Monday, April 07, 2014

2014 Scotland 10K - 37:35 / 6:04


Net Time: 37:35 (PR)
Pace: 6:04
Rank: 136/8067
Age Grade: 72.63%


After a PR drought, the first PR of 2014 happened at the Scotland 10K.  Although it was minimal (5 seconds), I'll take it as I haven't consistently executed any speed/track workouts and focused mainly on mileage and tempos.  I came into this race with tired legs and similarly executed the same strategy before the Penguin Half and it seem to work out fine.  Given the fact that I ran an 18:29 at the Red Hook 5K, my goal was mainly to stay in control perhaps make this race into a solid tempo effort.  However once the race was about to start, the adrenaline sets in and all of the sudden I was hitting sub 6s for the first 3 miles.  My mind drifted apart on mile 4, however was able to keep it together on the last 2 miles by hanging onto my CPTC teammates.  Comparing to my splits from the same race last year, I was more aggressive this year, however lost a lot of steam on mile 4. Overall, I think it was a solid effort and hopefully will help with my 6th Boston...in 2 weeks!

Splits
01: 5:56:21
02: 5:57:76
03: 5:58:81
04: 6:25:69
05: 5:59:37
06: 6:03:39
.2: 1:14:99

Post Scotland @ Osteria Cotta w/ CPTC


@ El Paso Taqueria

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

2014 Red Hook Crit 5K - 18:29 & War on Drugs @ Bowery


Red Hook Crit
Net Time: 18:29
Pace: 5:57
AG: 70.93%
Rank: 62/122

Ran 6-7 easy miles in the morning w/ my teammates on the day before the Crit and unfortunately I was a few seconds off from last year.  Running through the monsoon-like conditions at night wasn't fun, but overall a good effort to set up some speedwork and being ready for Boston.  I will have to race a 5K some other time.

Splits:
01: 4:34:33
02: 4:40:01
03: 4:39:99
04: 4:34:67

Post Race w/ CPTC @ Bait & Tackle


CPTC Group Run

War on Drugs @ Bowery

@ Lillies & Niagara

Monday, March 17, 2014

Tale of 2 Half Marathons - 2014 RnR USA Half 1:22:48 / 6:19 & NYC Half 1:29:07 / 6:48 (Pacing)

Two half marathons in a weekend.  One was a quick trip to race in DC and 24 hours later paced the NYC half marathon 


2014 RnR USA Half
Net Time: 1:22:48
Pace: 6:19
Rank: 70/16724
AG: 71.80%

I registered for this race along with my teammates due to our NYC Half Marathon rejection.  We made it a mini-road trip to DC and got some decent racing weather.   This was my 3rd trip to race in DC with the previous two being the marathon.  The course was definitely different from previous years.  I felt I was in great shape coming into this race, however everything was going smooth early on until mile 6-7.  My plan was to hit sub 6:15s unfortunately, the long steep hill was tough and I never recovered.   Nevertheless, I've been racing a lot recently and hopefully this would mentally give me an edge in the full marathon.  Added a few more miles and ended close to 20 as a long run.  Until 24 hours later....

 

The National @ Carnegie Hall

@ Iron Horse


Splits:
01 - 6:15:77
02 - 6:09:47
03 - 6:11:40
04 - 6:07:30
05 - 6:11:35
06 - 6:27:01
07 - 6:52:36
08 - 6:19:41
09 - 6:10:20
10 - 6:24:91
11 - 6:35:95

12 - 6:14:63
13 - 6:09:14

.1 -     33:87


2014 NYC Half (Pacing 1:30)
Net Time: 1:29:07
Pace: 6:48
AG: 66.79%

Although I stated that I was rejected for the NYC Half, I signed up as a 1:30 pacer instead.  24 hours after racing DC, maintaining a pace under 6:52s felt very comfortable.  The weather and the wind conditions (with the exception of the 42nd street crosstown) was close to perfect.  I kind of wished I had raced this, however I had to fulfill my duty as a pacer and I hopefully I didn't let anyone down.  A few years ago, going under 1:30 for a half marathon was a daunting task, so I knew as a pacer it was important to hit around the 1:29:00-1:29:50 range.  The first few miles in the park was tough to get into a solid rhythm due to the congestion, however after the west side hills in the park, it was smooth sailing from there.  Being a pacer was quite rewarding especially at the end of the race where a lot of runners who were relying on me wound up being very thankful.  Pretty humbling.  Although I was able to hit 2 halves in one weekend, I was happy that I did it and surprisingly my legs felt fine.  I hope I can leverage this for the upcoming marathon.


Splits
01 - 7:07:07
02 - 6:19:79
03 - 6:38:88
04 - 6:51:84
05 - 6:48:04
06 - 6:42:71
07 - 6:46:99
08 - 6:47:07
09 - 6:42:64
10 - 6:47:91
11 - 6:51:93

12 - 6:45:43
13 - 6:55:15

.1 -  1:01:45

CPTC Post Race @ Becketts - Traditions...