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time to rest

wednesday

new york city in 7 weeks

Been knocked out the past couple of days, a combination of fatigue and the heat.  The past couple of weeks of training culminating with last Saturday’s half and subsequent workouts in this current heat wave we’re having along with a busy week at work did me in.  The sore throat was a sign I needed to recover a little, and that’s what I’m doing.  Will play it ear the next couple of days in hopes of being ready for Sunday’s XC race.  A good dress rehearsal for taper time.

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nicks

monday

Feeling a little tired after yesterday’s long long day, went for a 14 miler in the park after work.  Felt okay, but the right quad stiffened up a little in the middle miles so took it easy the rest of the way, run/walking the last couple miles.  Not any pain, but something to keep an eye on. There was bound to be effects from yesterday’s miles. We’re in the intensive period.

twice as nice

sunday

Yesterday: After going into work in the morning, came home, tired, took a nap, woke up, had something to eat, then fell asleep for the night, effectively pushing the intended run back many hours.  This meant a double workout for Sunday.

AM: After a good night sleep then an early breakfast, went for a leisurely mid-morning run in the park.  The 15 miles felt good in cool fall-like temps, the first time in a while I’d done a Sunday AM run.

PM: Got some errands done, rested a bit, then went for round 2 in the late afternoon, 14 miles around the park and neighborhoods.  This felt good too.

A nice full day.

heavy air

friday

Air felt heavy on this humid evening, hours from heavy rain heading this way, but the 15 miler to the park and back didn’t feel too bad after the struggles of the first couple miles where it looked like it was going to be a rough one.  Tonight’s run turned out to be what last night’s run was supposed to be, a recovery run. The rain later tonight is supposed to provide some relief, looking forward to it.

what i’ll remember

thursday

Today: 14 miles in the park to follow up last night’s 5k.  The heavy humid evening and the effects of yesterday’s racing made it a tough run, a good marathon training run.

Last night: 11 miles including the Moonlight 5k @8pm.  A humid night but without the glare of the sun. Had a surprisingly good race on a hilly course and running on tired marathon training legs.  5th overall in 17:23, very happy with the time as this course is about 15 -20 secs slower than the average course. The competition was pretty good too.  

Later, in the fall, what I’ll remember the most from the race will be an uphill stretch about ½ mile from the finish when I was furiously pumping my arms and fighting through the pain and fatigue.

grooves

tuesday

Slightly warmer and muggier weather than yesterday’s made for a more labored 14 miles to the park and back.  Tried to take it easy and slow, but the last few miles got tougher, relief brought only by the reggae group mellowing out the crowd during the Tuesday night concert in the park on the way home.  Got me in the groove, maybe right onto tomorrow night’s 5k under the moon.

5 degrees

monday

15 miles recovery run to the park and back through the neighborhood past all the cafes and shops of people still enjoying the summer.  Though muggy, the milder temps made the run easier than a normal 15 miler. Amazing what a difference 5 degrees makes. Now to replenish with some protein and sleep.

fast 4

sunday

14 miles in the park with son, 4 of which were in sub 6 minute mile pace.  It was a workout for the both of us, his first fast run since a 5k a couple weeks ago.  It’s always a bonding experience when the we do a race or a hard workout. This one also got us ready for a 5k coming up this Wednesday, the ‘Moonlight Run’, a night run that starts at 8 pm, it’s more like a festival, a huge party.