Just like last year, I’m fasting for the month of Ramadan. But that’s no excuse to not keep up with the marathon training. Since Saturdays are typically long run days during the morning and impossible for me to complete without hydration, I chose to not fast on Saturdays (will have to make up those days though). For non-Saturdays, I’m up at 3:45AM eating and drinking before sunrise. 16.5 hours later, the sun sets and the fast can be broken. The best time to run is right before sunset. It works out because by the time you’re finished, you can hydrate. Mileage greater than a 5K is dangerous for me especially in this heat after not having water for so long. Dry mouth after 10 minutes, fatigue after 20 minutes, and exhaustion after 30 minutes. I tried running 4 miles once last year and paid the price. Well it’s been 2 weeks already and the closest I’ve gotten to a 5K was 2.43 miles. Yea, I’ve been a slacker. If the temperature drops, I’ll attempt a 4-miler.
OFF TO THE RACES :
NYRR Queens 10K @ Flushing Meadows NYC
July 21st, 2013. 8:00AM and 79 degrees. 6,610 finishers.
Results: 8:23 pace, 1812 place, 73% percentile, (C-)
The race covered most of my Tuesday night route. It’s great when the start line is just walking/running distance away from your house. I met up with a few wolf pack runners (Matt, NK, Amado) and we ran most of it together (as a wolf pack). I wasn’t intending to run below 8:30 pace but you know how runners get when racing. With a sub 8 pace at mile 2, I overheated rather quickly and actually walked at every water stop which cost me 10-20 seconds each mile. Surprisingly, minus the water stops, I could have PRed. Somewhere in mile 5, a new pain emerged right below my right Achilles. I told the remaining wolf pack to sprint the last mile for me, I’m toast. This is what I get for pushing my legs to soon. Nevertheless, I’m pleased with my performance. Without racing my hardest, I was close to a PR.
The NYRR 9+1
Aside from being a marathon superstar, raising funds for a charity, or winning the marathon lottery, there is another method to getting into the NYC marathon (but for the following year). It’s perhaps the most popular for NYers. You have to complete 9 “qualifier” races and volunteer at one race within the year. Doing it this way keeps you race ready throughout the year, provides plenty of race pictures, and adds 9 more running shirts to your pile. I may never actually buy a run shirt again. Anyway, a complete 9+1 will look like this…
Yes, I’m planning to do it all over again in 2014!
The sudden drop in mileage led to a speed increase on average. My performance is back to where it was in the winter. Or maybe after 16 hours of not eating or drinking, I’m 5 pounds lighter than usual and thus run faster. Who knows.
|July 9 Tuesday||1.87||9:23||First day of Ramadan|
|July 11 Thursday||2.43||8:29||Felt light as a feather, zoom|
|July 13 Saturday||~12||8:45||Ran with the wolf pack on the West side river|
|July 15 Monday||2.25||8:27||Another good one|
|July 16 Tuesday||2.42||8:35||And another|
|July 19 Friday||2.41||8:20||My fastest for the month, and 90 degrees|
|July 21 Sunday||6.2||8:23||Overall good race, but now have an Achilles injury 😦|
Speed Jams (tunes to run that 8 min/mile pace):
I had my ‘Digitally Imported’ App streaming various electronic music, mostly mixes though. Internet radio is good when you get tired of your own playlist.