Week 1: Yeah, I’ll start off the season with a race

Week 1 of training for the NYC Marathon.  This is where it starts.  *slowly inhales*

Why not enter the largest 10k race?  Hello Peachtree Road Race.  (And also one of the main reasons I’m missing Anime Expo.  The other being I need to save money)

(apparently I can’t embed iFrames. What kind of bs is that WordPress?)
https://www.strava.com/activities/629679446/embed/3262e7b0d07f9919c30789d3341880b11cd429e8

While the words “Cardiac Hill” were a bit menacing and the humidity was above my standards (hint:  non existent) the run itself wasn’t too bad.  Slightly downhill for the first 3 miles, “Cardiac Hill” followed by another incline section till mile 5.  The thing that threw me off was the final hill heading into the finish line at Piedmont Park.  I was already picking up my pace (slightly) after mile 5, but I had to just dial a back down a bit or else major cramp-age was about to hill.  The weather at the start was nice.  A cool 77 ish with a slight breeze coming into you face.  However the later half was pretty brutal.  The already high humidity with no breeze was a bit much.  Although I have been running more after work lately, I’ve only ran them at a conservative pace for low ish mileage.  Also it didn’t help that my left foot began to go numb for a bit at mile 4, but feeling returned at mile 5 (whew).  I saw the sign for mile 6, and pretty much ramped up my stride.

Now, 6 miles was supposed to be my long run for the week (Saturday), but I think I’ll do a shuffle of the runs just this once.  I have three 3 mile runs lined up and a session of cross-training for this week.  The new Brooks Gel Cumulus 17 feel great, but I may go for an even lighter shoe once I sort out my form and build a stronger core.

Huzzah Progress!

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He’s Going the Distance…..

So a while back while I was going through my “social” gmail account (The account which I don’t put on my business card *snaps fingers and points), I was doing my usual junk mail clean out.  The following read on the next e-mail:

“TCS New York City Marath.”

Junk.  But before I went on to the next e-mail, I slowly scanned over to the subject line…

“The 2016 TCS New York City Marathon: You’re In!”

First feeling:

shmoney

Second Feeling:  Uh, I barely ran 13.1.  How am I going survive 26.2?  For a good week I was actually a bit down.  No joke.  Even during my last half, I didn’t actually train.  And boy was that 2 months after terrible.  I was pretty much sidelined due to developing plantar fasciitis.  So I suppose I need to change it up this time.

Step 1)  Run base miles.
The thing that is really freaking me out is getting injured during training.  I feel raising my mileage before the actual training would be beneficial.  The only thing I need to do is not push the pace, which is pretty hard for me as a former sprinter.

Step 2)
Try to set up something to be accountable!
I suppose this is where this blog comes back into play.  In future posts (yes, there will be more posts!), I’ll throw in what I actually ran, and what my game plan is more the week.  I was thinking of just posting a weekly round up but, hey I think this will force me into some kind of routine.

November 6 is still a bit of a ways out there.  Yet, I have a feeling it’s just going to sneak up on me.  Guess I better just lace up and hit the road.