Monday, October 29, 2012
This weekend was the 37th Marine Corps Marathon aka MCM which is one heck of a marathon with 35.000 people - about 23500 finished. The event is divided in a 10k and a full marathon.
I left home on Friday. Wen to my hotel and just chilled. The last couple of weeks at work has been very hard emotionally (although I don't do hospice - what I do is closely linked with hospice).
Got up Saturday morning and had breakfast at the 'greasy spoon' of the hotel - enuf said :-) I then went to the EXPO. For the first time I had time to bum around and actually go to the booths I wanted to go to ... and I managed to get out of there without buying anything.
On my way back to the hotel, I went to lunch at a bookstore/restaurant I had been recommended on Dupont Circle. It was awesome (Quinoa, greek yoghurt, roasted nuts, granola and fruit). Got back to the hotel and met up with John (JOPAPGH) who was staying with me Saturday night. We chatted and went to dinner. We had a early dinner - good thing - because we beat the crowds.
Of course we were keeping an eye on Sandy - so we knew how we needed to dress in the am.
We left the hotel just before 6am - and on the way in the elevator we met a challenged athlete. No arm and a spring leg. These guys are amazing. Headed to the shuttle and to the start area. Now, I told you how large this was - then add families. It is huge!!!!
John and and I had different finish times in mind, so we separated fat the start - and after the national anthem there was a flyby by two Osprey's - if you want to see what they look like click on link www.marines.com/operating-forces/equ
ipment/aircraft/mv-22-osprey .. and then the gun ... no - it is the marines - so we use a howitzer - the first gun for the wheel chair - and the second for the 26.2 and 10 milers.
I am not kidding you when I say it is wall to wall runners the entire time. There is a LOT of people. The weather stayed dry - but it got windy.
I did OK for the first half - I was with the 5hr pace, but after 14 miles I started to slow down. A hip injury from a fall two weeks ago started to create limitations. But I would not give up, so I put on some music - and walked very brisk the remaining 12 miles of the event, and finished in 5:40 or 13.1 min mile. BUT - I finished.
The biggest challenge was after the race. Standing in line for the bus (the line at the Metro was no better). I made it back to my hotel in 2 hrs - I had to rush and get a shower for the shuttle to pick me up for the airport. Flight was only 45 min late ... so I was back home at midnight.
There were two of us on the plane with MCM shirts - the pilot recognized us on the PA. He had run the 10k himself that morning.
No blog will accurately describe the experience of MCM. It has to be experienced. However, if you want to participate - you have to be fast - this year it sold out in 2 hrs and 40 min.
Saturday, October 06, 2012
I just came home from a beautiful ride in NE Ohio, and again, I worked on my new fuel and hydration strategy. Today a little twist.
The suggestions in this blog may not be for everyone, so like everything else - you need to find out what works for you.
I forgot to buy yams (sweet potatoes) so my breakfast was sprouted bread with peanut butter. When we started the ride I had a GU roctane ... and that continued every 45-50 min almost religiously. My fluids - water and I emptied two bottles during my 85 mile ride. Ohh, I forgot - I also had a Cliff bar half way through.
I felt after the ride.
How on earth did I get that idea. I listen to Ben Greenfield's podcast and I have read part of Dr. Timothy Noakes' book "waterlogged". Dr. Noakes (a physician and sports physiologist) is advocating that you drink when you are thirsty. I is not a big proponent of sports drinks (and you should read the book to get the scientific arguments). Without regurgitating all the data - let me just say - what to the natives in in the dessert/jungle ingest when they hunt ... do they have Gatorade? Do they have power bars or GU?
I am not a native to the dessert or the jungle - so my eating habits are different, and that brings me to use the 'artificial' food, but based on basic physiological principles.
The bike ride was scheduled for 100 miles, but I have not ridden as much this year (last ride was a 100k a month ago), so I developed an issue with either my piriformis or sciatica because of the seat. It was a flat ride so not much riding out of the saddle. This weekend or next weekend I think will be the peak of the colors in NE OH. The ride also marks the last ride for my buddy who in a month will participate in the IM Florida. His first (at the age of 60)
On a different note - the ultra runner Lucho once made a comment ... it is not how much you train, but how much you rest. From a previous blog you will know I ran the Akron marathon a week ago. Have not done a thing since - and went out riding 85 miles ... and feel great!!!
Saturday, September 29, 2012
Well, today was going to me long training run before the marine corps marathon. So, I thought I would invite a few friends. About 15.000 of them showed up! ROFL. Joking aside (I don't have pictures either LOL) - I ran the bird as my long run before MCM, and I won't keep you in suspension - my time was 5:02 including a bathroom break. :-)
As I have said 'running the bird' (nick name for Akron - presenting sponsor is Time Warner cable and their mascot the road runner 'meep meep') is an awesome experience. They have a very nice Expo which I have never been able to really enjoy because of work - yesterday no exception, but that is another story I am not going to blog about (hint: it involves work).
This year was the 10th year of Akron, and you can almost count on it - the weather will be beautiful (famous last words if you are here next year LOL). Temp in the upper 40's - clear sky with a full moon - and the Goodyear blimp above.
As the bell ran to start the race - a huge firework was set off - nice start.
I kept looking for the 10:40 pacer - but no such luck until about half way through. So, I was maintaining a 10 min mile pace (not what I wanted). Every time I looked down on my Garmin - I ran too fast. Once I came to about the half way point I was getting my speed dialed in. (I wanted a 5hrs finish).
I keept running until we came to Sand Run (a mean a-- hill). I walked the majority of it, and at that point my orthotics on the left side was giving me issues. I ultimately ended up taking it out. Unfortunately I think this may have done something to my hip adducter on the left side - as the pain got worse and I ended up walking more than I wanted.
What I really liked was - it is just such a nice route. I am not too crazy about the first part, but the second half goes through the Summit County metro parks and some residential areas. Of course the weather today brought all a lot of people out to cheer the runners on.
I kind of had a thought when I wrote the title of this blog - it was my long run before MCM, and I didn't really run with anyone I knew. I met a few people along the way I knew from other events, and that was great. So, it was a training run with about 15.000 like minded people.
After I got home - I did something unusual (for me) ... I took an hour nap. I feel much better - still sore LOL
Saturday, September 08, 2012
I was supposed to run 20 miles this morning. It ain't gonna happen!
Woke up - started to get ready - no motivation or energy.
Went back to bed for 30 min
Dragging, dragging dragging....
OK - As Macca says 'you are the CEO of your one person company' - so I get to make decisions - I am not running today!!!!
I also have Tim 'Lucho' Waggoner in the back of my head (Lucho is the winner of the 2012 Leadville seres. He is an ultra runner - you know 100 miles running). If you are not motivated - don't run - it will only lead to bad things like injuries.... so, I am not running today.
Do I feel bad - nope
Should I feel bad - nope
Am I going to be able to accomplishe my goals (two marathons in a month) - yep.
Breakfast ... packing, driving 2.5 hrs ( I will be wearing my compression gear) and riding 100 miles tomorrow with a sparker and her two friends. It is a new day tomorrow .. and back to running on Monday!
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