I sort of checked out on this in April, huh? Things got a little hectic, at least it felt so anyway, but I’m back for today at least!
April brought the start of baseball, my epic WrestleMania trip, an overall good month of a running and some very expensive planning for things to look forward to.
WrestleMania was awesome, and by now way too late to really talk about in detail since it was 3-1/2 weeks ago, but going to three wrestling events (Axxess, WrestleMania and Raw) over a five day period was great. Axxess was fun and the Raw show I went to ended up labeling the audience as the “greatest crowd ever”, and yea, it was pretty awesome to be apart of it. WrestleMania itself was a lot of fun and a really cool experience and I was fortunate enough to enjoy that experience with a few of my closest friends. Glad I’m able to say I’ve attended WrestleMania, and in a crowd of over 80,000 people.
My expensive planning was a tough pill to swallow, considering how much of a cheap ass I am. But booking my vacation to Mexico with my girl and purchasing All-Star game tickets are both things I will definitely be looking forward to. We work hard to treat ourselves, right? Both should make for a fun summer.
Running has been going well. April brought another month just over 230 miles in training with all weeks in the 50’s, the highest being 59. I ran the 5k at Rider, and even though I was 4 seconds off my time from March it was still fun to race on the Rider track again. I have one more 5k to go for this spring, and that’ll be at Swathmore in 12 days. We’ll see what I can do, hopefully sub 15:40.
My sights have been set on the Philly Marathon in November and I’ve been thinking about it a lot lately. It’ll probably be nerve-wrecking to train for a marathon in the summer, but I’m excited and ready to take it on 110%. I know, sounds crazy to be super excited for a marathon, but it’ll be a journey that I expect to find the joy in. Remember, positive outlook outweighs all.
I think that’s it for now… until next time, I guess. Thanks for sticking it out as long as you did.
So last week I ran my first track meet in quite some time. I was a weird but exciting feeling to show up to Widener University to actually race on the track, even if my near 26-year old self is a bit old at a college race. You know what they say; older, slower and wiser. I think so at least. But I was definitely excited and even had some nerves as my 5k neared that evening.
Going into the situation was pretty simple. I haven’t broken 16 in a 5k since May of 2009, a spring in which I actually broke 15 by running 14:39. I don’t know if that day can ever come again, but damnit, I was going to get under 16. I’ve discussed my long struggle with running after college before, but after one year of half-ass running after graduation, I shut it down for a full 16 months. In those 16 months I think I went on just three 25 minute runs. But since early last year, I’ve been back, and in the past couple of months I’ve felt like being under 16 really could happen again.
The race was crowdddddded. But I thought I positioned myself well off the line and once I saw I was running 75s/76s I knew I just needed to hang right there. I was pretty much exactly where I wanted to be, and even faster at times, as each lap went by. The amazing part to this race, at least in my mind, was my 2nd mile being one second faster than my first. Who did I think I was?! After that I of course ran my slowest lap, but I got my head back on straight and went right back to 76s and closed exactly how I needed to. I crossed the line, clicked my watch, looked down, and there it was; 15:46.
What a freakin sigh of a relief.
I know it’s not 14:39, I know it’s not 15:10, but it’s something in the 15s at the very least, something that just over a year ago probably seemed incredibly unlikely for me, so I’m glad I was able to whip myself into the situation to be able to do it. But this isn’t the end, there’s plenty more work to do, and I am certainly expecting myself to get that time down even more.
As I’ve said in posts before, getting back into running has been for myself and has at times been incredibly fulfilling. I want to make it even more worth it though and have my sights set on a handful of things.
Long term? I’ve officially signed up for the Philly Marathon. It’s well over 7 months away, but I’ll definitely be thinking about those 26.2 miles in the next 7 months.
There will be plenty of business coming up that needs taking care of.
And I really mean that. Thursday evening I’ll be stepping back on the track for 12 1/2 laps of fun when I run by first 5k on an outdoor track since I was a young 21-year old. Now I’m almost 26? Well that’s besides the point, but I will be racing down at Widener University on Thursday and am itching to see what I can do out there. I ran 16:02 on the road about 10 days ago and hope I can buy at least three more seconds. My training has been going really well between long runs, early morning runs and workouts picking up a bit. Hopefully things click once I’m back out there.
But quick side note here, I can’t believe it’s been four years since I’ve graduated. Holy crap. So that means I’ve been working at WABC for 4 years too. Also holy crap.
Speaking of WABC, I just filled in for the 5am News Hour the past couple of days. I enjoyed, the morning work plus my usual work day does a number on me though. Still fun to say I was on the air in New York City as the lead in to Imus in the Morning.
There’s a bunch of things coming up that I’m pumped about. Racing some 5k’s is definitely one thing, but I’ve also got the return of baseball coming, The Walking Dead season finale on Sunday, Mad Men returning the week after and WRESTLEMANIA WEEKEND JUST 9 DAYS AWAY!!!
Yes, I am pathetically excited about my extended WrestleMania weekend. Judge me, I don’t mind. Going to Axxess, WrestleMania itself and then Monday Night Raw will be a lot of fun.
Somehow I posted about running, work, wrestling, The Walking Dead and other really cool things. Man, I’m just great.
Okay, I’m really gonna try using this some more. I don’t know how much more, but at least some more.
Anywayyyyy. This past Saturday I ran a 5k, the Adrenaline 5k down in Haddonfield, NJ, which turns out to be a pretty competitive 5K for a Road Race in March. My official time was 16:02. I was content with it, but damn, so close to breaking 16, which going into is what I wanted to do. I can’t be disappointed though, as I really don’t know if I’ve ever run that fast in a road race. Maybe? I don’t know, never did many of them back in my hay-day.
Running has been going well though, and I’ve been really pleased with my training. Looking back to things since I wrapped up racing in the fall, my December kinda sucked, I mostly got back on track in January and then in early February I was knocked out for a week with some illness. But since about February 10th things have been moving along pretty smoothly, and I actually think I may be in better shape than I was back in September when I ran 75:05 for the half marathon.
I have a few more cracks at the 5k coming up soon; the first of which is just 10 days away actually, and this time I’ll be stepping on a track to do it. That’ll be weird.
But I’ve been handling 50+ mile weeks for over four weeks in a row now and the legs have been feeling great, so I’m in good spirits about that. Yes, I just want want things to click a little faster, but I need to be patient and understand running a 5k is way different than a half marathon, and I am not who I was four years ago.
I will just say it, because the chip is on my shoulder (and that’s always a good thing to have, no matter what you do), I want to break 15 again one day. I don’t need to be 14:39 again, but one day, I want a 14 to start my 5k time. And you know what? It’ll happen.
I’m not really sure if this will be the year I can break 15, but I can take a few shots at it when May comes. We’ll see what happens.
In other running related news, it looks like the Philly Marathon will be my long term goal for 2013. All 26.2 miles of it. I really wanted it to be New York, because let’s face it, New York City is the greatest city in the world, but Philly has been good to me in terms of running redemption this past year (Broad Street, RNR Half), so I can take that city down once more.
That’s it for now, hopefully I’m back soon!