Monday, January 29, 2007

Tough day today, nothing like a hard workout

Yea I had a really tough workout today which nearly killed me. It was a descending ladder of 1000-800-600-400-200. I was still ticked off from my mile this weekend so I took out and ran really hard my first repeat. I can through the 800 split of my 1000 faster than what I had to run for the 800, so I ran the next 800 kinda hurt. I didn't run well on the 600 either, but by the time the 400 came around, I hit 62 and then I finished strong with a 28 for the last 200.

These times may not mean much to you guys, but to me, it's a good sign I'm ready, and that even if I'm tired, I can still recover and run well. I should take that lesson into my next race, which is still up in the air. More on that later,

Alright off to shower, I stink since I haven't had time to take a shower since practice,


Saturday, January 27, 2007

I tanked

I ran a horrible race at Boston. I was feeling good, had some new shoes, was in the right heat, just choked and ran other people's races. I still ran a 4:31 after quitting at 200m left. I never felt right, I should've taken the lead and gone out. I came around too slow, there's just so many should've and could'ves and would'ves that I just don't wanna go over every point.

Yea you can see I'm still mad. Whatever, bad races happen, and I need to get over it. Tomorrow I got a workout, and I'll take out my aggression there.

Btw the Amtrak was fun and nice, just like European trains. Too bad it's just really expensive, unlike the train in Europe. It was clean, modern, had electrical plugs for each passenger, and it had ample room. I liked the experience overall.

Alright more later,


Friday, January 26, 2007

Stuck at the Armory, waiting to go to Boston

Hey I'm just bored at the Armory, if you've read my other blog you'll see I have to wait here all day before going to Boston with my coach. I'm going to be taking the Amtrak, which should be fun since I've never taken it before. I wanted to take it back from Montreal but it would've been too slow and it was already booked. I'm glad I didn't since it allowed me to be there for the installation of the Bell Express Vu I ordered for my parents.

It's going to be weird being on a train in the US. I'm so used to the Coach Bus or flying in the US I'm not accustommed to it. We'll just have to see how it is.

More from when I get there, and it's FREEZING in New York, don't think of coming down here, lol.


Saturday, January 20, 2007

Long week back, now the Great Dane Invitational

This week I'm again back at the Armory, for the last in a set of 3 races in a row there. It'll be good to get out of here next week for the Terrier Classic up in Boston, but since I'm stuck in New York I had to take care of business.

Coach was impressed by my run of two 4:30s pretty much back to back so she wanted to see what I could do in the 3000m again. I wanted to see what I could do in a speed situation after that 4x800m so I asked to do an 800m, so she obliged. It was a great meet for me, since I started out the day running the 800 and I ran a 1:59.22, a new indoor 800m Personal Best. It felt great and easy, ran a 28 for the 1st 200m (remember indoor 200m tracks), then 3 consecutive 30's, they were 30.XX but they totalled for a 1:59. Then I had the 3000m, and since I was feeling good from the 800m I just went out and did what I could. It was a smaller meet, and I was put into the Seeded section of the 3000m, meaning I was in the fastest heat, and I didn't disappoint, running 8:58, a new Indoors Personal Best in the 3000m. Yep I was estatic, since I had the strength now to run a short and long race in the same day and still run respectable times.

Now to get my revenge on the Mile, off to Boston!


Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Can anyone believe how well the Canadians are playing?

I spoken about this at my other blog earlier in the year but since I've started this new sports and travel blog I thought I might as well post about it here.

My favorite team, the Montreal Canadiens, have seemed to be resurging this year. A couple of weeks ago they were 4th in the Eastern Conference, only a couple of points back. Now they've had a minor losing streak but it still hasn't taken much away from them. Micheal Ryder and Saku Koivu are playing amazing, along with Cristobal Huet and Sheldon Sourray. The last 2 even made it to the All-Stair game.

Anyways I don't want to rant and rave about hockey all day, but who's your favorite team? do you follow hockey? Post away,


Monday, January 15, 2007

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Saturday, January 13, 2007

Another week another Track Meet

While I'm still on Winter Break at LIU track don't take no break, so we have our season meet of the break at the NYU Gotham Cup which takes place at everyone's favorite track, The Armory, up in Washington Heights, Manhattan, NY. This time we're running our 1st DMR of the season, where I'm running the Mile leg, and I'm running the Mile individually. The DMR is the short form for the Distance Medley relay, where a team of 4 runners run 4 different legs. The leadoff leg runs a 1200m, then the 2nd leg runs a 400m, he hands off to the 800m leg and lastly the anchor leg runs a 1600m, or metric mile.

So I had the individual mile first, and I went out in 2:10, a little slow, but then lost focus and couldn't run the way I wanted too. Don't know why but I ended up running a 4:30.5, which is slow by my standards since I had run a 4:27 the year before. Next up was the Medley, and Dan led it off, ran 3:14, nothing spectacular, followed by a 52.8 in the 400m by Akil. Then Kel ran a 2:01/2:02, also subpar for him and then he handed it off to me. I ran a 4:31, but the way I ran it was really strong, since I went out in a 2:14 and came back in a 2:16, which meant I was getting stronger. I didn't run that fast of a time either, but running 2 4:30's back to back is a good sign of strength, we'll see what it earns me later.

Yep more later, or after the next race if I get lazy again, lol


Saturday, January 06, 2007

Back in NYC - Fordham Invitational

Back to New York I am, and with that it means more training and running. It's good being back for that reason, and the meal money doesn't hurt, however I'm not in my permanent room and that's annoying.

The trip back on the Greyhound was fun since I met this nice lady from Long Island who was a runner so it was interesting talking to her. Then I crashed at my friends house in East Flatbush, Brooklyn, which isn't as bad as people make it seem. Then I was in the dorms and off to the Fordham Invitational up in the Armory Track & Field Center, which is up in Washington Heights, the northern part of the Island of Manhattan in New York City.

I ran 2 race today, the 1000m and the 4x800m. The 1000m didn't go so well, I didn't attack and only tried to run the last 150m, that usually doesn't work and you don't get a great time doing that. So I ended up with the subpar time of 2:36. Next we ran a 4x800m relay, which was fun and interesting, it's not a traditional race Indoors for us since there's no 4x800m at Conference Championships but we had run. We ended up in 8:09, not a great time, however I ended up running a 1:59.5 split for my leg, the fastest split on the team, so I was happy with that result as well. Hey I might be an 800m runner after all, we'll see.

Alright more news as the week progresses,

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