2011: a look back

This year was not about racing, training, injury or mileage. It was about survival, observation, change, trust and taking risks. I ended 2010 with some resolutions. I didn’t do half bad at sticking to them. With the exception of Facebook. January I started the year by attempting to let go of all plans and expectations. […]

Training: Dec 18 – 24

This week I focused on just keeping mileage up and recovering from Saturday’s race. The weather was also not great this week, with rain and/or wind. I had a track workout scheduled for Wednesday but it was pouring all day so I ended up modifying plans and relying on the treadmill. I originally planned to […]

Training: Dec 11 – 17

Now we’re in the home stretch. There’s a month to go before my goal 5K race in Houston over Olympic Marathon Trials weekend. The emphasis now is on (in this order): Staying uninjured Making tweaks to training to address weaknesses Determining what a reasonable goal pace would be I’ve managed to remain uninjured since July. […]

Race Report: Ho Ho Ho Holiday 5K

This race, put on by the Greater Long Island Running Club (GLIRC, not be be confused with the Long Island Road Runners Club — or, LIRRC), was the second of my three 5K tuneup races leading up to Houston in mid-January. I’m running these races to get a sense of where I am fitness-wise, so […]

The me (not me)

(Warning: Non-Running Post) I was going to wait until New Year’s Eve to write my “what happened this year” post. I’ll still write one. But I thought I’d get a jump on writing about one aspect of what was a terrible-yet-wonderful year. In the fall of 2010, while attempting to stay in shape as I […]

Training: Dec 4 – 10

This was actually kind of a tough week. It started out with a race that went very well. Then a zippy recovery run on Monday (my pace is averaging right around 8:30 on most recovery runs these days). Then a very late night owing to going to see Sleep No More, a piece of immersive […]

Training: Nov 27 – Dec 3

Blah blah blah. Another week of 5K training. But a light week, owing to a 5 mile race today. My legs felt trashed after the previous week’s 5K race. But they were snappy again for Monday and Tuesday. On Wednesday I headed to Edgemont High School for what would be yet another aborted attempt to […]

Race Report: NYRR Join the Voices 5M

This race, a 5 miler (this is known as stating the bleeding obvious), was NYRR’s final race in its 2011 club points series. They swapped it with the Joe Kleinerman 10K, which was moved to January. Good thing, too, because I’m a 5K runner now. I can barely race for 3 miles as it is. […]

Training: Nov 20-26

This was kind of an odd week. The previous week ended with a night of barfing up duck and escargots, followed by a day off to recover from that ordeal. I got up on Sunday still feeling iffy, but managed to run 9 miles at a fairly quick clip. Recovery runs are now solidly under […]

Google Search Oddities

“how injured runners keep from going insane” Yes. I know. I’ve been there. We’ve all been there. Some of us for much, much longer than others. This is all I’ve got.