This weekend saw the 13th annual More Shape Women’s Half Marathon in Central Park, and my first half marathon of 4 planned in 2016 as part of my NYC Marathon training. I was so excited to run this race, I’ve only completed one half marathon in the past and I walked over a third of it – so really, this was my first real attempt at a half marathon.
Beautiful skies and injured legs
The race took place entirely in Central Park, with 7000 women completing just over two loops of beautiful Central Park. It was a gorgeous day for running, too – not a cloud in the sky and high 40F / 10C temperatures. Perfect!
This weekend brought my favourite 10k of the race calendar. The Scotland Run 10k takes place each spring in Central Park, and brings in huge crowds and a great atmosphere – and a great theme! I’ll take any excuse to celebrate my home country of Scotland, especially since I don’t get to visit as often as I’d like. I was wearing every piece of Scotland themed clothing I owned, and was really excited for this race.
This weekend saw the NYRR Spring Classic 10k in Central Park, bringing the first race of spring and my first 10k of the year. There really is something magic about running in Central Park, especially when the weather is fresh, the sky is blue and the energy among the runners is high. This run was extra special too, because my dad was visiting from Scotland for the weekend and he ran the race too!
It’s half marathon training update time! I have now completed 8 weeks of my training plan, and this week I’m making quite a few changes. First things first though, let’s talk about the past 2 weeks of training!
How about those long runs?
I’m now at the stage where my long runs are starting to get significantly longer than what I’ve been doing in the past – in the past 2 weeks I’ve done a 7 mile and an 8 mile run, both with very different outcomes.
7 miles of hell
My 7 mile run was in Palisades Park in New Jersey, a great place to run becuase it’s mainly shaded but still boasts great views of the NYC skyline and George Washington bridge. I used to run 3 or 4 miles on this route regularly in the summer, taking advantage of the rolling hills as good practice for Central Park runs.
Half marathon training update time! I’ve just reached the end of week 6, which means I’m half way through my training plan already! I have 6 weeks left before the More/Shape half marathon in Central Park, and I’ve hit the point where the long runs really start stacking up the miles. Time to really get serious about this!
You may have noticed that I haven’t been doing the weekly weight loss progress anymore, and that’s because I think a monthly update is a better frequency – it gives me more time to blog about other things that are a little bit more interesting! That being said, I’ve had a busy month so we’re overdue a progress check. Since I returned from vacation, I have been working on my half marathon training plan and trying to get up to speed for my epic year of racing (and my first marathon!)
A BIG marathon based update
So I talk a lot about running the NYC marathon. I’ve relentlessly plugged my marathon plans on the blog, I’ve bored my friends to death with my marathon ambitions, and I completed my 9+1 NYRR races last year to get guaranteed entry.
However, this month I’ve taken it one step further and claimed my place! My pocket is lighter to the tune of $220, and I have 9 months to train for what will be the biggest achievement to date in my running adventures.
I haven’t written a blog post in a few weeks, for a couple of reasons. I’ve been really busy with work, I’ve done some travelling and had a business trip to France which was much more stressful than I expected, and had some personal issues too. All in all, December was a split month for me, in some ways it was not the best month for me, but in other ways it was awesome. However, I did have some successes with running, so all was not lost! I completed two more races since my last post, bringing my 2015 total to 19.
Ted Corbitt 15k, 9th December
It had arrived, the big race. My longest distance of 2015. The race that marked the final cell of my excel-spreadsheet-training-plan. It was an unseasonably warm December morning, which meant a last minute change to my running clothes. Running in one short sleeve tee was a nice novelty for mid-December!
I won’t lie, I’ve not had a great week this week. I’ve tracked all my calories but managed to squeeze in a McDonalds, some pizza and a night out with too many beers. I also attended a Diwali lunch that I really should have said no to because I had no way to track the calories, which goes completely against my plan with this blog. However, the call for Indian food was too strong so I’m afraid I did cheat this week! I tried to track as best as I could but I’m not convinced that I was accurate for that meal.
Let’s just jump straight to the figures…
First things first: The numbers
TDEE = 14896 calories/week (see how I calculated this here)
Deficit needed to lose 1lb/week = 3500
Total weekly calories consumed = 13052
Total weekly calorie deficit = 1844
This is 53% of the calorie deficit I need to lose 1lb, so science says I’ll lose 0.53lbs this week.
What did I actually lose?
Nothing, nada, niente. 1lb back on again.
Weight loss total = 2.7lbs
This is incredibly demotivating. If I’d scrapped this whole initiative and just joined Weight Watchers, I’d have made significantly more weight loss progress by now. I really am trying hard, and the weight doesn’t seem to be coming off. 2.7lbs in 5 weeks is embarrassing.
Is the science wrong? Is the whole calories in < calories out thing too simplistic?
It’s NYC Marathon weekend! For those of us not quite ready to run a marathon (yet!), this Saturday 31st October was the NYRR Dash To The Finish Line 5k, running through the streets of NYC and finishing in Central Park at the actual finish line of the marathon. It’s a way to get involved in the marathon and get a feel for how amazing it must be to cross that finish line for real!
I ALMOST missed this race. I’d planned on picking up my bib on race day as it had been so easy to do so during last week’s Poland Spring 5M. By sheer chance, I was checking the NYRR website on Friday evening for the start time, and noticed that there was no race-day pick up for this race. I had to pick up at the NYC Marathon Expo, and had till 7pm before registration closed.
This weekend brought in the NYRR Poland Spring 5M in Central Park to kick off the NYC Marathon festivities. The weather was wet but not too cold, the crowds were in good spirits and I was pumped up to run a good race.
I arrived early in order to find street parking (I’m a New Jersey local and pretty awful at city parking), giving myself extra time for bib pickup and baggage check. There was a band playing as I arrived which was fun, and since the race was sponsored by Poland Spring there were plenty of opportunities to grab a drink of water before heading to the starting corrals! Someone grabbed a snap of me at this point, I don’t remember having my photo taken and so got quite a surprise when I saw myself on the NYRR website race highlights! Continue reading →