Sunday, November 29, 2009

2009 San Antonio Marathon Home Video

2.10 Miles - 20:15 - 9:40 Avg Pace - 60F

Kelley and I got out for an easy recovery run this morning. Nice short run to work out some of the aches and pains. It's a cloudy, muggy day here in Dallas which is a direct relationship to how I feel. After a few minutes of googling I believe what I have is hip bursitis. It's clearly and inflammation of the joint because it only hurts as I work the joint. Icing it alleviates just about all of the pain. So with ice, motrin and tons of stretching I'm hopeful that I can heal in time for Dallas Whiterock Half. Kelley is still having issues with her knee. I'm advising we both go see a sports physician in hopes of getting our pains diagnosed properly.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

11.76 Miles - 1:38:08 - 8:20 Avg Pace - 50F

Feels good to get a long run in again. It would have been better if not for the pain in my right hip. I'm really going to have to figure out what's going on with it. After a few miles I get a pain as if my leg bone is going to pop out of my hip. I can stop and stretch it and it'll feel better for a mile or so. I don't seem to have a problem running through it and even afterwards it's not painful to walk on. Today I tried different strides to see which felt better and clearly the shorter strides were less painful. I've been off it for a couple weeks and it doesn't seem to be getting any better. Maybe tomorrow I'll try stretching it longer before I start my run.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

5.16 Miles - 40:52 - 7:55 Avg Pace - 35F

Happy Thanksgiving! Today's run was my second since San Antonio. I did feel pretty comfortable out there, except for the last mile. I started to sweat and then I really got cold so my form was a bit irregular. Can't type too much today, gotta get ready to host turkey day.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

2.67 Miles - 21:33 - 8:05 Avg Pace - 56F

This was my first run since last Sunday's Marathon and I know feel my muscles are made of memory foam. The first half mile my body mimicked the posture and stride I had from the end of the marathon. It was truly ugly. After about a 1/2 mile I stopped to stretch my hips and was able to get more comfortable. My second mile was done in 7:44. I felt strong for the most part but did have some minor aches and pains. When I stopped at the house my legs were warm and I could really feel the muscles twitching. I will probably take tomorrow off then Monday or Tuesday get a 5 miler in. Last night I signed up for 2 more races, both Half's. The Dallas White Rock in Dec and the inaugural Rock N Roll Dallas Half Marathon in March.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

26.2 Miles - 4 hrs 25 minutes - 10:00 Avg Pace - 80F

Today was the San Antonio Marathon. It was my first marathon and definitely not my last. I had a blast this morning. My time was slower than I wanted but it's very difficult to judge your first marathon. I had great expectations of going out there and running a 3:30, but as I crossed mile 13 it occurred to me that with the very warm temps and high humidity, along with cramping calf muscles, I realized that it's not about 3:30, it's about running 26.2 miles. Like I said I had so much fun meeting new people and seeing them feeling the same pain I was in. There's something said about that. I'm thankful that I didn't set any records and was able to enjoy myself and the company of others. I think in due time I'll break the 4 hour barrier and even perhaps qualify for Boston. But right now, I'm a Marathoner.

Monday, November 9, 2009

2.70 Miles - 20:49 - 7:42 Avg Pace - 72F

Today was supposed to be a day off, however I couldn't risk not running and seeing how I felt. My right hamstring has been tight since the half and quite honestly I haven't been giving it any attention. Today I went out stronger than I should have but it felt real nice to stretch it out. Bout the last half mile my hamstring was tightening up. Seemed like the harder I ran the better it felt, however there's no way I can keep a sub 7 min mile pace this Sunday. I'll take tomorrow off and finish Wednesday with another 3 or so.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

6.84 Miles - 56:46 - 8:17 Avg Pace - 56F

Today started out as a beautiful, sunny and cool morning. Not a cloud in the sky and hardly any wind as I stretched it out before hitting start on my GPS. I felt strong during the start but held back because I knew it had been 4 days since my last run and I didn't want to hurt myself. As I hit mile 2 I started running into a south wind from out of nowhere. Within minutes the entire sky was a smoky gray and kind of took the fun out of running this morning. All in all I was fine but I had one major problem that caused me to stop twice, my right hamstring. I have never felt it this tight before. I'll clearly have to stretch it as often as I can this coming week.

Today we're heading out to my cousin's wedding in McKinney. Congratulations Aaron and Tessa.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

5.42 Miles - 43:30 - 8:01 Avg Pace - 66F

Today's 5 miles wasn't a bad first day back since setting my PR in Sunday's Half. My right knee has a nerve that kept getting in the way during turns which was very annoying...slightly painful. I could tell I still didn't have a full tank but none-the-less I did feel comfortable. Today was also the first day with a new pair of shoes, Saucony Hurricanes, so my body was trying to adjust. The shoes are a little firmer than previous Omni 8's but I'm thinking that'll help them last longer. Today's fastest mile was Mile 4, 7:32.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

13.22 Miles - 1:38:20 - 7:26 Avg Pace - 50F

Today I did my second DRC Half Marathon. The weather was a cool 45F with 0 wind when we started. The temps did warm up a bit but nothing too warm. I got to the race around 6:45 this morning after having to catch a bus to the race from the parking lot. There were about 4000 runners who participated and this years course had a new start point...hence the 13.22 miles. It was a little longer than a traditional half according to my Garmin. Anyway, I ended up finishing 207th overall and 24th in my age group. I also set a PR today so all in all it was a great race.