Monday, May 30, 2011

Like I predicted,  the course was a mud pit/lake with grass, but I had a blast! Even though the course was very slow, I managed to run a 19:13, which was faster than the 5k I ran over a month ago on pavement.
We ended up killing the team competition in the masters division, and if you combined all the teams competing, our score put us second overall behind some fast high school kids. Since I was the team captain, they had me take the trophy home first.
Next race up for me an hour track run.  I haven't run one of these for almost 20 years and I got to do it at the local speedway.  This time it will be on one of the local HS tracks.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Looks like I have a little bit of Colorado wildlife in my backyard...  Just from reading all the blogs from my my friendly Coloradians over the last few years, in particular Lucho's blog, since he deals with these cats daily, I'm not too concerned about this.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Nothing new on the job search yet.  I've applied to a few possibles and even had a phone interview with one, but nothing yet.  I really want to make sure this next job is something that will satisfy both me and my employers needs.  I don't want to go in with the attitude that it's just another paycheck.  I've only ever had three jobs in my lifetime, the US Army, Pyromation for 22 years and then BLMW for 4-1/2. Hopefully I can find something that I can take all the way to retirement... yah I know, that's quite way away...

I think my running has taken an upswing.  My "easy" runs are much faster at the same PE from just a month or two ago.  Training has really become fun again and I look forward to each days adventures...

Can't remember if I mentioned but I have another race this weekend, at XC 5K at the same venue they hold the IHSAA Semi-State XC championships on every year.  I've attended and watched this race the last 5 years but have never gotten to race on the course.  I'm sure with all the rain we've gotten over the last two weeks, it's transformed the course to resemble to look more like a lake with a few grass crossings instead of the other way around, regardless the times will most likely be slow.  This race is going to be a team competition as well as an individual effort, just as the high schools would score the event.  I've put together a kick-ass masters team and we "should" clean up. My ringer is Dave Bussard who runs for Front Line racing and is based out of Elkhart, IN just a bit north of here.  Over the years I've gotten to know Dave pretty good and I can say from experience that he gets faster every year he gets older...

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Finished in 39:10ish... course was modifed because of construction which made it a 1/4 mile long, weather was hot as shit, started off to fast, etc, etc, blah, blah, blah, excuse, excuse, excuse....  Still managed to finish 3rd overall and 1st master.  Progress....

Obiligatory finishing photo

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Haven't had much to blog about these days unless you want to hear the same old stuff...  Everything is going great, speedwork session on Tuesday, 8 x 800's in 2:50 - 2:55...  tempo run today, 6 miles at HR 160-165, ~6:15- 6:20...  the rest of the week has been fill in miles at an easy HR 140-145...  93  miles in the last 7 days and the legs feel great.  I'll put in a real easy run tomorrow ~4-5 then chill for the race on Saturday, I think  I can crack 38 if I play my cards right. The weather forecast is looking like it will be a good day to race.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Another solid weekend, legs are adapting to the higher mileage and increased vertical and I'm reaping the benefits.  An easy 13 miles this morning and maybe some more this evening depending on the honey-do list.

I'm actually looking  forward to running this 10k on Saturday... maybe better weather than what we've been having.  I'm starting to invest in an Ark..

Thursday, May 12, 2011

AM - 10 miles, felt surprisingly good. Legs are starting to come back on me...  I have a 10k I'm running not this weekend but next.  Looking forward to seeing what I can do there...

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

All is going well since the Mini last Saturday...  Jogged a couple of miles on Sunday to see how everythings feeling and to work the kinks out, which were mild.  Monday I went an easy 6, Tuesday was 10 in the AM then some track work in the evening, 16 miles for the day.  This morning I got up and planned on going 10, but cut it short to 8, the legs were like lead and I couldn't get any turnover even if I tried.   Will take it easy this afternoon with some time at the library and homework, then give it another try this evening. It's suppose to get into the mid 80's today, I think we skipped spring altogether....

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Goal Achieved!

Running the Mini has become a regular stop for me here in the last 4 or 5 years...  This IS one of my favorite races to run.  Not only for the excellent venue, but the ambiance of a really large race.  The Mini is the largest Half Marathon in the country and is 8th of all races in the US as far as overall registrants.

I drove down to Indy the night before and stayed with a good friend, of which I've stayed at the last three years now.  The mini is a pretty early race in the year and other than my PR down here in 97' in 1:18:44, my times have usually not been very fast for an early season half.  A couple of months ago I made it goal to run a 1:25 here, given I made it through the winter with any major meltdown or injury.  The flu took me out about a week in late March and I lost a bit of momentum and started having doubts if I could get back the lost time.  Over the last 3-4 weeks, workouts and mileage have been tremendous and I've been feeling great even though my weekly numbers have been higher than average.

After my 4:50am wake-up call, I headed downstairs and checked the weather first thing.  It looked awful, thick cloud cover and storm cells were forming in Illinois west of Indy.  I downed a banana and a muffin along with some Gatorade and water. A quick pit stop in the head and I was out the door.

The drive was easy and I found a nice spot next to the Capitol building, about two blocks from the finish line. I made my way over to a nice spot next to a state building and did some stretching and warmed up a bit.  I made my way over to Corral A and found some of the Fort Wayne bunch there... some idle chit chat and we were off.

The goal was to keep it under 6:30's and nothing faster than 6:10.  The pace was very comfortable from start to finish, I don't think I could have paced myself any better.  I left my HRM off because I didn't want my HR to influence the pace I was running.  My official time is 1:24:59.... I didn't stop my Garmin until I walked well past the finish line, so my data below is a bit skewed.  I'm very happy with this result at this time of the year.  I'm ready to get back at it and get things in order for PPM in a little less than 4 months.  Looking forward to running some shorter races this year to get some of the 5k speed back that has been lacking in years past... 

View my GPS data on Garmin Connect.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Given the fact that I have all this time on my hands now, I'm taking advantage for sure.  I don't want to overdue it too much since I have a half marathon to run this weekend, but still am putting in plenty of miles.   Leg's feel fantastic right now even though I've got close to 90 miles and almost 10k of vertical in the last 7 days.  Will trickle it down a touch for Saturdays race, but then I'll get right back at it.  I'm taking some online classes at IWU to finish up a few credit hours I'm still short to get my BSM. I've already had an interview this week and looks pretty promising, although I'm not in a real big hurry to get back to the grind.