Saturday, January 30, 2010

10 miles in 12 degrees = another frosty face... Took a very hilly route today, felt good, never out of my comfort zone. Easy miles thus far this year...

Friday, January 29, 2010

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

A quick snap of the beast that tamed Pack 3300...HA!
Last weekend was the annual Pinewood Derby races for Pack 3300 here in town. The Moya's came out with all kinds of hardware.

Adam (my Tiger Cub) took 1st place overall for the Tigers.

Dylan (my Wolf cub) took 2nd Overall for the Wolves.

Along with the regular scout races, they have another race called the "outlaw" races which is open to any non scout i.e., parents, older brothers, sisters etc... After some internet searches and fine tuning to my car, I finished 1st overall as well, and had the fastest time by either a scout or an outlaw. Of course those who knew me and of my triathlon background accused my of having a carbon fiber car and wheels... Naaaaa... just good workmanship!!

Sunday, January 24, 2010

In all my bearded goodliness... A quick snap at the turnaround on my run this morning... bit of a steady rain with intermittent sun and a real comfortable 40+ degrees.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

"Methinks that the moment my legs began to move, my thoughts began to flow."
- Henry David Thoreau

No news is good news right.. right... All is going well in the land of frozen corn and Dan Qualye.

Here lately I've been reflecting on what kind of direction, if any, I want to take my running. It seems that everytime I get to a place where I'm feeling good and fast, my calf decides to slap me in the face and set me back a month or more. I am doing more now than ever to try and prevent this from ever happening again i.e., using the stick everyday, doing sets of jumping rope (double and single leg). The one thing I am doing more now is trying to eat right. I am a terrible consumer of food, nothing balanced in this diet. I think a lack of a proper diet may have contributed to the calf strains, I mean it goes without saying that you do need the right amount of vitamins and minerals to keep your body strong and fit... right? I'm cutting out the crap and taking my vitamins every morning like my life depended on it. There is "some" stretching but not a lot as I'm not totally on board with the benefits of it. One other thing I'm also concentrating on is post run recovery as far as nutrition goes. Hopefully a combination of all of this will keep me strain free!

Now as far as direction goes, I have been seriously thinking about getting in some ultra stuff. With my collaboration with Tim during my Boston Marathon training, I've found that the direction of running he has chosen (as well as others, BF-Leadville 100, my good bud Scott-Copper Canyon [2007 Ultraman Canada Champion] as well as too many others to mention) has intrigued me enough to start looking into the possibility of running a few of these "ultra" races. Not only to see if I can push myself to those extreme limits, but to become more in touch with nature itself. Just reading all the blog posts out there on these races gets my heart racing and my inner Krupicka is ready to head out the door to get in a 50 mile training run.

There are just so many 5 and 10k's that you can do without satisfaction, even if you do set a PB or win your AG. How many more containers do I need to fill up with trophies, plaques and ribbons before before I realize that the destination is not what I enjoy the most, but the journey is what really keeps me coming back and wanting more. Yes, the race is the icing on the cake, but how many pieces of cake do you need to eat before you start to realize that there's more to life than cake? These are the kind of thoughts that have been swirling around the ole hippocampus lately. I just don't derive any satisfaction with the occasional race these days. I'm searching for something more meaningfull to my running. I think by "stepping it up" to 26.2 and beyond might give me that void in my pysche that I've been wanting to fulfill. Of course this all might be because I've got less than 4 years to go before I turn 50 and I'm getting senile... [Which may be why I'm considering Pikes Peak... someone please talk me out of it!]

Sunday, January 17, 2010

A snap from yesterdays mornings 8.4 mile run with the BTR group... BF might recognize this as it's out in the Griffin Rd/Chapman Rd. area which is Northeast Fort Wayne...

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Yep, that's 6" of snow so far and still coming down...

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Ok, happy fun time is over... I had a rude awakening yesterday at the gym when I stepped on the digital scale and it read 152... #$@&*! That can't be right... so I stepped on the other one, 152.5... &*%!$!! All the mini donuts, Pepsi, Lofthouse cookies and junk food snacking came to a screeching halt right then and there. This is a long way from my 134 last summer and I need to get back to that number sooner than later. The thing is I really don't feel that heavy, but the scale doesn't lie. My breathing or stride isn't affected that I can notice. My HR is pretty decent now for my current fitness. If I were to do a LT test today, I'm guessing my marathon pace would probably fall between 7:20 - 7:30, not bad for this time of the year. If history has anything to say about this, I can proably drop a minimum of 5 pounds within the next 7 days. I have pretty good dicipline when I put my mind to it, and right now is that time.

On a side note, I'm going to try and ween myself off of my orthotics... For some reason I think they be the reason for all the calf strains I've been having over the last 7+ years. Also will be trying to incorporate some barefoot running as well. For the last 7-8 months or so, I've been running exclusively with flats so I have reduced the cushioning aspect of it and gone somewhat minimalistic. I have a couple of crazy friends who are doing alot of running with the Vibrams (even in this snow) to try and ween themselves off of over-supported foam injected running shoes all together.

More updates later...

"I'm going to try and ween myself off of my orthotics... "
Bad idea... just got back from the gym, twinged my left calf, the "good" one...

Monday, January 4, 2010

I know.. I know... WAYYY overdue for a new post here. What can I say, if it's not broken, don't fix it. Everything is going good, no aches or pains or twinges. I have ~7 weeks to my first "race" of the new year, the Fanny Freezer 5k on 2/20/10. I haven't run as much this winter as I did last, but I still usually run something around 18:30 here. Last year I ran an 18:13 and beat two of my chief AG rivals in the process... I seriously doubt I can run that this year, but will put my best foot forward anywho...

The FWTC banquet is coming up on 1/31/10 and Bill Rodgers is going to be the guest speaker this year. In this humble bloggers opinion, the greatest distance runner of our time. Looking forward to the musings of Boston Billy...

2010 Goals:

After contemplating what I achieved last year in regards to running, and what I hope to achieve this year, I've come up with some modest goals for this upcoming year.

1. Break 17 minutes for 5k.
2. Break 3:00 for the marathon.
3. Break 1:20 for the half marathon.

Not many, but goals I'm sure I can achieve if I put in the effort.