Queens Half Marathon + 2 miles, March 22, 2014
Corona Park, Queens
Thought I would write a little bit of how my training is going for NJM. A week after the NYC Half I jumped into the Queens Half Marathon. My workout for the day was 15 miles so I ran circles around the giant ‘world’ in Corona Park to get in my extra 2 miles before the Half Marathon. (1964 Worlds Fair was held here). It was pretty funny because I didn’t know a 5k was happening and someone asked me if I was lost. Ha ha I said no just warming up and they stared at me.
Race was fun, super flat, windy and chilly mild conditions. I started in the very back and slowly made my way up. Coach did not want me to “race” he wanted me to run even 8 min splits (which is a 3:30 marathon) and then negative split the last 2 miles. Easy, had no problem and felt good to easily spin my legs. In fact I wanted to go faster each mile but had to keep looking down at my garmin (which I hate doing) and make sure I didn’t go below 8 min or coach would get mad at me. It was a nice training run and nice to get it out of the way early and someplace different. Changing up routes really help and I rarely run in Queens, unless its over the 59th street bridge taking me to Manhattan. So I had no issues, felt strong and wasn’t tired- even tho in this photo I look exhausted hahaha
Scotland 10k, April 5, 2014
Central Park, NY
Next training race/run was a 10k in Central Park. Coach had me run “how I felt”. He wanted to make sure I put in effort but not so much that I couldn’t push out my 20 miler the next day. Again, it was nice to change up my route & routine. Training for a marathon can sometimes feel like ground hog day. Wake up, eat the same thing, run same route….. repeat…. Weather was still cool & sunny and I looked forward to running one loop counter-clockwise in the park. I woke up that morning with a slight ache in my groin and made sure I did a 20 minute warm up. It didn’t “hurt” during the run but I was aware of it, if that makes sense. I had no problem keeping a 7:28 pace and ran at about 88% effort. I think it was perfect so I didn’t burn out my legs. Here I am in Team REFUEL post run
The next day was my 20 miler. NYC was finally nice out. I was able to run in shorts and long sleeve shirt. Still windy but not polar vortex cold. So happy to feel the wind on my bare legs again!
I had no issues running 15 miles steady and negative split the last 5 miles. I was in such a good mood. Elated! I even ran more than 20 miles cuz my garmin kept losing satellite reception. Anyway I felt good, came home, and ate this (after my Recoverite of course)
THEN my body started falling apart. I had a rest day Monday and then Tuesday a steady 5 miler when I started to notice a strange ache in my hip/groin area. I didn’t think too much of it since I wasn’t doing anything strenuous. Went and saw magic hands Geeeeeeeeno (my massage guy) and it was the first time he couldn’t fix me. He even took me back into the room after he was done cuz I was limping. It’s a pain ive never gotten, all new to me. And it hurt, like in a stabbing/pinching way, lower back, hip area, flexors, groin. Totally ANNOYING!! I have been feeling awesome, strong, taking good care of my body and something still happens this close to the NJM (April 27th). I’m taking a couple days off to rest my body and will reevaluate this weekend after my runs. I wont whine & complain too much because I know I am lucky to be able to run, and dealing with a little hip ache is not the end of the world. This is what training is all about. I like the challenges, the pushing, the pain.. all of it. And I told my coach a couple weeks ago I was bored—so this is what I get. I was ready to step it up a notch. Just a few more hard runs and taper begins…… yay!!! Even tho I have a hard time resting. Sitting around is not easy for me, blaaaaah. Im eating a lot to keep me from being bored. Good thing my furnace is running on high! Im soooo ready for the marathon, also ready for some HOT weather. I am dreaming of the summer days when I can run wearing this!