Saturday, May 31, 2008
Friday, May 30, 2008
Thursday, May 29, 2008
So Laura and I met at 3:30 and headed out. Miles 1-4 went well, but I could tell my stomach wasn't quite right. Last night I went for a couple of beers with some friends, with some heavy nachos, and a sub sandwich on the way home and immediately before bed. None of that is good marathon preparation, in case anyone asks. These stomach problems would be a continuous problem over the next 22 miles. I leave it at that.
All else seemed to go ok. It was only about 65 degrees with a light breeze, which is perfect. Unfortunately, it was about 95% humidity. Dehydration would be the other continuous problem. I would run most of the run completely soaked in sweet. Not pleasant for anyone.
We would manage. In good order, we finished in around 4:40. We probably averaged 9:45 miles for most miles, but the stops really slowed us.
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Legs felt tight, and I felt more tired than I should Hills on Tuesday's are definitely doing the job of making me tired.
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
Its getting easier. I'd like to build up to do 20 sets max, with a strategy similar to today. That would make a tough workout.
Monday, May 26, 2008
But I'm lazy. Instead of running a marathon, I bummed around. Actually, I started making a headboard for our bed. I'll post again in a couple of weeks to update on that.
Late in the afternoon, I headed out for a 4 mile run. With yet more thunderstorms all over the area, instead of running 2 miles out and 2 miles back, I ran 1 mile out and 1 mile back, headed back out for another half mile, then finished the last half mile up and down my block (the storms were getting intense, and I wanted to be close to home if lightening hit or a tornado got close). Trying to avoid a situation like this: (http://runscottierun.blogspot.com/2008/05/i-thought-i-was-going-to-die-seriously.html)
Sunday, May 25, 2008
Saturday, May 24, 2008
Last night I made plans to wake up at 4:30 and begin running at 5:00. I could then be half-way done at 7:00 a.m., and then finish the last 13 miles with the team.
But again, storms. What am I going to do? Sleep in. Well, at least until the 7:00 a.m. run. By that time, the storms had passed, and we had at least a 2:30 window to get the 13 in.
So we did. 13 miles and we were back to the cars. But just about the time everyone was set to leave me, another storm started to blow in. Instead of risking it, I headed straight for the gym to finish my run.
I hopped on the treadmill some 7 minutes after finishing my previous 13 miles, and begin to run. My strategy for these 13.2 miles to finish up can only be explained by stating that next weekend I will be running the Steamboat marathon in Colorado, which has a net elevation LOSS of about 1500 feet. To prepare myself, I set the treadmill at -2% and picked up the pace. This is the best I can do to mimic the hills.
I finished these last few miles on great time. Total time for the marathon was right at 4:30. That isn't bad, considering the first 13 was in 2:50 (lots of water stops and bathroom breaks).
I will chalk this "marathon" up to one of my easiest ever. Yes, the pace the first half was slow, and yes I ran downhill for the second half, but I really felt good. Just never got tired. Thats a good feeling.
21 down, 31 to go.
Friday, May 23, 2008
I set the alarm for 2:45. When I woke up, I immediately headed to the computer to check the radar. We have had some serious storms lately. Not good ones either. So I knew today had a risk of cancellation.
Sure enough, severe thunderstorm warnings in the two counties southwest of me. Storms heading northwest. They were set to hit around 3:45 and would easily stick around for an hour or so. So the run had to be canceled. It just isn't worth the risk of running in the thunderstorm, especially at 3:30 a.m. At that time, if it got bad, where would we go?
Sure enough, after I canceled, the storms hit. Heavy winds, heavy rain, and much lightening.
So instead, I slept in. I headed outside for an easy 4 mile run that evening.
Thursday, May 22, 2008
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Monday, May 19, 2008
Sunday, May 18, 2008
My longest ride of the year was 20 miles (I think I got a 20 mile ride in). I was confident that my legs could make it, but I wasn't sure of my shoulders, my neck, my back, and . . . my butt. Those areas always take some conditioning.
I started off with the TNT cycling team. We stayed together for the first 25 miles or so. The legs were feeling pretty good. But the butt was already hurting.
At 25 miles, the TNT team left me for the 100 mile route. I would be on my own for the next 25, which would be fine as I could pick up the pace a little. With the wind at my back (as light as it was), I really flew through the last 25.
Just under 3 hours, 50 miles. Pretty happy with that and the legs feel pretty good.
Fast forward 6 hours. 4 mile run with Jennifer. Pace was good and slow. Legs still sore from the 30 miler yesterday.
Saturday, May 17, 2008
I set the alarm to start running by 5:00 a.m, but decided to start at 6 after waking up at 4:15 (obvious reasons). So I headed out at 6 for 6 or 7 miles before the TNT session began. 7 miles in about an hour.
From the first few miles I could tell it was going to be a long day. At 9:oo min/miles, my heartrate should be in the low 130's. at 8:30, I should barely be breaking 140 beats per minute. But today, even in the early miles, my heart race was pushing past 150, and I just didn't feel right.
With the TNT participants going 20, I knew the pace would slow. So when we began at 7:00 a.m., things began to feel a little better. 10:30 pace for the first 10 or so miles.
But about half way (16 miles for me), things began to feel rough. My legs started really feeling the impact (shoes need replaced) and my body was just feeling tired. Add to this a lack of desire to eat and drink, and the day was going downhill.
But I kept at it. Our pace slowed to an uncomfortable 11:00 min/mile pace (I just down have an 11-12 min/mile pace; it isn't a walk and it isn't a run; it causes me pain; and I know it causes me shin splints). I had to run ahead of the group and walk to let them catch up. This change of pace really helped. Still 5 or so miles to go.
And it was getting hot. Temperatures for the first time this year (at least during any long run) were surpassing 80 degrees. A little hot, considering I am hardly drinking.
The next 5 went about the same. I passed 26.2 with a little over a mile to go in our team run. Can I finish 30, or should I just give it up. With a mile left I decided to call it a day. But coming to the end, I couldn't quit. Only 2 miles left to go. "I can do it."
My pace picked up, as I was on my own. That was exactly what I needed.
30 miles, check. Marathon 20 on the year down, only 32 to go. Chalk this one up to a mental training session.
Now, do I have enough left for a 50 mile bike ride tomorrow (keep in mind you have read about all my bike rides this year, or have you forgotten as there have been so few)?
Friday, May 16, 2008
Thursday, May 15, 2008
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
We are also starting to do stairs. Some TNT friends and I have committed ourselves to running stairs at Wichita State University's Cessna Stadium. It was a little harder than I expected. I think there are about 70 rows. The top gets steeper so the sighlines are better. I ran the first 2 and about died. The next 6 (8 total) I slowed down a little, but it definitely does hurt. My watch said about 1.5 miles total, with one lap around the track as a warm-up and another as a cool-down.
Monday, May 12, 2008
Sunday, May 11, 2008
Saturday, May 10, 2008
But the gun sounded, and I took off. This is always a weird race, with a lot of inexperienced runners competing. There is always way too many people going out way too fast. And today I was one of them. Mile one in 6:15. Not 43 pace, but well under 40 minute pace.
Well, what the hell. "Lets go for it" I thought. While I know I needed to slow a little, but I thought a PR might be in the bag (old PR was 41 minutes - http://runscottierun.blogspot.com/2008/03/easter-sun-run-10k.html). I slowed to 6:36 for mile 2. Still on pace. Mile 3, 6:35. Mile 4, 6:32, Mile 5, 6:20.
40 minutes was in sight. I went as hard as I could the last .2, and made it. But not by much. 39:59. Still in the 30's.
I really did feel good, although my legs never really felt right. I have to really think about what might be within reach, if I really did feel good. 39? 38? Below that I am probably dreaming, but 38 or 39 might be in reach.
Friday, May 9, 2008
Thursday, May 8, 2008
Wednesday, May 7, 2008
Tuesday, May 6, 2008
I headed out with the dog, and the first 2 miles went fine. With about 1 1/2 miles left, it started sprinkling. Not bad. By mile 3, it was starting to rain. Not bad. By 3/4 miles left, the wind picks up (from about 20 mph, to 40+ mph). The rain is now coming down pretty hard, and the wind is a fight. The storm continues to increase in intensity. With 1/2 mile to go, the dog is refusing to run. The wind is 60+ mph. The rain is coming down so hard that it is ankle deep on all roads (keep in mind it has been raining for less than 8 minutes). The rain pelted me. I'm looking for shelter, but I know I can be home in 4 minutes. I continue on, barely able to move forward with the wind. The rain and wind take my breath away. The rain is pouring down my face so bad, that I feel like I am drowning (seriously disturbing). The dog and I push on. She is scared to death. I encourage her and tell her everything is going to be ok (she clearly doesn't believe me, and I am not sure I do either).
By 1/4 mile left, it had done nothing but get worse. It felt like it was now hailing (it was not, but the rain was so heavy and the wind was so heavy). The street was now flooding. Up nearly to the dog's belly (we stayed to the hide side of the street). I can't see anything. I have to cover my body with my arms. We barely go anywhere, but the house is very close.
We make it to the porch. The dog is terrified and soaking. I yell for Jennifer to help. She is clueless of what is going on outside. She helps us dry off.
The dog and I were terrified. I was shaking. I honestly though I might be in a tornado (I actually thought it was a hurricane - it looked like what I see on the news). The dog went straight for the bed, and hid under it.
Monday, May 5, 2008
Sunday, May 4, 2008
I had planned on a 3:30 day. Jennifer was running marathon 6 of her career (and 2nd of the year), and she was pacing for a 4:45. I decided to run this one on my own.
I headed out at a solid 8 min/mile pace. Feeling good through mile 16 or so. Mile 18 started feeling pretty rough. Not really feeling exceptionally bad, but obviously not feeling recovered. Heart rate wasn't that high, but just didn't have the energy in the legs. I slowed. Not trying to PR, so there was no need to cause myself any unnecessary pain. I slowed to 8:30's and 9's.The last mile I decided to stretch the legs back out. 7:45 or so the last mile. Final time, 3:36:21.
Jennifer did well. She came in at around 4:40. I got my first massage ever while I waited on her. It really didn't feel to bad, but didn't have great impact. I think she needed to go a little harder.
All in all, a good day. I felt well when I was done, but still felt like I ran a solid race.
Very proud of Jennifer. 6 marathons is excellent, and 2 marathons in 4 months is even better!