Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Marching forward with no doubt in his head

Wow.
Such a busy day! So much going on!
First, I volunteered this morning for the Empire State Building Run Up which is a truly insane (bordering on stupid!) race up 86 flights of steps to the observation deck. I volunteered last year as well. Loren was pretty sure I'd want to do it after working it.
Nope.
No desire. Pretty cool to watch, but just not my thing.
So after 4 hours of standing around watching people exit the stair case and try to resume some sort of natural running gait (not possible), I set out on a run of my own.

For a few reasons, one being familiarity, I am sorta following Pfitz's 12/55 training plan for Boston. I'm not quite running all the miles and not sure I will get up to 55, but I'm using it as a guide. Still being cautious about building my milage. Better safe than injured.
So today, was 8 miles with 4 at 15k/half pace. Well...I went a bit faster than that. More like a tempo cause my last half I intentionally ran as a long run and I'm not really sure where I am speed/fitnesswise. I was aiming for 8-8:15 pace in Central Park, which we all know: has hills! So my pals Ishii and Hilary joined me for the fun. I did 2 to warm up and then:
8:07, 7:55, 8:02 (with cat hill) 7:50
So a bit under 8. I am very happy about this. And I dont feel totally fried.
I am going to be in SF at the end of the month and am running the Chinese New Year 10k I'd like to go under 50 minutes and dont think that will be a problem.

And lastly, because Loren is awesome, she got me a new bike for my birthday. I've been riding for a really long time and have never had a road bike that actually fits. Mostly because I'm a short women. Anyway, that's another story for another time. So back in Oct. I went to get a soup to nuts fitting and sent off all the info to Calfee to see what they could do for me. Calfee has been building carbon bikes since 1987. That's a long time in the world of carbon bikes. You can read the history of geekiness if you're interested here. I've always been a steal girl myself, but I made the jump.
And today, well, today, my new carbon baby was delivered to me. And man oh man is it beautiful. I'll post pictures later this week.
I am so excited about this. It makes me look forward to spring and my post Boston life of being on my bike more.
Almost nothing beats NEW BIKE DAY!

8 comments:

nooneline said...

bring up northward in the spring...

DogPound said...

Absolutely. I miss coming up there!

Girl In Motion said...

Cool on the new wheels! (or almost wheels) and congrats on the great run. You're getting back to your old self without any hitches. Wonderful news.

L.A. Runner said...

Fun stuff about the bike! Maybe I'm talking to a future IM? I've also been very curious (to the point of wanting to try it) about the Empire State Building Run. It's crazy/cool. haha. Glad you are getting back to your normal running self! I'm sure you'll have no problem hitting that 50K.

DogPound said...

Current IM ;)

TiredMamaRunning said...

Nice on Loren getting you the bike-she shoots she scores! Nothing better than a new toy on your birthday.

And, yeah, we're definitely following a similar don't-get-hurt-again training strategy. Pete's worked well for me before so it didn't make sense to venture into the unknown after getting back to 100% again.

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