Wednesday, December 30, 2009

5.00 Miles - 41:03 - 8:12 Avg Pace - 54F

My hip seems to be holding up, but now it's my knees. Not sure what's going on, I don't have that many miles on my shoes. Perhaps I'm running too slow. Yesterday it snowed, today it's sunny and in the 50's. I hope to get anther 5 in tomorrow then a long run Saturday. Today was a long day and I'm feeling it. Motivation seems to be on the low side as we come up to the New Years. I have next year's goals already figured out. Just gotta get through this week.

Monday, December 28, 2009

5.08 Miles - 41:35 - 8:11 Avg Pace - 42F

I read something last night, as soon as you get home get changed and get outside to start your run, as quick as you can. This will keep you from wanting to change your mind. Pretty much what I did. Once I change clothes I'm pretty much committed to a run. It was a long day at work and somewhat nice to get on the road for another 5. I've only done back to back runs 3 times since October. Running tomorrow will be nice, however we're expecting a couple inches of snow around 6pm. We'll see. Well, after talking my Aunt on the phone trying to get her to figure out an Ipod Touch I've completely neglected my family....sorry guys. Blog done.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

5.26 Miles - 43:12 - 8:13 Avg Pace - 27F

I did something this morning I have never done. A simple "one thing" that made running this morning extremely enjoyable, despite being 27 degrees with a very cold wind. That one thing allowed me to keep my mind off of running and put my mind in a place far far away from this world. A simple audio book. Kelley had bought Dead Man's Folly by Agatha Christie on Itunes and I immersed myself into the story this morning. For a year now I've been running to music or to my own footsteps drowning myself in self improvement. It was nice to get away this morning.

How do I feel? Frozen, my knees are killing me and I can't wait to tell Kelley I signed our whole family up for a running group, The Plano Pacers. She's gonna kill me.

Monday, December 21, 2009

5.16 Miles - 40:10 - 7:47 Avg Pace - 55F

After yesterday's 14 miler and staying up all night coughing I didn't think I was going to get out for a run. However, after stepping on the scale I felt motivation which I hadn't felt in a really long time. Although I probably shouldn't have pushed it with a cold and weary legs I'm glad I did. It was nice to get a fast run in, although my heart rate never got over 180...and that was during a 7:33 mile. Tomorrow I'll probably venture out to the gym for a little cross-training after work. Once I get some weight down I'll probably slow down on the days. One thing I'm going to do differently this go around is less work out days while concentrating more on my long runs. I was too burnt out by Sunday on my last program to really get my long run in. I need the long run, and lots of them.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

14 Miles - 2 hours and change - 34F

My Garmin died after the turn around today so I was unable to catch all my stats. For the most part I was averaging 8:45 pace and felt somewhat comfortable doing it. You see I caught the cold this past Tuesday. It's primarily above my neck so I don't see it being too harmful to run. Perhaps I shouldn't have done 14 but it's less miles than what I wanted, which was 20. It was tough, I past the 3 mile mark and I really tried to talk myself into turning around. I think it was my bodies plea for help. So I changed the song on the ipod into something a little more upbeat and that was the end of that. This week has been the week of catching up. Finally finished wrapping up the last episode of Steve Runner's podcast, Phedippidations. Finally getting back into running. After looking back over the last 30 days I really think I have the Marathon Blues. It's very difficult to find the motivation, this morning it came to me. Perhaps it's time.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

13.24 Miles - 1:38:12 - 7:25 Avg Pace - 45F

Today was the Dallas White Rock Half/ Marathon. It was almost a perfect day to run, minus the fog which seemed to feel real wet half way through. I started out a little on the slow side but by mile 3 I was close to running in the 6's. My hip started to bother me around mile 7 but seemed to fade by mile 9. I can't complain, I ended up setting a personal record by 10 seconds over DRC on Nov 1st. Considering I haven't run but a handful of times this month I'm very pleased with my results. I was able to control my breathing very well, saying hello and thanks to several police officers and fans. Congrats goes out to Joan, who ran her first Marathon, Kelly Folsom and Celina Romney and everyone else running for Team Tyler.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

.94 Miles - 7:16 - 7:46 Avg Pace - 43F

Today's jog was just a stretch for tomorrow's Half. My legs and hip felt pretty good but realizing this is only my 9th run in 30 days. My hopes for tomorrow are simple: have fun and try to run around 1:45. We'll see. This morning I have to pick up my race packet.

Monday, December 7, 2009

4.25 Miles - Treadmill

The weather was too dismal to get out for a run tonight after work. I don't mind the cold but when it's misting and 36 degrees it's probably not a good idea. I haven't logged a run since last week and I'll tell you why. Thursday I went to the Dr and turns out I have hip bursitis. He gave me a shot of cortizone and it left me in quite some pain for a couple days. Saturday morning I tried to get out for a run, making it to the end of the street before turning back. The pain in my hip was to sharp. Instead I went to the gym and rode 6 miles or so on the stationary. Yesterday, Sunday, I went back to the gym and did 5 miles on the bike and did 4 miles on the treadmill....I didn't feel too bad. My left hamstring is now extremely tight, as my right was a month ago. My hip started to hurt after pushing the last minute, lengthening my stride.

So that brings us to today, I did another 5 miles on the bike followed by 4.25 mile run. I ran at an 8 min mile average pace with spurts as high as 6:30, all at 1 degree incline. I didn't feel too bad until the end where I could feel the hip start to spasm. Either way, not too bad. Tomorrow if the weather is better I'll get outside for a run.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

5.36 Miles - 42:50 - 7:59 Avg Pace - 37F

Today was the first day of snow for Dallas and it was cold and windy. By 10 this morning the snow had stopped and temps started to warm up. I had expected it to get warmer, however by the time I got home it was back in the 40's with a wind chill in the upper 30's. So, what do you do when it's that cold outside. You put on shorts and go for a run. My hip started to hurt a little around mile 2.5, a short stretch seem to help it out. All in all I was real pleased with the run. The only downside was it's getting dark real early. I'll have to figure out how to get home faster. Tomorrow is a doctors appointment with a sport guy. We'll see what's going on with my hip.