What a nice surprise today (on my birthday of all days) to get a package from NYRR in recognition for completing 2014’s 5-boro series (actually 6 races, Manhattan Half, NYC Half, Brooklyn Half, Queens 10K, Bronx 10 miles and Staten Island Half).
Thanks NYRR! Unfortunately I’ll miss out next year as I didn’t get into the Queens 10K.
OK, you know you’re doing real training when you start to take notice of your watch, run splits, intervals, fartleks (tee hee) and you actually feel beaten up after a run.
I have signed up for the New York Road Runner’s Virtual Training Program for the NYC Marathon, stating in July. I’ll post a review closer to the date, but the aim now is to ramp up from 20 miles per week to the 40+ miles per week the training plan will lay out, increasing my mileage by about 10% per week until mid-July.
This evening I did two splits at around 5k pace (just a little under) for 2x 0.5 miles with a 1 mile warmup and half mile cool down. Pretty basic stuff, but it was hard maintaining the 8 mins/mile even though a few months ago I ran a 5K at 7:36/mile pace. It’s amazing how quickly you wilt under the heat in NYC.
So, today – two splits at a little over 8mins/mile. Temperature was 75 degrees F and humid.