The previous post left off on the topic of Chinese New Year. Our kung-fu school put on a good show as usual. For the first time, I didn’t demo anything. It was good to finally be a spectator and be worry-free from falling on my face or flinging a weapon into the crowd by accident. But in the end, I kind of regretted not performing. So next year’s show, prepare for the return of the fire-cracker (nickname given to me). Here are some lion dance ceremony pics (yes, we train/perform at an elementary school cafeteria):
Other than that, it’s just been 2-3 run sessions per week. My 10K speed is slowly improving, but my 13.1 miler speed isn’t yet. Whenever you feel like you aren’t improving and getting nowhere, you just have to look back farther. So I just look back to a year ago and certainly notice a difference, and feel better right away. Most importantly, I don’t beat myself up for falling short in a training session, I shrug my shoulders and just try again next time. On the bright side, you get to eat whatever you want (Smiley Face). My rage face now shows up in recent candid race pics; like I’m actually racing:
Also, my bib number has been getting smaller throughout these races; a good sign of improvement. I finally started getting the green and yellow bibs (the best is usually blue, then red/yellow, then green, then the rest). I was so tired of getting pink and purple bibs last year; not the manliest colors to wear. Speaking of races, there is a 5K race story to share.
Off to the races:
Coogan’s Salsa, Blues, and Shamrocks 5K @ Uptown Manhattan (168th st. and above)
March 3rd, 2013. 5,825 finishers. 29 degrees (brrr).
I can’t believe how people dress for races like its 92 degrees instead of 29 degrees. Anyway, its most likely because they are so freakin fast. I had my usual 4 body layers, hat, gloves, shorts over my tights. Was I going to set a record and beat my 7:32 (5K) pace record, let’s see.
Ready set go! Passed him, passed her, runners everywhere, can’t pass, grrr… stuck between slow people, oops… almost stepped on a little kid, yikes… slow group in front of me, must calculate how to get around them, hmph… too many runners around me, nooooo… bumping elbows with him/her, gimmie space! So yea, it was a bit overcrowded at first. Races tend to start out out slow since everyone is bunched up in the beginning, but not a short race like this, cmon!
Nevertheless, I should be grateful for the runners blocking me and controlling my urge to speed run, because the hills were endless and non-stop. Just when you caught your breath from the previous hill, another one appeared. Conserving energy was key but I burned all of it by mile 2; foolish Jon. Fifteen minutes through, and my chest couldn’t expand large enough for the air it needed. That last mile… sooo hard to breathe. Even 7:30-8:00 pace runners were taking walk breaks here and there. They said to take advantage of the downhill at the end of the race, yea right. How could I after all the previous hills burned me out? Did I beat my 7:32 (5K) pace record? Nope. But I came damn close with a 7:35 pace. BY 10 SECONDS, LOL! Overall I was 1236th place, 78% percentile, I get a C+, yay.
At the finish line, I bumped into a wolf pack runner (Chris, who killed it with a 7:25 pace) who is training for the Vancouver marathon and was about to start an 18-miler. What a great idea, lets turn this race into a weekend long run. After all, I was more than a half marathon away from home, perfect. So we started running; “running to stay warm”. From 168th st Riverside all the way to 59th st. It’s always cool to run with a pack even its just 2. We split up at 59th st. and I headed home to through Queens. With 3 miles left, feeling beat up from the race, exhausted, and starving, I just took the train home. Almost 16 miles covered that day.
And the weekly summary.
|Feb 18 Monday||13.11||8:39||Grrr, must shave off 4 minutes for a Half somehow|
|Feb 22 Thursday||6.20||8:10||Almost a 10K PR, I had the rage!|
|Feb 24 Sunday||13.10||8:39||Exactly the same pace as 6 days ago.|
|Feb 28 Thursday||6.21||8:05||10K PR!!! This includes traffic light stops, YES!|
|Mar 3 Sunday||12.54||9:08||After an all-out 5K race, this was a decent effort.|
Speed Jams (tunes to run that sub 8 min/mile pace):
Some 90s dance classics:
- Gonna make you sweat – C&C music factory
- Rythm is a dancer – Snap
- Pump up the jam – technotronic
- More and more – captain hollywood
Not much on mind lately, its been BAU (Business as usual). March 17th is the NYC Half marathon, and guess who didn’t make the lottery twice in a row, (me). However, if you volunteer in this race, you get guaranteed entry for 2014 (and 9+1 credit for the NYC marathon). So, I’m in, as a race course marshall. This will be a new experience for me and might make a good post too. Now to get some dinner…