Saturday, June 28, 2008

Ok.. one more Olympian..... now!

Last night at the Olympic trials in Eugene,Oregon Amy Yoder-Begley qualified for Beijing in the 10000 meters running a 31:43 and beating the "A" standard by 2 seconds...

Amy is a local girl here and I've had the pleasure of watching her mature from a budding high school XC girl, to now an accomplished runner of Olympic proportions. I've even had the opportunity to race against her from time to time in local races. She and her husband are very nice people and willing to talk about whatever it is you had on your mind... I'm so glad she made it and wish her the best at the Olympics.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Brian Sell

In a couple of weeks, I will have the opportunity to meet and greet an Olympian. Brian Sell is going to be at the Three Rivers Running Company store for a meet-n-greet opportunity on July 11th. He's there in conjunction with the Runners on Parade 5k which is the following day. I'm friends with the race director, Mac McAvoy, and asked him how he pulled that off. He said, he just asked him, and he said ok. (Of course there's monetary figure there, but it wasn't much) He's based out of southern Michigan somewhere so it's not that long of a drive for him. I also asked him if he was going to do the race, he said it's 50/50. He's only got like 5 weeks until the Olympics so I wouldn't blame him for not running a 5k.. Suffice to say that if he did run it, the course record of 14:55 would be smashed beyond recognition.

But this opportunity got me tapping the memory banks. There were three time I can recall that I've had the opportunity to meet olympians. I met Francie Larrieu at an Autograph signing before the 1991 Chicago Marathon. I met and talked with Bill Rodgers at the awards ceremony of a half marathon in Elkhart, IN back in around 1993 or so. Then I met Jim Spivey, who coaches at Vanderbilt University now, at an awards banquet for the local track club here in town. All three were very personable and very easy to talk to. Rodgers talked a mile a minute and was as funny as he was nice.

I'll try and get some pictures up here of Brian as soon as I get done meeting him.

As far as running goes, all is well with the hip so far (knock on wood). Taking it easy, another run on Tuesday as well as today and with the exception of extreme heat and humidity, I'm good to go. With taking that time off, I gained about 3 pounds which I'm sure I can lose by race time in two weeks. I'm still doubtfull on the goal time, but I'm going to have fun trying to get there... ciao!

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Hope for the best, expect the worst.....

My run yesterday afternoon went great. I felt surprisingly good after not running for 7 days (the longest break I've had for well over a year). I knew the real test was going to be how I felt when I got up this morning. The verdict..... good! I was able to walk and stretch without any pain.. progress... Now the next test is to string 2 or 3 days together and see how it goes. I probably have to give up on trying to get that 17:30 by race day, but still want to run something around 17:50. Who knows, maybe these next couple of weeks will end up being just what the doctor ordered and it will be just what I needed to jump start the competitive engine again.

Yesterday was my two oldest boys t-ball game. They have such a good time playing and it makes me realize that sometimes, you just can't take yourself too seriously. If you put too much pressure on yourself to perform, then your not having fun.

Dylan, being a clown...

Adam with the good hustle...

Monday, June 23, 2008

I hate not running!!

Well, it's been over a week now with absolutley no running (well, chasing after my two oldest doesn't count..) but I feel worthless and blobulure.. (yes, I just made that up....) I plan on hitting the pavement this afternoon to give the hip a shot. I feel good now, but it's always the day after when the hip let's me know how it feels. I've made an appointment to see my doctor tomorrow so I can get in to see my PT and let him work his majic. I really feel it's an inflamed Bursa Sac, a.k.a. Bursitis. I'm hoping that in taking this week off, I can start running again without day after pain. I have 3 weeks until my "A" race which I think I can still salvage if I can get back into the swing of things this week.

Monday, June 16, 2008

Hamming it up with Adam on Fathers day...

My hip..

Over the last couple of weeks, I've been experiencing some pain in my left hip. I kept hoping it would go away. Taking every other day off, ibuprofren, icing.. It's still giving me fits. Along with the back pain that never seems to go away, I think it may be time to give the doctor a call.. Most likely I'll go back to my PT, Jason Sims, and have him try to get me running pain free again. Here it is, 4 weeks to go for my "A" race, and I'm probably going to have to take some time off from running again. I've made my own crude diagnosis of this problem. I think it's Hip Brusitis. I also may need to start seeing my Chiropractor again as well.. Maybe the two are related and working against each other.?.?

I ran another 5k on saturday in 18:22, a full 36 seconds slower that the race the week before, which kind of convinced me to get this dang thing checked out.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Saturday, June 7th..

I wanted to run a 5k this weekend to see what I was capable of. Originally I was going to run the Canal Days 5k in New Haven, but ended up choosing the Monroe Lions Club 5k. I think because the race started at 8:15am vs. the 10:00am start at New Haven.

In the week leading up to the race, I started getting some chest congestion and was hacking up some good green stuff for a couple of days prior to the race. I felt pretty good race morning, but was still a little tight in the chest. The race went off without a hitch. There were some guys who took off like a bat out of you know where, they were caught by mile 1. I picked off a few more through the finish and ended up with a 17:46, 5th place overall and 1st in AG. I really thought I would be able to go 17:30 but the last mile and a half was a struggle to hold pace. I'm going to blame it on my chest congestion and call it a day. (Man, I have an excuse for everything, don't I!)...

I have 5 weeks to go for the Parade Race 5k. As long as things go as planned, I think I should hit my goal. This race will have over 1000 people and will be a much bigger motivator than a 120 person rinky dink 5k. I can't believe that I'm considering another 5k before the goal race, but I've been known to not follow conventional wisdom. More later this week....

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Three Rivers 12k

I had a good race at the Three Rivers 12k on May 24th. The weather was perfect... The old familiar faces were there so I knew there would be no slacking. Newly turned master this year, Dave Devoe, would surely be keeping me in his sights this race as I was fortunate enough to squeak out in front of him by about 7 seconds at the Warbird the week before. It's nice to have someone so close to you in fitness and age to give you the motivation to push it that much more. Other masters phenom's such as Chuck Deford and Manuel Martinez were also there.

The race started off quick for me, 5:35 1st mile, but it felt surprisingly good, then a 5:46, 5:52 (through 3 miles in 17:13, translates into a 17:48 5K), then I started to pay for the fast start, 6:10, 6:09, 6:09, 6:21... finished in 44:55, 10th overall and 4th master. Manuel caught me around mile 4 and Dave ended up cathcing me around mile 5.5. I tried staying with him, but couldn't hold his pace. Overall I was very happy with the race and the improvements I've been making from race to race. Everything is looking good for a fast Parade Race 5k in a little over 5 weeks. The goal is to crack 17:30, we'll see.

I may jump in a 5k this weekend to see where my current 5k level of fitness is. It seems like back when I was running some of my faster times, I was doing a lot of racing as well. Sometimes it's difficult to push yourself to the limits during a track workout or a tempo run, racing is a perfect way for me to get that extra little speed out of a workout that might otherwise go untapped.