Starting 2013 with a bang

Bang! For the rest of the year, if I don’t feel the rage like Asura (below) during a training session, then I didn’t train hard enough. 

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So I signed up for a few races within the next 4 months (none of which are marathons or half-marathons). One race already happened; the Joe Kleinerman 10K race in Central Park.

Race Time:
Out I went on a 32F degree day for an 8AM Saturday 10K race. This would be my first offical 10K race by the way, eventhough I’ve been running 10Ks twice a week for 2 years. I could run a 10K in my sleep, but running a 10K at huff-and-puff pace always kicks my ass. What was my motivation and goal for this 10K race? To run 6.2 miles under 50 minutes! That requires something like running an 8:00 pace throughout. I never pulled that off before but came close a few times. The traffic stops in my hood certainly add an additional 1-2 minutes to my total time. Well, there is none of that in a race (except for mile 1 when you have to swerve past the “run-for-fun” runners who aren’t concerned with a race time).

Central Park hills are no joke. By mile 3, the gloves already came off. I wanted to just take a walk break after the Harlem hill so badly. And there was this girl who was running side by side with me for 2-3 minutes. At one point she glances at me, then her watch, and then speeds up (I couldn’t catch up to her again). Perhaps she thought if a guy like me is keeping up with her, then she must not be running fast enough, lol. Maybe I have the face of a slowpoke. As every mile passes, the time reminds you that you have to either maintain your speed or just freakin speed up. For each mile, seconds actually matter, how stressful is that!? So, did I reach my goal? I finished in 50:12 minutes. Missed the goal by 12 freaking seconds! Whatever, its still a record finish I think. 929th place out of 3144, 70th percentile, thats good enough for Jon.

Training Report:
Aside from the 50 minute 10K goal, the other goal is a 1 hour/50 minute Half marathon. Its possible, but it sucks so hard when you’re minutes or seconds away from the time goal after a tough running session.

RunDate Distance Pace Comments
Jan 3 Thursday 6.03 8:42 Didn’t want to go all out since a 10K race was in 2 days
Jan 5 Saturday 6.2 8:06 Jon is pleased with the outcome (refer to Race Time section)
Jan 7 Monday 13.05 8:46 The night wolf runs 13 miles under the stars
Jan 12 Saturday 13.11 8:33 I was so close to a 1:50 Half, stupid calf cramp at mile 9
Jan 14 Monday 5:66 8:18 I was trying to top my 10K race PR on a training run, foolish.

Speed Jams (tunes to run that sub 8 min/mile pace):
The theme for this post is tunes from classic movies:

    Kenny Loggins – Danger Zone (from Top Gun)
    Mortal Kombat – Reptile Theme
    Blade 1 – Blood Rave
    Bloodsport – Triumph
    Am I forgetting one?

Random Thoughts
If you didn’t know by now, I’m quite a video game freak. You’re never to old to play video games. Eventhough nothing tops the classics, there are still a chosen few that have impressed me lately. In 2011, Uncharted 2 (PS3) was the game of the year for me; I don’t own an X-Box 360 by the way. I haven’t had a chance to try out many games during 2012, but I must mention Asura’s Wrath. It can be completed in 6 hours and its like playing one long anime movie. Just youtube some fight scenes like Asura vs Ryu or Asura vs Akuma.

1000 miles behind me

Happy New Year! 1000 miles behind me in 2012. Its always good to look back and reflect on how far you’ve gone on your journeys before planning a new route. It was quite a year for new things for me and I’m hoping for the same or better in 2013. Starting this blog was something new to start off 2012 (which turned one year old recently). What made me decide to start this blog in the first place? A motivation to try something new, to train for the NYC marathon. To run longer distances, new routes, new training regimens with a group of runners. Although the NYC marathon was cancelled, I still ran 26.2 miles for the first time that day.

Also in 2013, I traveled to Boston, Vegas, California, SE Alaska and Madrid for the first time. And finally switched my Blackberry Bold to a Samsung Galaxy, no more qwerty pad. Switched jobs and now work in midtown (best location ever). After 15 years of not reading any novels, I read all 3 Hunger Games and the first 3rd of The Hobbit. After 20 years, the vintage Lego collection from my childhood is complete. And big change; I quit coffee and became a tea drinker (just finished my post lunch premium jasmine green).

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New Years Resolution? I couldn’t think of any this year. Maybe just keeping the momentum of 2012 is enough. Maintaining the drive to make the best of the life given to me. The motivation which keeps my training reports full:

Training Report:

RunDate Distance Pace Comments
Dec 18 Tuesday 6.62 8:33 Too windy, mile 1 in 6:55, the last 2 were low 9s, ew
Dec 23 Sunday 13.11 8:41 I didn’t carbo load this time, last 4 miles were tough
Dec 25 Tuesday 6.96 7:56 PR (50 min 10K)
Dec 29 Saturday 13.24 8:41 6 miles snow, 7 miles freezing rain, a few 9 paced miles, meh
Jan 1 Tuesday (2013) 6.46 8:41 2 miles were under 8 pace, yes

Speed Jams (tunes to run that sub 8 min/mile pace):
Ah, nothing like cruising down the street at sub 8 pace (A.K.A. huff-n-puff pace) with the rage. Some tunes that I can recall which gave me a boost during the last 2 weeks:

    No easy way out – Rocky 4 soundtrack
    Pendulum – Watercolour
    Castlevania – Bloody Tears (remix)
    Let it rock – Kevin Rudolph (Gareth Nevin remix)

Random Thoughts
I conclude that running in the rain is better than running in 15+mph winds. Something about running in the rain just brings out the wolf in me. So we all survived December 21st afterall, so when is the new doomsday scheduled?

Spotify is perhaps the best app and totally worth the $10 a month. Listening to millions of songs all day at the office makes working so much better. I was thinking about investing some time and energy into developing an Android app, but clueless as to what the app will be about. Maybe a simple video game or something like that to start. So much to do, so little time.