Thursday, April 30, 2009

5.40 Miles - 45:32 - 8:26 Avg Pace

It's currently 81 degrees and muggy here in north Dallas. Today's run has probably been the worst of the year. I had absolutely no energy tonight, running slow with a higher than normal heart rate, averaging 170 bpm. Not certain why I'm running so slow. Perhaps to soon since the race but that doesn't make a whole lot of sense considering my 5 on Tuesday. Perhaps it was all the sugar I had today, mostly in snickers form. Perhaps it's been the ab work out Kelley and I started a couple days ago. Maybe all the above. Either way, it's been a long while since I felt this tired.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

5.5 Miles - 42:13 - 7:40 Avg Pace

Well my first day back felt really good. It's cloudy and 75F at 6pm in north Dallas...with high humidity. My first mile was a decent 8:02 warm up followed by 4 miles between 7:35 and 7:40. My fastest miles being mile 5 (7:35) followed by mile 3 (7:37). I will be taking tomorrow off so I can try and get 7 in on Thursday. That will conclude April with approximately 96 miles. The only thing that will set me back is the weather. It's supposed to be raining all week. As of today I've got a total of 377 miles for the year which is about 70 miles short of 2008 totals. Giving me a cushion of about 57 miles...given I need to run 80 miles a month to achieve my 1000 for the year goal. I'm definitely on target.

Saturday, April 25, 2009

1:41:21 - 13.2 Miles - 7:40 Avg Pace

Well I just completed my 5th Half Marathon posting an official time of 1:41:26. We were up this morning at 4am and out the door (of the tent) at 4:30. We got to the football field and shortly later I waved goodbye to Kelley, Jacob and Katelyn as I headed to the shuttles to get bussed to Centennial Park. We arrived shortly before 6 and found myself consumed by all the runners. There were projected to be around 35K total. My starting corral was 4th and I jumped to the front to get a good start. Something I wasn't able to do at Cowtown. I had a good talk with a couple of guys, one from Alabama and one from Jersey. There was a local lady in our group wearing a wonder woman costume and after I started I passed someone in a full bear costume.

I don't have a whole lot to comment on the run except Hilly. These were the most hills I've run since training in High School. As I'm writing this my knees, hamstrings and quads are really in pain. I'll write more once I get the official race results and my garmin synced up at home.

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Friday, April 24, 2009

In Nashville - 1 Day to race day

Well we got here Thursday around noon after staying the night outside of Little Rock, Forrest City I believe was the name of the town. We're camping at the KOA in Nashville along Music City Road. It's a couple miles from Opryland Hotel. The KOA is currently hosting one tent group, us and 200 of the priciest motor homes you've ever seen. Tomorrow is a early day for us, we're expecting to be up around 4:30 and on the road by 5. I have to hydrate today as much as possible. It's hot and humid and it's only 9am.

Monday, April 20, 2009

5.6 Miles - 43:18 - 7:43 Avg Pace

I can't remember the last time I ran on a Monday, but who couldn't today. Today was the 113th Boston Marathon and my fav's Ryan Hall and Kara Goucher both finished 3rd place.

Well also today my left foot hurt terribly during work. However, hardly any pains at all during my run. My left shoe laces were not tight and that seemed to help.... and hurt. Because of loose laces on the left side I felt lop sided during my run. This caused the right side of my body to feel tight. Mainly my hip and chest. I ended up working out all the kinks but I'm starting to settle in a stride that's comfortable but very tiring. I'm gonna have to slow it down a bit in order to hit my mark in Nashville.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

2.86 Miles - 21:23 - 7:28 Avg Pace

After last nights 30oz porterhouse steak with my brother in law, who had his 30oz steak hours after 4 plates of Chinese food, I was set to burn some of that meal off. I woke up this morning feeling good but as soon as I got on the road my left foot was killing me. My last run day I tied my laces too tight and by the end of that run I was in agony. Today my foot just hurt. I ended up making it to the end of the street and coming back home for some ice. After about 20 minutes I decided to try again with my laces extremely loose. I started out ok and found out the pain would come and go. When it was present it was very painful, probably a 9 on the pain scale. But after a few seconds I couldn't feel anything. It bounced back and forth like this the whole run. I finished the last mile at 6:53.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

7 Miles - 53:52 - 7:41 Avg Pace

Got home from work today and thought real hard about not running. Thanks to Kelley and the kids for giving the motivation to get my workout in. Starting off I wasn't sure if I'd do 5 or 7 miles but I realized shortly into it that I seemed to have a considerable amount of energy, given my hard run yesterday. So I ran the 7. The wind was much stronger than it was yesterday coming out of the south east. I pretty much had the wind to my back the first half of the run and right into the second half. I ran today's 7 a little over 1 minute faster than yesterday, and I honestly don't think I could have run any harder. Nor have I ran this hard all year.

It's suppose to rain the next few days. I'm taking a break. I'll have to work in 6 or so Saturday if it's cleared up.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

7.01 Miles - 54:53 - 7:49 Avg Pace

Today's run comes just three days after my 21 miler Saturday. I started out slow. I've read about muscle memory and today I had the opportunity of feeling it which was right where I left off Saturday, stiff right knee and tight left hamstring. The good news is about 3/4 of a mile into it I started to relax and by the 4th mile I was under 8 min mile pace. Mile 7 was completed at 6:59 pace. Apparently the pasta lunch accounted for the quick finish. Today's course was my typical 7.1 miler except I cut off part of the new section making a clean 7. It worked out better this way as I was able to run hard all the way down maple finishing just short of the end of the street. It worked out better cause I was forced to walk back up Maple to the house.

I felt really good today, except for the first bit of the run. I desperately need some speed work. Two solid months and perhaps I can be in the high 5 min mile range. We have 10 days until Nashville. My goal is a 1:43, two minutes faster than my fastest half. I'd love to see me break 1:40 but I don't want to rush it or get discouraged. Two minutes off seems realistic at this point. The only thing I have to help is Kelley and I started at the back of the entire starting pack in Ft. Worth. If I can start toward the front in Nashville I should shave the time I wasted trying to get around people. We'll see soon enough.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

20.96 Miles - 3:07:39 - 8:57 Avg Pace

I didn't expect to do 21 miles today, guess I really didn't by falling short 4 hundredths of a mile. I did expect to get a long run in today with the weather. It has been extremely windy this past week and today was barely a breeze with cool temps of 55 to 60 degrees. As of right now my legs and arms are in good shape until I move either one. My recovery program for today was peanut butter on a tortilla shell along with my recovery drink. As soon as I walked in the house I laid on the floor against the wall and raised to legs up. I've read in runners world that if you do this, getting the blood back out of the legs, after a long run it's a quicker recovery for the body. We'll see. As far as the run goes I did the whole trail and plus some. After the bridge at Ray Roberts I made a left down the bike path for half a mile then came back. I did have my fuel belt and ended up going through 8 bottles of water. Could have used a couple more. I also went through a pack of shot blocks and jelly beans. Somewhere around mile 15 I wanted to throw them up. I was popping them in slow dosage when I started to feel fatigued. All in all it was a great day to run. I'm going to resume my recovery process.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

5.07 Miles - 39:42 - 7:50 Avg Pace

It's 85 degrees outside and I had two plates of sushi for lunch today. Nice!!! Today's run wasn't too bad other than a dry mouth from either the dry air or lack of water, darn soy sauce. I was also experiencing side stitches majority of the run. I was able to push out hard with deep breaths and seemed to cure it each time. I found myself really stretching it out tonight. I think it was harder to run that way but I felt as if I was covering more distance. I'll keep working on my stride. That's one thing I haven't really changed since losing all this weight. Maybe that's the key to getting into the 6 min mile pace. Don't get me wrong, I'm working on 4 min mile pace but I have to get to 6 they say.

Enjoy! Tomorrow's gonna be a 7 miler if the weather holds up.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

7.15 Miles - 56:27 - 7:53 Avg Pace

After missing the last two days due to weather and my son breaking his collar bone I was able to get out for a comfortable fast pace 7 miles. Current temperature is 70 degrees here in Providence.

I started out fairly strong today with a first mile at 8:04. My second mile was my fastest at 7:38 beating out my last mile at a time of 7:39. Running after work is still a difficult chore to do but I refuse to run in the morning. It's still dark and I don't trust anyone out there. Cant say I trust them anymore in the afternoon but at least I can see them and they can see me.

Well tomorrow I'm going to try and get 5 in, 7 Thursday and another 5 on Friday. We'll see how it goes.

Sunday, April 5, 2009

8 Miles - 1:00:06 - 7:30 Avg Pace

This is a make up blog of yesterday's run.

I got out to the north section of the 380 greenbelt around 9:30. The temps were a brisk 55 degrees with winds from the south at gusts of 20 mph. I had to be home by 11 to get everyone up to Katelyn's soccer game. I started out running a solid pace and felt real strong. I hadn't run the two days prior because of my left calf and hamstring. I also had taken some Tylenol when I woke up due to a splitting headache from the prior evening...and I also drank down a goo before my stretch. So a combination of all had me locked into a very strong pace which seems too easy to maintain. At the half-way mark I crossed the bridge and walked the sidewalk which circles back toward the bridge. I stopped only briefly to stretch my legs out, maybe 15 seconds. I finished walking the sidewalk and hit the bridge feeling strong again. My trip back was uneventful, I did manage to make my last mile the fastest at 7:10 pace. This is my fastest training run to date.

Today will be a day off. It's gusting up to 40 and a cold front has moved in.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

6.73 Miles - 57:01 - 8:28 Avg Pace

I didn't think I had it in me today. Today feels like the first day of summer, HOT. Even though it's a nice 75 degrees my body has not got acclimated to the warm temps yet. Half way through today's run my throat and mouth dried up. All I could think about was getting home and having some water. I didn't cut any distance off my original plan so it feels like a huge accomplishment. Today my left hamstring was tight but I couldn't feel any issues with my left calf. My right hip was also sore but I'm sure that's to my awkward stride. Toward the end of the run I really wished I had taken an energy gel and had some water before I left. I had absolutely nothing left in me. I'm sure there's many more of those days to come. If it gets any warmer I'll have to start carrying my fuel belt.

Tomorrow's my off day. Katelyn has a soccer game so we'll be there after work. I usually don't get out for much on Fridays. If I do it'll be 3 miles. Maybe I'll save myself for a long run Saturday.