Monday, September 19, 2011

NYC Marathon Training Week #11: Thursday, Friday & Saturday

Thursday-Recovery Run

The latter part of Week #11 was heavy duty.  Miles were piled up big time. On top of that life, of course, got in the way. First my computer at work blew out. I had the blue screen of death. At first, I was cool about it, I've saved everything on the network folder, right? ALL MY WORK including my templates, gone!  There was nothing that could have been done to retrieve any of it.  I'm at peace with it now.  Thank goodness for Fears for Tears, that was the first thing that consoled me after my computer snafu. My friend treated me for an 80's concert down at the Chumash Hotel and Casino Resort.  Those guys can still sing! It was wonderful! For a few hours I had forgotten about my computer issue. Thanks Heidi!
Notice everyone sitting down? Everyone but the #1 fan who stood in front of me...happens all the me.

Something happens and I'm head over heals...Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith, still rockin it!

The 80's rule: Everybody Wants to Rule the World....opening song!

The Encore: Shout! Shout! Let it all out!
Before all my computer drama, I got my run out of the way. It was a simple 6 miler through the Cal Poly campus.  College kids were back in town so the campus was a bit busy. The first 3 miles I took it easy. Then the last three, without even thinking, I dialed into my marathon pace. In the 4th mile, seeing that I was close, I thought I might as well try to see if I can pick it up a bit. In the end, I ran a negative split. Another good workout done.

Friday-Time Trial
I totally forgot about the time trial that I postponed from last Friday.  Today was the day. I rushed to the track at lunch to see what I can produce.  It was hot and I didn't prepare so well. had I remembered I would have dialed it back some from Thursday so that I would have a little bit more gas in the tank. I did the best I could and even forgot about the strides.  I ran for a mile to warm up then ran 4 laps. I ended up with a 7:44 minute/mile pace with a 12 second improvement over my last time trial in August at 7:56. Another good workout.

Saturday-Long Run 10 miles
Busy Saturday indeed. We had a soccer game in the middle of the morning on top of having to drive to the Bay Area to visit my uncle who had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. It's been a whirlwind kind of day. My daughter's team, the Green Extreme had two tied games for two weeks in a row now.  Hubs is not complaining: his team looks like the Bad News Bears compared to the other team, but they held their own. That's way better than losing the game. But we're hungry for a win.  Little bit scored a goal by the way.

Before the soccer game, I snuck  in a 10 miler and got it done with another negative split.  First 1/2 was at 10:13 pace and the second 1/2 was at 9:43 pace. I was faster by 2 and 1/2 minutes on the second trip. My overall pace was 9:58. I'll say this was a good workout.  The only thing I was a little worried about was the long haul of sitting in the car.  I needed to stretch the legs before I stiffen up for the long run the next day. We shall see.

Happy Running!


  1. Sorry to hear about your Uncle Aileen. Cancer is a bad deal, hope everything turns out OK. Glad you got to see Tears for Fears, that's awesome!