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2017 Racing plans
Tuesday, 13 December 2016 - Written by ycmrun [profile]
My 2017 plans are almost shaping up. I just woke up to the news that I got an entry into next October's Chicago Marathon. I'm really pumped up about this news. I'm also planning to run North face Bear Mountain trail 50k next May.

I guess its time to get ready and start some training.

Anyone else have plans for next year yet ?

Happy holidays everyone. Looking forward to hearing more about your running adventures !

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Berlin Marathon - Recap
Friday, 07 October 2016 - Written by ycmrun [profile]
After enduring months of hot and sweaty training through the summer, I flew to Berlin via trans-Atlantic flight and made it to Berlin early morning on Thursday September 22nd. My biggest panic at that moment was not knowing a word in German. My plans to quickly master basic German on the flight was a miserable failure.I stepped off the flight knowing only "Danke" & "Bitte" :). Took the U-bahn trains (super easy to navigate) to the AirBnb I had booked 15 minutes south of Tiergarten Park in Central Berlin.Race location was about a 20 minute walk from my place of stay. Later figured that 38th KM aid station was on the street where I was staying just in front of my room. I checked into my room and spent the day walking around and getting oriented with the city.Despite my best efforts to stay awake during the day, Jet lag kicked in and I couldnt sleep at all that night. Next morning took it easy and woke up late, did a 30 minute easy running visiting some historic monuments like Berlin Wall...

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scanner says:

Thanks for that. I really enjoyed your account of a trip you planned so well. Even not knowing German was not an issue.

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Taper madness at last
Tuesday, 13 September 2016 - Written by ycmrun [profile]
Its been months of progressively intense training these past 4 months. Looks like I have survived the hard part of marathon training and get to enjoy taper madness for 12 days.Berlin Marathon is approaching faster by the day and I'm all psyched at this point. Training these past 8 weeks really kicked my butt and I've been able to run two 150+ mile months (July and August).Two more weeks of hard training in September puts me at 67 miles on my shoes. I did spend 2-3 hour bike rides once a week as well. Swimming and weight training suffered a bit last three weeks as I was focusing mostly on running.I'm going to spend next 10-12 days of easy running with some strides in-between to keep the fast muscle fibers active. I'm really excited to make my first ever trip to Deutschland on 21st September.Hopefully I'll get over jet-lag and travel related stress by the time I head to Berlin marathon start-line on Sunday 25th morning.I have truly enjoyed the training, journey and anticipation towards ...

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ycmrun says:

Post edited by: ycmrun, at: 2016/09/14 13:30

Kev500 says:

So awesome. Please give us a race report when you return.

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Get comfortable with being uncomfortable
Monday, 08 August 2016 - Written by ycmrun [profile]
This is an old blog article from coach Julian Nagi. Found it very intriguing !!

“Everything you want is on the other side of Fear “--------------Jack Canfield.

Without doubt most athletes at this time of year are raring to go and are looking to start ticking the sessions off one at a time developing great consistency moving forwards. But firstly why not stop to ask yourself, where are the biggest gains to be made? For each athlete this will be different but its important to recognize your strengths and in particular your weaknesses so you can formulate a plan.

The area triathletes have the biggest scope for improvement is without question the mental side of triathlon training and racing. Unfortunately though it’s the area most triathletes seem to neglect. They are often far too concerned with accumulating numbers, spending far too much time uploading & downloading data that for most of the time offer no substantial value to them. Sure this data will then look good in a sprea...

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rcblu2 says:

Nicely written article. It took me a couple session to get through it, but I love the two differing methods of approach. I am probably in the mileage junkie category (even though my mileage isn't high). I count the miles and I do everything at a snail's pace these days. I didn't have much more focus back when I was really racking up the miles. I had good performance, in my opinion, but I was never going to win my age group. I didn't have that kind of dedication. I couldn't suffer that kind of pain. I just couldn't embrace that much suck. So maybe I am not going to be a champion. I may improve, but champion I am not. I can at least take in a message like this for passing on to my own children or kids that I might coach. Good read.

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July review - Marathon training
Tuesday, 02 August 2016 - Written by ycmrun [profile]
July was kind of a solid month of training for me. Getting used to the brutal heat and humidity and still doing all the workouts was kind of satisfying.

I was able to run 150.26 miles in July and running 4-5 times per week. Also biked about 167 miles and swam around 6250 meters. I also hit the gym atleast 2-3 times per week for weights, balancing and plyrometrics.

8 more weeks to Berlin marathon. Hoping to keep moving and train as well as possible.

Lets see what happens.

rcblu2 says:

Daaaaaaang! Those are some nice totals! I have always struggled to get over 100 miles in a month. 150 is crazy! AND with the biking, swimming, and weights to show you are well rounded too! Awesome stats!

With all that training you have to have a time goal for the marathon. What are you shooting for?

ycmrun says:

I'm trying to see if I can better my previous marathon time 4:16 (NYC 2014). Breaking four hours would be great.

But for next 8 weeks just need to focus on training and not doing anything stupid :)

Kev500 says:

That's a lot of working out and it seems like you should be on your way to your goal. Just make sure you have the 20+ mile runs under your belt. I believe they make all the difference.

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Mile Repeats
Thursday, 14 July 2016 - Written by ycmrun [profile]
I did 4 x 1 Mile repeats at a local track last Thursday (07/07) and repeated the same workout today(07/14) with 6 x 1 Mile repeats. Both days it was hot, uncomfortably humid in the 90s.

Here are my splits on both days.

4 x 1 Mile repeats splits on 07/07/2016

7:40, 7:57, 8:06 & 8:05 min/mile

6 x 1 Mile repeats splits on 07/14/2016

8.12, 8.25 , 8.28, 8.29, 8.18, 8.11 min/mile

I went with a very calm mindset and was prepared to accept its going to suck big time. All the numbers aside, I'm kind of pleased with the way I approached this workout and didn't throw the towel at any point. Pace wise I'm still slow but the fact that I'm executing this kind of workouts 2-3 times a week is definitely somewhat encouraging.

rcblu2 says:

Cool workout. I envision pain especially with the heat and humidity. What kind of rest do you do inbetween?

ycmrun says:

Thanks. I had 90-100 seconds recovery in between. My training said 60 seconds though.. Ha ha !!

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How to Destroy Psychological Hurdles, Courtesy of Michael Phelps
Thursday, 07 July 2016 - Written by ycmrun [profile]
I just came across this news article and absolutely loved it.

I know they try to relate to business but I think any one looking for motivation can learn a thing or two from it. Not everyone is born with a physique or natural talent like Phelps but what impressed me so far is his dedication in focusing on the task at hand.


At the U.S. Olympic trials on Saturday, July 2, 2016, Michael Phelps captured victories in the both butterfly races and the 200 individual medley. Phelps likely won in part due to his outstanding psychological approach, which is evident when he talks about his past successes. Even if you're not a world class swimmer like Phelps, staying cool, calm, and collected while your competitors try to knock you down can result in a big payoff.

"I know it won't be eight medals again. If you want to compare me to that, that's your decision, not mine. I'm going out there to try to accomplish the things that...

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Kev500 says:

Nice article. Thank you for sharing.

rcblu2 says:

Agreed! Nice, short, to the point. Leaves me with a thing or two to think about. Thanks for sharing.

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