Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Gosh, it's getting cold. Met up with the group tonight for a cold, slow run around the park. If it wasn't for the group, I definitely wouldn't have gone out tonight BUT I am so happy I did. Felt sore, which was strange, must be from yoga on Monday. Balance & counterbalance.

Distance: 5.35 miles
State of Mind: I would be so bored without running

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Excited about running tonight, met up with the group at BPS & headed all the way down to Red Hook Track. Coach had us do 400's, 3 sets of 4 with 3 minute recovery after each set. I felt fine, until the last two when my foot started to hurt so I did the smart thing & stopped. Can't wait to see how I feel tomorrow.

I do have to say that running at the track in the dark was amazing, the moon & the clouds were absolutely amazing. So peaceful.

Distance: 2 miles biking, 1.7 mile running, 10x400 hard, 3x400 easy, 1.7 miles running, 2 miles biking
State of Mind: I love running so much, please don't take it away from me

Monday, September 28, 2009

With my foot still causing me a lot of pain, I decided to dedicate myself to yoga. Went to LL, knowing I wouldn't get Ali...but maybe that was a blessing since I haven't practiced in weeks.

Felt good, not great but I do think it helped my foot a bit. We'll see tomorrow.

Distance: n/a
State of Mind: Please, let something work

Sunday, September 27, 2009

My right foot is in so much pain, not sure what it is BUT it is not good. Instead of raining, I decided to stay indoors on this rainy Sunday & use my trainer to sweat it up a bit. Actually felt great pushing myself, could feel my foot a bit, hope cycling isn't bad for it.

Distance: 40 minutes of hard riding
State of Mind: Icing, ibu, resting, elevating...

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Ran the 5th Avenue mile today, with a very lackluster performance. My body still doesn't feel totally recovered from Reach the Beach & I ended up staying up all night on Thursday night to help my sister welcome her first child. But, I decided to run anyways. Probably not the best idea.

Headed up to Central Park on my own & did a very thorough workout prior to the race. Ran the first 1/4 just fine, but fell short after that. My legs just didn't have anything in them. Ended up running a 6:18, which is 15 second slower than last year. Very disappointed.

Distance: Maybe 3 miles
State of Mind: In pain, tired & feeling very out of shape.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Met up with the group tonight with a special surprise, Bubba joined us. Yeah for me. So happy to have my lil bro here in NYC. We took it easy, especially since he hasn't run in a while. It was fun.

Distance: 5.35 miles
State of Mind: Hopefully this recovery will help me this Saturday

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

After two days of non-running, I was really excited about running tonight. But my legs weren't. They just wouldn't turn over & I definitely felt my age, lack of recovery. Coach had us do 800's, sorta. The first was more like a 1000, followed by a 600, followed by a 800 & finishing it with a mile. A very strange workout.

Distance: 3 mile warmup, 4x800's (sorta), 2 mile warmdown
State of Mind: Feeling really really slow

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Reach the Beach 2009

After months of planning, the relay race FINALLY arrived. But I really had no idea what I was getting myself into. What a crazy crazy crazy experience. I have so many memories that I can't even put them into words. But what I can say is that I knew the event would be one in a lifetime & I was definitely not let down.

Leg 1: 5.5 at 7 pace Leg 2: 6.52 at 7:45 pace Leg 3: 8.54 at 7:45 pace
State of Mind: Besides major stomach issues, I truly ran with my heart this weekend. I left everything out on the road & I am proud of myself.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Life has been a little crazy lately so I am consolidating my last few runs into this update.

On Sunday, I did an easy loop with a smaller group.

Distance: 5.35 miles

On Tuesday, the speed session started & we had a nice sized group. Coach started us off with a core routine...which was interesting to say the least. We ended up only doing a 2.6 mile tempo run along the top loop.

Distance: 2 mile bike ride, core routine, 2.6 mile run, 2 mile bike

On Wednesday, my friend J from my hometown joined us for a easy run around the park. I talked the whole time, flirted with the usual suspects & had a nice run.

Distance: 5.35 miles

State of Mind: So excited, and a little nervous, for REACH THE BEACH

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Really looked forward ot today's run, just nice to be back on some sort of schedule. After all, what is life without a routine. Met up with a smaller group this morning & did a nice, easy run across the Brooklyn bridge & back.

All the rest from London really made a difference to my legs, minus the strange pinching on the bottom of my right foot that just won't go away.

Distance: 9.6 miles
State of Mind: Running makes me happy...

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Ahh, back to running in Brooklyn. There really is nothing like it. Enjoyed a smaller group of all men (yeah me) around the park. M & B definitely set a fast pace, which was fun to endure.

Distance: 5.35 miles
State of Mind: Good to be back

Saturday, September 5, 2009

After a little too much drinking last night, I scraped myself out of bed to try my second day at Hyde Park. Followed two runners on some outside trails through the outside of the park & decided to make my way around the rose garden before turning back.

I have to say that Hyde Park is quite beautiful, much less crowded than Prospect or Central (obviously).

Distance: 7 miles
State of Mind: Loving London...

Friday, September 4, 2009

Got up early today, because I wanted to be sure to get in a nice run before we headed out for the day. Left my sister's place & headed straight for central London & Hyde Park. Not too many runners out, but tons of people making their ways to work. I ran a bit around Kensington Gardens & ventured over across the street to Hyde Park. I should have gone a bit longer to take in the park more, but I decided to play it safe & stick around the lake to avoid not getting lost. All in all, a very nice run.

Distance: maybe 6 miles
State of Mind: The outdoor life is the way to go

Thursday, September 3, 2009

After an overnight flight with very little sleep, I decided to take it easy this afternoon & do just an easy swim at the local swimming pool. My sis & I took turns playing with Fin in the kiddy pool while other did laps. It was really very peaceful.

Distance: n/a
State of Mind: London is so nice...

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Joined up with a few cute guys for a makeshift speed workout tonight at the park. My legs were really tight, so I decided to take it easy until I felt my stride fully back. We ended up doing hydrants, which are always fun yet very distracting.

This was my last run in the park for a few days, since I am heading off to London tomorrow. Hope I can make some time to visit any of the number of running paradises across the pond.

Distance: 7+ miles
State of Mind: Feeling not bad...