need to shave off time, but I also needed to reformulate how I thought about the run. Biking became my favorite (watts, watts, watts!), and running suffered. I dreaded it, and my mentally further fueled this bias: ‘Why run when you can bike? … It’s fun to go fast! … you have to set yourself up on the bike, so I should bike more …’ You get the picture.

Aside from running more (than 12 miles a week, which is so low it’s not even funny), I had no idea how to structure my run-specific training. Sure, logging more miles was step one, but in terms of speedwork, tempo runs, those types of crucial sessions, I was totally lost. Obviously, it became clear improvement would go hand-in-hand with a coach, so I enlisted Patrick Hammond (the Great). We’re friends and coworkers, and he started Educated Running. Not to mention he has triathlon experience and wins races. Sign me up!

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Some coworkers “London Bridging” out of the store before Philly.  You can’t hear the cheering, but trust me–it was awesome.

Overall, since becoming an Educated Runner, every aspect of my run has improved: how I run, how I view the run, and how I think during the run. Every run has a purpose, and I’m getting better at executing workouts. This proved especially tough when I first started working with Coach Pat in September; as we built my base, I wanted to run faster than prescribed—but I trusted the process. This is common sense, but I’ve learned to take the easy days easy, and I’ve become comfortable with being uncomfortable on the tough days. After all, that’s where the magic happens. Along these lines, recovery and injury-prevention have an increased focus: I do dynamic stretches, I foam roll, and I get monthly sports massages. I’m a runner now!

Above all, I run with purpose. I look forward to running. I stay mentally focused—which has been huge. Running more means more experience working through those “character-building” outings and ultimately becoming strong enough to limit the mental breakdowns.

Triathlon training starts next month, which will shake things up a bit: Official team workouts will resume, but I will continue working with Coach Pat. I’ve improved so much during the past few months so it would be crazy to change that part of the equation. Honestly, I’m not totally sure how my workouts will be structured (read: balanced) in 2015; my current bike volume needs to increase, and I will be running more than 12 miles per week. And for the time being, I think swimming twice a week will be OK.

Bottom line, 2015 will be the year of the run—and hopefully, I can find the illusive balance to execute a solid bike-run combo in Milwaukee.

To paraphrase the words of Haruki Murakami, what do you think about when you think about running?

Training Log – Week of Nov. 24 (Week 46)

And just like that, Thanksgiving is over. It was great to spend some QT at home relaxing, recharging, and seeing my family. The city wears you down after a while, and I always leave home ready to take it on again. Yesterday, we got our Christmas tree and went to our annual extended family Christmas party.

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So much room for winter activities!

In other news, my 2015 race calendar is starting to take form.

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Third time’s the charm—Milwaukee, I’m coming for you! Honestly, I didn’t expect this email and figured I’d have to qualify at South Beach in April, so this news alleviates a ton of early-season pressure.

General training notes: Even though I didn’t “race” the Philadelphia Half last weekend, this week took the form of a step-back period. All my workouts aside from Sunday’s steady run centered on recovery. Case in point: I swam twice and biked zero times. Ha!

Monday – a.m. run and p.m. swim

I actually felt pretty decent upon waking sure. Sure, a little soreness in my quads, but nothing worse than what usually sets in after a normal long run. Even so, I stuck to the plan and ran two easy miles. After work, I went to the pool and pulled for 1,000 yards. (Full disclosure: I tried to swim, but my legs said no way.)

Tuesday – off

Wednesday – a.m. swim

Back home, I headed to a local pool and planned to log a true workout that included tech work. And for the first time in about three months, I revisited my favorite (finger-tip drag) and not-so-favorite (catch-up) drills and swam a total of 2,100 yards. On the bright side, my 5x100s were all where they should be (1:21-1:23), but I felt gassed after each one. Meh, I’ll take it.

Thursday – F-M Turkey Trot (8-K, technically 4.66 miles)

Coach Pat gave me the go-ahead to run this local yokel turkey trot as long as I treated it as an easy run. But it’s highly possible I went out too fast and logged a couple of “steady” miles before easing off the gas. Sorry, Coach. I also kinda felt like a jerk because people around me were coughing and dry-heaving while I chilled out. Hey, getting out there and running is awesome, but if you’re on the verge of throwing up at a turkey trot, you’re probably doing it wrong.

Friday – a.m. run

You know you’re in Upstate New York when you spot more snowplows (four) on your run than runners (zero). No complaints, though—just an easy 9.25 miles around the lake. Things got a little dicey at some points with the snow and ice combo, but on the bright side, that ensured I kept an easy pace. Just trying to be a good athlete, Coach Pat!

Saturday – off

Sunday – a.m. run and strength training

Since this was supposed to be quality run, I hit the ‘mill for 40 minutes. It wasn’t good, but it wasn’t bad. Let’s blame it on the … stuffing. I ate all my grandma’s stuffing. No regrets.

How was your Thanksgiving? Did you run a turkey trot?

2014 Philadelphia Half-Marathon Recap

Any day you can run 13.1 miles is a good day. Any day you can do it faster than ever before is a great day. And any day where your friends and family are there is an awesome day. This past Sunday proved to be one awesome day.

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And when your coach gives you a shout out on Instagram … #nothingbutgood

Let’s backtrack a bit further first.

During my triathlon season, a pattern emerged during races: I’d rock the swim and bike and would simply hang on for the run. Bottom line, the off-season needed to address this weakness, but I had no idea where to start. (More detailed off-season running post to come!) So I enlisted Coach Pat to help me become a better runner—and hopefully, this translates to being a threat off the bike.

And here we are.

Even though it’s easy for me to dedicate myself to training, I become more invested when there’s a race on the schedule. As my weekly mileage increased, Coach Pat and I talked about doing the Philadelphia Half-Marathon as a long training run. Er, technically, I approached him, and he gave me the green light—and kept me on a tight leash. He broke the race into three sections (miles 1-7, 7-10, and 10-13.1) with specific paces. We hoped to negative split it and targeted a sub-1:50 finish. Basically, as a short-course triathlete, I would not be racing the Philly Half. It would not be a goal race, but it would be a training check-in point and opportunity to practice pace execution.

In the days leading up to the race, I felt zero pressure—which was a nice change from triathlons—but I was a tiny bit anxious: what would happen after mile 11? Even though I logged two, 11-mile runs, I didn’t know what my body would do past that point. But I did know this was hands down the best I’ve ever been running and the most prepared I’ve felt for a running race. What would happen between miles 11 and 13.1 would be what it would be; I trusted my training. And going sub-1:50 would be icing on the training cycle cake.

And unlike tris, I don’t have a detailed race breakdown. Sure, I could talk about the perfect, 37-degree weather, the PR-friendly course with only two hills at miles 7 and 10, and the delicious post-race soft pretzel and chicken broth, but I’m feeling a bullet-point format. So let’s run (get it?) with it.

My brain remained “off” during most of the race, but I did find myself repeating three phrases: “Slow the eff down, Red!” because the crowd made it way too easy to go too fast; “discipline” because I needed to stick to the plan; and “wow, that guy is cute!” because 98 percent of the male spectators were gorgeous. Walls of Dudes lined the streets, which was entirely welcomed because they were not riding two- or three-abreast like their usual triathlon congregation. And this phrase was usually followed by “slow the heck down!” because I’d get excited and run faster—and I didn’t want to tell Coach Pat I blew the race because cute guys made me run too fast at mile 6.  But really, Philly is doing something right. (And seriously, Philly gentlemen, come to NYC anytime!)

The fans were awesome. As if you didn’t know that from what I wrote above. The energy, the cheers, the LOL-inducing posters, even the drunk college bros, it all contributed to an unforgettable race experience. I will definitely do the Philly Half again–as in next year.

I smiled for 12.5 miles and felt invincible for 12.5 miles—no cramping, no GI issues, no negative thoughts. I’m finally getting more race experience and maturing as an endurance athlete, and it’s paying off. It’s rare when everything feels effortless, and I felt like that for the majority of the race.

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Race plan: stay at 8:30s for miles 1-7, check; work to 8:20s for miles 7-10, check; see what’s left in the tank and unload for miles 10-13.1, check. It blew my mind to see 7:40-7:55 post-mile 10, but that means the engine is there.

Bottom line, I accomplished what I set out to do in Philly. I followed the plan, felt amazing, and secured the sub-1:50 finish. Sure, I rode the pain train for the last 0.6 miles, but I felt great overall and crossed the finish line feeling satisfied (and “amped and wired” according to my parents because I said something about running back to the hotel). Turns out I like running long. And you know what would make it even more fun? Going faster, yes—and biking beforehand. Maybe 56 miles or so. And I guess I could swim a bit too.

Woah, slow down, Red. Let’s leave the 70.3 distance out of the equation for a few more years.

Training Log – Week of Nov. 17 (Week 45)

Spoiler alert: This was one of the best weekends ever.

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Friends, family, running … what more could you want? A PR perhaps? Got that too.

General training notes:  Woohoo for “race” week! Even though Philly isn’t a goal race, my workouts did change a bit in preparation—no true speedwork, no normal Thursday long run, and no Friday bike ride—so my legs would feel fresh on Sunday.

Monday – a.m. run

Four-and-a-half unofficial miles with BoMF, plus four miles easy

Tuesday – a.m. run

On the bright side, I got this bad run out of my system. After a 10-minute warm-up, Coach Pat had me log five miles with some pick-ups, but the West Side Highway wind was unrelenting. Everything progressed as planned through mile four, but then the wind chill became too much. Still got in seven miles, but didn’t feel great doing it.

Wednesday – a.m. CompuTrainer class at Tailwind Endurance

I loved this class! On the bike, I struggle with maintaining an even power output, which means big wattage swings. Long story short, power spikes are not good, and this workout focused on dialing into specific efforts: slightly over threshold, then slightly under threshold. During this “over/under” session, I focused on making cadence changes (rather than shifting), and my numbers were pretty steady. Progress!

Thursday – a.m. swim

Yes, I’m finally swimming regularly again (and by regularly, once a week), but the last time I went to the pool during the morning? Aug. 25. Wowza. Nothing too exciting: my usual 500 warm-up, 5×100 solid, and 500 cool-down. I’m still about three seconds off my in-season 100 times, but I’ll deal with the damage.

Friday – a.m. run

Easy four miles. The hay is in the barn!

Saturday – off

Sunday – Philadelphia Half-Marathon

Any day you can go out and run 13.1 miles is a good day—and when your family and friends are there too … I’m one lucky girl. Race recap to come later this week, but I executed the pace plan and PR’ed (1:49:26), so mission accomplished. Hope I made you proud, Coach Pat!

So what’s next? A local yokel Thanksgiving Turkey Trot! What are you doing for Thanksgiving?

It’s November?

Whew—marathon madness has finally ended, so I can finally come up for a breath. Throughout October and the first week of November, JackRabbit was firing on all cylinders: various events and group training runs, plus a pre-New York City Marathon party and race-day cheer zone. So many 26.2 activities!

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Full Throttle Endurance says, “WHOA!”

Marathon week—plus Monday actually (because Meb Keflezighi had a book signing at our Upper West Side store)—centered on stress, semi-organized chaos, and tons of excitement. We live for this time of year and all it encompasses; for me, that meant making sure our Saucony pre-party and Brooklyn cheer zone were successful events.

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Behind the scenes–and mission accomplished!

And now, I’m embracing the work “off-season.” Thank GAWD. Here’s what’s going on:

Last week, my fam and I went to Florida to celebrate my dad’s birthday. My grandfather lives there, and my uncle flew in too, and it was great to spend some quality time with everyone. And it wouldn’t be a trip to Sanibel without plenty of beach time (where running, reading, and sunburning occurred).

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This weekend, I have my first “race” since Nationals in August: The Philadelphia Half-Marathon. Some of my teammates and (work) friends will be there, plus a few BoMFers and my family. I’m really excited! Not only is it an escape from the city, but it’s also an opportunity to test my training and gauge my progress. Coach Pat and I have talked race strategy, he things I can string together a solid 13.1 miles, race the thing, and shoot for a big PR. A few months ago, I planned to simply go out and run and see what happened; now, though, I feel confident pushing it. Speedwork is coming along, and my long runs have gone pretty well, and this is hands down the most prepared I’ve felt for a “straight up” road race. Fingers crossed I feel good on race day and can hop aboard the pain train for a while!

And then, it’s Thanksgiving, which means even more family time!

In other training news, I ended my 72-day swimming boycott and went to the pool. Honestly, I planned to wait until December, but several knowledgeable individuals—including but not limited to Coach Pat and my tri coach—said getting back in the water sooner may be a good idea. Specifically, “not swimming is totally going to bite you in the a** come January!” according to my tri coach. The race isn’t won during the swim, but one of my friends/Girls’ Club colleagues questioned: “How fast can you run if you’re last out of the water?”

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Talk about tough love—and a serious wake-up call.

So two weeks ago—about 12 hours after my endorphin-inducing 11 miler—I walked to the pool after work. On the way over, I visualized myself swimming, flip turning, and doing all the little things right, but I couldn’t shake the insecurity: what if I don’t remember anything? What do my arms do again? How does one execute a flip-turn?

As it turns out, swimming is a lot like riding a bike; you never forget how to do it. When my feet touched the water, I went on autopilot: adjusted my cap, put on my goggles, and just went. Sure, I felt semi-winded 200 yards in, but those 1,500 yards felt OK. And they felt slightly better—and faster—a week later.

To be honest, I’m not sure what will happen after Philly—in terms of training and life. It feels like I’m on the brink, like a breakthrough is right around the corner, but I don’t know what is it or what it will entail. But I just hope I’m ready.

Training Log – Week of Nov. 10 (Week 44)

“We can always be chasing the sun! So fill up your lungs and just run.

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“But always be chasing the sun!”

General training notes: A solid week of training, plus a short getaway to Sanibel, FL? Done and done! This was my final week to complete tough workouts before the Philadelphia Half-Marathon this Sunday (eeeek!), so Coach Pat and I rearranged my schedule a bit; as you’ll see below, my speedwork and long run occurred before flying South on Wednesday. Now, the hay is in the barn, and I’ll be doing my best to take it easy this week so my legs feel fresh.

Monday – a.m. run

Whew, Mondays are rough anyway, so why not add some speedwork? Coach Pat had me do 500s, a new-to-me interval. They felt a lot like 400s, but longer (obviously), and it took long for the “my butt’s going to fall off” feeling to kick in. As I plugged away, it occurred to me the paces I was hitting was essentially how fast three-time Ironman World Champion Mirinda Carfrae ran her record-breaking marathon in Kona this year. So painful, so humbling.

Tuesday – a.m. run

All right. I take full responsibility for this OK 11 miler; after last week’s long run, I anticipated another confidence-boosting outing, but that was not the case. Isn’t it funny how staying out late, not getting enough sleep, and not wearing the proper layers can affect a run? Granted, my average pace was still where it should’ve been, but it just didn’t feel good.

Wednesday – a.m. CompuTrainer class at Tailwind Endurance

Abbreviated sufferfest at Tailwind because I had a flight to catch.

Thursday – a.m. run

Four easy miles on the beach

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Doesn’t count unless there’s a selfie, right?

Friday – a.m. run

Another four easy miles on the beach

Saturday – off

Sunday – a.m. run

Last 45-minute steady run before Philly—and I nailed it!

And with that, it’s taper time!

Training Log – Week of Nov. 3 (Week 43)

Woah, it’s really November.

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Hello, Empire State Building!

Sure, last weekend’s marathon mayhem marked the start of the month, but still … it’s actually November. Which means Thanksgiving is right around the corner. And the holidays too. There was Christmas music playing in Papyrus today. Wayyy too soon.

General training notes: Good, but tough training week. Coach Pat’s speed workouts continue to kick my butt. (Well, technically, they make my butt feel like it’s going to fall off.) But—ha, ha!—they are working. I’m feeling better and going a bit faster during my long runs, and the distance I cover during steady runs has slowly increased.  AND, I SWAM this week.

Monday – a.m. run and strength train

Four easy miles, plus upper-body strength training and corework

Tuesday – a.m. run

#FireOnTheTrack? More like death on the track. Coach Pat prescribed 8x800s: The first three were on pace, but I slowed down big time on numbers four and five. I was able to get back on track for six and seven, and my legs were totally dunzo by the eighth.

Wednesday – a.m. indoor bike trainer and strength training

Tailwind Endurance hosted a swim camp in St. Croix this past week (yes, seriously), so I didn’t hit the CompuTrainer. Instead, I watched 2012 Kona coverage, hammered away on my indoor trainer for an hour, and then did some push-ups and corework.

Thursday – a.m. run and p.m. swim

Hands down, this was the biggest endorphin high I’ve experienced in a while. Even in the rain, my 11 miler went really well, and … guess who returned to the pool for the first time in months? This girl! I can still breathe, swim, and flip turn, but not very fast—or for very long (just did an easy 1,500 yards). Totally my own fault, and I accept full responsibly for the 5-6 seconds I’ve lost per 100 yards. Back to #wannabeswimmer status.

Friday – a.m. indoor bike trainer

Sixty-minute spin-out with some pick-ups

Saturday – off

Sunday – a.m. run and strength training

Forty-five minutes steady, plus upper-body strength training and corework

Another week, another month—here we go!

Training Log – Week of Oct. 27 (Week 42)

I’ll be honest. I had every intention of publishing this log last night, but after throwing a pre-marathon party at work on Saturday and manning our cheer zone on Sunday, I was spent. Not only did I take an hour-long nap yesterday, but I also slept nine hours last night.

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Marathon-related activities take a lot out of you. And I didn’t even run the thing like 50,000-plus other people.

General training notes: Between marathon madness and general life happenings, this week was both extremely long and emotionally taxing. For whatever reason, when things pick up “in real life,” I find it’s easier to throw myself into training and log some solid workouts. Coach Pat reintroduced speedwork this week, and I had a phenomenal long run, plus two quality bike sessions.

Monday – a.m. run and strength train

One mile at BoMF, plus four miles easy. Closed out the morning with some pushups and corework.

Tuesday – a.m. run and corework

Dun-dun-duuuun! To say I was a little anxious about returning to the track would be an understatement. Up until now, I’ve been building my base and running easy miles, and true speedwork hasn’t happened since July. Basically, I wasn’t sure how it would pan out—but it was surprisingly OK. Coach Pat’s workout called for 800s and 400s, and it was relatively manageable. Sure, my legs were trashed by the third and fourth 400, but that’s how you get faster. And I was also able to hit and hold paces slightly faster than what I could do at the tail-end of the triathlon season, which is promising.

Wednesday – a.m. CompuTrainer class at Tailwind Endurance

Hands down, this is the best I’ve felt on the bike in a while. And I executed this workout really well. After warm-up and a few build efforts, we faced a two-block ride: five minutes of threshold and sprint efforts, followed by a five-minute threshold block. I felt smooth and strong throughout, and for once, I didn’t have 50-plus wattage swings during efforts.

Thursday – a.m. run

Believe it or not, this run topped last week’s 10 miler. Everything clicked, felt good, and I could not get over how quickly the first five miles went by. Great energy in Central Park too with the upcoming marathon. At mile nine, my legs seemed to unwind on there own, and my stride opened up and my cadence increased—but it felt effortless. My average pace was on the faster ride of the range, and my closing mile was 7:15 (which is fast for me). And I felt like I could and wanted to keep going. Is this another running breakthrough?

Friday – a.m. CompuTrainer class at Tailwind Endurance

To get into the marathon spirit, we rode the pre-loaded New York City Marathon course. Nothing too interesting to report: averaged 19 mph and 185 watts during the 26.59 miles. Should’ve been faster and should’ve pushed more watts, but I’ll take it coming off a long run.

Saturday – off

Sunday – a.m. run

Woof. Serious props to the marathoners. The wind blew me around on the West Side Highway, and I lasted 25 minutes outside before I retreated to the treadmill for 20 more.  The fact that 50,000-plus people ran 26.2 miles in those winds is a testament to their toughness. Although I have to say, watching the marathon this year kinda sorta made me want to do it. Not for a long time, of course, but running 26.2 miles doesn’t seem as unfathomable as it did a year ago.

Would you (or have you) run a marathon?