September 9, 2014
53 Days Until TCS NYC Marathon
So here we go with the first strength workout of the hanson plan. I don’t know why but I just felt like I was ready to go today. I had the need for speed. I’ve decided to move these workouts from Central Park, only because I really want to focus on my times and don’t want to deal with the terrain in the park at the same time. I just want to hit my mark and not think about much else. I ran the 1 mile from my building on 49th street and times square, to the path along the west side by the hudson river. Once there, I set my app to give me 1 mile repeats with a 400 meter rest in between, 6 sets of these. My goal pace here is anywhere between 6:50-7:10. I was thinking that I would probably be closer to the 7:10 mark. My marathon goal pace is around 7:20, and the Hanson Plan really wants you to get used to running your close to your desired marathon pace with these workouts but only 10 or so seconds faster. I ended up with an average split of 6:45. Which is even 5 seconds faster than the fast end of the desired target pace. I’m going to sit back and chew on this for the next few days and think about if any adjustments need to be made to goals, or if I simply need to run just a bit slower on my next strenght run. I have to be honest I had a hard time figuring out my paces, and maybe I will figure it out as I get a few more strength workouts under my belt.
Don’t get me wrong it’s nice to be able to run that pace for this type of workout, but either I’ve made some serious gains, and I need to readjust my overall marathon goals, or I need to learn how to step back and go a bit slower and just focus on that. I rather be having this conversation than complaining because I fell short of my pace so this is a good problem to have in my mind.
Altogether I got about 9.3 miles in about 1 hour and 8 minutes so overall that was a nice pacced workout. Looking forward to a day off of running tomorrow. Will beat myself up in the gym…big squat day tomorrow..
I tried to get the new WTC in the background…can you see it?