Monday, May 28, 2012

Monday, May 21, 2012

Another great week of running with a couple of races thrown in for good measure.  Saturday I ran the Frontier 10k on a relatively hot day...  Last year was the inaugural running of the event and I went 39:10 and in no where near the shape I am currently.  This years version went pretty good for the most part, the heat started to get to me the last mile and a half but finished at 38:05.  Given the temps, I'll take it.  On Sunday, I ventured out to a race I did last year because my middle son Adam wanted to run it again.  So the whole family drove literately about 5 miles down the road to this race.  I decided last minute to go ahead and give it a go not knowing what I'd have left given the 10k I just ran the day before.  The race was at 10:00 and the temps were already pushing into the lower 80's...  With a short mile warm-up we were off, there was a girl that took off right from the go and had about a 20-25 yard gap on the chase group in the matter of a quarter mile.  I started to pull away from the chase group and caught the girl around a half mile in and never looked back.  Finished 1st overall in a paltry 18:47...  The heat and very hilly course were almost unbearable.  My first mile was 5:43 and just went downhill from there...  I'll take the win and a $40.00 gift certificate to Dicks....

Went an easy 5 today, calves were a little tight to start but loosened up nicely.  Looks like I might be running with a local HS XC team come June 11th....  the same team I might be helping coach in the fall.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

 Here are a few obligatory pics from the Mini last weekend..

Crossing the yard of bricks on the speedway.

Crossing the finish line.

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Had a blast down in Indy this morning!  This was my 5th Mini in a row and my fastest since 99'! I made the trek to Indy last night and stayed once again with my good bud Tom Kline in Nobelsville (which is just north of Indy).  Went out Friday night and met up with another good bud and former Ultraman Canada champion Scott Beasley at Mudsocks.  Had a great time catching up and filling my gut with pasta and Blue Moon...

Race Report:  I had a good warm up and did more stretching than I usually do.  I made my way over to corral A and weaseled my way up to the gang from 3RRC who were sitting right behind the Kenyans.  After some chit chat and finding out what everybody's goals were we were off.  Very uneventful start for a race of this magnitude (35,000).  I wanted to hold 6:20's or just under and see where it went from there.  Temp at the start was around 67 and they were predicting low eighties for a high.  The humidity was around 90% which I particularly didn't care for.  Went through the mile in 6:09 which felt pretty good, then rattled off 6:12, 6:13, 6:13, 6:20...  I hit the 10k sign in 39:25, pretty much right where I wanted to be.  One of the reason's I like this half so much is that you get to run around the Speedway for the entire 2-1/2 miles.  But on days like this, no clouds, high humidity, the track can get pretty hot.  And today was no exception.  After exiting the track my times started to slow a bit, 6:27, 6:28, 6:27, 6:25.  I started downing water at every stop and started to catch a second wind with 5k to go.  I finished with a 6:20 and a 1:24:08 finish time.  I was hoping for something closer to 1:23 but I can blame it on the weather... Overall felt really good with this and looking forward to my next race in two weeks.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Easy stuff this week with some fartlek and pick-ups thrown in there for good measure.  Going into the Mini with a ton of confidence.  I'm conservatively saying that I'll crack 1:25 but in my mind I have a different number that I'm shooting for.  Weather is looking to be a bit warmer as the day progresses.  The start is at 7:30am so hopefully the warm stuff holds off for a bit.    Feeling very fit right now and my training is cooperating with me. Calves feel great, I have to say that taking Calcium and Magnesium isn't hurting any. Almost 6 weeks down on my P90X trek with 4 weeks to go for completion.  I'm holding steady at 135 which is almost ideal I think.   I think if I'd like to be around 130-132 for Pikes.