4:30 or Bust: A Quest for Marathon Mediocrity

New Shoes!

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Picked up new shoes Tuesday.  The last pair was Saucony Grid Hurricane.  Got more mileage out of those shoes than I ever have before – 378 miles.  Also have not had any injury problems with them.  So, just picked up another pair of Hurricane’s.  New model is mostly black – very stylish.  Nothing like the first run with new shoes.   They always feel so tight and light and fast.

Went from the shoe store (Super Runners Shop in Grand Central) to my running class.  Workout was a 2 mile interval and then a 1 mile interval on the East Drive in Central Park.  2 mile interval was from about the 102nd St transverse to down about where the drive splits off to 5th Ave at about 66th St.  I went with the 8:00-8:20 pace group.  I pushed really hard to keep up with the group.  We passed 1 mile at ja little under 8 minutes.  The group picked up the pace and I managed to stick with them.  We finished the interval at 15:15, which means I ran mile 2 in about 7:20 – amazing!  2nd interval was back uptown to about 84th St, behind the Metropolitan Museum of Art.  In that 2nd interval, I quickly fell behind the group and trailed the whole way.  Still pushed really hard and managed to finish the mile in 7:43, not bad at all!

Couple that with a 6.2 mile run on Monday night, and the week was off to a great start!

Still undecided about the Queens Half Marathon on Sunday.  Not sure if I will race it and try to get under 2 hours, run it at my marathon pace and try to finish in 2:10 to 2:15, or just go out on my own for a 16 mile run.  I know the competitive spirit will win out, and I’ll go to the race and try for under 2 hours.  I’m still on track to run all 5 of the borough half marathons, which would also be a first for me.


Written by SCL

September 11, 2008 at 11:02 pm

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  1. Did you do Queens? The heat was a little rough but overall I found it to be a good race! Also, any ideas about how many people are on track to do all five? This is my first year with NYRR so I have no idea whether 70 people or 700 people or 7000 people manage that feat.


    September 15, 2008 at 3:50 pm

  2. Yes I did run, and had a very rough time. The humidity was a killer for me, which made me notice (and hate) the hills – somehow I didn’t notice them last year!

    Will hopefully get my race report up tonight. Finished at about 2:17.

    Don’t know how many people run all 5 races, but for the first time, it will include me, so long as I run in SI. Last year I got a patch for running 4 of them, which was the first time I managed that.


    September 15, 2008 at 4:06 pm

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