Friday, March 12, 2010
I signed up for a 5K race on March 20th in Highlands Ranch, Colorado. I made the mistake of telling my son Ben about this race. He exclaimed, “Dad, I have friends that running that St. Paddy’s day race! You and I can run together!”
Oh, that is just peachy!
Ben is an ex-collegian runner. He is fast. Not just recreational runner fast - he is elite runner fast! Nearly every time I run with him I end-up injured! He is 29. He can jog a 5K in under 18 minutes. He is really fast when he kicks it in high gear!
My daughter Katie called me, “Hey dad, Ben told me you are running a 5K on the 20th. I will be home on spring break and will run the race with you!”
Oh, that is just peachy!
Katie has blazing speed. Her room is full of medals and ribbons she won in high school track and cross country. She has a state championship patch on her letter jacket.
I can hear my kids now, “Come on old man - pick it up.” My reply, “Hey, this is as fast as I go!” I am not particularly slow. I run too hard when I race anyway. I don’t need my kids goading me into running way faster than I should. I am happy about this family togetherness stuff. I just can’t get over a vague feeling that my kids are running the race just to tease me!
Oh, that is just peachy!
Sunday, February 21, 2010
Chapter 1: Eating Too Much and Losing Weight
For the past 11 days I didn’t exercise much. I had too many aches and pains. I also ate exactly what I wanted. I drank beer and went out for barbecue. I ate brownies and cookies. I didn’t log a single entry into my SparkPeople nutrition tracker. I was bad! I also lost 3 pounds! I am still trying to figure that out!
Chapter 2: Running in Terrible Conditions
Yesterday I went running. I covered 3.75 miles in about 40 minutes. My training pace was 10:40 minutes/mile. I suppose I should be happy. The conditions sucked! The temperature was 14 degrees F. The running surface was snow-packed and icy. I did not have fun and was sucking wind pretty badly.
Chapter 3: Winter Sports
Like most people I have been watching the Olympics. Then it struck me -- why should I watch winter sports on the TV when I live in a Colorado winter wonderland. I can be on a Lift at Breckenridge in less than an hour. I thought I should go out and hit the slopes. Unfortunately, my wife put my ski boots in the shed, which is a black hole. I could only find one boot. The other boot is floating in outer space.
I wanted to do some Nordic skiing but I left my cross-country skiing skis at my brother’s house in Summit County. Two down, one to go!
I did have my snowshoes handy. My wife loves snowshoeing. I am not that excited about snowshoeing. I like speed and skiing is fast. Snowshoeing is not fast. At least I could find my snowshoes. I threw my snowshoes in my truck and called my Beagle.
As a local, I knew where to go to avoid other winter sports enthusiasts. I spent 2 hours snowshoeing at over 10,000 feet elevation in 10 degrees F. According to a SparkPeople, I burned over 1,600 calories. Another site dedicated to snowshoeing put the calories burned at 1466.
Here was my day. I actually had a really good time snowshoeing.
This is me in my cold weather garb. You would never guess that my ancestory is German, Dutch and Swedish.
I just pulled out of my driveway. This is the street where I live. Snow depth is about 8"
Anticipation of a great day.
Climbing up the trail - untracked paradise!
This is colder than it looks!
Mountain meadow. 10,000 feet elevation.
My tracks in the forest.
Lucas swimming in the snow.
Lunch time - Beef Jerky and a Nutrigrain Bar.
Fanny pack with food, water, Coke-a-Cola, first aid kit, matches, fire starting sticks, knife, compass, survival solar space blanket, parachute cord, and cell phone. However, the cell phone doesn't work here.
Lucas waiting for his lunch. He got a bit of Beef Jerky and a dog biscuit.
Deep in the woods. Very quiet!
Back at the truck and civilization!
Hot chocolate with marshmallows and whipped cream (250 calories). A perfect ending!
I still want to find my other downhill ski boot. I also want to get my cross-country skis from my brother. However, snowshoeing will do for now.
Tuesday, February 09, 2010
I went running today. I generally list a summary of my run in terms of distance, time and pace. I also list temperature, wind chill and humidity. I note the location and altitude. I keep track of my performance with my Garmin timer. Here is a less scientific summary of my run:
Time: Darn near dark
Location: Icy nightmare hell
Training Goal: Keep moving to keep my brain from freezing (unsuccessful)
Total Distance: One foot in front of the other until I collapse (not very far)
Ave Pace: Slow and slower than slow
Company: Alone (No one else is so stupid to run when birds refuse to fly)
Total Time: Eternity of pain
Weather conditions: Cold, damn cold
Elevation: Nosebleed zone
Post workout meal: Beer and chocolate chip cookies (Comfort food)
I forgot to tighten my right shoe lace before I started running. My foot was swimming inside my shoe. I didn't notice my shoe lace was loose until my frikin foot exploded!
You ask, "Hey Bruce, when did you start running?" I answer, “During the Nixon administration." You ask, "When did you learn to tie your own shoe laces?" I answer, "I will let you know if I ever do!"
Someday I may become a grown-up!
Monday, February 08, 2010
My training program called for a 5 mile run today. We had 9" of show accumulation and more snow is on the way. I decided to drive to the Platte Canyon High School track. First the track is the only place where I live that is flat. I also figured that the black surface of the track would have less snow. The conditions were challenging:
Date: Sunday, February 7th, 2010
Location: Platte Canyon High School Track
Total Distance: 5.3 miles
Total Time: 60 minutes
Timed Distance: 5K and 5 miles
5K Time: 30:12
5K Pace: 9:44 min/mile
5 Mile Time: 53:42
5 Mile Pace: 10:45 min/mile
Weather Condition: Cloudy, Temperature 18.1 °F, Feels Like 7.9°F, Wind 8.1 mph WNW, Humidity 98%, Cold with Blowing Snow
I enjoyed running in these conditions. I expected to wear a little trail on the track. The snow drifting over the track obliteration my footprints. I read this article on-line about running in the cold. The guy that wrote the article was giving advice on how to dress for cold weather. He said he went running in frigid conditions of 40 °F! What? 40 °F is a heat wave! I took some photos of some real cold.
Stadium and Track
98% humidity makes it foggy and really cold!
Nice and soft running surface
My footprints in the snow
Snow drift around my bag
The snow made it difficult to keep up a good pace. Overall, I had a good time and still made it back to see the Superbowl kick-off. I have some advice of my own about cold weather running:
(1) Keep moving or you will freeze;
(2) Wear fleece gloves so you can wipe your runny nose on a soft surface; (Ok - I know that is gross!);
(3) Bring a towel; and
(4) Hydrate before you leave home, but pee three times before you leave. (This one is obvious - think about it)
Saturday, February 06, 2010
I am training for some upcoming 5K races. I have a training program that I downloaded running.about.com. I looked at many, many training programs and settled on the "Intermediate 5K Program".
Of course, I completely ignore the program. My wife finds my desire, and inability, to follow a training program quite humorous. She is a good runner. She tells me, "Just run". This would be good advice if I were a better runner. Here is my running log over the past two days:
Thursday, February 4th, 2010, 5:00pm
Temperature: 28 degrees
Elevation: 8040 ft
Total Distance: 4.25 miles (Warm-up, Timed 5K, Speed Work, Cool-down)
Timed Distance: 5K
5K Pace: 10:05 min/mile
5 x 200 Timed Repeats
Comments: My left knee hurt. I kept going anyway. I never claimed to be a grown-up, or have any common sense. My timed distance run of 5K was a disappointing 31:28. But my speed work was really good. I did five 200M intervals. I would do a fast 200M followed by 200M walk (5 x 200M). My Garmin 305 pace measurements for 200M repeats were as follows:
2nd: 6:23 min/mile
3rd: 6:26 min/mile
4th: 5:05 min/mile (running as fast as I can)
5th: 8:49 min/mile (OK- I was exhausted)
I think I have a fair amount of speed. I would like to trade some speed for endurance. I am working on endurance. But I run really smoothly when I pick up the pace. I like short bursts of speed.
Friday, February 5th, 2010, 5:00pm
Temperature: 26 degrees
Elevation: 8040 ft
Total Distance: 2.5 miles (Warm-up, Timed 2 mile, Cool-down)
Timed Distance: 2M
Pace: 8:48 min/mile
Comments: My knee felt better. Lots of ice and a handful of Advil work wonders! I decided not to run very far. I was actually happy with a sub 9 min/mile pace. My training program says I am supposed to rest today (Saturday, Feb 6th). I actually may follow the program today, but maybe not.
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