Monthly Archives: October 2015

Training Log – Weeks of Oct. 5 and 12 (Weeks 40 and 41)

Greetings! Despite not existing on social media for the past two weeks, I am in fact alive. There’s a race taking place here in a couple weeks—have you heard of the TCS NYC Marathon?—so we’re firing on all cylinders.

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Marathon season has sprung!

No complaints, though. I’d rather be busy than bored.

General training notes: As I enter my busy season at work, training has become less of a priority, but everything is still getting done. Interestingly enough, running now feels more natural to me than biking. Wowza.

Monday – off

Tuesday – a.m. run and strength training

Steady five miler on the West Side Highway, plus some corework and upper-body strength training. That evening, we had a fun work event/full-fledged tech session with Nike, so I ran a little there too.

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A fair amount of “hydrating” occurred

Wednesdaya.m. CompuTrainer class at Tailwind Endurance off

Full disclosure: after the previous night’s “workout,” a 5:30 a.m. CompuTrainer ride was not happening. Cheers to the off-season!

Thursday – a.m. run

I repeated last Thursday’s tempo run (10-minute warm-up with 10 minutes “on” and 10 minutes easy times five) and felt great.

Friday – a.m. November Project workout

Traveled to Queens for a jumping jack, pushup, and burpee-filled workout. As per usual, tt was tough, but this strength training stuff is exactly what I need to be doing during the off-season.

Saturday – a.m. run

Long, easy nine miler along the West Side Highway and through Central Park

Sunday – a.m. run

Easy four miler along the West Side Highway

Total miles: 25.12

Monday – off

Tuesday – a.m. run

Steady five miles along the West Side Highway

Wednesday – a.m. CompuTrainer class at Tailwind Endurance

I am so out of cycling shape it isn’t funny. I did an Ironman taper workout with two Maryland-bound athletes and struggled to hit my endurance numbers. And my FTP efforts felt like VO2 max intervals. Honestly, it was frustrating, but the bike is not a priority now, and I’m confident I’m on the right path as far as allocating training time to the run.

Thursday – a.m. run

Guess what’s back: speedwork! I was kind of excited to take on Coach Pat’s 4x1000m workout—and it was brutal. For the most part, I’ve been running easy with one steady run, so I’ve “forgotten” what it’s like to push and go fast.

Friday – a.m. November Project workout

I road my road bike to the workout (sidebar: I forgot how much I love my roadie.), and we did a playing card workout. Red cards equated to crunches, and black ones meant pushups—and aces meant burpees. My group of five went through the 52 cards in 40 minutes or so.

Saturday – a.m. run and strength training

I wore my grassroots (November Project) gear during this four miler, and the highlight was easily when the fellow NP human yelled, “F%&$ YEAH!” as we passed each other.

Sunday – a.m. run

Amazingly blissful 10 miler on the West Side Highway and Central Park. This running stuff, guys—it’s pretty great.

Total miles: 25.68

I’m off the grid until Nov. 3, but tell me: how are things? How’s training going?

Training Log – Week of Sept. 28 (Week 39)

It’s tough to believe at this time last week, I arrived back in New York City from Colorado.

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Not the mountains, but the park is pretty. And about that recap. It’s coming … ?

General training notes: Nothing too noteworthy to report. Running continues to feel better and better (shout out to Coach Pat!), and sadly, my “real person” playtime has ended as we enter the crazy, chaotic marathon season at work. No complaints, though—being busy is good!

Monday – off

Tuesday – a.m. run

Uneventful and steady five miles along the West Side Highway followed up with corework and upper-body strength training

Wednesday – a.m. CompuTrainer class at Tailwind Endurance

As my first ride in weeks, I did not have high expectations, but I still felt unsettled after a brutal FTP-focused workout. “Be confident in your direction, not your performance,” advised Earl. And as always, he’s right. In order to focus on the run, the bike had to be pushed to the backburner.

Thursday – a.m. run

I loved this tempo run: ten-minute warm-up with 10 minutes “on” and 10 minutes easy times five. Breaking up the tempo work, well, worked from a mental standpoint: ‘It’s just 10 minutes. I’ve got this.’ I logged approximately 7.09 miles plus an untimed mile cooldown. (Does running eight miles mid-week make me a real runner? Ha!)

Friday – a.m. November Project workout

I had a blast at the 5280 NP workout … and it’s the off-season … so why not? This workout contained two parts: for part one, we partnered up, and while one person ran up a hill, the other held a plank. (And you kept rotating and changing out.) For part two, one partner alternated between five pushups and five dips, and the other ran down a hill and alternated between lunges and bear crawls. Here’s what blew my mind: part one was great (yaya for corework!), but my legs were toast for part two. I’m talking “VO2 max work on the bike” toast—all from running up hills and doing lunges. You bet I’ll be back!

Saturday – a.m. run

We held our annual Four Jacks run in preparation for the New York City Marathon, and I paced one of the groups for four miles. (The entire run spanned 20.)

Sunday – a.m. run

Absolutely blissful long run. Everything clicked, and I felt like I was flying, and it was awesome.

Total miles: 24.09

How’s your training going?