Saturday, September 22, 2012
Even though I've been careful about what I ingest, I deliberately ate a lot of carbs yesterday. Today would be my longest run - ever. I was scheduled for 19 miles today, and I wanted to ensure I had fueled up on both food and water.
My strategy seemed to be working, because I had plenty of energy this morning. It was cool but humid, and I ran strong. When I got to the 11 mile point, I was feeling like I could run like this all day. But, logically, I knew the point was coming that would change my mood.
Once the sun came out and it got warmer, and the miles piled on, I was indeed getting tired. My feet were doing fine, though. They'd been giving me lots of trouble. I ordered a new pair of Altra Instinct zero drop shoes to try to change that. After putting in metatarsal pads, these shoes were nice. My feet never hurt as I passed the 7 mile point, where they usually started acting up. At 11 miles or so, I first felt a bit of foot discomfort, but just that. Not real pain like I had become accustomed to.
I brought along water. G-2 gatorade, fruit slices and fig newtons. I took in about 50 calories every 2 miles, and drank a few sips of water of gatorade as well.
I was feeling worn down at around 15 or 16 miles and my pace slowed, and I rested/walked more. The temperature was around 80 degrees by now, too. My heart rate always goes up in the heat, and I could see it was around 160-170 at peaks. Too high. So, I slacked off.
Then as I rolled by the 17 mile point, I was in new territory. Farther than I had ever run in my entire life! I tried to step it up, and finish strong the last couple miles. I wasn't really running fast, but faster. According to my Timex Ironman, my last 2 miles were indeed speedier that the few miles preceding them. That's encouraging, being able to attain negative splits in the warmer temps, and running low on energy. I felt pretty exhausted at the end, in fact, felt like I didn't do as well as I wanted. But, my watch tells a different story.
But, this was not a race, it was a training run, during which I learned I was capable of speeding up at the end of a very long run. Good news for me.
I ran 19.34 miles in 4 hours and 16 minutes today.
Thanks for reading, and have a great day.
Saturday, September 15, 2012
Grandson and I had a great time this morning.
We got up way early for the race. Took this picture after we got our numbers pinned on.
The race was only 10 minutes away, so we had no trouble getting there. Found a parking spot fairly easily. Wow, was it crowded, even though we were 45 minutes early! The three of us wandered around a bit, and GS and I got in a little warm up run.
We separated a few minutes before the start. Joe went to the 7 min per mile area, and I hung around the back of the 8 minute per mile pack.
Gun went off, and as usual in the larger events, I just about got across the starting line at a jog. That was fine for me, as it was already over 75 degrees and 87 percent humidity, so I wanted to start slowly anyway. Lots of bumping around in the beginning, but it got sorted out by the 1 mile mark. I passed that marker at 9:11. Nice start, for once I didn't go out too fast. Although, by mile 2 I was feeling it. The second mile was a negative split, at 17:58, and I noticed I was passing some who came out too fast. I love passing the younger muscular guys towards the end by being an old tortoise.
Joe was disappointed with his time, but I had to explain that he did great, and must deduct time for the heat and humidity. He didn't even check his chip time, but the gun time was 23:11, so he was definitely in the high 22s. A great time, I thought.
I dragged my old tired butt across the finish line at 27:28 gun time. After checking the board, I saw 26:58 as my chip time. I'll take it. A good finish.
Good support on this race. A few families out on the street in lawn chairs. Three bands at different locations. Lots of after race food, water and Accelerade. They even had a beer corral. One free beer for each runner. I passed on that, long line and it was 8:30 in the morning. Not quite ready for a beer yet. I do enjoy a cold brew once in a while, but not today.
Grandpa and Grandson had a good day together, the DW was there supporting us, and taking the pictures you see here. I cherish the memories I have of my times with my long gone Grandpa, so I hope some of this stuff is building memories for Joe.
Thanks for reading, and have a great day!
Friday, September 14, 2012
I'm an hour and a half away from home, visiting my daughter and grandkids today.
I had to pick up Joe, my 16 year old GS today because we'll be running a 5K together tomorrow. He drives (a cool looking Mustang, too) but just started, and Mom doesn't want him driving that far on interstates and such all by himself, so I decided to pick him up and Grandma will return him after the race.
I'm pretty excited about running with my GS, because Joe is quite an athelete. He runs cross country at school, and has a PR of 21.27 for a 5K, or is that just for 3 miles? Not sure how CC is timed for 3 miles or 5K, but at any rate, he's pretty fast. Let me throw in a brag for his older brother Doug, who is currently away at University of West Florida. Joe tells me Doug holds a record from his High School in the 5K. Joe doesn't know the exact time, but assures me "Doug was the fastest in HS" when he attended.
Joe also lifts weights, and he and I have often lifted together. He's very strong and can benchpress an unbelievable 230 pounds. He only weighs 140 pounds. How cool is that?
So, Joe and I are talking about the race coming up. He's asking about how far it is away from my house. Is it paved or trail, stuff like that. He gets around to asking me how my marathon training is going, and wants to know how my long runs are going, how far am I up to now. I advised him I've done two LRs that were over 17 miles long and my next week run will be at least 18 miles.
His eyes bulge out, his face lights up, he looks genuinely surprised and says "Wow, the longest I've ever run is 7 miles, how can you run that far?" I told him how I run/walk and just keep going. This kid now has a million questions. "How do you know how far you've run, do you have regular routes, do you use a mapping program to find routes?"
I'm kind of surprised at his enthusiasm. You know, teenagers are not well known for getting excited about anything other than their own immediate needs. So I hold on to my thoughts, and just answer the questions he asks.
Later, I ponder our conversation. A little light goes off in my brain. 17 miles, I think. What!?! Did I just say I ran 17 miles in one day, and intend to run 26.2 miles in a month or so?? Hell, yes, 17.5 miles is a long distance! I had just forgotten how far. I've taken myself for granted, and forgotten just how "far" I've come. It took the perspective of a 16 year old athlete to wake me up.
This kid knows about exercise, pushing yourself to the limit, and how exhausting exercise can be. He's looking at his 65 year old (I forgot how old that sounds to a 16 year old, too) grandfather, who just made the wild assertion that he's run 17 plus miles in one day! And he is impressed.
No wonder his eyes bulged out and he was so surprised! That is a long distance! I'd just forgotten, because I've done long runs so many times.
Do not take your accomplishments for granted. You've come so far and worked so hard for it. Be proud of yourself. You may have forgotten, too.
Thanks for reading and have a great day.
Wednesday, September 05, 2012
She says I used to complain about complaining oldsters when I was a young guy, and have now that I've graduated, I've become one with them.
I don't remember it that way - but I'll take her word for it. Supposedly, I used to say things like "What is it with these old people? They excuse themselves from life and fun by complaining about some issue, like a sore back, bad knees or a million other ailments."
I do have some pains. Wait until you get old, you may have some, too.
My left back/shoulder/neck hurts during long runs. My right shoulder gets sore quickly during weightlifting. You can feel a crunching if I rotate that one! Forget about my feet. The podiatrist wanted me to go under the knife 30 years ago, and I didn't - I got orthotics instead. That pain went away. until I started running last year.
I've kept these maladies under control by exercising with moderation. Believe me, when, for some reason or the other, I got away from exercising, those pains get worse! I NEED to exercise. Like the few times I've been on extended vacations and just took a break. Ooh, my lower back and right shoulder get real painful when I stay away from the weights.
So, I'll keep running and keep working out. I NEED to exercise. So my wife doesn't accuse me of being a complainer.
OOh, I just had a little cramp in my wrist... I think it's from typing too much.
And the knee IS a little tender this morning.....
Thanks for reading, and have a great day.
Saturday, September 01, 2012
I'm getting close to my longest distance run again. Did 15.2 miles this morning, previous longest run to date was 17 miles. When I hit that distance, I backed off and restarted the marathon training program. If I had continued I would have peaked my training way too early.
So far, I am injury free for the most part. Some tenderness in the left knee, which will not go away, but certainly does not count as painful. I wear a knee brace and KT Tape for the longer runs. Some shoulder/neck pain, which I have always had. I first noticed this when I went for long motorcycle runs. After a couple of hours in one position, I had sharp pain in my left shoulder/neck. Nothing to stop me though, just a nuisance pain. It stops and becomes a dull pain for a bit, then goes away once I stop doing whatever irritates it. Tried KT tape and that helped a bit.
Today was difficult. Just too dang hot and humid, but I get it, slow down in the heat! Lesson learned.
Had to learn to keep the ego in check and understand a 15 mile long run in the heat that takes over 3 hours to complete is a good thing. I am old and slow, improving as I train. Training runs are not races, and I was slow to learn that. But, I get it now.
Now that my Hal Higdon program is calling for "sorta long" runs mid week, and really long runs on Saturday, I have decided to skip one of my mid week runs. I just can't recover quickly enough for my Saturday long run if I run 4-7-4 miles on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. So I'm trying a Tues and Thurs only run now.
Hoping the weather cooperates and the cool weather arrives on schedule, just as my distances get longer. That would be good.
Thanks for reading, and have a great day.
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