Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Or, the race I almost slept through. Which would have bummed me more than losing the entry fee as this was my first official 10K. FYI: If you're running late to a time chip event try and find your way to your corral by going in the back way if possible. Literally showing up with just minutes to get to my corral I made the mistake of walking by the starting line and podium, Mayor Henry still speaking. The line must have been activated several minutes before the race start because when the horns blew and the race started the computer thinks I'm on the starting line with those faster, sleeker gazelles. Maybe this year...anything's possible, right? Just threw my official time off by a few minutes, no big whoop. I was happy just to finish on my own two feet, having passed several vomiting runners and other runners laid out on the ground getting medical care. Official time 1:06 with an average pace of 10:45, whereas Runtastic clocked me with a 10:16 per mile average.
Some pics of the days festivities:
My map of the race, or most of it.
Uh, you call it
Me at the end
2012 Fitness Goals
1. Run a half marathon
2. Bike at least 1000 miles
3. Run at least 300 miles
4. Do 10 unassisted pullups
5. Benchpress 250 lbs, even if only a one rep max.
6. Last, but not least, achieve a healthier weight of 175, or less, by September 22, 2012.
Thursday, November 17, 2011
Wow! Only 5 weeks and 3 days til Christmas. Where the he.. does the time go? Oh yeah: work, family, hobbies, internet, tv, etc...etc. I really wanted to hit my goal of 170 by Christmas but if I do that, and the crazy part of me still thinks it's possible, I'd most likely be doing more harm than good in the long run. My new goal is to crank up the strength and get a close to 185 as possible. Which is no easy feat if you read the articles that spread gloom and doom on how the average person will gain 5 to 10 pounds between Halloween and New Year's. Still I'm going for it. Aim for the moon, but even if you miss you'll be a heck of lot further along than when you started. Who says you can't improve on a good thing?
The Skinny on Holiday Weight Gain well.blogs.nytimes.com/2007/11/22/th
Friday, September 16, 2011
Yep, happened again yesterday doing the HIIT (Hi Intensity Interval Training) workout. Just before the 7th or 8th sprint my right sneaker felt loose and sure enough I forgot to double tie my laces. Had to take time to re-tie both as the other one wasn't far behind in wanting to come undone. Just what you don't need if going for a new personal best. Not that you can't accomplish great things with untied laces, just look at Usain Bolt. He won the 100 Meter and set a new world record at the 2008 Beijing Olympic games, all with his left shoe untied.
Still, if we can make our runs and races easier why not. So here's my list of things I've come up with to do just that.
1. Double Tie Your Laces (oh, you've heard this one before.)
2. Blow your nose! You think it's funny but it's not :) Runners know that everything gets "juicy" as you get going. Sweats bad enough, no one wants a wrist band covered in boogers too.
3. Run with water. It's amazing how a dry mouth/palate can affect performance, but it does. A little goes a long way and I usually make it through with 8-12 oz per hour.
4. Warm-Up Don't be afraid to walk around, jog in place or even stretch before hand. Your run will be that much better for it.
5. Cover your nipples (c'mon guys and gals that's medical terminology. And if that offends you you'd best skip the Wiki) and other hot spots with tape or other friction aids. The longer the run the more damage you can inflict on yourself so plan accordingly. Blisters can make your run unbearable or stop you dead in your tracks.
6. Don't Eat Within 2 hours Of Start - That's kind of a personal preference and some may be able to get away with an hour or even less, but do the research and see what others think and put it to the test. I've run after not having eaten for 4 or more hours and had some really good runs. Eating too soon before the run/race starts diverts blood from your muscles (where you'd like it) to your intestines to help digest the food you just ate, sapping performance and, maybe even worse, paving the way for some killer cramps and/or nausea. You have about an hour of energy stored in your muscles so save the "Goo" for after that 5 or 10K, unless your running longer distances.
That's my list so far. Have I missed anything? What tips and tricks do you use to get you through your runs? Thanks and be safe out there.
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