Sunday, January 06, 2013
Had a pretty good Half Marathon this morning.
I decided to push a little harder on this race, but was careful to walk some intervals in the beginning, to warm up slowly and not get injured. I'm always cautious about getting injured. It just takes too long to recover, and I have a marathon coming up in a month, and that is my major priority right now.
The weather was great nice and cool in the beginning, but once the sun came out, I felt uncomfortable with it.
The first 10 miles were average pace of 9:20 or 9:40, But when I hit mile 10 I was getting tired and I started doing over 10mm for the last 3 miles. The race was on a fairly level road - an out and back course. But as y'all know the second half is a bit harder than the first. :)
I actually did well, time-wise. Even with the cautious start. I ended up with a 2:09:55 - just one minute and half over my PR.
There were only 7 guys in my AG, and I beat 5 of them and one of them beat me.
Okay, in case you're too lazy to do the math, I will tell you - I won a 2nd place award in my AG. I hope I don't drop it in tall grass, I might not be able to find it. I hope that doesn't sound ungrateful. I still like to win once in a while.
When they called my name, they mentioned my hometown, and some young lady was excited that she and I were both from 'Maitland'. While we chatted, I requested she take a pic of me. And there you see her effort above.
After only a year of running, this is all still new to me. Today I realised something. That is, every time I do a half marathon, it seems I have forgotten just how far 13.1 miles is.
Thanks for reading and have a great day.
Monday, December 31, 2012
New Year's resolutions are stupid. Who ever started this ridiculous concept? The idea is one is to vow to do something good next year. To start a good behavior or eliminate a bad behavior - because it is, after all, a NEW year coming up.
Stop smoking, start exercising, eat better quality food, be kinder to others - the list can go on and on.
I never understood this notion. Even when I was a little kid, I remember thinking. "What is so special about any given NEW year? If we want to do something differently, we can do it today or tomorrow, or one hour from now, or right now".
We humans can change for the better. All it takes is a little introspection, thought and determination.
What is it that's stopping you from living a better life? Think about the things which are doing that, and make an honest effort to alter or stop those bad behaviors.
If you use the 'New Year's Resolution' plan, you are destined for failure. Because the plan demands you make a resolution for the "new year" and stick to it. If you fail, you're done for.... until next year when you can try again. At least, that's the way I see the NYR plan.
With "The Boilham Resolution Plan" (okay wiser men than I have suggested the Boilham plan as well) you just honestly try to not continue with your bad habits.
Make your resolution any time of any day. If and when you stumble a bit, you pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and start all over again. No need to wait another year to do the resolution thing.
You can make a change for the better. Try it now.
Thanks for reading and have a great new year in 2013.
Wednesday, December 26, 2012
Did you know there is an ongoing surge in older runners participating in Marathons?
According to BostonGlobe.com there was a record surge in registration of older marathon runners in the 2012 Boston Marathon!
Over the past decade, the number of older runners participating in the Boston Marathon has more than quadrupled. A record 596 runners age 65 and older had registered for the 2012 race, 47 of whom are age 75 and older.
The oldest man to run in the past decade was Jerzy Kuszakiewicz, 87, of Granite Shoals, Texas, whose finishing time was an impressive 5:19:01 in 2002. That is one minute faster than the time it took this 66 year old to complete, in my 1st Marathon this past November.
Last year, more than 83 percent of the starters aged 65 and older finished the race.
By now, surely you have heard of Fauja Singh, the 101 year old man who recently completed the London Marathon. I mean, come on, 101 years old? Now there's a role model for ya.
Is it safe for social security recipient aged runners to compete in long distance events? I think so.
Most people 65 and older are more vulnerable to injuries such as stress fractures and tendinitis, because of the increased brittleness of bones, reduced elasticity of tendons, and atrophy of muscles. They also tend to have reduced aerobic capacity and heal slower than younger runners. That being said, I believe the benefits of running outweigh the risks. Careful and smart training will certainly reduce the incidence of injuries. This applies to runners of all ages.
Hopefully more mature runners are more aware of possibilities of injury simply by virtue of being on the planet a bit longer than their ripening counterparts, and will use this wisdom to train safely.
Thanks for reading and have a great day.
Tuesday, December 25, 2012
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Sunday, December 23, 2012
We (DW, me and the dogs) are heading out later today to see the kids and grandkids for Christmas.
Yesterday, DW was cooking! She made a huge pan of lasagna. Baked two different kind of cookies. Okay, the kind that are premixed and you plop them on a baking sheet, but still. She baked a Christmas themed cake, too. With sprinkles on it. Sprinkles which will be applied later tonight by my youngest granddaughter, with the guidance of DW.
While she was at it, she used the leftovers from a baked chicken we had earlier in the week, and made a chicken soup. I love that chicken soup, loaded with egg noodles and fresh vegetables. This soup will be for dinner tonight with the family. The lasagna is for Christmas eve.
This way my daughter won't be bothered cooking. And DW loves to cook and prepare dinners for family. So, everybody wins.
Yesterday I had 3 chocolate chip cookies. Still warm from the oven. I was tasked with taking them off the sheet during cooling and placing them on a rack for further cooling. I couldn't resist. Okay, I could have resisted, but I rationalized that
1. It was the Christmas season and 2. I do believe in moderation not deprivation. (something I was reminded of while reading Brooklyn_Born's blog yesterday).
If ever there was a time of year to cheat a bit on food intake, probably Thanksgiving would be pretty high on the list. But, I did fairly well during that holiday, but the Christmas baking and cooking day reeled me in, and I caved.
I also ate several fruit slices, and had a few beers, 3 to be precise. This is what happens, You give in a little and then you throw caution to the wind. You've taken that first guilty step, and the rest of the trip is easy.
Oh no, I am not beating myself up. I just understand the process, and I went with it. I know who and how I am. I will be back on schedule soon enough. I exercise hard and eat right. 'Almost' all the time. I am in shape and feel good about myself. But, I am in full disclosure mode here, and want you to know - I think it's okay to indulge oneself. FROM TIME TIME, I put that in capitals. I don't want to imply indulgence is a good thing. Because I do not believe that. Indulgence will kill happiness.
So my friends, I might just drink another beer or two on Christmas eve, I will enjoy my wife's wonderful lasagna with buttered bread. A regular sized portion, no gluttony necessary. I think I've had enough cookies, though. See? Moderation!
I'm still an athlete in training. I will resume my 'sensible' diet immediately after our family visit.
All this typing to say " moderation in all things" is, in my opinion, not a bad way to live.
Thanks for reading and Happy Holidays.
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