weekly running evaluation– week 17

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Well, next Sunday is the big race in Chi-town. I’m not sure how I will do. I wanted to score a 3:10 or better. But I can already tell you that isn’t going to happen. As usual, I totally crapped out on my training, right when I was starting to really speed up. I ran a half marathon yesterday in Central Park. I was hoping for a 1:30 or better. I ended up with a 1:35. So, I would have to double those efforts to get my time in Chicago. Seems like a pretty long shot. Part of me is excited to get Chicago out of the way. I have put a lot of pressure on myself to get a good time. Once it is over, I can just kind of coast and relax until the New York Marathon, which I am running purely for the fun factor. Here are some of the stats from yesterday’s half-mara.

Distance: 13.1 Miles, 21.1 Kilometers
Date/Time: October 1, 2011, 9:00 AM
Location: Central Park, NYC
Weather: 60 degrees, 93% humidity, wind 3 mph, overcast.

Total Finishers: Men – 2551 Women – 2406 Total – 4957

Last Name First Name Sex/
Age
Bib Team City State Country Overall
Place
Gender
Place
Age
Place
Net
Time
Pace/
Mile
Breinholt Jacob M34 140 NYRC NEW YORK NY USA 496 426 93 1:35:03 07:16

 

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weekly running evaluation– week 16

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Training has been going not so great. I did a single 10 mile jaunt last weekend, then an 18 miler today. The 18 miler was actually an NYRR sponsored event called “marathon tune-up.” Since I am still getting over a cold, I took it pretty easy. Ideally, I would have liked to have gone race pace today, but I’ll save it for Grete’s half marathon next weekend. Here are some stats from the run today:

Distance: 18.0 Miles, 29.0 Kilometers
Date/Time: September 25, 2011, 7:00 AM
Location: Central Park, NYC

Total Finishers: Men – 2009 Women – 1819 Total – 3828

Last Name First Name Sex/
Age
Bib Team City State Country Overall
Place
Gender
Place
Age
Place
Net
Time
Pace/
Mile
Breinholt Jacob M34 176 NYRC NEW YORK NY USA 350 313 65 2:24:41 08:03

Since I’m now officially tapering (unofficially, I have been for like 2 weeks already, hehehe), I’m going to keep the mileage relatively low this week, and try to do better than a 1:30 on Saturday. Fingers crossed, I’ll bee feeling 100% and get a huge confidence boost from it, going into the Chicago Marathon, the following weekend.

The photo at the top is from last week. Thanks, Brightroom.

weekly running evaluation– week 13

Illustration

That stickman image that I drew of myself sort of looks like I’m running, no? Well, I should have drawn it of me eating or sitting instead. This was another terrible week. I should have known that it would be, as number 13. But whatev. Pressing onward. I give myself a C- for the week. I made the mistake of doing a very intense core workout after my 10 mile run yesterday. As a result, I was having a terrible run this morning. Instead of slugging it out for 20 miles, I called it quits after less than half of that.

Week
Mon
Tue
Wed
Thur
Fri
Sat
Sun
goal 4 m run 10 m run 5 m run 7 x hill rest 10 m pace
20
Actual 4.57 m run 10.03 m run 5.19 m run skipped rest 10 m pace

Totals for the week:

Count: 5 Activities
Distance: 37.02 mi
Time: 04:26:16 h:m:s
Elevation Gain: 1,504 ft
Avg Speed: 8.3 mph
Calories: 4,940 C

 

Next week’s schedule:

Week
Mon
Tue
Wed
Thur
Fri
Sat
Sun
5 m run 6 m run 5 m run 45 tem rest 6 m run
12

weekly running evaluation– week 12

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I didn’t post a running evaluation yesterday. It was because there was nothing to evaluate. I earned a hard F- for the week. I could blame it on the fact that I was insanely busy. I could blame it on the weather or a million other things. But it was really just because I didn’t make it a priority, and I feel like crap about it. I decided to post this today, just for the sake of continuity (and so I can remember what my upcoming schedule is).

Week
Mon
Tue
Wed
Thur
Fri
Sat
Sun
goal 4 m run 6 m run 5 m run 7 x 800 rest 6 m pace
12
actual 4.87 m run rest

I did run today, so I’m on track for another good week. I hope that I can stick to it over the holiday weekend, especially since we will be traveling. Come on will power. Here is the schedule for the rest of the week–

Week
Mon
Tue
Wed
Thur
Fri
Sat
Sun
4 m run 10 m run 5 m run 7 x hill rest 10 m pace
20

weekly running evaluation– week 11

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[photo: icing my knee]

Overall, this was a pretty good week. I didn’t pull out any amazing times or have any runs that I was particularly proud of. I did end up reversing the order of my longer weekend runs, so that I did 20 on Saturday, to take advantage of Summer Streets. About 8 miles in, I realized that all I had eaten the day before were a few chips and some hummus. So stupid. It ended up being a really hard run because I was so under fueled. But the weather was awesome, so I was in a really good mood the whole time.


Week
Mon
Tue
Wed
Thur
Fri
Sat
Sun
Goal
4 m run 10 m run 5 m run 45 Tem rest 10 m run
20
Actual
4.16 m run 10.18 m run 5.25 m run 41 Tem rest 20 m run

Here are my totals for the week:

Count: 6 Activities
Distance: 55.60 mi
Time: 07:22:54 h:m:s
Elevation Gain: 3,680 ft
Avg Speed: 7.5 mph
Calories: 7,902 C

Aaaaannnndddd, next week is a step back week. So, I can look forward to easing up a bit on the millage. Should be a walk in the park.

Week
Mon
Tue
Wed
Thur
Fri
Sat
Sun
4 m run 6 m run 5 m run 7 x 800 rest 6 m pace
12

weekly running evaluation– week 8

As promised, here is the dreaded first installation of my weekly running blah on Jake’s Mag.

I’m currently working through one of the Hal Higdon training programs (below).

Week
Mon
Tue
Wed
Thur
Fri
Sat
Sun
3 m run 5 m run 3 m run 3 x hill rest 5 m pace
10
3 m run 5 m run 3 m run 30 Tem rest 5 m run
11
3 m run 6 m run 3 m run 4 x 800 rest 6 m pace
8
3 m run 6 m run 3 m run 4 x hill rest 6 m pace
13
3 m run 7 m run 3 m run 35 Tem rest 7 m run 14
3 m run 7 m run 3 m run 5 x 800 rest 7 m pace
10
3 m run 8 m run 4 m run 5 x hill rest 8 m pace
16
3 m run 8 m run 4 m run 40 Tem rest 8 m run
17
3 m run 9 m run 4 m run 6 x 800 rest 9 m pace
12
3 m run 9 m run 4 m run 6 x hill rest 9 m pace
19
4 m run 10 m run 5 m run 45 Tem rest 10 m run
20
4 m run 6 m run 5 m run 7 x 800 rest 6 m pace
12
4 m run 10 m run 5 m run 7 x hill rest 10 m pace
20
5 m run 6 m run 5 m run 45 tem rest 6 m run
12
5 m run 10 m run 5 m run 8 x 800 rest 10 m pace
20
5 m run 8 m run 5 m run 6 x hill rest 4 m pace
12
4 m run 6 m run 4 m run 30 Tem rest 4 m run
8
3 m run 4 x 400 2 m run rest rest 2 m run
race

This week, was week 8, of 18. I can’t believe that after next week I will be half way through. It’s kind of crazy/frightening, especially considering the fact that I have been fairly half-hearted about training this year. I left off after week 5, since I missed both of the long runs for weeks 6 and 7. Anyway, here is a recap of this week’s efforts:

Week
Mon
Tue
Wed
Thur
Fri
Sat
Sun
goal
3 m run 8 m run 4 m run 40 Tem rest 8 m run
17
actual skipped 7 m run 7.3 m run  38:40 tem rest 8 m run

Overall, I have to give myself a grade of about a B, for this week. Even though I skipped Monday, and came up short on Tues (I forgot to check how far I was supposed to go), I made up for it on Wed, with a handful of extra miles. I was also pretty happy with the way that I was able to do as Hal suggested and instead of zoning out for the tempo run, do some “associating.” Associating basically means that instead of just throwing it on autopilot and shuffling along at an 8m/m pace, pay attention to my speed, my body, etc.. By taking Hal’s advice, I was able to do my tempo run at a pace that is close to what I want to be running in Oct. I has similar results on Saturday. I capped off the running week with a change of venue, and did some laps in Central Park. The weather was mid-70’s and the early morning shade made for a super pleasant run.

Here is what is on deck for next week:

Week
Mon
Tue
Wed
Thur
Fri
Sat
Sun
3 m run 9 m run 4 m run 6 x 800 rest 9 m pace
12