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Trust your training.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Finished the Wekiwa Springs Real Florida 10K race this morning.

A few things suggested that I not pursue a PR on this race. Too soon after my first half marathon, and another - my back was a bit sore AGAIN this morning. I took it easy training last week, but still have not fully recovered.

This course was a trail run, and it looked intimidating. Lots of fallen branches, pine cones, exposed tree roots and tracks where ATVS and utility vehicles had left loose sandy ruts. Some narrow single lane paths where vegetation brushed at both side of the runners. Started out with some nice downhill slopes, but you know what comes after downhill slopes, lots of hills.

So, I started off thinking I would give it my best shot, and take whatever time I could squeeze out of it.

In the back of my mind that little voice was whispering "Screw that, trust your training. Forget about all the reasons not to excel and just go for a PR anyway. Tell the DW you are going to take it easy, 'cuz your back is sore, but run like hell!"

It was pretty grueling. At about 4.5 miles my heart rate was peaking at 180 and I just had to stop and walk - for a bit, then off again. Watching my heart rate and pace closely, walking for short time a couple more times. Keeping my eye on the HR and pace, I saw I had a chance at just getting under the 1 hour time. My PR was 1:00:21 so this was going to require a difficult push at the end for this geezer.

I had a great finish -- there was a group of 4 in front of me, down the finish line corridor. Somehow I found some energy and started kicking! I flew past the 4 of them, the announcer said something about "we have a strong runner coming up, looking for a good finish" or something like that. That just made me run faster.

I finished with a time of 59:46. Real happy with that time, just 35 seconds under my PR but enough to get the coveted "under an hour" time I wanted.

I met some nice people. Most of whom had much more experience than I, and was told that these types of races are not the kind of races to go for a PR. Well, yeah, I thought that too.

Got another 1st place in age group as well. But, once again, I was the ONLY one in my age group.

Next race I am going to take it nice and easy and enjoy the run and the scenery. Not going to be so competitive. Yup, that's exactly what I plan to do.


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JENN03275 3/1/2012 6:11PM

    Congrats on your PR!! One of my goals is to run a 10K this year and a half Marathon. However, training has been crummy and I am frustrated.

Great pictures!!!

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    emoticon Congratulations!

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DAPHNE_RUNS 2/26/2012 7:03PM

    Another great finish for you, Vic, and congrats on another 1st place age group finish. You are racking up on the medals!!!!!!! And awesome job on your PR. I did a trail run last year and I think it took me 50 minutes just to do the first part. We had to jump into water (it was only knee deep, but my trail shoes were brand spanking new), walk a log, and run up a small hill that was covered with a chain link fence. I am thinking of doing another trail run next month. Let's see what this trail brings...the company that sponsors the runs change up and use different trails for each month. But first I have my first half on Sunday. Yay!!!!

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HEIDI-25 2/25/2012 9:10PM

    You are an inspiration! Keep up the great running!

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KKINNEA 2/25/2012 9:03PM

    Love that finish line kick picture - great job!!

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LAURIE5658 2/25/2012 7:52PM

    Vic, you are amazing and I cannot tell you that too much. I am 53 and seriously wish to do what you are doing at your age. You are my inspiration!

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BUTTERFLY-1976 2/25/2012 4:00PM

    Congrats on your PB!! One of my goals is to run 10km under an hour!!

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DW showing interest in running.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

We did a 20 minute walk/run yesterday. The very first step in the Couch to 5K (C25K) program. DW is actually in very good shape, but lacks confidence due to having an MI a few years ago. Cardiologist says she will do fine, as long as she keeps it under the "able to talk while running" threshold.

For me, my back is slight sore this morning. Could be the weather - we had lots of rain last night. But, I am not doing a training run this morning, just to be safe. I have a 10K this Saturday and I need to be feeling good for that.

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DAPHNE_RUNS 2/24/2012 10:44PM

    Hello Vic, that is wonderful news. You know what you are capable of running in training and in races so it is good to get out there and help a newbie get a feel for the road. I wish I had the support. My husband is not athletic and does not understand my passion for running. Sigh. Oh well at least I have Spark.

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FANGFACEKITTY 2/23/2012 7:00PM

    emoticon It's always good when you can influence someone into a healthier lifestyle!

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KKINNEA 2/23/2012 10:01AM

    Nice work! You both may want to invest in heart rate monitors - that will give you both confidence that you are working in a good zone that won't cause issues.

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LAURIE5658 2/23/2012 8:55AM

    Vic, it is always just a matter of time before your spouse gets involved after they see the fun you are having. I am so happy for you two!

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Taking it easy.

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.


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DAPHNE_RUNS 2/16/2012 10:47PM

    You are doing just great. It takes a lot to undo months of hard work so just keep listening to your body and you will be recovered in no time. Strength training is my weak point too. I can get in two days a week, but I would like to up it to three.

Good luck training for half #2. You will do well for that one too.

Daphne emoticon

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RHONDALYN10 2/16/2012 9:39PM

    Retirement is great - isn't it!
Great job on the ST! It is important!

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LAURIE5658 2/16/2012 3:29PM

    Legs itching to run, Vic? Yep, you are indeed a normal runner LOL. You are doing a good job easing back in to your fitness routine and you will be running on a normal schedule soon. Enjoy!

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SKINNYPOWELL1 2/16/2012 3:03PM

    All that exercising doesn't sound like REST, hee hee. Take it easy, you've earned a couple days off my friend. emoticon

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I'm a Half Marathoner

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
GPS watch.

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.

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LAURIE5658 2/13/2012 1:29PM

    Vic, I really enjoyed the additional photos. you look awesome!

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LINDAKAY228 2/13/2012 1:12PM

    That is so awesome and you are such an inspiration!! THanks for sharing.

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SKINNYPOWELL1 2/13/2012 9:10AM

    emoticondude, so proud of you, You are such an inspiration and I am so happy you had a great race and a great finishing time. And emoticonon your award. I am truly in awe that you just started your running career. You're a half marathoner now emoticon. Love the new profile pic.

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RJSAMS 2/12/2012 8:11PM

    Congratulations! Way to go!

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KKINNEA 2/12/2012 7:02PM

    Fab, what a great first HM! I had to run on sand for my marathon today and I'm with you - it's pretty tough. You did fantastic!

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BUTTERFLY-1976 2/12/2012 2:41PM

    WooHoo!! Congrats on runing your first HM. emoticon

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LOOOKINGOOD 2/12/2012 2:31PM

    AWESOME!!!! Just love seeing the pride in you-spark ON!!

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MASRITE 2/12/2012 10:33AM

    You are awesome! Congrats on your first half. Are you addicted now? Ready for your next one?? emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DAPHNE_RUNS 2/11/2012 10:35PM

    Congrats on your finish. How does that saying go, "When you aim for the moon if you do not make it at least you end up with the stars". Well not you; you made it to the moon!!!!! You are an inspiration.

See, what did I guess....two blings for you. And a very nice time too. I have a tendency to start off fast too. I am working on it and hope to have my "speedy feet" under control by my race. Thank goodness for Garmins.

Rest up and then get back out there.


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LOGOULD 2/11/2012 9:53PM

    emoticonWish this old fart was that fast!!! AWESOME job! emoticon

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CBAILEYC 2/11/2012 8:54PM

    Well done! Congrats!
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RHONDALYN10 2/11/2012 7:25PM

    WAY TO GO!!!
Love the plaque!!

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EMMANYC 2/11/2012 6:39PM

    That's great! I'd love to have a time like yours. I hope you enjoyed the experience.

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    Awesome! Congrats on such a great race.

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SWAN47 2/11/2012 5:17PM

    emoticon Doesn't if feel good! emoticon

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FANGFACEKITTY 2/11/2012 4:22PM

    Awesome! And a 9m pace is pretty darn fast no matter the age. Congrats on your first HM and a spectacular finish!

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SKIRNIR 2/11/2012 4:13PM

    Dag and here I am 39 and afraid of walking my first ever half marathon. Thanks for the inspiration! And if you can do a half marathon, you are not an old geezer!

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TRILLIUM22 2/11/2012 3:35PM

    Great job. It sure does look scenic. emoticon emoticon

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TIMOTHYNOHE 2/11/2012 3:35PM

    Way to go, you old fart.

Amazingly that is exACTly my first half marathon time.

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ON2VICTORY 2/11/2012 3:27PM

    oh wow man! that is awesome!!! way to go!

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LAURIE5658 2/11/2012 3:24PM

    CONGRATULATIONS!!!! Your finishing time is amazing and to are a rockstar! Savor this experience and start planning the next HM!!!

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    emoticon Congrats!!!!

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Big Day Tomorrow

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!


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DAPHNE_RUNS 2/10/2012 6:20PM

    Good luck tomorrow. Carbs and hydration + rest are key ingredients for a great run. It is nice that you can stay closer to the race.

Have fun tomorrow for the camera. emoticon

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LAURIE5658 2/10/2012 12:27PM

    Best wishes, Vic! You are going to learn the most from your first HM and trust me...this will NOT be your only one!!!!

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LOOOKINGOOD 2/10/2012 11:59AM

    Sounds like you have everything in place for a great day-enjoy the miles!

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BLUE3505 2/10/2012 10:25AM

    Best of luck to you. I hope it goes well.

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