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Update No. 5 – Back in training 2014: Preparing for a 10-miler, a triathlon & a half-marathon April 2, 2014

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Broad Street Run
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Trenton Half Marathon

I’m back…sorry about the lack of recent updates on my training, but my workload rapidly picked up so I haven’t been doing as much preparation for my upcoming events lately. However, I haven’t stopped training…I just haven’t had time to update the blog or my tracker.

Since the last update, I’ve added to the list another big event for which I am preparing…Philly’s 10-mile Broad Street Run on May 4.

Anyway, I managed to get in a 3.11-mile run in the rain today and it went very well, finishing in a personal-best time of 26:51–a full 1:03 faster than my previous best 5K time of 27:54 in the American Heart Association’s Mercer County 5K Heart Run in Mercer County Park in 2006. My Nike+ app says that I completed the 5K distance today in 26:45 (since I ran a little longer than actual 5K distance).

Other recent highlights include: a 10-mile run in 1:45:49 on March 27; a 15.25-mile bike ride in 59:25 followed a few minutes later by a 10K-distance run in 1:05:14 on March 21; an 18.46-mile bike ride in 1:10:09 followed a few minutes later by a 5K-distance run in 30:40 on March 11; and a 6.21-mile run in 58:45, marking a 10K personal best, on March 6.

I haven’t been to the pool in over a month now, I think. But with the Barnabas Health BlueClaws 5K Run in the Park coming up on April 13 and the Broad Street Run on May 4, I’m using my limited free time these days to focus on running. Once the Broad Street Run is completed, I’ll start swimming again…but I don’t think I’m going to be posting all my swims from here on out. I’ll just post any significant milestones or anything of interest from a particular session.

For those new to these posts, let’s recap a bit: In addition to preparing for the Broad Street Run, I am currently training for the Atlantic City International Triathlon on Sept. 14, 2014, and the Trenton Half-Marathon on Nov. 8, 2014. (See the January 18 update and original post below for background information.)

Please see the Training Tracker below to follow my major training swims, rides and runs.

1/18/2014 UPDATE:
Earlier this month (see original post below), I wrote about training for my first half-marathon, the Trenton (N.J.) Half-Marathon taking place Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014, and my other goal of reaching a target weight of 168 pounds.

Well, when I wrote that, I was also eyeing another ridiculously ambitious goal…competing and finishing in the Atlantic City International Triathlon on Sept. 14, 2014. However, I was still waiting to hear back from the organizers regarding a question about my bike. Well, I was given the information I needed and have officially registered for the event, which includes a one-mile swim, a 20-mile bike ride and a 10K (6.2-mile) run.

I’ve never done an official half-marathon before, but at least I’ve run 13.1 miles in training  so I know I can do it. I have completed a swim of around a mile, have ridden 20 miles on a bike many times before and have 6.2 miles several times. However, I am in no way ready to do all of these in sequence at one time, but I’m learning as fast as I can how to get myself trained and conditioned for it.

So I must revise the 2014 fitness goals I listed in the original post. They are now: 1) get weight down to (and stay at/near) 168 pounds, 2) complete the Atlantic City International Triathlon, and 3) complete the Trenton Half-Marathon.

Wow…when you write it all out, it looks daunting. What was I thinking? Oh well, nothing to do now but to get in shape and ready to compete.

At the bottom of each of these posts, you will find a training tracker so you can follow my progress.

Original Post – January 9, 2014:
Last year, I tracked my training for the Trenton 10K, which took place Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013. It was the first organized race I have run other than a 5K. I finished the Trenton 10K with a chip time of 59:46.399, and my goal was to finish in less than an hour…so mission accomplished.

But as I watched the half-marathon runners start their race that morning, I regretted not being more ambitious with my running goals. After finally shaking off a persistent head cold I came down with the day after the race, I mapped out a route and completed a test run of 13.1 miles in 2:27:27—and, admittedly, that included about a half-mile of walking.

Now that I know I can do it, I want to announce here that I have registered for the 2014 Trenton Half-Marathon, taking place Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014.

I also want to use this opportunity to finally get into the proverbial “best shape of my life”— a sports cliché used by so many aging veterans heading into training camp. The holidays and two bouts with colds have basically put me back to square one as far as conditioning is concerned, but next week I’m going to start getting serious about working out everyday and tracking my caloric intake. And, of course, I’ll be tracking my training runs here on the blog.

In addition to training for the half marathon, it is my goal to finally get down to 168 pounds, which means losing about 23 pounds. I had lost 35 pounds back in 2006 after a false heart disease scare, but my weight-loss efforts stalled at 173—leaving me five pounds shy of my goal. Unfortunately, I gained nearly all of the weight I lost back again within the following year and have only been able to lose about 10-15 pounds a couple of times since then.

So…those are my two main goals for 2014: 1) complete the Trenton Half Marathon, 2) get down (and stay at/near) 168 pounds.

Training Tracker
I’ll be posting updates on my progress here every so often. The table below includes my swim/bike/run distances and times during this training period (at some point, I’m going to reverse the order of this so my latest activity is at the top…not sure why I started doing it this way):
Date Swim/Bike/Run Distance Time
12/5/2013 13.12 miles (run) 2:27:27 – longest distance run
1/24/2014 0.37 miles (swim) – 26 laps (25-yd pool) approx. 30 minutes
1/27/2014 0.71 miles (swim) – 50 laps (25-yd pool) approx. 40 minutes
1/29/2014 1.02 miles (swim) – 72 laps (25-yd pool) approx. 50 minutes
1/31/2014 1.14 miles (swim) – 80 laps (25-yd pool) approx. 1 hour
2/4/2014 0.57 miles (swim) – 40 laps (25-yd pool) unknown
2/6/2014 1.02 miles (swim) – 72 laps (25-yd pool) approx. 40 minutes
2/10/2014 1.02 miles (swim) – 72 laps (25-yd pool) approx. 40 minutes
2/11/2014 3.11 miles (run) 30:55
2/21/2014 6.21 miles (run) 1:01:34
3/6/2014 6.21 miles (run) 58:45 (10K personal best)
3/11/2014 18.46 mile ride followed by 3.11 mile run 1:10:09 (bike)/30:40 (run)
3/21/2014 15.25 mile ride followed by 6.21 mile run 59:25 (bike)/1:05:14 (run)
3/27/2014 10 miles (run) 1:45:49
4/2/2014 3.11 miles (run) 26:51 (5K personal best)

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1. Brian - April 2, 2014

Reblogged this on Brian Kelley: Portfolio and commented:

A long-overdue update on my training for the Broad Street Run, Atlantic City Triathlon and the Trenton Half-Marathon…

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