30 July, 2013

14 weeks to go!

Actually, it's a little less than that now.  It was 14 weeks as of Sunday.  Yowza!!

So, this time around, I am using NYRR's Virtual Trainer program.  It's pretty similar to the online training plan they had probably 5 or 6 years ago that I really liked.  This is like that plan, but beefed up a lot.  Great functionality, great daily tips customized to my abilities, etc., and as I progress through the plan and post my training paces/results, it updates itself with more accurate/updated paces for my training runs and also what I might expect on race day.  So far, so good.

The one challenge is that I'm subbing bootcamp class for one of my mid-week runs, and the program seems to think I'm slacking off so my suggested training paces are slowing down.  Guess I need to just keep doing what I'm doing, pace-wise, and hope the plan catches on.

Anyways, tonight I have 5 miles on the schedule.

12 July, 2013

as my real estate agent once said...

Buyers will be liers.  In other words, say they want one thing, and then choose something entirely different.

How does this apply to my running, you ask?  Well, as always happens, I say I'm not running a full marathon this year (see my last post).  And of course, I'm running a full marathon this year.

Yes, you read that right.  Come November 3rd, I'll be out on Staten Island, lined up with 48000 of my closest running buddies, and will run the NYC Marathon this year in solidarity with Boston.

And as always, most importantly for me, running to raise money for cancer research at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.  Please help if you're able:  http://mskcc.convio.net/goto/Elizabeth2013NYC

As for my training, I'm back to basics and using the Hal Higdon Novice 1 plan.  Yes, I've run marathons before.  But given my current level of fitness and running, and especially given I'm still dealing with that stupid heel/achilles issue (I hurt it early last August, so 11 months now), I need to take it pretty conservatively.

Will I probably take 6 hours to finish?  Yes.  But that's okay with me.  I just feel bad for my family and friends who wait along the course to cheer me on.  :-(

And NYC Marathon is in addition to the 12 other races I'm registered for/running this year.  My race calendar: 
Feb: NYRR Gridiron Classic 4-miler - DONE!
March: NYC Half-Marathon - DONE!
June 8: Colchester Causeway 5k - DONE!
June 22:  Shelburne 5K - DONE!
July 14: Stowe 8-Miler
July 28: Essex Half-Marathon
August 24: Richmond Round Church Women's 10K
Sept 14:  Charlotte Covered Bridges Half-Marathon
October 6:  NYRR Grete's Great Gallop Half-Marathon
October 13: GMAA Green Mountain Half-Marathon
October 20:  CHaD Half Marathon
November 3: NYC Marathon
December 14: NYRR Ted Corbitt 15K