Cinnamon’s Big BQ Adventure Log 8.5.13

Stretching in the one shady spot on the track - those clouds provided some much needed cover during my intervals!
Stretching in the one shady spot on the track – those clouds provided some much needed cover during my intervals!

This week started out much, much better than last week’s debacle.  Sunday I started on track with a full 16, which felt pretty good and easy. Rather than take the day off on Monday, I hit up the Brooklyn Hash and ran a swell three-ish miler with an acquaintance I hadn’t previously known very well.  He gave me a good pep talk about the last couple weeks of not being able to hit my pace goals, reminding me that training during a heat wave is sure to launch me toward speedier times when the weather cools off!  I remembered that on Tuesday and nailed my speed work in spite of a steamy day on the track.  Wednesday turned into a tempo of sorts, when I felt so good I just had to race to keep up with the front-runners at the hash.

Then Thursday it all fell apart.  I ran two miles.  TWO.  Friday I worked, and couldn’t get myself out of bed early enough to run beforehand.  Saturday was better.  After working until 1:30 in the morning I got up early to run with my team at the New York Road Runners’ Team Championships and ran a pretty solid 5 mile race.

Follow the jump for the race report and this week’s breakdown!

The first mile was pretty slow, owing to my skipping the warm-up so I could cheer on my male teammates with the rest of the girls.  I suggested jogging it out before the start of the women’s race, but was met with a funny look from fellow Duster Ashley.  None of us were really running for time today; it was more about getting the team together.  I shrugged and let it go.  But then yeah, that first mile was around 8:10, if my internal pedometer was right.  There was a nasty hill anyway.

The second mile was much, much quicker; about 7:30, and somewhere in there I dropped teammate Sarah, who is still recovering from the Maratona do Rio in Brazil and working out ankle issues.  I was sorry to leave her behind, but I realized it meant I was really cooking, and so I decided to shift gears and chase down teammate Lesley, who was just up ahead.  That took a mile or so, but I was still feeling good, so I decided to keep pushing the pace.  I had no watch on, but could feel myself slipping.  Maybe 7:40 for that next mile?  Not sure.  Mile 4 was the Cat Hill mile.  I really slowed here, back over 8 minutes.  But then mile 5 was excellent.  All the teams were lined up, all the men cheering us on, and the competition really sunk in.  There were these women in sequined tutus that just annoyed the crap out of me, so I made a point of chasing down all the tutus in sight.  I put my head down and pushed hard up the very gradual hill.

I flew by the men on my team, who were totally surprised to see me in our team’s third place, grinned at the lens of a camera that was shoved into my face, then it was into the chute and over the line at 39:03!  The lack of nausea told me I could have done better, but I was nonetheless very pleased with my performance. What a great race!  My average pace was 7:49, but with more sleep, a warm-up and some actual race preparation I wouldn’t be surprised if I could have chased down my 5 mile personal best of 37:51!

Anyway, here’s the breakdown for the week:

S – 16

M – 4 miles

T – 2×400, 2×800, 1×1600, 2×800, 2×400, all at 7:00/mile pace, 10 total

W- 70 minutes fast fast fast

Th – 2 miles slow slow slow

F – worked

Sat – 5 mile race @ 39:03

Total: 44

Hooray!  I hit that 44-46 goal, in spite of the latter part of the week falling to pieces!  For the coming week I have two big hurdles.  First, I work Wednesday and Thursday, and have no idea how long the days will be or what they will entail.  Then Friday and Saturday I am taking a big test, the results of which will determine if I am eligible to join a labor union.  Entry into this union will afford me access to health insurance (!!), a pension and retirement plan, a position and wage that will afford me the ability to continue living in New York City, among other swell things!  So I’ve designed my week around that, with the allowance that my off day may shift one way or another.

Here’s next week’s plan:

S – 17, last 3 @ 8:00

M – 60 min

T – 5x 100m repeats @ 4:25, 8 total

W – 80 min

Th – off

F – 8 miles, 5 @ 7:50 pace

Sat – 3 miles

Goal total: 46-48 miles

Cinnamon made Salty Running, takes lots of pictures and drinks lots of coffee. She has 8 more minutes to knock off her marathon for a 3:40 BQ, and will get there or die trying. Her writing is an eclectic mix of finding wholeness as an average runner, news reporting, curious reactions, satirical humor and more.

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  1. I was also there Saturday. I am sure we saw each other and didn’t know it, we had almost the exact same finish time!

    Congrats on a great race and a great week of training! You’re really hitting your paces, despite the less-than ideal conditions.