Taking Paul T’s advice, I’ve begun to view the week as Monday through Sunday, the week-end, after all, being the end of the week. Here’s a quick report on the past seven days.
It was a good week, with about 52 miles total, a new high for recent years. Two key workouts were Tuesday’s 20 minute tempo run down at the Bronxville Track and yesterday’s we’ll-call-it 15.5 in the City. For that run, I somehow missed Paul coming off the train and did the first 40 minutes to and around Central Park on my own before hooking up with Paul and Fabio and then being joined by Robbie and (I think) Simon for another hour or so. In the end it was about 1:50 in the book. In light of my post last week about long runs, this was had me focusing on being relaxed when I was on my own and then staying that way with the group. I was not fatigued until very late in the run. Just a little longer — say, 2 hours — on a consistent basis and I’ll be in good shape for the Spring season. I’m leaning strongly towards running the NYC Half in March, attempting to redeem myself.
The week’s other runs were incidental. I had 25 minutes on the treadmill on the day of the snow and otherwise was consistent at 40-46 minutes, with about 1 hour today, a run that started with very heavy legs but morphed into something comfortable. Notwithstanding the snow, we have plenty of quiet streets here that are well-plowed, and getting outside was not a problem. Nor have I found it particularly cold.
I attended a presentation at the Bronxville Running Company on Monday. (I learned that the weekly Sunday-morning run is not happening.) It was by coach Jeff Boyer, who operates B-Athletics. My friend Ken Ralston, who coaches the Van Cortlandt Track Club, was in the audience, and it’s always good to see him. Boyer is more beginner and triathlete oriented but he had some good general stuff to say, reminding us of the importance of doing supporting stuff in addition to our running. I disagreed with him on a few things, particularly his antipathy for heel-striking and his approval of cross-training, but it was interesting. Apparently it’s a monthly thing he does at the Running Company, and I got to chat with some of the store’s employees/runners and Boyer afterward. But, alas, they don’t carry my shoe model, so I haven’t gotten stuff there.
As for the Sunday run, apparently the powers-that-be would rather have a Saturday thing. That’s a non-starter for me, so perhaps I’ll try to get my own Sunday thing going. There are plenty of runners in Westchester.
Full OCA Run
Indeed, a goodly number of them plan on a Donner-Party reenactment (let’s hope it doesn’t come to that) of running the full, forty-one mile length of the Old Croton Aqueduct tomorrow. They will start from the Croton-Harmon station on the Hudson line, run up to the dam where the OCA begins, and head down, presumably to the end of the OCA, which is where the main branch of the New York Public Library now stands. They fully intend to brave the snow. It will, I daresay, be an adventure, whatever happens.
[Edited to Add: The Donner-Party reference brings to mind the classic “How long is it?” skit from the Python boys (the latter being a reference to “Sliding Doors.”]