Sunday, August 29, 2010

Fairly productive weekend... easy 5 miles yesterday and 15 today. Temp's in the lower 90's made me wish I had gone earlier in the day. Suffered a bit toward the end of this one.

Need to sit down and come up with somewhat of a schedule to plan out for Novembers marathon and Decembers 50k, with more emphasis on the 50k. Really looking forward to this one as I've practilly lived out on that course this year so I'm putting pretty high expectations on myself to perform well out there.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Recovery is going great, went an easy 5 yesterday with almost no fatigue in the legs. Another 5 today and feeling very, very good... almost like I could do it all again! One thing I have noticed on these last two runs is that pre pikes, I would always be a very timid runner whilst running on grass or dirt. Never had a strong plant or push off... I can honestly say that these last two runs it feels like something has changed. I'm running through grass and uneven terrain as if it were asphalt?!? My pace hasn't been slow either, Wednesday was 7:16/m avg and today was 7:01, all very confortable... It feels very different running, I don't know if it's just a mental thing or if something in my stride has changed.... it's all very strange right now, but I think it's a good thing. Maybe I'm reaping the benefit of being at altitude for a week?? Ahhh, who knows... all I know is that running feels very good right now and I'm going to ride this train all the way to the top.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Post race blues have set in and I need to get back at it. Legs are fine, not nearly as sore as if I would have run a "regular" marathon. Next on my plate is the 50k in December... So regular trips back out to the HUFF course to get ready for that. After running PPM it gives you a sense of there's nothing out there that I can't accomplish now. Running 50k seems relatively harmless after 6 hours on Pikes.

Wounds are healing up nicely, no excuses there.

I may throw in a 5 or 10k between now and December.. right now I just don't have any speed in my legs, plenty of endurance. I also may run the Veterans marathon again in November, all depends on how things pan out between now and then.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Very humbling experience to say the least... The day started off great, I made it to Manitou Springs very early to get a good parking spot as I didn't know how I would be feeling after the race and I didn't want to walk very far.

Met up with GZ, Nick and Justin at the start line. All looked very comfortable and relaxed. We went out for a short warm-up and got readhy for the start. I went out very conservative as a newbie should, all was going very good. I was tagging along with the second place women (as others did) at the time all the way though Barr Camp, looked down at the watch, 1:27, not bad I thought. I hit the A-Frame around 2:10. As I approached the timberline, I started getting that "I'm going to puke" feeling and a massive headache. This lasted all the way to the top and then back down to timberline. I was sucking wind hard during this time as well, there's only so much an Altitude tent can do for you. There is no substitute for climbing at altitude.... During this stretch I gave shout outs to Nick (who was running in 3rd at the time and finished 4th overall) around the 2 to go sign and GZ (who finished 12th overall and 1st Master!) just before the cirque and Justin on the way down, both very close to each other, maybe 20 seconds and the most with GZ leading the way. I power hiked about 90% from here to the summit. Back to timberline... I couldn't take the puke feeling anymore so I stuck my finger down the gullet and got rid of whatever was churning my guts. I immediately felt better... About a mile to 3/4 of a mile to Barr Camp I caught my toe on rock and went down a few scrapes here and there, nothing to whine about. About a 1/4 mile later caught my toe again and went down hard this time, ass over elbows and slammed my left hand into a rock and dust and gravel flew everywhere. There was a guy about 20 yards behind me called out if I was ok, yeah no problem. I got up and assesed the damage, a couple nice gashes on my left pinky and ring finger. Left knee and thigh, palm of right hand chewed up good. I made my way down to Barr Camp and spent 5 minutes in the aid tent while they cleaned out the wounds and bandaged me up. The guy asks me, "do you want to continue" ah, is the Pope Catholic? Once I got past Barr Camp I started feeling much better and started to pick up the pace, from here to the finish I was feeling great.

Picked up my finishers shirt and headed to the car. I had to go back to the Hotel room and shower off the humilty that was covering me. I should have given this race tons more respect than I did. If I ever do this again, there will be much more time spent on the treadmill over 12%.

Overall I had a great time here. Getting to meet my blog world friends was fantastic. Who know's if I'll ever make it out to this area again.. One things for sure, if I ever hit that lottery, there will be a summer home that the Moya's will live in here in this area!!!

Friday, August 20, 2010

Made my way over to Manitou Springs this morning to pick up my race packet. Easy in, easy out. Drove up as close as I could get to the Barr Trail trail head and hiked the rest up. Started off running at the trail head and went about half way up the W's (~.96 of a mile)and came back down. Used my iPhone app of to record the decent.

I went very easy on the effort, all felt very good. It was quite steep toward the bottom but started to ease up a bit after awhile. I'm going to have to take it real easy through this section or I'm going to blow later on...

After looking at the course map, I realize that the course bypasses the trailhead altogether and meets up with the trail after you take that right off Ruxton. Good easy workout... will do an easy 15 minutes of running tomorrow and that's it....

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Got into Col. Sprgs around 10:00am this morning.. Hotel check-in wasn't until 3:00 so I had to kill some time. Drove out to Manitou Sprgs and parked near the COG railway. Hiked up to the bottom of the incline..

The sun was beating down and me and downright hot, just the opposite of when some clould cover came over. Stopped briefly on the way down to snap a photo of the start of the Barr Trail...

Met up with Nathan Truex who hails from Norwell HS in which is just outside of Fort Wayne... I used to run many miles with Nathan and his XC team back in the day. Nate migrated to Col. Sprgs and has now lived here for over 6 years. Just out of HS Nathan earned his Pro card as a triathlete and raced ITU for awhile, but has since returned to his roots as a runner.(that's a pretty common theme....) We got in a short, and very, very easy 6 mile run... oh, and who do we run into mid run, Andy Potts... Yeah that Andy Potts. If you don't know who he is, just google him. Nathan says he sees him all the time on this particular trail we were running on...

Time to grab some some grub...

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

No running today... had to force myself. Feeling to good not to do anything... making final preperations, packing up the final items. Going to try and hit the sack early for my 4:00am wake-up call...

Next post will be from Colorado Springs!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

pm) 4 miles easy, HR below 145 entire run. Feeling very good..

So I got some press today about Pikes, it helps that I run with the writer every so often and he's also my insurance agent. He interviewed me some time ago, but I didn't know when it was going to print. Got an e-mail from GZ letting me know about it. How is it that he finds out about it before I do?!?! Thanks for the heads up on it GZ!

Starting to pack things up a bit.. a few things here and there. Will go over everything in detail tomorrow then a 4:00am wake up call Thursday morning. Will be in COS around 11:00am. I'll check into my hotel then try to find a place to get in a short run....

Monday, August 16, 2010

pm) 6 miles, easy warm-up 1m, then 1m @ 10%, 1/2m @ 3%, 1m @ 12%, 2m @ 6%, 1/2m @ 3%to warm-down, all done very easy. Didn't struggle at all with pace, kept it relaxed.

I may or may not run tomorrow, all depends on how I feel through the day.

I need to sit down and make up a list of what gear I need to take to compensate for any weather condition that the forecast may call for. Is there a good store in Col. Sprgs I can shop at if I need to look for last minute items or things I may have forgot to bring? Two more days in Indiana then off to the Centennial State...

Saturday, August 14, 2010

am) 11 miles, very easy and relaxed... I don't think my HR broke 145. No aches, no pains, no twinges... running on all cylinders.. Slept at ~12,000' last night... all is good.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

pm) 7 miles, last hard "hill" workout before I really taper things off.. 1m warm-up then a ladder incline, 1m each starting at 13%, 1m @ 14, 15 then back down 14, 13... started at 10:45 pace and held it throughout... 1m warm-down.

I've had the altitude tent cranked up to ~10500 for the last 4 days now, may go to 12k up until I leave next Thursday, don't know yet.

If there's anybody in town on Thursday or Friday, I sure could use some company on a short run or two. I guess I could just run out the door of the hotel and head towards the mountains...

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Ok, first of all... I didn't think this would hurt as much as it did. But once I started, there was no looking back. I was lurking through blogs last night and ended up reading through Parr's blog about a race on a treadmill. Set the incline at 10% and go as far as you can in 15 minutes... Seemed like a good workout as well as a good challenge. My running has been pretty stale as of late so I thought I would give it go today to see what these 46 year old legs and lungs could do. After a 1/2 mile warm-up I cranked it up to 10%, reset the clock and let er' fly! I was running 7:30 pace for awhile but had to dial it down a notch after about 3/4" mile... at 1.3 miles it really started to hurt and I was drifting toward the back of the mill... At 1.7 I gritted my teeth and gave it all I could until I hit the 15:00 mark. I took a few snaps of the treadmill readout for posterity then hopped back on for an easy 2 then called it a day.

Yeah, I know... hard to believe.

Gratuitous, over dramatic, self gratification post-run pic...

pm) 4 miles easy, pace was quick (sub 7:00), PE was very low... it was hardly any effort at all to hold sub 7:00 pace, feeling very good!

Monday, August 9, 2010

Ahhh, back on the treadmill this afternoon. 5 miles easy.. the middle 4 done at 10% at 10:00/m, these felt quite easy and my HR hovered around 144, about 11-16 beats below where I plan on trying to run Pikes (at least on the uphill portion). I may or may not run again this evening, all depends on how I feel. Dialing it down in mileage but uping the intensity just a tad this week. Let's go already!!

Friday, August 6, 2010

Got back late afternoon today from our trip to Panama City Beach. Glad to be home! Had a great time swimming and relaxing on the beach. It was nice visiting the old Ironman stomping grounds. A lot has changed over the years. Smaller buildings torn down and condo's are put in there places. Took in a few of the toursit traps and tried to fit in I guess...

We got into town on Saturday afternoon and it was already ~95. I stepped out of the car and immeadiatley began to sweat. Dragged all the baggage into the condo and headedout for a short run. Glad it was short because I didn't have enough fluids in me to last very long.

Sunday was an early morning 12 miler that took me out and back of the majority of PCB. I'm glad I took some money along as I had to refill my Amphipod at mile 8 as I was already drenched to the bone with sweat.

Monday I went and easy 8, Tuesday was 10 with some faster stuff thrown in there. Wednesday was a very easy 8 as I tried to take a different route to mix it up a bit. Thursday we packed it up and headed back with a layover in Franklin, TN. We showed up around 7:30pm. I unloaded the car and then headed out for a very hilly, but nice 6 miler.

We made it back home late this afternoon and I'm dead tired so I'll be taking my first day off from running since the day before my Early June marathon. I had a pretty good streak going. Tomorrow will be a moderate run with my last 20 miler on Sunday on the HUFF course. Legs feel fantastic and I'm really looking forward to Pikes.

Now I just need to catch up on all the blogs...