Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Sorry for the long break, but haven't had much to pass along.  Almost two weeks ago, I started catching a cold and eventually it took over and melded into the flu.  Took me out for a good 3-4 days...  I stumbled through a 20k race last weekend, but really couldn't breathe very good and managed a 1:25:08.  Starting this week I'm begining to feel much better and picking up where I left off before getting sick. 

Monday, March 21, 2011

Sometime over the last couple of weeks, my middle son, Adam, brought home a race flyer from school for a 5k/fun run and declared that he wanted to run in it.  So this past weekend was the race. The fun run was a 1/2 mile and Adam (below in Black shorts, red top) was the winner of all my boys. He finished 5th overall, Dylan (red shorts, white top) finished around 15th and Jacob was near the back... Of course it's all in fun and they all had a blast as did I in the 5k.  Used it as a tempo run, then added another 5 easy.  Looking forward to more days like this!!

Saturday, March 19, 2011

All set up for 2 months with this bad boy prior to PPM... and yes, I have the 21k adapter.

Everest Summit II Hypoxic Generator

Newly designed for enhanced portability, usability, comfort and quietness, this generator represents the top of the line in hypoxic technology. The Summit II comes standard with digital controls.

• Unsurpassed 7600 L/hr. airflow for extreme comfort

• 0 - 21,000ft/6,400m

• Built in wheels and handle

• Works with altitude tents, altitude workout systems and IHT / Wellness Systems

• Size: 26.0" H x 14.7" W x 19.1" Deep / 58.4cm H x 39.4cm W x 47.0cm Deep

• Weight: 57lbs / 26kg

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

For purple mountain majesties, Above the fruited plain!

pm - 4.5 miles on  the track with 9 loops of the track, 1269' of gain. View my GPS data on Garmin Connect

This guy makes some good points on the recent news of an new HS record for the 2 mile.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Thought I'd post a video blog of a portion of my stair workout today. 13.5 miles total on the day.  A very windy day as you will find out on the video.  You can't hear me very good and it's very jerky, I'll get better the more I do it... 

Thursday, March 10, 2011

It's been a great week so far, putting in plenty of time on the road (still mill free!) and still making regular trips to the HS stadium for stair climbing repeats.  It's time I start incorporating intervals and a tempo run into my weekly routine. Every week feeling better and faster. For the most part, all my runs have been at a MHR of 150 or below which currently yields ~7:20ish mile, with the exception of the strides and the stairs.

Again, I have a 20k race coming up on the 26th which I'll be running "hard" but not racing.  PPM registration next Wednesday!

Already have a couple of leads on renting an Altitude tent with a higher setting than last years.  These go up to 21K!!

Sunday, March 6, 2011

12 miles this afternoon with some stair climbing thrown in on the tail end of this.  Around mile 11, I swung into the local HS and began a series of climbing the stairs in the stadium.  I would run the track until I hit the visitors side of the stadium then start the climb on the near side, about 65 stairs to the top then around the guard rail and back down, run to the next set and do the same.  The vistors side of the stadium is spilt into four sections, so I would do the entire four up and down then hop back down on the track and complete the loop then back up the stairs.  I did this for a mile.  I have to say that I will be incorporating a lot of these sessions into my weekly runs with steady increases on the repeats.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Starting to feel much better with my stride these days as I've dropped some of the winter weight and feeling a bit lighter on my feet.  Yesterdays 6.2 mile run was easy at an average of 7:05/m.

My 8 year old brought home a race flyer from school for a local 5k on the 19th who said he wanted to run the 1M fun run.  So I got signed up to run the 5k and him for the 1M run.  I'm glad he's at least taking an interest in what his old man considers fun.

I have a 20k in 3 weeks, if I can equal last years time, I'll be more than happy as I haven't done squat so far this year to be anywhere near fast.  I have 9 weeks until the Indy Mini, which is more of my focus right now.  The goal there is to come close to 1:22-1:23 which will start off my summer training and build up toward PPM.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Warmer temps and a dumping of rain has pretty much taken all the snow away and replaced it with flooding and mud. I've put some pretty good miles on my last pair of shoes, Saucony Kinvara's.

In my opinion this is how such a shoe in the minimalistic category is supposed to be made. It's light, it's flexible, it allows you to run as natural as you can while still protecting your feet. What I really like about this shoe is that it feels pretty stable if you consider the weight. This is for the most part due to wide base in the midfoot (quite wide for a very lightweight trainer). Where most lightweight trainers and racing flats have minimal midsole in the arch area the Kinvara has the opposite. Anywho, I picked up another pair as well as another Saucony called the ProGrid Mirage, which is supposibly the successor of the Kinvara.

 I guess only time will tell on those.

Running is going great!