Saturday, June 30, 2012
Woke up early this morning for my longest run ever. It was 6:30 when I got up. I didn't feel like running this early, but I wanted to get started before it got really hot. Weatherman said high 90s today.
I had a cup of coffee and an 8 oz glass of Creatine supplement, which has 200 calories and 43G of carbs. I carried 20z of Gatorade Perform series 02 Sports drink in my fanny pack - 130 calories in that.
I started very slowly, walking and jogging half and half for one mile to warm up. Then increased two minutes to one minute run/walk, for another mile, then about 3/1 thereafter. It was only 76 degrees but the humidity was through the roof and I was soon soaked with perspiration, and not feeling very energetic, even with the very slow start. I just didn't have the energy today, but I kept going running and walking.
I hydrated every mile, because I was perspiring so much, three large gulps every mile. There were water stops available along the run, so I filled my containers a couple of times. I know I was getting plenty of water.
So, I do an 8.5 mile loop back to the house, check in with DW and grab more Gatorade, eat a banana and 2 fig newtons. I grabbed a caffeine strip too, in case I needed a boost at the end.
At this point I was really burnt out and told the DW that I was not feeling well but was going to push on. If I got too tired, I would return early and not complete the 15 miles I had scheduled. I was pretty disappointed in myself, and the doubt about finishing a marathon flooded back in my head. I thought "all that training and I am still having a hard time in the heat".
I thought about my strength training and bike riding... maybe I was training too hard. I did an hour of ST yesterday, and a very slow 3 mile bike ride with my granddaughter - so you know that was a slow ride.
Maybe I am just too old for this stuff.
So, after my 5 minute break at the house, I start off again. No energy and a bad attitude. Then I realize I am doing okay, not exhausted like just a few minutes ago. My legs and feet hurt, but my mood has vastly improved. Maybe it was the food I just ate? I'm thinking, wow, if I keep up this way, I can do the 15 miles today. My energy comes back, still sore and achy, but the head is clear and determined to endure the pounding and I find I'm doing longer running and less walking. Hey, I have a negative split going.
I continue on my regular route, I only have 5 more miles to go and I feel pretty good, so I up the walk run ration to one mile running and 1 minute walkiing and continue on. Believe me, I know I look pretty bad, and am shuffling along like an old man, but I'm running better than before.
This is what these long runs are for - finding your way to achieve endurance. What suits you as an individual. I found that I needed the extra solid food at that 8.5 mile point. My mood and energy level were greatly improved by taking in solid food. I had the hydration down, but not the food. I am learning endurance.
Today was new territory for me. My longest run ever - 15.44 miles according to my Timex Global Trainer Triathlon GPS watch. My pace stunk, but I finished.
Now if I can just remember my lesson learned today. The mind will fool me. It will tell me "stop, you are an old man and can't do this" "stop, 15 miles is too much, just do the 8.5 miles and be content with it". No, I will remember not to listen to the negativity in my head, and continue to trust my training and push through until I find a way to finish.
Thanks for reading. Have a great day.
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
In an effort to remain uninjured, I do run/walk on my training runs. Today's training run was a distance of 6.3 miles. When I got home I was fairly tired, but nothing unusual.
After having a quick snack, I jumped in the pool to cool down. Got out, dried off, and took a look at the thermometer hanging on the wall. 85 degrees. Whoah! Go look at the other thermometer - 87 degrees that one read. It was not in the shaded Florida room, but rather was outside nearer the sun warmed pool area.
So. I'm going to check that off as another accomplishment gained. Apparently, I can run in the heat now. Just another thing I never believed I would be able to do. Like running a full mile without stopping in the very beginning of my training, or running a 5K race and finishing it.
Despite my generally positive outlook on life, I do have apprehensions. I still fret about my upcoming marathon. I want to know how I will do, can I break the 5 hour mark? Can I finish? My feet bother me during the long runs - will they hold out for 26 miles 385 yards?
This morning, I am less inclined to fret. I beat the heat.
I'll continue my training, and be as ready as I can when the gun goes off.
Saturday, June 09, 2012
Today I was scheduled to run 11 miles. I miscalculated where I would be at the 11 mile mark, and was more than a mile away from home at the 11 mile mark. Doing math can be a little tough when you're tired. :) Anyway, I ended up doing 12.3 miles today.
It was very humid and overcast today, not so hot, however. Maybe 80 or so.
My stupid Timex Ironman watch couldn't find a satellite for a very long time, so I just took off without the GPS connected.
Finally at 2.3 miles from the house it found a satellite. I had my iPhone w/GPS Hal Higdon running program running, so I still had an accurate measurement of where I was. To digress a bit, I wouldn't recommend the Timex watch for that very reason. Very often I have trouble finding a satellite when I need to get running.
The first part of my run took me to yet another beautiful park near home.
It circles this nice little pond/lake.
There are both cobblestone and concrete paths. Restrooms and drinking faucets, too.
I did 2 loops around that lake. I didn't measure it, but I suppose it's 1/2 mile loop.
Here is the boardwalk which goes right over this tiny lake. Kids and even grown ups can often be found feeding the turtles and fish here.
These ducks are so spoiled! Sometimes we take the grandkids down to feed them and they take a tiny bit to eat and then waddle off. They will never starve. Here's a mom and her chicks I saw today.
After doing a couple of loops I headed back towards home to another nearby park. I have to cross this highway overpass twice on this run.
then down the overpass into the park.
There is a nice shaded loop that is mileage marked. The loop itself is 1/2 mile. I usually do a couple or a few loops. Today, I did 2 loops. Water faucets available here also. One day some younger women (40ish) were playing tennis here. They must've been in a good mood 'cuz one of them yelled "run, Forest, run" at me. I thought it was funny. In all the times I've passed the mostly women playing tennis, that's the lone time I was heckled. :)
Then there is another wooden bridge which takes me out to the street again, where I head out to yet another walking/bike path!
I have posted some pics of that path in an earlier blog, so I'll skip that for today.
I took todays run slowly. I wanted to do a long run, but also didn't want to overdue it, so I started doing a 3/1 minute run/walk for a few miles, then I switched to 4/1 run/walk. This slow pace, plus taking fuel (clif bar, water and power ade) allowed me to feel great during the entire run.
The only problem I had is my foot starts to burn and tingle. I think this is Mortons neuroma, from what I have read on the internet - it's a common running pain. For me, this is a common pain, and seems to lessen its intensity after a while. Anyway, that's the only problem I had today.
Sometimes I listen to music. Not often. But, today I did, and I kind of got into it. Some of the uptempo songs got me to kick it up a notch. I wouldn't want to run everyday with music, but it worked for me today. Good idea to mix things up and not get stale, eh?
Tomorrow is a running rest day, but I'll do an hour of ST. I have a lot of free weights and a small home gym, a Weider 8530 multi station, which I've used for years and years. Looking forward to tomorrows work out already. Love the endorphins.
Thanks for reading and have a great day.
Saturday, June 02, 2012
Had a small venue 5K race this morning. This race was very close to home, so we got up at 6:00AM, donned my race clothes, had my coffee and oatmeal and jumped in the car. DW drove me there, she's not been racing but likes to go with me. Got there early, it was already 77 degrees, humidity was 86%. Not ideal for a me, who desires a PR at every race.
Grabbed my packet, and did some warming up.
Here's a group of the runners at the start line. There were only 41 of us. I'm on the right in the red shirt.
The guy in the yellow shirt, in front of me is 55 years old, and in my age group - 55 and older. He looks about 30 years old and was way faster than me - hence, he kicked my butt in the AG. :)
I was able to start slower than usual this time, remembering to not come out so quickly. AT the middled of the race, we took a ramp up which runs over a large street. Down the ramp, then did a U turn - up the ramp, down again, and was halfway there. I train with hills a lot, so wasn't too concerned, but they did take a bit out of me, as I didn't slow down much. The heat and humidity was also not helping. Being a new runner, and having only run in cooler weather, the heat is something I must train myself to accept.
I admit I was feeling pretty raggedy after the hills, but I pushed myself to 187BPM on my heart monitor. I really wanted to slow down, but there was another old coot right in front of me, and I didn't want him to beat me.
Eventually, he did, though. I met him later, and found out he was a running instructor and had been running for 30 years, and was a year older than me. Here we are, chatting after the race.
I did manage a bit of a "kick" at the end, but I paid for it. Took me a bit of time to recover. The clock here shows 26:49, but the website says 26:48:7 as my official time. I call it 26:48 though. :)
It was good enough for a 3rd place in my AG - 55 and older. I took 11th overall, out of 41 runners.
Today was my scheduled long run, and I would've typically done 10-11 miles today. So, once I got home, I went right back out and did another 3 slow miles. It was getting hot out by that time of day, well into the 80s, so I did a lot of walking.
Still later on in the day, and I'm feelin' fine again. No aches or pains, and in a great mood from the endorphins!
Thanks for reading, and have a great weekend, what's left of it!
Thursday, May 31, 2012
I worked on my old 63 Falcon for hours yesterday and today, put on a new carb, lubricated the speedo cable, and a few other things, which required crawling under the dash. Not so limber as I once was, can't wait to see how my back reacts tomorrow.
I rested for a bit this afternoon, then hit the weights for an awesome workout in the Florida afternoon heat. Did an hour of upper body high reps, low weight. After a cold shower, I feel great!
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