Saturday, February 11, 2012
As you know I am training with a buddy for a 50k run on March 3rd. Today was our long run. My buddy and I go back a long time. We have run, we have biked, we have done tri's as a part of a charitable organization, but this is something we want to do for us.
We were going to run the last 24 miles of the course so we could get a feel for the hills at the latter part of the run. At the time we started the temperature was 25 degrees, it was snowing like crazy, the roads were not plowed - nor was the multi purpose trails. (anywhere from 3-6 inches of snow).
We started out maintaining the pace we wanted and everything went well. We never talk much, today no exception. We came to the half way mark and a friend came out with salty pretzels, gatorade and water. We chatted for about 10 minutes and then got on our way.
Three miles later I sensed something was not right. My buddy started to walk more than I have ever seen him do. He was just not himself. I was not sure what was happening. I then asked him if he was not feeling well, and it turned out that he didn't. I won't go into detail but suffice it to say - it was multifactorial. Mean while the weather had deteriorated the snow was coming down, the visibility was worse, and the wind had kicked up. And my buddy was struggling more than ever and we are walking and have been for a while.
Thoughts went through my head. Do swallow my pride and keep walking with him? Do I tell him to keep walking and I will run to the car? - I did not like the idea of leaving him in bad viz with a dark jacket - and I was more visible, and if he is not doing well, you don't leave someone alone. So we kept walking. After some time he said - why don't I call my daughter to see if she can drive and get us (my car was at the end - his was at the start - and we are now 6 miles from the finish). His daughter and her friend came and got us and took us to my car (where we were going to finish - his car was parked where we started). I just talked with him and he is doing fine.
What did I learn from the experience that you may benefit from.
You should know - my buddy is a 7 time marathoner, I don't know how many century rides he has done, and he has two half ironman distances to his resume. Not exactly an inexperienced athlete.
1. This story clearly tell you that when running long distances, you should not run alone. Even experienced athletes can get into trouble
2. If you decide to run training runs with someone - you stick together. Chose your training partner carefully. He and I match pace - we don't talk much - and that is how we like it.
3. Don't ever leave anyone who is 'down' behind. They may tell you to go ahead. Don't do it. They may need assistance (for all sorts of reasons) and then you will be right there.
4. Call and make sure your training partner is OK after the training session.
5. There is very little need to regurgitate what happened. If your training partner want to apologize let him or her do it once ... and then move on. It is part of the territory, it happens to all of us.
6. Remember, this blog could be written by your training partner and you were the one who 'fell'
Next week is a 14 mile run ... we have put today behind us and move forward. We decided to train and do the event together.
Monday, January 16, 2012
If you have followed me on SP you will know I am preparing to run a 50k run (31 and change miles) in about 6 weeks. This is the course and elevation maps. www.greenjewel.org/docs/2010GJCourse
The friend I am running this event with and I ran the first 15 miles on Saturday and this Saturday we are running the second half. I hope the weather forecast holds 36 partly sunshine.
Sunday, January 01, 2012
My friend Steve Brown posted this on his blog as his holiday wish
"In this age of high tech training aids, mechanisms, tracking devices, and feedback, I thought I would share a few of the more critical pieces of information from today’s run during lunch.
Total training duration – Long enough to be fun, short enough to still be able to eat.
Total training mileage – See above calculation.
Total number of “hi” salutations delivered – 4
Rate of reciprocation – 100%
Total number of “Merry Christmas” salutations delivered – 6
Rate of reciprocation – 100% (all with a smile)
Number of high five exchanges – 1
Number of dogs encountered – 2
Number of “hi pup” salutations delivered – 2
Rate of reciprocation – 0% verbal. 100% wag factor.
Overall quality of workout – EXCELLENT
And THAT is what it is all about. Sometimes you need to put away the toys and gadgets, and run.
Sunday, January 01, 2012
A true sparker should not make new years resolutions. WHAT!!! am I nuts?
First, there is a lot of research that shows, new years resolutions doesn't work for more than a couple of weeks, if that long. As a true sparker, you should not fall into this trap because you will set yourself up to fail.
Next, 'I need to lose weight by such date because of X/Y/Z" Don't go there either, another recipe for failure. Once people reach that date, the weight creeps back on.
I am going to eat x calories per day. For many that number is often inadequate and you put yourself in starvation mode, and you won't lose weight. Do you know what your BMR (basic metabolic rate) is? You should not go lower than that in your caloric intake.
What should you do then? Create a plan which enable you to have a life style change which define you as the person you are.
I will highly recommend you listen to some of the webcasts/podcasts from www.fat2fitradio.com . They are real people and discuss real issues, and regularly you will hear them refer to this site and provide links to recipe's from Sparkpeople,
Happy New Year.
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