Update No. 4 – Back in training 2013: Preparing for my first 10K

Trenton Half Marathon logo

OK…it’s been awhile since the last update, but here’s the deal…I’m making progress in shortening my 10K times.

Today (10/16/13), I ran 6.23 miles in 1:04:36, setting a new personal best for a 10K in the process. This is actually my second 10K-distance run in less than 1 hour, 5 minutes, as I ran 6.23 miles in 1:04:50 on Sept. 25.  In between, I completed a 3.14-mile run in 30:27 on Oct. 9.

I’ve updated my run tracker below with links to data from my Nike+ Running app.

Original Post from May 4, 2013:
This week, I signed up for the Trenton (N.J.) 10K, which is held in conjunction with the Trenton Half Marathon. The race takes place Saturday, November 9, 2013, at 8:30 a.m. It will be yet another in a series of runs I’ve done this year that take place near or in a ballpark, as the Trenton 10K finishes inside the Trenton Thunder’s (Class AA affiliate of the New York Yankees) Arm & Hammer (formerly Mercer County) Waterfront Park. So far in 2013, I’ve taken part in the Phillies Charities 5K, which included a post-race walk around the warning track of Citizens Bank Park, and the Barnabas Health/Lakewood BlueClaws 5K, which finished inside FirstEnergy Park in Lakewood, N.J.—home of the Class A affiliate of the Phillies.

I don’t really claim to be a “runner,” but I’m trying to get in better shape and I’ve been enjoying running more and more over the years. Last night, I attempted my first-ever 10K-distance run and it went very well. The Nike+ app on my iPhone clocked me at 1:05:50 for a 6.24-mile run. There is definite room for improvement, but the thing I was really happy with was that—for my first time attempting that distance—I felt great throughout the run. I established a nice, comfortable pace early on that left me feeling good enough to turn in a rather solid final 1.24 miles. My average pace was 10:33 per mile, but I was running at a pace of under 10:00 per mile for the final 7/10th of a mile. In fact, I was cruising along at 9:31 per mile at the 6-mile mark.

It’s going to be rough to get in 10K-distance runs on a regular basis as I train for the Trenton 10K, so I’ll likely be doing mostly 5K runs with a few longer outings sprinkled in. But I’m hopeful I’ll be able to get in two or three 10K runs in a month—likely more closer to November—prior to the race.

Run Tracker
I’ll be posting updates on my progress here once or twice a week. The table below includes my run distances and times during this training period:

Date Distance Time
10/16/2013 6.23 miles 1:04:36 – personal record (10K)
10/9/2013 3.14 miles 30:27
9/25/2013 6.23 miles 1:04:50
9/23/2013 6.2 miles 1:05:12
9/20/2013 3.1 miles 30:10
9/4/2013 3.13 miles 32:10
8/14/2013 3.12 miles 29:52
7/26/2013 2.2 miles 23:13
5/19/2013 3.1 miles 29:52
5/12/2013 3.1 miles 30:42
5/3/2013 6.24 miles 1:05:50

Update No. 3 – Back in training 2013: Preparing for my first 10K

Trenton Half Marathon logo

OK…the summer and everything going on during it really prevented me from doing a lot of running. However, this month, I have resumed training for the Trenton (N.J.) 10K in November.

As you will see in my run tracker below, I’ve only gone on five runs since May 19—and only one of those (yesterday, 9/23) was a 10K-distance run.

I’m going to try to do another 6.2-miler later this week. Ideally, I will be able to condition myself to finish the Trenton 10K in less than an hour. That essentially means I have to get down to an average pace of 9:30 per mile—a full minute less than my average pace during yesterday’s 10K-distance run.  That’s going to be tough to do with a little more than a month left for training and conditioning, but that’s my goal.

Original Post from May 4, 2013:
This week, I signed up for the Trenton (N.J.) 10K, which is held in conjunction with the Trenton Half Marathon. The race takes place Saturday, November 9, 2013, at 8:30 a.m. It will be yet another in a series of runs I’ve done this year that take place near or in a ballpark, as the Trenton 10K finishes inside the Trenton Thunder’s (Class AA affiliate of the New York Yankees) Arm & Hammer (formerly Mercer County) Waterfront Park. So far in 2013, I’ve taken part in the Phillies Charities 5K, which included a post-race walk around the warning track of Citizens Bank Park, and the Barnabas Health/Lakewood BlueClaws 5K, which finished inside FirstEnergy Park in Lakewood, N.J.—home of the Class A affiliate of the Phillies.

I don’t really claim to be a “runner,” but I’m trying to get in better shape and I’ve been enjoying running more and more over the years. Last night, I attempted my first-ever 10K-distance run and it went very well. The Nike+ app on my iPhone clocked me at 1:05:50 for a 6.24-mile run. There is definite room for improvement, but the thing I was really happy with was that—for my first time attempting that distance—I felt great throughout the run. I established a nice, comfortable pace early on that left me feeling good enough to turn in a rather solid final 1.24 miles. My average pace was 10:33 per mile, but I was running at a pace of under 10:00 per mile for the final 7/10th of a mile. In fact, I was cruising along at 9:31 per mile at the 6-mile mark.

It’s going to be rough to get in 10K-distance runs on a regular basis as I train for the Trenton 10K, so I’ll likely be doing mostly 5K runs with a few longer outings sprinkled in. But I’m hopeful I’ll be able to get in two or three 10K runs in a month—likely more closer to November—prior to the race.

Run Tracker
I’ll be posting updates on my progress here once or twice a week. The table below includes my run distances and times during this training period:

Date Distance Time
9/23/2013 6.2 miles 1:05:12
9/20/2013 3.1 miles 30:10
9/4/2013 3.13 miles 32:10
8/14/2013 3.12 miles 29:52
7/26/2013 2.2 miles 23:13
5/19/2013 3.1 miles 29:52
5/12/2013 3.1 miles 30:42
5/3/2013 6.24 miles 1:05:50

Update #2 – Back in training 2013: Preparing for my first 10K

Trenton Half Marathon logo

This is a bit overdue, but I have done a couple of 5K-distance runs since I originally posted May 4 that I am “back in training” for the Trenton (N.J.) 10K in November. Those more recent times are in the table at the bottom of this post.

One of the runs was the Mercer County (N.J.) “Spirit of Boston” 5K on May 19, which I finished in 29:14 (official results – PDF). However, it is listed below as 29:52 because I was unable to immediately turn off my Nike+ app on my iPhone.

Hopefully, I’ll be able to get some more running in over the next couple of weeks. I’d really like to get another 10K-distance run (or two) in, if possible.

Original Post from May 4, 2013:
This week, I signed up for the Trenton (N.J.) 10K, which is held in conjunction with the Trenton Half Marathon. The race takes place Saturday, November 9, 2013, at 8:30 a.m. It will be yet another in a series of runs I’ve done this year that take place near or in a ballpark, as the Trenton 10K finishes inside the Trenton Thunder’s (Class AA affiliate of the New York Yankees) Arm & Hammer (formerly Mercer County) Waterfront Park. So far in 2013, I’ve taken part in the Phillies Charities 5K, which included a post-race walk around the warning track of Citizens Bank Park, and the Barnabas Health/Lakewood BlueClaws 5K, which finished inside FirstEnergy Park in Lakewood, N.J.—home of the Class A affiliate of the Phillies.

I don’t really claim to be a “runner,” but I’m trying to get in better shape and I’ve been enjoying running more and more over the years. Last night, I attempted my first-ever 10K-distance run and it went very well. The Nike+ app on my iPhone clocked me at 1:05:50 for a 6.24-mile run. There is definite room for improvement, but the thing I was really happy with was that—for my first time attempting that distance—I felt great throughout the run. I established a nice, comfortable pace early on that left me feeling good enough to turn in a rather solid final 1.24 miles. My average pace was 10:33 per mile, but I was running at a pace of under 10:00 per mile for the final 7/10th of a mile. In fact, I was cruising along at 9:31 per mile at the 6-mile mark.

It’s going to be rough to get in 10K-distance runs on a regular basis as I train for the Trenton 10K, so I’ll likely be doing mostly 5K runs with a few longer outings sprinkled in. But I’m hopeful I’ll be able to get in two or three 10K runs in a month—likely more closer to November—prior to the race.

I’ll be posting updates on my progress here once or twice a week. The table below includes my run distances and times during this training period:

Date Distance Time
5/19/2013 3.1 miles 29:52
5/12/2013 3.1 miles 30:42
5/3/2013 6.24 miles 1:05:50

Back in training 2013: Preparing for my first 10K

Trenton Half Marathon logoThis week, I signed up for the Trenton (N.J.) 10K, which is held in conjunction with the Trenton Half Marathon. The race takes place Saturday, November 9, 2013, at 8:30 a.m. It will be yet another in a series of runs I’ve done this year that take place near or in a ballpark, as the Trenton 10K finishes inside the Trenton Thunder’s (Class AA affiliate of the New York Yankees) Arm & Hammer (formerly Mercer County) Waterfront Park. So far in 2013, I’ve taken part in the Phillies Charities 5K, which included a post-race walk around the warning track of Citizens Bank Park, and the Barnabas Health/Lakewood BlueClaws 5K, which finished inside FirstEnergy Park in Lakewood, N.J.—home of the Class A affiliate of the Phillies.

I don’t really claim to be a “runner,” but I’m trying to get in better shape and I’ve been enjoying running more and more over the years. Last night, I attempted my first-ever 10K-distance run and it went very well. The Nike+ app on my iPhone clocked me at 1:05:50 for a 6.24-mile run. There is definite room for improvement, but the thing I was really happy with was that—for my first time attempting that distance—I felt great throughout the run. I established a nice, comfortable pace early on that left me feeling good enough to turn in a rather solid final 1.24 miles. My average pace was 10:33 per mile, but I was running at a pace of under 10:00 per mile for the final 7/10th of a mile. In fact, I was cruising along at 9:31 per mile at the 6-mile mark.

It’s going to be rough to get in 10K-distance runs on a regular basis as I train for the Trenton 10K, so I’ll likely be doing mostly 5K runs with a few longer outings sprinkled in. But I’m hopeful I’ll be able to get in two or three 10K runs in a month—likely more closer to November—prior to the race.

I’ll be posting updates on my progress here once or twice a week. The table below includes my run distances and times during this training period:

Date Distance Time
5/3/2013 6.24 miles 1:05:50

Back in training: Phillies 5K Result!

Me...after finishing the 2012 Phillies 5KSo I guess this is the last update on my training for the Phillies’ 2nd annual 5k race held earlier today. From here on out, I’ll probably post occasional updates on my weight-loss efforts and any other fitness-based events I enter (which will likely be few, if any).

As stated here previously, in addition to my eventual goal of losing a total of 40 pounds, my short-term goal for the Phillies 5K was to finish in less than 30 minutes.

I am pleased to report that I accomplished that goal. Although the times given out after today’s Phillies 5K were yet to be confirmed, my recorded time was 28 min., 12 sec. I’ll update this post with a link to the results once they are posted on Phillies.com.

UPDATE (3/31/2012, 3:10 p.m. ET):
The Phillies 5K results have been posted. My “chip” time was 28 min., 12.541 sec., which—as I understand it—is the time between when the chip affixed to my runner’s bib crossed the starting and finishing lines…which is my actual time. However, it is the “gun” time—which, I believe, is the time between the firing of the starting gun and when you cross the finish line—that determines the rankings. My gun time was recorded at 29 min., 32.712 sec., so I officially came in 1,328th place overall out of 4,096 who finished the race.

As far as male runners are concerned, I finished in 824th place out of 1,758 males who finished the race. Among males between the ages of 40-49 who finished the race, I came in 122nd out of 283.

So the good news…? At least I finished in the top half in all three of those categories (overall, males and males 40-49).

Also, here is the 2012 Phillies 5K Starting Line Video from the Phillies’ web site (don’t even bother looking for me…I was on the side opposite this camera, although I ran right by one that was set up on the other side of the street)

It was also fun seeing a high school classmate of mine, Deb Rinaldi, who has worked in the Phillies’ communications department for a number of years. Except for my friend Jason, I’m pretty sure it was the first face-to-face conversation I have had with somebody I went to high school with in about 13 years.


Background

You can read my post from Jan. 28 for specifics, but—prior to the 2012 Phillies 5K—I finished my only real 5K race in 27 min., 54 sec. back in fall 2006. However, I had been running regularly in the months leading up to it (the first time I ever ran like that in my life) and had lost 35 pounds. Now, after putting all the weight back on and being five-plus years older, my goals are to finish the Phillies 5K in less than 30 minutes (done…28 min., 12 sec.) and lose 40 pounds.

On a personal note, another reason I am doing this is because my wife and I are expecting our first child in early July. I’ll be 41 a few days after my wife gives birth and I want to make sure I’m in shape into my 50s and 60s so I can do things with our kid (or, thinking ahead a bit…kids).

Here is a table with my run distances† and times during this training period:

Date Distance Time
3/31/2012 3.1 miles (Phillies 5K – Results) 28:12 chip; 29:32 gun
3/30/2012 3.0 miles 27:33
3/21/2012 1.6 miles 14:20
3/20/2012 1.6 miles 14:32
3/22/2012 3.2 miles 30:58
3/21/2012 3.2 miles 29:26
3/20/2012 3.2 miles 30:28
3/15/2012 3.2 miles 30:22
3/14/2012 3.2 miles 31:52
3/13/2012 3.2 miles 29:32
3/8/2012 3.2 miles 30:32
3/7/2012 3.2 miles 30:06
3/1/2012 3.2 miles 30:35
2/28/2012 3.2 miles 30:57
2/27/2012 3.2 miles 31:41
2/23/2012 3.2 miles 31:49
2/22/2012 3.2 miles 34:18
2/17/2012 2.4 miles 24:19
2/15/2012 3.2 miles 33:33
2/10/2012 3.88 miles 44:00 (unofficial)
2/7/2012 3.2 miles 32:56
2/6/2012 1.0 miles 10:03
2/3/2012 3.2 miles 32:25
2/1/2012 3.2 miles 34:10
1/28/2012 1.6 miles 16:00 (unofficial)
1/26/2012 3.2 miles 34:18
bold=personal best 3.2-mile time in 2012
† Some distances have been adjusted since my earlier updates due to the inaccuracy of my Nike+ sensor.

Back in training: Update #11

Phillies 5K logoHere is the latest update on my training for the sold-out Phillies’ 2nd annual 5k race on March 31 as part of my current effort to lose a total of 40 pounds. This is the 11th in a series of updates here…

In this final week before tomorrow’s Phillies 5K, I didn’t do quite as much running as usual, which I had planned. However, I wound up going against my original plan to a degree.

I managed to get in a couple of 1.6-mile runs and a 3.1-mile jaunt during the week and recorded decent times (for me, at least) on all three outings. On Sunday, I completed a 1.6-mile run in 14 min., 32 sec. I ran the same distance on Wednesday and finished in 14 min., 20 sec.

Even though I didn’t plan on running much in the day or two before the race, I decided to get in a 3.1-mile run today. However, I changed my route in order to avoid looping around my neighborhood four times and to give it more of an actual 5K feel. Amazingly, that did the trick…because I wound up completing the run in 27 min., 33 sec. — a new, unofficial personal best in a 5K-distance run.

UPDATE 3/31/12: Apparently, the distance I ran Friday was only 3 miles. I drove the route again and that’s what it came out to…so that explains the quicker time. Hopefully, though, I’ll be able to finish in less than 28 minutes in the Phillies 5K.

I just hope I didn’t kill my legs for tomorrow’s race, which is expected to be run in rainy, windy conditions with temperatures in the mid-40s…awesome. I’ll post an update on how I did after Saturday’s race.

Oh well, better news on the weight-loss front…I lost another couple of pounds so I’ve now dropped 17 of the 40 pounds I want to lose.


Background

You can read my post from Jan. 28 for specifics, but I finished my only real 5K race in 27 min., 54 sec. back in fall 2006. However, I had been running regularly in the months leading up to it (the first time I ever ran like that in my life) and had lost 35 pounds. Now, after putting all the weight back on and being five-plus years older, my goals are to finish the Phillies 5K in less than 30 minutes and lose 40 pounds.

On a personal note, another reason I am doing this is because my wife and I are expecting our first child in early July. I’ll be 41 a few days after my wife gives birth and I want to make sure I’m in shape into my 50s and 60s so I can do things with our kid (or, thinking ahead a bit…kids).

I’ll be posting updates on my progress here once or twice a week.

Here is a table with my run distances† and times during this training period:

Date Distance Time
3/30/2012 3.0 miles 27:33
3/21/2012 1.6 miles 14:20
3/20/2012 1.6 miles 14:32
3/22/2012 3.2 miles 30:58
3/21/2012 3.2 miles 29:26
3/20/2012 3.2 miles 30:28
3/15/2012 3.2 miles 30:22
3/14/2012 3.2 miles 31:52
3/13/2012 3.2 miles 29:32
3/8/2012 3.2 miles 30:32
3/7/2012 3.2 miles 30:06
3/1/2012 3.2 miles 30:35
2/28/2012 3.2 miles 30:57
2/27/2012 3.2 miles 31:41
2/23/2012 3.2 miles 31:49
2/22/2012 3.2 miles 34:18
2/17/2012 2.4 miles 24:19
2/15/2012 3.2 miles 33:33
2/10/2012 3.88 miles 44:00 (unofficial)
2/7/2012 3.2 miles 32:56
2/6/2012 1.0 miles 10:03
2/3/2012 3.2 miles 32:25
2/1/2012 3.2 miles 34:10
1/28/2012 1.6 miles 16:00 (unofficial)
1/26/2012 3.2 miles 34:18
bold=personal best 3.2-mile time in 2012
† Some distances have been adjusted since my earlier updates due to the inaccuracy of my Nike+ sensor.

Back in training: Update #10

Phillies 5K logoHere is the latest update on my training for the sold-out Phillies’ 2nd annual 5k race on March 31 as part of my current effort to lose a total of 40 pounds. This is the 10th in a series of updates here…

Temperatures continued to reach into the 70s—and even 80s—this week in central New Jersey, and I managed to complete three more 3.2-mile runs.

Unfortunately, Tuesday’s 30 min., 28 sec. run marked the fourth straight “30-plus” outing since I finally broke the 30-minute barrier with a 29 min., 32 sec. run on March 13.

But I was able to turn things around Wednesday, when I completed another 3.2-mile run in a new 2012 personal best time of 29 min., 26 sec.

Thursday’s run was a little weird…at one point, during the second lap around my neighborhood, a small dog that usually barks at me from behind a fence decided to actually chase after me and was getting in my way, so I had to stop for about 30 seconds. Once that happened, I decided there was no point in pushing it so I coasted the rest of the way to a 30 min., 58 sec. run.

Meanwhile, on the weight-loss front, not great news…thanks to St. Patrick’s Day  food and beer consumption last wekend, it’s status quo from last week. So I’ve still only dropped 15 of the 40 pounds I want to lose.


Background

You can read my post from Jan. 28 for specifics, but I finished my only real 5K race in 27 min., 54 sec. back in fall 2006. However, I had been running regularly in the months leading up to it (the first time I ever ran like that in my life) and had lost 35 pounds. Now, after putting all the weight back on and being five-plus years older, my goals are to finish the Phillies 5K in less than 30 minutes and lose 40 pounds.

On a personal note, another reason I am doing this is because my wife and I are expecting our first child in early July. I’ll be 41 a few days after my wife gives birth and I want to make sure I’m in shape into my 50s and 60s so I can do things with our kid (or, thinking ahead a bit…kids).

I’ll be posting updates on my progress here once or twice a week.

Here is a table with my run distances* and times during this training period:

Date Distance Time
3/22/2012 3.2 miles 30:58
3/21/2012 3.2 miles 29:26
3/20/2012 3.2 miles 30:28
3/15/2012 3.2 miles 30:22
3/14/2012 3.2 miles 31:52
3/13/2012 3.2 miles 29:32
3/8/2012 3.2 miles 30:32
3/7/2012 3.2 miles 30:06
3/1/2012 3.2 miles 30:35
2/28/2012 3.2 miles 30:57
2/27/2012 3.2 miles 31:41
2/23/2012 3.2 miles 31:49
2/22/2012 3.2 miles 34:18
2/17/2012 2.4 miles 24:19
2/15/2012 3.2 miles 33:33
2/10/2012 3.88 miles 44:00 (unofficial)
2/7/2012 3.2 miles 32:56
2/6/2012 1.0 miles 10:03
2/3/2012 3.2 miles 32:25
2/1/2012 3.2 miles 34:10
1/28/2012 1.6 miles 16:00 (unofficial)
1/26/2012 3.2 miles 34:18
bold=2012 personal best 3.2-mile time
*Some distances have been adjusted since my earlier updates due to the inaccuracy of my Nike+ sensor.