I went to the gym today to do my usual speed work. I like to pick a pace that’s faster than my current 5K pace, start at 1 mile and slowly build up to 2.5 miles over several weeks. My plan was to run 1.25 miles at 8.5 mph. As I was about to finish a mile, the treadmill suddenly jumped to 9 mph. I glanced down because I thought that it was weird that all of a sudden it felt like my legs had to move faster. I thought it was strange that it was at 9 mph, but I thought maybe somehow I accidentally pushed the button while running. I pressed the – button to decrease the speed back to 8.5 mph. Instead the treadmill increased its speed, which freaked me out. I immediately slammed on the emergency stop button and hopped off. I reported the problem to the staff before finishing my work out on another treadmill. It was alarming to have the treadmill suddenly increase the speed on its own. Ben said that I was lucky that the treadmill didn’t suddenly stop instead.
Work has still been on the crazy side, and it’s been showing in terms of how much running that I’ve been doing. I haven’t been talking about “training” because I’m not training for anything. If you’re curious what I’ve been doing lately, you can check out my training logs in Salty Running under Cardamom.
In a prior post I wrote about my indecision over running a late fall/early winter half marathon. Obviously I decided not to do a half. In part, being busy with work would have made it difficult to travel for a half and the other part was that the cumulative fatigue took its toll on me. I don’t run well when I’m mentally tired. I physically feel it and my legs are completely dead as if I had already done something physically strenuous. This is one of my concerns about spring marathon training. Spring is actually the busiest time of year for me in terms of work. I anticipate that there’ll be missed training runs and slow runs because of it. Anyway, as of the moment, the plan is to do the training for the Run for the Red Poconos Marathon in May as best I can. Worse case scenario is that I downgrade to the half marathon.
I got into United NYC Half Marathon (yay!) via the lottery. I didn’t get the email notifying me until 9 pm. By then I had given up hope and assumed I didn’t make it in because NYRR announced at 1 pm that they were done with the lottery process. I moped all afternoon and Ben bought me a chocolate cake to cheer me up. As I stuffed my face with a generous slice, I checked my NYRR account. The status had changed to accepted. I freaked out and alarmed Ben, who thought that I received news that something bad had happened. While I danced around in joy, I finally got an email confirming the acceptance. Which goes to show you that sometimes you can have your cake and eat it too.
On Dec 7th, we registered for Covered Bridges Half Marathon. It’s one of those famous races that sells out quickly. It’s not as bad as Beach to Beacon, which sells out in just over 2 minutes, but if you’re not prepared to register when they open, you’re out. Last year, they sold out in 15 minutes. This year t hey sold out in 8 minutes. I wonder if it’s a matter of time if they switch over to a lottery, or if they’re going to keep it as a fastest fingers event. I’m happy that we got in. I’ve been wanting to do this event for a couple of years. Last year I had forgotten about registration day, so when I remembered, it was too late. This year I set up a few different alarms to remind me, so at 6:45 pm Ben and I were seated in front of our computers ready to go. The registration opened at 6:59 and by 7:01 we were registered.