With 88 days to go until race day, I’m re-starting the half-marathon training from scratch. My initial attempt stalled at week four due to joint pain and bad running-shoe situation. After two weeks of assiduous icing and little running, my knees feel better. Plus I got a new pair of fancy cushy running shoes.
Today I ran 3.1 miles in 38 minutes, averaging a leisurely pace of 12.3 minutes per mile. Then I climbed eight flights of stairs back to the apartment.
Last weekend I heard the story of Diane Van Deren on the radio. Diane is one of the world’s best ultra-runners whose potentially fatal disability turned into a record-breaking ability. At the core of the story, Diane talks about how she simply listens for the steady rhythm of her own feet running at eight miles per hour. This is how she keeps going. How she wins multiday races of 1,000 miles and sometimes longer. A true feat of mind over matter.
“Now if you are going to win any battle you have to do one thing. You have to make the mind run the body. Never let the body tell the mind what to do. The body will always give up. It is always tired in the morning, noon, and night. But the body is never tired if the mind is not tired.”
– George S. Patton, U.S. Army General, 1912
Ran 7.64 miles at an avg of 6.67 miles per hour in 1:09, according to my pedometer iPhone app. I ran outside, meandering within suburbia-like, green grounds of Stuyvesant Town, then for a mile or two along the odorous East River.
At first incredulous at my own speed or accuracy of the app, then lost in reverie of the random mishmash of urban street-scape, I kept moving, picking up one feet after another.
I stopped a few times to stretch and take pictures. Have no idea what this flower is called, but it smelled heavenly.
Henri the malshi is staying with us for a week, while his talented mama jetsets. Our home has become like his second home. When I got back, Henri greeted me with a big smile and a wet kiss.
Per MarathonRookie.com’s 10 Week Half Marathon Training Schedule, I ran 5 miles earlier today. Or to be exact, 4.97 miles in sixty minutes. To be literal, I jogged 4.97 miles. The treadmill automatically stopped after one hour before I could finish the last .03 miles.
I ran the first two miles at 5.4 miles per hour, or around 11 minutes per mile, challenging myself to run faster than my average 12 minutes per mile. At mile three, my stomach began to cramp. Now I know better than to eat a peanut butter and banana sandwich twenty minutes before running. To ease the cramping, I walked for about three minutes, steadying my breath. I sped up to 5 miles per hour for mile four and five. I panted and grunted and at times gripped the side bars, struggling to keep good posture and a consistent pace.
So week 1 (12.5 miles) + week 2 (14.97 miles) of training are complete, and I’ve run a total of 27.47 miles since starting training.
I am now very tired.
Next Saturday I’ll have to run 6 continuous miles off the treadmill, since the machine is auto-set to turn off after 60 minutes. Otherwise, it will take a miracle for me to run 10 minutes per mile by then.
In other news, I’ve updated my career history here.
I admit to keeping secrets from this blog.
Since early May, I’ve logged 13,796 words on 750 words, a private blogging site where you’re challenged to write 750 words, or three pages, every day. It’s the ultimate antidote to Facebook: completely private with no feed of ironic memes or puppy pictures, it’s just you and your words on a white screen. I enjoy the feature that displays text analysis based on Regressive Imagery Dictionary. Here’s a snippet of my “subconscious” in chart form:
The analysis shows that I’m generally more happy and more self-expressive than most other writers on the site, but also more anxious than most. A fairly accurate analysis.
I first learned about it from reading this gem of class syllabus put together by Christina Cacioppo and her colleague Gary Chou at Union Square Ventures. You can tell from reading the syllabus that Christina and Gary put a great amount of thinking, planning, and organizing into this marvelous class. I met with Christina recently and asked her what one key thing she learned from teaching the class. She said that if she could do it again, she would have her students launch projects and encourage them to take action on their visions much earlier in the semester.
In other words, just do it.
I’m doing a bunch of stuff lately.
Aside from the daily private blogging, I’m training for the half marathon in East Hampton on September 29th. So far, I’ve run 23 total miles since starting on this training schedule last week. In the middle of Week 2, and I already see positive impact on my mood and energy level. Although I have a long way to go until I can run 13 miles without stopping, I have time on my side and my mind set on it.
I’m also preparing to teach a Skillshare class on startup equity basics. More on that later.
I’m addicted to trying new things.
Go go go