Monday, February 03, 2014
Saturday, February 1, 2014, I was in Sedona, Arizona to run the marathon in support of a nephew who was running his first. There were four of us running, my wife, my nephew, and his girlfriend were entered in the marathon.
The plan was to run, not race, the marathon. Initially, I planned to run at a pace of around 9:15 per mile. But since one of my training partners recently ran 13 miles under 9:00 pace, I felt compelled to run the first half at a similar pace to show that I am able to run at her level. She ran in snow but I ran over hills at altitude and with about 50% trails so I called that even. I ran the first half at 8:50 pace and then slowed down with a plan to spend more time looking at the awesome scenery and forget about my watch. Here are pictures from the course:
Mile 2 view.
View after turnaround.
At around 6.5 miles, the course changes from paved road surface to dirt road. I thought it would be easy on the feet but it was rocky and I spent a lot of time criss-crossing the road to find a smoother path. No running tangents here. Instead I was thinking of the original In-Laws movie with Peter Falk yelling, "Run serpentine, Sal!"
I felt at the turn that I had spent too much time in the last few miles looking down at the road surface and not at the spectacular scenery so I decided to focus on the views instead of the trail. Big mistake! Anyone who runs with me knows that I barely lift my feet of the ground when I run. It hasn't been very long since I last tripped and fell on a sidewalk during a run and I can show you a crooked finger which I broke after tripping over about a 1/4 inch break in another sidewalk. Can you guess what happened next?
Just before the 14 mile mark, I stumbled over a rock. Slight tweak of right hamstring, slight pull of piriformis. No big deal. Then not far after the 14 mile mark, I tripped on a rock. Smashed a toe, major pull on my piriformis, which is a small butt muscle that I have chronically injured but learned to deal with. OUCH!!!
I carried on for while, then decided my training would be ruined for weeks if I did not get some treatment and ice. So I did.
Ended up with an 18 mile run which is not too bad. And I think I'll be able to run again in another day or two. So my 26.2 mile training run became an 18 mile training run. Since the same medal was given to those who ran the 5k, 10k and half marathon, it was decided that I earned a medal. I could be talked into returning to do the half marathon which is completely on pavement but I am now crossing all trail races off my schedule.
Thursday, January 02, 2014
That's my story and I'm sticking to it!
I had some good race results in 2013, some nice vacations including 2 bike trips, and got my skin cancer taken care off.
What I did not have are 12 injury free months. And any weight loss, except maybe 3 pounds.
In adding up my bike, run, walk mileage for 2103, I was not happy to be reminded that my mileage for February was: 11 miles biked, 42.7 miles run, and 28.6 miles walked. February may be a short month, but that is not what I'd like to see again.
My plans for 2014:
Run 1,500 miles including an easy, scenic Sedona marathon on 2/1 and a sub 3:30 marathon in Toronto on 10/19. Maybe, just maybe, I'll do the 100K I planned to do in celebration of turning 62 on September 6 at age 63.
Bike 1,500 miles, including another multi-day bike trip somewhere. This will include miles from Spinning classes.
Walk 500 miles. No increase from 2013. Prior to becoming a Sparker, I HATED walking. Maybe because when I was forced to walk, it was usually because of an injury that prevented me from running. Now I find that I enjoy a nice quiet walk. Or a walk with friends.
Get my weight down to 180 for my youngest daughter's wedding in October.
If I can go 12 months injury free, I think I can meet these goals. Heck, it is almost 4:00 p.m. on 1/02 and I haven't broken a New Year's resolution yet!
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
I'm reading Holy Orders by Benjamin Black and the main detective in the story was given this advice in training: "Never jump to conclusions about a person until you know all the facts about him -- and the fact is, you'll never know all the facts."
Thursday, November 21, 2013
I haven't been running many road races so I decided to run a few in 2013. I ran 5 and won an age group in 4 of them.
Here is a report:
4/21/13 Burgh’s 10K
2nd 60-69, top 15% overall. 47:43 (7:41 pace)
Started slow and felt unsure of what pace to attempt. Satisfied with result.
6/01/13 Run for Alex 5 mile
2nd 60-64, top 27% overall. 41:07 (8:13 pace)
Very hot with some very tough hills. I walked on one! Next year, I will not!!
8/24/13 Finley’s Fighters 10K
1st 60-99, 10th overall. (7:36 pace)
Nice little race in Connellsville. Fast out and back on a rail trail so maybe not technically a road race but it felt like one. Went out too fast and crashed.
11/03/13 EQT 10 Miler
6th AG, 1:17:10 (7:43 pace)
Cold, some hills in the early miles. I had a hangover and did not feel like running so this time surprised me.
11/10/13 Outer Banks half marathon
1:43:38 (7:54 pace)
3rd AG, 163 of 2717 (top 6%)
Unlike the 10 miler a week earlier, I took this race seriously and expected to better (or at least match) my 10 mile pace over the longer distance. Best laid plans... Wicked hamstring cramp at 5.5 made me shorten my stride and slow down. 30 MPH headwinds from about mile 8.5 to 11.5 were brutal and had me just hanging on. I correctly figured the winds would be hurting everyone and did better by place than expected even though with a slower time.
A pretty good year. But not nearly as good as 2014 will be!!
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