Here goes nothing. Training begins this week for real! NYC marathon is 18 weeks away, so let's do this. While the first month will be pretty easy for me, thanks to some good base building over the spring, I'm braced for the real stuff to come. There will be speed workouts (6 x 800 @10K pace!). There will be strength workouts (4 x 1.5 miles). There will be warm up miles and cool down miles. There will be TEMPO THURSDAYS (10 miles with 8 at tempo, i.e. race pace) every week, dear god. There will be long runs on the weekend. There will be "easy" runs scattered throughout. Thus is this training block thanks to Hanson's marathon method, or as is known to frequent readers of this blog, OH SHIT HANSON'S. And I'll be taking YOU along for the ride! I'm planning to blog my way through this, 90% humidity and all. You'll see the good, the bad, and the ugly (did I mention the humidity?). It's going to be fun.
But even more important is why I'm racking up the miles this summer. Not just for my personal glory, that is. I'm raising money for an amazing org I'd like you to get to know: BronxWorks. They are a local Bronx nonprofit focused on helping all residents of that great borough (City Island shout out!), from babies to seniors. Every dollar I raise will go to providing low-income kids and teens programs that feed, shelter, educate and safely entertain them. I'm really proud to be a part of their small marathon fundraiser team. I've got a long history with the Bronx, and I'm excited to give back. I write a bit about how my running in essence started at Van Cortlandt Park, and what the Bronx has meant to me over the years here and I'd love for you to take a look. If you wanted to chip in any amount, I'd be so so grateful.
As for today's run? 4 miles, nice and easy. Audio-book powered by John Grisham's newest, Camino Island. Really enjoying this so far.