Interval 600y x 6 - NYRR Class

It was another beautiful day and another hot day.
The temperature of the afternoon might be over 90°F.

But it was eased to around 70°F at 7:00pm, when the NYRR running class began.
Today's menu was interval at the slope in front of the Tavern on the Green.

We started at 60th street of the west drive of the Central Park and ran to north to the Marathon goal in front of the restaurant. It was around 600y course. A set was made of rush at the uphill and easy jog at the downhill. We did six sets.

The time of the six rushes were 1'44", 1'42", 1'40", 1'40", 1'40", 1'34". The total time was 10'00". I did the same training in 10'03" in March. I was not sure if I improved my running. However, I was able to run the final one fastest. It was not bad.

Including 3miles from the round trip from ps6 to the start line, my weekly mileage is 16.1, I have 13.9 to go.


6 miles at another slightly brisk pace

It was another beautiful summer day today.
I started jogging at 6:45pm. The temperature was 80°F at that time.

Today I ran the whole loop of the Central Park; 6miles jog.
I ran at 7'27" per mile pace to finish in 44'44".

The weekly mileage is 11.1, 18.9 to go.


5.1Mile at a slightly brisk pace

It was so beautiful day today. The temperature at 7pm was 73°F; much better to run than last weekend.

Today I ran 5.1 mile loop of the Central Park.
I finished the loop in 38'06", 7'28" per mile pace. It was a little faster pace than my base pace, however I felt very good.

The weekly mileage is 5.1, I have 24.9 to go.


5/21 - 5/27

My next target is 10K race on 7/14/07.
I am going to prepare for it. I have 7 weeks to go.

Because I need both speed and endurance, I have to train to enhance both of them.
As I feel that I have to improve my aerobic capacity, I would like to put the speed work with the NYRR's running class in the center of my training and I would like to enhance my endurance with weekly mileage of up to 40 miles per week.

My training of last week was as follows.


I joined NYRR's running class.
The menu was 6 x 0.25mile run at the track on the great hill of the Central Park.
The rap of each run was 1'19" 1'14" 1'13" 1'14" 1'16" 1'18".
It was so tough work out. I could not keep the pace through the last rap. Maybe I should have run middle raps at 1'15". But it should be good training because I was able to challenge my limit.

Including the jogging from PS6 to great hill, the mileage was 5.5miles.


The temperature was 89°F at 4:30pm. It was so hot.
I ran a 4mile loop of the Central Park.
I did in 36'55", 9'14" per mile.
Due to the speed work of the day before, all of my body were so soar.
I could run only at the slow pace.


I began my training after I came home after the Yankee game.
It was another hot day, the temperature was 83°F at 6:20pm.
I ran the whole loop and the 4mile loop of the Central Park; 10 miles.
The time was 50'38", 8'26" per mile for the whole loop and 32'00", 8'00" per mile for the 4mile loop. The average pace was 8'16" per mile.


I began my training at 11:00. The temperature was 74°F. It was better.
I ran the whole loop of the Central Park.
As I felt that the fatigue from the speed work of Thursday's class was eased, I ran at the brisk pace.
I finished 6miles in 44'52", 7'29" per mile.

My weekly mileage was 25.5 mile. I will run 30 miles next week. I would like to start the morning run.


12miles LSD

Today, I ran 12miles at an easy pace.

Due to the AIDS Walk, the Central Park was so crowded and I could not run there.
So I ran the outside streets of the park.
I started from the Central Park West Avenue at 100th street and head north.
I turned to the right at 110th street and made another right at 5th Avenue to head south to the other end of the park. And at 59th Street I turned to right to Columbus circle and made the final right to the north to 100th street. I finished the course in 56'14".

After the out side rectangle, the AIDS Walk people had gone. So I ran the whole loop of the park.
I finished the loop in 48'30".

The average pace was 8'44" per mile.

My weekly mileage of this week was 21.2.
Next week I am going to run 25 miles.


Health Kidney 10K

Today I participated in the Healthy Kidney 10K race in the Central park.
It was overcast, the temperature was 54°F at 9:00 am. The weather was perfect for running; but my condition was not.

I had not run so much after the NJ Marathon because to take the enough rest was my priority. So I was not ready for today’s race and did not set a clear target. Actually I had a target to break 40 minutes, which I missed by 1 second in the Scotland run on 4/1. Also I felt like to try to my challenging pace of 6’20”, which is my acceptable goal of this year.
That turned out to be a mistake later…

The result was

0- 1   6’24” / 6’24”

The first mile was more crowded than I expected. And I have to weave through runners and lost energy.

1- 2   6’19” / 12’43”

2- 3   6’18” / 19’01”

I should have slowed down in these miles. That was main fault in terms of the tactics of this race.

3- 4   6’43” / 25’44”

I could not keep the pace in the toughest mile of the course.

4- 5   6’29“/ 32’13”

5- 6   6’28” / 38’41”
6- 6.2  1’24” / 40’05”

I tried to get back, but I could not. I finished in 40 minutes 5 seconds.

I missed both of 40 minutes and 6’20” per mile.
I should have accepted that I was not in good shape due to luck of training to concentrate on breaking 40 minutes. It was a strategic fault which caused tactical fault.

Although I was not satisfied with the result, I think it was a good experience for me. I am in the level where it is not easy to break PR. To do so, I should be ready in both physically and mentally. Next 10K race in July is my target race, I should be at the start line as a better runner than today.

My place was 279 of 5,413 runners, and 249 of 3,084 male runners.

Mr. Kahlid Khannouchi was among the 5,413 runners. He is one of the top marathoner of the world. I got his autograph at the NYC Marathon Expo last year.
He was 14th place with a finish time of 30’06”.

The winning time was 28’08”, which is the Central Park record. Wow


Next targets

In the NJ Marathon on 4/29, I have cleared the first target of this year, which was to finish marathon in 3:15 to be qualified for the Boston Marathon.

Now it is time to think about the next target.

First of all, I would like to set my target for a marathon. My next marathon is the NYC marathon on 11/4/07, which is 6month ahead.

My ultimate target of this year is to run at a pace of 7 minutes per mile. I can finish a marathon in 3:03'32" with that pace. Yes, it is tough to achieve in half an year.
My challenging target is 3:05'45". The pace is 7'05" per mile.
My acceptable target is 3:08'00". The pace is 7'10" per mile.

For half marathon, I want to set my target pace faster than marathon by 30 seconds.
So the ultimate target is 1:25'00", 6'30" per mile.
The challenging target is 1:26'15", 6'35" per mile.
The acceptable target is 1:27'20", 6'40" per mile.
And my target race will be the Queens Half-Marathon on 9/23/07.

For 10K race, my target pace is faster than half marathon by 20 seconds.
The ultimate target is 38'20", 6'10" per mile.
The challenging target is 38'50", 6'15" per mile.
And my acceptable target is 39'20", 6'20" per mile.
My target race will be the race in the Central Park on 7/14/07.

They are not easy ones, so I may have to adjust later. However, I would like to train for my targets.

- - -
Today, I joined the running class by NYRR for the first time after the NJ Marathon.

Today's workout was 3 x 1mile. It was tough one.
I did with 5'53", 5'55" and 6'02". It was not bad for the first time in 3 weeks and the renewed start for the new target.


NJ Marathon

Finally my big day for the first half of the year 2007 has come, the Sunday of the New Jersey Marathon. It was my second marathon following the NYC Marathon last November.

The race was held in the city of Long Branch, NJ, located middle south area of the State of New Jersey along the Atlantic Ocean. It took me about one and half hour by train from the Penn station of NYC.

I stayed in the Holiday inn express of Long Branch the night before and I arrived at the marathon site at 6:00am. It was sunrise time. It was so beautiful.

Cloudy and relatively low temperature, it was the best weather for marathon.
And the course was almost flat. There was nothing to prevent me from running as I planned.
My target finish time of the race was 3:15, and I planned to run each mile at the pace between 7’20” to 7’25” per mile. With that pace, the projected goal time was between 3:12’18” to 3:14’28”. I intended not to run faster then 7’15” pace especially in the first half. And the course was two of 13.1 mile loops, so I was going to observe the course during the first half.

The race began at 7:46am delayed by 16minutes by unknown reason…

0-1 7'23"/7'23"
1-2 7'02"/14'25"

The start was very smooth; actually too smooth. I tried to slow down gradually.

2-3 7'14"/21'39"
3-4 7'17"/28'56"
4-5 7'22"/36'18"
5-6 7'23"/43'41"
6-7 7'17"/50'58"
7-8 7'23"/58'21"

I was so relaxed and stayed calm. From my experience in the NYC Marathon, I tried to save my energy for the second half. I let other runners pass by me and kept my pace. I took the first Power Gel at the 8mile mark.

8-9 7'09"/1:05'30"
9-10 7'20"/1:012'50"
10-11 7'17"/1:20'07"
11-12 7'13"/1:27'20"
12-13 7'21"/1:34'41"

I finished the first half in 1:35’29”, at 7’17” per mile pace. It was slightly faster than my plan. But both of my physical and mental conditions were pretty good.

13-14 7'11"/1:41'52"

Most of all the runners around me were disappeared after the end of the first loop. They ran half-marathon. Suddenly I had to run by myself. I lost my pace for a while.

14-15 7'25"/1:49'27"

I refreshed my mind to think that the race began from there and was able to adjust my pace successfully. I took the second Power Gel at the 15 mile mark.

15-16 7'13"/1:56'30"
16-17 7'13"/2:03'43"
17-18 7'19"/2:11'02"
18-19 7'27"/2:18'29"
19-20 7'13"/2:25'42"

The course was so flat that I was able to keep my pace slightly faster even in the second half. I concentrated on my pace and my form. By this point of the race many of other runners began to slow down. I used those runners as my target and went from runner to runner.

20-21 7'29"/2:33'11"
21-22 7'27"/2:40'38"

Finally I felt that my pace began to slow down gradually after 20 mile. Now it was mental game beyond that point through the finish line. I took the third and last Power Gel at the 21 mile mark.

22-23 7'21"/2:47'59"
23-24 7'36"/2:55'35"
24-25 7'48"/3:03'23"
25-26 7'49"/3:11'12"

It was not easy to keep my planned pace any more. And the course was slightly up slope in this part of the course. I ran with thinking of the miles left and minutes left. At 24 mile, it was 2miles to go, it was 17 to 18 minute for me, and I had 20 minutes for my target of 3:15. At 25 miles, it was 1 mile to go….

And the final 0.2 mile was….
26-26.2 1'43"/3:12'55"

Finish time: 3:13’21” (Gross), 3:12’55” (Net) / 7’23” per mile
1st Half: 1:35’29” / 7’18” per mile
2nd Half: 1:37’26” / 7’27” per mile
Place: 76 of 1,576 runners/ 73 of 996 male runners

I cleared my target and was qualified for the Boston Marathon!
I think I did very well. I set the target successfully and executed successfully.
I was relaxed and able to concentrate through the race.

My next target is the NYC marathon of this November.

My target would be to break 3:05. I would like to prepare for that.