My new favorite thing

March 31, 2010 at 2:52 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments

About a month ago, I decided it was time for me to try interval training. We did it once during marathon training last year, on a particularly hot, sticky, unpleasant evening, and I was a little scared off. But I know that it makes a real difference for runners, so I decided to give it a go again. And I fell in love!

Okay, maybe not love. But it’s satisfying to do a short workout and feel like you really accomplished something. Plus, it’s nice to run hard. I can’t do it for long, but the short bursts feel good.

Last night I went to the gym (long time no see, friend) to do intervals on the treadmill. My previous pattern had been:

  • Warm up 5 minutes walking
  • 1 minute jogging at 5.0-5.3
  • 30 seconds running at 7.0-7.3 (I know these are slow speeds, but they’re fast by my standards!)
  • Repeat jogging and running 14 times for a total of 20 minutes
  • Cool down 5 minutes walking

I wanted to improve on this somehow, and the options were increasing speed or increasing time. Once I was on the treadmill I knew it wasn’t going to be speed, so I went for time. 25 total minutes of intervals with two and a half minutes of walking at the beginning and end. It was only about 2.5 miles total, but they were quality miles. And I really do believe that my overall running ability has improved since I added intervals to my routine.

Only one drawback – being my clumsy self, I tripped and nearly fell off the treadmill, and in an effort to save my life, I slammed my elbow into the bar at the front. It hurt! And it generated the picture of the day. I know it doesn’t look that bad but I’m telling you! It’s ugly in person.

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Unofficially Official

March 30, 2010 at 3:33 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

I think it might be wise to take a moment to make it clear that I am only qualified as a coach because I have run the marathon once before. I am not certified in any way (though it is something I am considering, especially because there are weekend courses all over the country that could fold into a mini vacation!). I will not offer medical advice, and anything I say is purely based on my own personal experience. (Though I do subscribe to Runner’s World, if that counts for anything!)

For Team Run to Remember, I’ll be working on creating a mentor program that pairs runners from last year’s inaugural team with new, first-time marathoners. Our training program will be supplemented with informational and social events that we hope will make marathon prep a fun and easy (i.e., not too scary) process. The details are still to be ironed out, but this is the basic idea.

There will be two other coaches as well, so experienced runners shouldn’t worry that this program won’t have anything to offer for them. Team R2R welcomes all sorts!

One last note. I read a lot of blogs, and I know that photos are what make posts really interesting! But I don’t have any pictures yet. So I’ll throw in a few randos from last year to get things going. (With thanks to the people I stole these from on Facebook.)

Team R2R just before the Marathon, at Fort Wadsworth, Staten Island

 

At Memory Walk 2009, a week before the Marathon

 

Mile 23

Guess who’s back!?

March 26, 2010 at 6:55 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 6 Comments

A lot of funny things have happened since last we met.

You might remember that once upon a time, just about a year ago, I signed up to run a marathon in support of the Alzheimer’s Association. I started at zero and I kicked and screamed the entire way. But when the marathon was over, I missed the training. Bizarre, eh? So I signed up for a bunch of races and reunited my team for some ice-cold winter jogs.

Then, an even funnier thing happened! Two very special people noticed my change of heart: Coach B and Coach J. And – you won’t believe this – they asked me if I would consider coaching this year’s team! Crazy, right? I was shocked, and honored, that they would consider me. So I said HECK YEAH.

And here we go again!

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