November 28, 2013 - Week 49 - 339 Days Until NYC Marathon 2014
Happy Thanksgiving to all you TurkeyTrotters. What a great way to start a thanksgiving morning. While most mere mortals instead stay in bed and get a few extra winks, some of us get up even earlier than we do on a workday to get out into the cold for three hard miles with our local running community before we hit the table. I have had a terrible week working out so far. Work, weather and traffic has been out of control in NYC for me this week. Today would be my first day running since Sunday. That’s 3 days off in a row! I can’t remember when was the last time I did that but I definitely don’t want to do it again unless absolutely necessary. In my mind I’m rationalizing that I can use the rest, and that if ever I am going to take these kind of breaks now is a good time. But I have a zero tolerance for skipping or shortening or anything that has to do with excuses for not training so even though I’m “forgiving” myself….I am putting me on a very short leash. I’m not gonna fall into that trap.
With all that rest…I felt really good this morning. I worried that my aerobic threshold would suffer as a result of the extra rest but my body felt well rested and loose. I woke up to a beautiful sunshine but it was around 29 degrees so right at freezing..there is a decent wind out there too. I hate running in long tights and the weather is right at that threshold where I will allow myself to wear shorts. If it is below 30 I will wear long tights, but since we were so close…shorts it was. When I stepped out of the car I immediately thought “what the eff was I thinking”. Whatevs…I jogged the half mile to the race start and it was packed…the 40 and over race was 10 minutes from starting. I warmed up quickly said some hellos and toed the line all in a blink of an eye. I like when I don’t have much time to contemplate. Last year I did this race in 19:57 and got second in my age group. This year the competition got better…we got some local guys that just turned 40 that are heating things up, and I will not hit that pace since I am still on my comeback trail. I came surprisingly closer than I thought I would. 8 seconds to be exact and a 6:41 pace. But I came in 4th in my age group so missed out on a trophy. Up top I have this years and last years races next to each other for comparison. After the race I hung around to watch the other groups run. It was cold. I was tempted to run a few more miles but it’s difficult for me to stop, cool down and run again. So instead….I chilled…literally cause it was cold. I took a picture of one of the roads after the race and got a little shot of the fumanchu doing his thing..I hope you all had a great turkey trot.
So what I got out of today is that I am basically in the same shape was last year around this time. So this is probably a positive even though I’m having a hard time accepting it.
It’s a negative because I should have improved considerably over the last year. Right before I went in for heart surgery I was right on the cusp of moving myself into the upper echelon of local runners in my age group. I felt that a sub 19 5k was within striking distance and that is where I should be at today during this turkey trot. But let’s take things into perspective..I had unexpected surgery..the recovery was no joke, and I’m still running at a decent pace for my age group and not far off from where I was prior to surgery. With gods blessing I’ll have a healthy 2014 to achieve the things I think I’m capable of. How we overcome challenges is what makes us, and even though I took a step back with my athletic development because of unforeseen circumstances…I wouldn’t change anything that happened to me this year.
Happy Thanksgiving all!