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.

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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.

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I had a pretty good day today. My original plan was to go to Central Park and run, but it would’ve been a huge pain because it was pretty cold out and I didn’t want to carry anything with me like a coat or bag. So! I decided to try out the Astoria Park Track that I did not know existed until only a few days ago. This was my first time running on a track since high school and I ABSOLUTELY LOVED it! I had such a good time and I was really surprised. I decided to try out some speed work since that is where speed work is mainly done. I’ve never done any official speed work, but I have read a lot about it. I planned it all out last minute and kind of just went with it my own way. The whole run went by incredibly fast and I felt like I could’ve ran forever. It was pretty chilly outside and I’ve been experimenting with different clothing to figure out what I need for certain temperatures. It was probably about 45° and I was very comfortable after about a half mile warm up. I really need to get a hat though and probably some more long sleeve shirts.

Here are my stats:

0.25 2m 30s
0.50 2m 30s
0.75 2m 0s
1.00 2m 0s
1.25 2m 25s
1.50 2m 5s
1.75 2m 25s
2.00 2m 5s
2.25 2m 20s
2.50 2m 20s
2.75 2m 0s
3.00 2m 0s
3.25 2m 20s
3.50 2m 19s

TOTAL: 31: 19

3.5 Miles in 31 minutes ain’t too bad! Although my body is telling me quite differently as of this moment. I felt great after my run and I stretched right away and even did some push ups. Now, I can’t even walk! My legs, mainly my hips and my upper thighs are killing me! I’m supposed to run 7 miles tomorrow, I’m wondering if I should push it off til Sunday. I would love to incorporate speed work into my normal running so I have created a new table for it within my running log on my computer.

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After my run, my goal was to get falafel. I wanted to try this place called Astoria Falafel (at least I think that’s what it’s called), but anyway after driving around for 15 minutes I couldn’t find it and decided it wasn’t worth looking for any longer. So I headed to the King of Falafel, which is amazingly good! I had falafel from here yesterday too! What can I say, I love falafel! I really am glad that it has exceeded my expectations of how delicious it was going to be. Today I opted for it on a hero instead of a pita because I was extra hungry. It took me forever to get there, like I was seriously driving around for an hour before I made it there. I knew where it was and everything, but the traffic sucked! and I had to figure out which roads where thru roads and I somehow could not make it to the other side of the overpass!

Yesterday’s falafel in a pita.

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Today’s falafel in a hero.

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I made brownies yesterday from scratch and they came out really good. They probably could’ve been cooked longer because they are very fudgy and gooey, but they taste great! A few of them didn’t come out of the pan so nicely so I smushed them into a ball and that is what I had for dessert after my falafel.

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I am currently baking a sweet potato in the oven for dinner tonight. I can’t wait to eat it, I love sweet potatoes!

This has been a complete full week of running and I am so happy and proud of myself for getting back on track! My new goal is to reach 700 miles by the end of the year.