4:30 or Bust: A Quest for Marathon Mediocrity

Nice mid-week activity

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After getting a so-so run in on Tuesday night, my intention was to get two more good efforts in Wed and Thurs.  I’d have preferred to bike ride, but it was still simply too cold for me after work.

So, on Wed, I went to the gym for a swim.  Half hour in the pool, and did 26 pool lengths, still working primarily on breathing, and started to work in freestyle.  I’m starting to get the hang of breathing, but then having a tough time combining it with freestyle.  I am continuing to get better though, and I still have 3 months till the New York City Triathlon.

Last night (Thursday), I had a little extra time on my hands, by leaving work at 5:30.  So, decided to go for a longish run.  Did my “3 bridges, 3 boros” run over the Williamsburg and 59th St Bridges, which is 10.3 miles.  That was my longest run since the Austin Marathon.  The run went pretty well.  My legs felt a little sore as I worked through the first few miles and over the first 2 bridges, but then I started getting into a good rhythm and really sailed over the 59th St bridge and down 1st Ave home.  My time was about 1:40, and while that is still slower than my runs earlier in the year, it was still under 10 mins per mile, which is fine for a long training run.  I was pretty wiped out afterwards and slept on the early side.  Not too sore today, which is good.

By the way, this was my first run over the 59th St Bridge (since I live on the Manhattan side, that is what I call it, NOT the Queensboro Bridge) since it’s centennial last month.  I’m hoping there are some commemorative events in May.  See PigtailsFlying coverage and thoughts here

I opted for the longer run since I really need to get myself ready for the Brooklyn Half Marathon.  My last two Brooklyn halfs have been under 2 hours.  Not so sure I’ll be able to do that this year with my current lack of running, and particularly if the weather is too hot without putting in quite a bit more work.  I really wish this race was still in March and not in late.  Making it more difficult this year is that it starts with 2 loops around Propect Park, rather than the 1 loop at the end, as in years past.

I intend to get a good bike ride in with the really warm expected weather this weekend, and then will hopefully swim too.


Written by SCL

April 24, 2009 at 7:24 pm

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  1. When I am no longer injured, I will have to try your three bridges, three boroughs route. Looks cool.

    On “my” bridge, I like your point of view–when moving eastward over the bridge, it’s called the 59th Street Bridge, but when moving westward, it’s called the Queensboro Bridge. I could live with that.


    April 25, 2009 at 1:39 pm

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