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It’s so warm out today! Back in New Hampshire it is in the low thirties and snowing!

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I had a very successful run this morning. I felt very strong and stayed on target throughout most of it. I did track work this morning and ended up running 5.45 miles in 52:55. Scheduled for today was: 6 x 800 with 90 sec. rest intervals.
Here are my stats:
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Target 800 Meter pace: 3:50
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Warmup 1 mile: 10:05
1 x 800:  3:49
2 x 800:  3:48
3 x 800: 3:50
4 x 800: 3:50
5 x 800: 3:51
6 x 800: 3:58
Cooldown 1 Mile: 11:35
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I have a lot to do today:
  • Go to the bank
  • Write 2 more articles for Health Kicker and Mapcidy
  • Possibly some yoga
  • Update resume (again!)
  • Figure out a fundraising plan / strategy
  • Blog about career and life changes

I have a little less than two months to raise $1300. Please help save lives and donate to                      Team in Training.

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I did Key Workout # 2 yesterday, which was a tempo run. I was scheduled to run 2 miles easy, 3 miles at short tempo pace and then 1 mile easy. My short tempo pace was 8:30, which seemed pretty manageable. It was a great day for a run, who knew 33° would ever seem warm. Yes, it was 33 outside and I thought it was beautiful and perfect running weather, who have I become?

I had a very busy day yesterday and I wasn’t able to get out there until 2:45. I always try to avoid running at this hour because of all the people out and it’s when school lets out. I felt very positive at the start of the run and I didn’t let anything bother me. I did have to stop quite a few times in the beginning because of cars and stop lights, but I kept a pretty good attitude about it all. After all I was supposed to be taking it easy for the first 2 miles.

The fast 3 miles in the middle were nice and smooth for the most part. I hit a few hills, but stayed strong during most of them. I tried my hardest to stay as close to 8:30 as possible, but I found it extremely difficult. I decided to just run strong and fast, but without burning myself out. That is what a tempo run should be anyway. I was dying by mile 4 and could not wait until mile 5 to hit! I knew once mile 5 came I could slow down and take it a little easier. I made it though, I’m not sure how close I got to the 8:30 average, but I gave it everything I had and I think I managed to do a pretty good job, considering it was my first real tempo run.

Unfortunately I have not figured out my Garmin watch completely and I didn’t discover the auto lap feature until today. If I had this enabled I would have been able to figure out my mile splits and would therefore know how close I was to those 8:30 mile splits. Oh well, there is always next week!

  • Distance: 6 Miles
  • Duration: 56:37
  • Pace: 9:26
  • Calories Burned: 595

DON’T FORGET TO DONATE TO MY TEAM IN TRAINING FUNDRAISER TO HELP SAVE LIVES!

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Today is the first day of my new Half Marathon training. I’ve switched my schedule over to the FIRST method for training. It incorporates 3 running days a week and 2 cross training days. Every workout has a specific focus and reason behind it.

HERE IS MY NEW TRAINING SCHEDULE:  New HM Schedule

Key Workout # 1 is track repeats or speed work. What I had planned today was a 10 – 20 min. warmup followed by 12 x 400 with Rest Intervals of 90 seconds. Then a 10 minute cooldown. I’ve never done track repeats like this before and there would be no way to do them properly without my new Garmin watch, so I am very happy to have it.

My first Rest Interval (RI) I did a slow jog, but soon realized that all of my RI’s should be walking only. This definitely helped. I noticed a huge difference in my recovery and I don’t think I would’ve made it through all 12 repeats if I jogged between each one. I didn’t realize how far I ended up running until I got home and transfered the data to my computer.

  • Distance: 6.13 Miles
  • Duration: 61:49
  • Pace: 10:04
  • Calories Burned: 577

Here are my repeat stats:

12 x 400 Meters

  • 1:52
  • 1:58
  • 1:54
  • 1:54
  • 1:53
  • 1:54
  • 1:57
  • 1:56
  • 1:54
  • 1:56
  • 1:56
  • 1:55

Now, it is extremely recommended that you keep each repeat as close to the target pace as possible without much variation in each repeat.

My target pace was 1:53 for each 400 meter lap. I thought I did a pretty good job for my first time. The target pace is determined using a prior 5K race time and it also varies whether you are running a 400M, 600M, 800M, etc. intervals. The longer the interval, the slower the pace.

I will be doing these types of runs every Monday.

I’m bummed because I forgot to wear my heart rate monitor strap again today! Who knew today would be a long run day, I love it!

PLEASE DON’T FORGET TO DONATE! I NEED TO REACH MY 25% GOAL BY JANUARY 9TH!!!!

MY TNT FUNDRAISING PAGE

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I had a 30 minute Tempo Run planned for this morning and man was it cold! I knew what to expect though by looking at this!

I guess it wasn’t so much the cold, but the wind was absolutely terrible. I could barely control myself. I bundled up real well, I was wearing two pairs of pants, a sports bar, a tank top, a long sleeved shirt, a short sleeved shirt and then over that I had 2 zip up coats. I also had a pair of gloves and a hat! It was completely necessary. Okay maybe I could’ve done without one of the coats, but it was brutal out there. At one point my left leg kept hitting my right leg and causing me to trip in the middle of my stride, it was crazy. That was the coldest temperature I’ve ever run through.

  • Distance: 2.9 Miles
  • Duration: 26:47
  • Pace: 9:14

So, it wasn’t exactly a tempo run and I didn’t exactly hit the 30 minute mark, but seriously I was glad that I even got out there and ran because that is what really counts. I was ready to stop, I was tired and my lungs were hurtin’ for some warm air.

I got the book ‘Run Less, Run Faster’ for Christmas and I started reading it last night and I already love it. I’ve heard so many good things about it in the past that I knew it wouldn’t let me down. I am going to revamp my training schedule for the HM and base it on the book so that I can follow along with it. It basically is a training plan that involves running 3 days a week with 2 days of cross training. That is exactly what I am looking for in these winter months. It focuses on quality, not quantity.

Please don’t forget to donate! I have until January 9th to reach my 25% mark!

My Fundraising Page

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One Long Day

Went out to Central Park again this morning to meet up with the TNT group, but let me tell you that my commute there was not pleasant. at all.  I left 10 minutes earlier today than last week and it still took me FOREVER to get there and I got there literally just in time. I was so annoyed, the C train took soooooooo long to arrive and once it did it kept stopping every 10 inches! It probably took me like an hour and 20 minutes to get there, which is ridiculous!

I bundled up good today because man it was COLD out there! I believe it was about 28° out there. I was worried about being cold, but once again after about a mile or 2 I was all nice and warm and felt great! The first 4 miles I ran with these two girls that are training for their first marathon in Paris! I almost wished I had signed up for that. It sounds so exciting and what a great excuse to go to Paris. I ended up running the last 4 miles by myself, which was fine, but somehow I always end up on my own. It was a great run though, I felt pretty strong throughout the whole thing.

  • Distance: 8 Miles
  • Duration: 75:31
  • Pace: 9:26

I came home and jumped in bed with Derek because he was still sleeping and looked so nice and warm. Then I immediately scarfed down some steel cut oats. Sorry I ate them too fast to take a picture.

Derek and I met up with Sandy, our friend Cory’s mom and she brought us out to lunch at the Heartland Brewery, which was so nice, Thanks Sandy! Again, no picture, but I got a cheese steak with spicy french fries. It was good, but not great.

I loved this Christmas ornament sculpture they had! They also had a display of giant christmas lights, it was pretty awesome!

After that we headed over to Union Square to hit up the Holiday Market that was going on. The only thing I bought:

A BELGIAN WAFFLE! from Waffles & Dinges. It was delicious and they also had a sign posted that they are on Throwdown with Bobby Flay and their episode will air January 20th I think. I bet that they win that one.

It was a good day in all, but my legs sure are tired, a bath would be nice! I will leave you a picture of my delicious dinner that I had last night and a picture of my whale of cat!

Today has been a long day, good night!

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I know I haven’t been around the past couple of days, but I’ll be back in the swing of things starting tomorrow. I spent some time today planning out my Half Marathon training schedule. I based it off of Hal Higdon’s plan, but made a few tweeks so it would fit my needs.

NYC HALF MARATHON SCHEDULE

I have it so that it starts the week of December 20th and the race is March 21st.

Wish me luck!

and don’t forget to donate….

My Fundraising Page

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I went to the Team in Training information session last night and I must say it really exceeded my expectations. I was really impressed with how many people showed up and the benefits of running a race through TNT is amazing! I am also really excited about raising money. It is a very rewarding challenge. I am required to raise $1800, but I set a personal goal of $3000. I also had no idea that they provide you with coaches and training. After hearing that I was seriously considering signing up for a marathon! I got really excited about it and was thinking about doing the marathon in Vancouver. I’ve got this serious drive lately to run a marathon. I’ve been reading a lot of marathon recaps lately and they just sound so amazing and I can not wait to be there some day. Probably like 3 months ago I had the thought process of ‘oh yeah I’ll run a marathon some day, but not anytime soon thats for sure.’ But, seriously I feel like I am ready to tackle the marathon training very soon!

I also like to tackle distances in ascending order. My next big race is definitely a Half, then a Marathon. Anyway, I am psyched about Team in Training and the fact that I will be meeting up with people twice a week to run! Yay! I will actually be making new running friends. Oh and one more great thing about TNT is that there were so many people there that were completely out of shape and have no running experience at all and they were signing up for triathlons and half marathons! Amazing.

Help me raise money for the fight against all different types of blood cancers!

http://pages.teamintraining.org/nyc/halfnyc10/sbarkerf1a

I can not even express my excitement about the fact that my very first Half Marathon is going to be the amazing NYC Half!

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