Wednesday, September 29, 2010

It's been a great week so far.. 20 last sunday that went great. Tuesday was 6 miles w/8 x 30s pick-ups faster than 5k pace. Today was a 6m Tempo run, miles at 6:15, 6:12, 6:07, 6:08, 6:01, 6:03. All felt very good.... I was at that point where I was in between a pace I could hold but if I went any faster, I would have started to suffer. Didn't have my HRM but if I could take a guess, I'd say I was around 163-168 for these... My AHR for a 5k race is usually 172-175. My training is starting to take that upswing in both momentum and pace, feels like I'm hitting all cylinders right now so I'm going to take advantage. What a difference a week makes.... another 20+ miler on tap for this weekend, will try and make the last half of this one more more race specific in pace. These cooler temps will help a bunch!

Saturday, September 25, 2010

I think I'm pretty much snapped out of the blah is was in... I've had some good runs last week... Today I started off to do an easy 8, but decided to hop on the track and run an AeT test... 2 mile warm-up, then 5 miles @ 150-160 except my AHR never got over 155... these felt very good and relaxed, avg pace for AeT was 6:42/m and AHR was less than 153. (My marathon HR is 155-160)... More than happy with these results leading up to Veterans in 7 weeks.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

This is probably old news to some.. but I just came across it. Up Pikes without a driver... sheesh!

Monday, September 20, 2010

Better week for me... still a bit of funk, but for the most part getting back into it with a better attitude. 20 miler yesterday that went ok.. they shut off my water stop sometime last week so when I went to get a drink at mile 12, nothing.. had to finish up with ZERO water.. yes, the whole 20 miles and no water.. I could definitley feel it toward the end. In hindsight, I should have carried some water, but the run started off very cool and was suppose to stay that way (I can usually get by on no water if it's cool/cold) but the sun ended up coming out and got somewhat warm for the last 10 miles...

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Last year at this time I ran a 5k and managed to win the race overall with a 17:36 on a slightly long course. Since I really don't have anything going on right now, I thought I'd give it another shot this year. This year the race director, (my good bud Jon Beasley) went back to the orginal USATF certified course that he was going to run last year except unforseen circumstances made him alter the course to a 3 x 1 mile loop course. Standing at the start/finish line I knew there were at least two to three guys there who could beat me if they were in shape, unbeknownst to me, there were also a couple of kids from nearby Indiana Wesleyan cross country team lined up for a "training" run... After the first mile, 5:45, I was in 7th. The pace felt pretty good, but I knew I needed to let up a bit if I was going to be be able to hold it, 2nd mile in 5:55, 6th place. The guy in front of me was fading fast and I knew I was going to catch him before the third mile. Last mile in 5:54 and an 18:17 finish time... 5th overall and 1st master, not anywhere near fast but happy to put in a another solid effort.

Got out this afternoon for a nice 20.2 miler in some great weather. Not to hot, and just enough breeze to keep things cool. I feel almost back to normal... looking to start putting in some solid weeks leading up to Veterans.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

I've been in a pretty good funk here these last couple of three days... I knew it was coming but didn't know when. Very unmotivated and have no desire to run anything of significance. I've been here many times before and just have to wait it out, it will pass. I still have ~11 weeks until Veterans and 16 until the HUFF. I have a killer base to work from and I'm not going to lose much of anything my taking it easy for week.

Looking forward to reading my good bud Cal's book that he just published. Cal's had a tough time since 2000 when contracted Legionnaire's disease and was very close to dying. Through some kind of miracle, he got better and better. He had to learn to talk all over again, and even now when I talk to him, he sounds like he's "disabled" even though he's not. If you didn't know him and had a conversation with him, you might think differently of him. But I've known him for over 25 years and know he's the same old Calvin when you get past the speech impediment. He's definitely one of the good guys in my book!

Maybe after reading his book, I'll snap out of this crappy feeling and be thankful for all the things I have going for me right now, my health, my wife, my kids. A job and a house over our heads and food to eat....

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Parlor City Trot

So I'm sitting around the house last night and I get a call from a friend who ask's me if I'm running the Trot tomorrow. I hadn't even thought of it to be honest, but since he put the idea in my head, I thought I may as well venture out in the morning and try to put in a solid effort.

Very crisp morning today but was perfecto' running weather. The only real purpose initially was to try to put in something solid and break 1:30. Given the PPM two weeks ago I wasn't sure if I had it in me to crack 1:30. I made a conscious effort to hold back early, except those early miles felt very easy and I was kicking off ~6:35's... Felt very good through 10k so I decided to put a little more effort into it and see what happens. I was able to hold the pick-up in pace very easliy, the last two miles I really tried to push and finished with a solid 1:25:28, 9th overall and 2nd master. Nothing blazing but for the lack of speedwork I've done this year, I'm very surprised I could run this time right now. It makes it very promising for my November marathon. I couldn't stick around for the awards but they tell me I cashed in for $100 for 2nd master. I'm glad I got talked into racing this morning!

View my GPS data on Garmin Connect.

Friday, September 3, 2010

The last 24 hours have been pretty rough. My wife's dog, Sassy, who just celebrated her 22nd birthday 2 weeks ago, had to be put down yesterday. She was walking around the house and fell over and starting having a seizure. She came out of it but she just wasn't the same. She was vomiting and unable to hold her bowels... When I came home from work, Cindy said it was time. She knew the day was coming but really wasn't prepared for it.

Most people we talk to have never heard of a dog this old. Unfortunately, Sassy never had her papers so we couldn't actually physically prove she was 22, but who cares. We know when she was born and thats all that matters. She was a good dog, never mean, always there when my wife needed her most. Someone to laugh with, someone to cry with, unconditional love and companionship. Sassy was there long before I was so there is a very special bond they have that I could never replace. I hurts me to see my wife lose something so very close to her and see the pain in her eyes and heart.

I know she did the right thing, I know it was time for her, even if it wasn't time for me. But how do you say good-bye cheerfully to a loving constant in your life like a dog? Right now, we have to get used to the void she leaves. Her humans took it for granted that every time we turned around and there she was - underfoot, just
waiting for us to give us a kiss or to receive a pat. And how now, after she's been gone only 24 hours, we are still looking for Sassy around every corner.

But it was her time to leave and I made her a promise. A promise that was so very hard to keep. The lines of a poem by Julia Napier sum it up pretty well: "If it should be that I grow frail and weak And pain should keep me from my sleep, Then will you do what must be done, For this - the last battle - can't be won. ... For on this day, more than the rest, Your love and friendship must stand the test. We've had so many happy years, You wouldn't want me to suffer so, When my time comes, please, let me go ..."

Good-bye Sassy, and know that your humans loved you.