Friday, February 25, 2011

Another dumping of snow last night only adds to the excitement this coming week.  Still mill free and putting in the miles, albeit slow.  Dropping some winter pounds and starting to feel much better with my stride.  I have a 20k race coming up in 4 weeks.  Again, not putting too much emphasis on this one as it will just be a tempo run for me. The next race I'll really be focused on is the Indy mini the first week of May.  I'd really like to run something around 1:22 if training goes well this spring.  PPM registration in 2-1/2 weeks!

Saturday, February 19, 2011

12 miles easy today... Really starting to get the itch to pick it up in training.  Just putting in the miles right now and feeling very slow. Every so often I'll throw in some pick-ups, but that's the extent of my "speed work" right now.  Swung by the HS track on the return trip on my run and ran the stairs for about 10 minutes on the visitors side, feeling pretty good. I have a long run scheduled tomorrow with maybe an AET test run thrown in there at the end.   Weather has been pretty good of late, most of the snow is gone and I've been hitting more grass than pavement during my runs which makes my feet happy. I'm tempted to run out at the HUFF soon, but from experience, it's pretty much a big mud puddle right now.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

This summer will mark my 37th year since I started running.  It was an early June day in 1974 when I was 10 years old and went to visit my Dad in Redondo Beach, California.   He and my Mom had been divorced for a few years and I was living in Las Vegas at the time.   I took the short flight to LA and looked forward to spending some time with him.  Even in 74', at age 37, my Dad was already a seasoned runner of around 10 years.  He had been getting up early mornings and running before work.  One day I asked him if I could come with him, and so it started.  He lived virtually right on the beach, so we just hoped on the bike path and headed south toward Palos Verdes.  I would only last about a mile then would have to walk.  He would continue on for a quarter mile or so and circle back and then I would start running again for another half mile and start walking again. This would continue for the whole run of around 5 miles.  We did this every morning for a week until I was running in longer bursts then finally after two weeks I could run the whole 5 miles, at 10 years old. After I came back home to Vegas, the running continued for awhile but became less frequent. It wasn't until I joined the Army at 17 that my running started to become more of a daily routine again.  I did some running through high school, track, xc, but never really took it seriously.  It wasn't until I turned 21 that I really started to focus on running and racing and to date, haven't stopped.  Sorry for the ramble, but I just started thinking about this when I got up today and thought I'd share.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Again, I've been slacking on the posts recently.  Not a whole lot going on right now in the land of snow and cold. Trying the keep the miles up and the intensity low. Still have not been on the treadmill once this year. I think I can make it through the winter without it for once.  This was about the time last year that I started hitting the mill and working with the incline in prep for PPM.  I've been running the hills in my area almost daily and with all the snow, it makes for a great workout.  This year I will be substituting some runs on the mill at 15% with some stair running at the local high school football field. At least with that, I can get some downhill running as well.

This Saturday is the Fanny Freezer 5k at Shoaf Park.  It'll be some kind of a miricle if I can break 20 this year.  I just feel really slow right now.  I can really feel the extra 7-10 pounds I've gained over the last couple of months.  The weather is suppose to warm up by the middle of next week maybe melting off some of the snow where I can actually see the ground.

5 weeks until PPM registration!

Saturday, February 5, 2011