Thursday, February 16, 2012
Not really enjoying the post HM rest period. But, I am using this time to do a bit more strenuous weight lifting. When preparing for a race, I don't hit the weights very hard, so this is a good time to work out the upper body a little more vigorously.
Been riding my mountain bike more too. I did run a bit yesterday, and felt okay afterward. Did 2 miles run/walk. Sounds like such a small run, but I understand I have to get back slowly in order to avoid injuries. Today was an off day, so I'll do another run/walk tomorrow, perhaps up it to 3 miles.
I am fortunate to be retired. It gives me plenty of time for exercise. And I really enjoy exercising now. I can rest when and if I feel like it, and don't have to come home from work exhausted and then work out. I remember years ago not liking it so much, but doing it anyway. That's not a problem now.
Saturday, February 11, 2012
It rained all night, so it was difficult sleeping. Woke up at
6AM had oatmeal w/raisins and water for breakfast. Unhooked
the camper and headed to the race at 6:30, arrived plenty
early to get my packet and instructions.
Weather was cool, very overcast and rain threatened. Never came
though. Checked out the track as I warmed up. This was an off
road race, in a wetlands park, filled with marshes and lakes.
Very scenic, though the soft earth from the rain wasn't so great
to run on.
Got off to a good start, faster than I anticipated, but the small
field was pretty quick off the line, and I just went along with the
pace for a while. I was actually right at my 10K time when I went
by the 6 mile marker. Way too fast for a long run start, but it was a
done deal, and I knew I would pay for it later.
By mile 8 I was hurting, a combination of too fast a start, and the
soft sand/dirt. My quads were burning, and likewise my feet and calves.
Just kept plugging along, and the pain diminished somewhat.
Felt surprisingly good by the dreaded (for me) 10 mile mark. Not great, still pretty hurting, just surprised that I had some steam left in me. I had to do some
walking at the water stations from here on out, but still kept plugging along.
Miles 11 and 12 strangely went quickly. They seemed so far off when I was
running them. Being a wide open park and marsh, I could see the markers
way off in the distance. And it seemed I'd never reach them. But, then
they were just gone, and mile 13 was in sight. Mind plays tricks with you
when you're hurting and exhausted, I suppose.
Got a terrific boost of energy as I passed the mile 13 marker sped up and
roared across the Finish Line in a 9mm pace. Hey, that's roaring if you're a
geezer, and have been looking at 10 and 11s, okay even some 12s, on your
My finish time was 02:21:28 and I beat my goal of 2 hours and 30 minutes. I even won best in my Age Group. Mainly, because I was the ONLY one in my Age Group, but I
still gladly accepted the plaque they awarded me.
Friday, February 10, 2012
I think I'm as ready as I'm going to be. Loaded up on carbs yesterday, and will go a bit lighter today but still take in plenty of carbs - drink lots of water and do my stretching and just take it easy.
I'm a little concerned about fading out the last couple of miles. But I know I can finish, just maybe not so strong a finish. Probably I didn't train long enough to do a half marathon, but I am impatient to do this. Plus, I got a little more rest than I usually do before my long run days, so that might help a bit.
This is a small venue, I bet there won't be more than 200 runners in the HM. I only see about 150 preregistered. They're also having a 5K and 10K at the same event.
The race location is about an hour and a half from my home, so in order to not wake up too too early and drive we are going to a nearby campground and stay overnight. We have a small RV that fits the two of us and our Boston terrier Barney perfectly.The campground is about 8 mi from the race, so we won't have to drive very far in the morning.
Will post some after race info tomorrow!
Saturday, February 04, 2012
Did a 5K this morning. My lower back has been sore lately so I was a bit worried about how I would do. Didn't seem to matter much, 'cuz I made a PR with a time of 26:47 and placed 2nd in my age group.
There were only 3 of us in my AG, but hey, I beat one of them.
They gave me some bling for 2nd place, and I got a hug, too! I didn't see anyone else getting hugs, so my chick magnetism still works.
I really pushed myself, kept checking my heart rate, and it was consistently around 175 bpm and I know that is working hard. My back was kinda sore at the end, and I looked and felt whipped.
This was my 4th race since I started running. Pretty happy with my results so far. And it sure is fun.
I am apprehensive about my Half Marathon coming up next week. When I train, I don't seem to have a lot left in me after the 10 mile mark. Hoping the race day adrenaline, and excitement will carry me through.
Monday, January 30, 2012
Went to visit my daughter and grandkids for a few days. Returned home yesterday. I did 3 straight days of running and a couple days light lifting during my stay. My 15 year old grandson (benches 225!) has a nice set of free weights, but I don't like the olympic bar, so I just used dumbells.
One of the nice things about where they live, is that it's at Lake Wales, FL which has a 2 1/4 mile running concrete path which has some nice little hills and dips. Good for counting towards a "hill run" day. Back and forth - 4.5 miles. Did this 4.5 miles 3 days straight then took 2 days off.
Today I am going to do about 7 miles - walk/run as a tapered long run, as I have a 5K this Saturday, and don't want to be too sore or weak for that one.
My recovery times are not so good sometimes, because I tend to overtrain for my age group. Being new to this, I am still working all this stuff out by trial and error. And then, I am balancing running with my weight training. My weight training is not so intense as it was, but I justify that with the enthusiasm for my NEW running interest. Suppose it will sort itself out with time. I do intend to continue with both, as I am sure the aerobic effect of the running is helping lower by body fat percentage.
Having some trouble there too. Trying to take in enough protein, and now more carbs for running endurance, and still lose body fat, while staying strong enough to complete long runs (15M most recent) in preparation for a Full Marathon later - next year ?
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