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My Weekend in Brief: "Stayin' Alive" Despite the BG's

Monday, May 02, 2011

Last week was my first week back in full training mode and with all the good runs, I was looking forward to Sunday for my first long training run with a schedules 8 miler. However, I was sidelined by an evil stomach bug.

Saturday started normal enough, but as the day wore on I felt more and more tired and sluggish. My wife complained of feeling nauseas and tired, but went out with her friends for the evening as planned. I stayed home with our daughter, but as the night wore I found myself questioning why I was feeling quite so tired and immobile. By 8pm I had begun to feel nauseas, too, and checking the clock and my phone quite often to see if she was close to returning. I was contemplating my strategy if it happened that I needed to rush to the bathroom, but fortunately my wife returned before I had to implement my strategy.

After a restless Saturday night, I was feeling a little better on Sunday morning, but my stomach was still complaining enough for me to rule out an 8 mile run. As the day wore on my stomach slowly improved, but not enough to be able to get in any kind of run. My intestines were still working things out which my wife did not appreciate.

Today, I feel mostly better - with only a case of the BG's (my apologies to my boss and cube-mate).

Tomorrow I have a 5 mile run scheduled for the morning and at this point that seems at least a 95% certainty. At 8am I have a "work capacity test (WCT)" for fire which involves walking 3 miles with a 40 pound weighted vest in less than 45 minutes. Completing both of these seems like an excellent stand-in for Sunday's missed 8 miles run. In the past I would probably skip the 5 mile run, but this new me is looking forward to the challenge.

Go, me!

  
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KKINNEA 5/3/2011 10:53AM

    Nice, you can do it! Take it a little easy in your run and the weighted walk should be no issue.

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Successful Training Sessions

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

This week is my first week back into full training after the Summerlin Half Marathon on the 9th. Sunday's botched 6 - oops - 5.5 mile run didn't go as well as planned, but Tuesday's and today's runs were real confidence boosters.

Tuesday run was supposed to be a 5 mile run, but it was windy and I was tired and had only set my alarm for 5am instead of 4:45. In short, I didn't have enough time to get all dressed and hydrated and out the door by 5:10, so I shortened my run to 4 miles.

I started out running into a brisk west wind, but I knew that meant I would finish my run with a tailwind. As usual, I didn't decide how fast I wanted to run until I made it around the corner and then I decided to try a good tempo run to test myself out for the first time since my last race.

I felt like I was running quickly, but when I checked my watch I didn't seem to be running quite as fast as I felt. I slowed down a little bit as my run progressed, but finished the last mile and a half strong with the tailwind I was waiting for. I thought I might have a fast time for my first three miles, but was only at 27:58 when I checked my watch. However, with my my strong push I finished the 4 miles at 36:31 which ended up being my fastest time for this 4 mile route by a good 45 seconds, and my second fastest 4 mile training time. Pretty good for a windy day just a week and a half later - and I wasn't even pushing myself at PR pace.

Today's run was scheduled to be a 3 mile run. I do a lot of PR tests and interval training on my 3 mile days, and today I again decided need to be some sort of longer interval training. Sometimes I've run short intervals where I sprint between lamp posts (approximately 100 ft), but if I want my interval training to reap more benefits, I need to make the intervals longer. At the suggestion of some other SparkPeople runners, I decided to do quarter-mile (aka 400m) intervals - which would conveniently be about a block, each.

I felt pretty fast, but I didn't want to overdo it, so I tried to stay somewhere just a hair faster than 5k PR pace. I didn't time any splits; I was doing it all by feel. For my first rest interval I slowed down, but still was running faster than most of my recovery runs. I managed to keep up my pace for most of the intervals, though I did feel like I slowed up at least some on the last couple intervals.

When I hit my finishing spot I hit my watch and was pleasantly surprised to see 26:09. Not my fastest 3 miles, but pretty darn close to it (a sketchy 26:02 that I hit during a 4 mile run back in Nov) and not too far off from my 5k PR time of 25:50. All that while running interval training.

So, maybe I was running my off intervals a little too fast. Or, maybe that means I should've been running my on intervals a little faster. Either way, it means I should have the energy for a 5k PR one of these days and hopefully a good 10k time in June!

  


Did I Do That?

Monday, April 25, 2011

This is now at least the fourth time that I've done this. And it's really annoying. It's not horrible, but it is really annoying.

Today was a 6 mile run, and I wanted to run in a different direction that I have been running, lately. So, I looked up my saved routes and found a 6 mile run that took me down and right instead of up and to the left.

Now, I wouldn't be writing this blog post if I had read my map correctly. The full route would have been 6.15 miles, but I walked the first block, so I knew my route *should* end up pretty close to 6.10 miles.

I usually run between 9 and 10 minute miles on my runs, so I expected to finish a little under 60 minutes. My next race is a 10k and I ran the first 6 miles of my last half marathon in just over 53 minutes - though, granted, they were all downhill - and I wanted to push myself in today's run to see how close I could get to 53 minutes. I wasn't going to go all out, so I knew I wouldn't beat that mark, but I wanted to at least get close.

The two miles are downhill, and I checked my watch after the first mile and found I ran it in just under 9 minutes. If I kept that up, I knew I would finish right around 54 minutes. However, I knew there was an uphill from the second mile mark to at least the 4 mile mark, so I was pretty sure I was going to slow down from this pace - which I did.

Other than the first mile, I intentionally ignored my watch since I hadn't run this route many times and I wasn't sure exactly most of the mile marks would be.

So, I was very surprised when I turned the corner to my sub which should've been almost exactly 6 miles and saw my time was 49 & 1/2 minutes. I knew immediately that I must have either miscalculated my route or taken a wrong turn. I finished in 51:01 and was a little irritated at myself for ending up with a route shorter than my scheduled 6 miles, tho I wasn't sure just how much shorter.

When I got back inside it took me a few minutes to figure it out, but sure enough. The previous time I ran this exact route, when I would make the turn off the main street, I have to instead run an extra block and then come back to add an extra half mile to the run, otherwise I end up with 5.5 miles - which is what I ended up running, today.

Very annoying, but hey, at least I still ran 5.5 miles.

  
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KKINNEA 4/25/2011 1:10PM

    This is why I love my Garmin - I always forget where I wanted to make turns so having the satellites telling me the mileage makes a huge difference.

I'm aiming for a 53 on this weekend's 10K as well - we can do it! Or at least try! :)

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GO! GO! GO! Stop?

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

I am usually a pretty laid-back guy who still likes to work hard and move fast, but I like to take extra time, if I can, and take extra time to relax. I can't take too much time to relax, tho, because that's when my tendency to think too hard and too deeply makes me fall into a melancholy mood.

However, right now I'm having a problem with life moving too fast. So much going on and no time for me to stop and relax and let my mind decompress. I need some time off. Life right now feels like a constant "GO! GO! GO!" and I just want to say "STOP! Wait a minute, please!" so I can get my bearings, and take a deep breath. So much going on with no let up in sight.

I just need to take a moment to breathe. A moment to let the world continue on without me. But just for a moment.

  


Coming Up Next...

Monday, April 11, 2011

The more I think about Saturday's race ( www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=4157024
), the more pleased I am with my result. I am surprised just how far back i finished in my age group and in the overall men's standings, but I don't really care because I was running against myself, not against anyone else. And the more I think about how well I did, the more I think about my next couple races.

In June, my sister-in-law (who is running a race every month this year) will be running the "Running With the Devil" 10k and I'm going to run the same race. Ever since my first half marathon I've been dying to run a 10k as I skipped straight from running 5ks to running half marathons. This will be a tough 10k as it will be rolling hills and most likely in the heat of the Las Vegas summer at the end of June, but as long as I keep doing my training I should be more than adapted to the heat come race time.

In August is the run I am really excited about. The ET Full Moon Marathon, half marathon, 10 & 51k. This race is run at midnight on the "Extra-Terrestrial Highway" near Rachel, NV not far from the Nevada Test Site and Area 51. I plan to do the half marathon. The fun part is running near Area 51 at midnight with a full moon. Most of the runners (unless they choose to drive themselves) will be bussed to the start line. The first 6 miles of the race will be an 800 foot climb while the rest of the race will be a 7 mile descent of similar elevation down to the town of Rachel and includes a post-race meal at the Little A'Le'Inn.

Hopefully, with a little bit of hill work over the next few months, I will be able to rock both of these races with hopefully a nice PR and maybe even a sub 2 hour half marathon! Regardless of the eventual outcomes, I can't wait!

Bring it on!

  
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BENDIEB 4/15/2011 5:51PM

    I am really impressed with your Trojan Spirit! Fight on!
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JCP1979 4/12/2011 9:31PM

    That midnight run sounds fun! - especially the twist of running near Area 51 lol. I used to run lots back in the day and am going to try and get back to it. It will take time but hopefully I'll get there :)

Good luck getting ready for your upcoming races!!

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KKINNEA 4/12/2011 2:33PM

    I know your feelings on your depth in the chart - MN is full of tremendously fast runners so I always just try to beat my own time! :)

You'll love the 10K - it's half of a half! Sounds like you have some fun ones planned.

I'm strongly considering the Las Vegas Rock n Roll half in December if it's still open.

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ABSOLUTZER0 4/12/2011 1:18PM

    That is the good thing about running in races. You are running against the clock! We all have a common goal...Finish! Sometimes we do get caught up in the moment, but in the end it is about being better than ourselves. Making progress and being happy about it! Good luck with your upcoming races!

Run Hard. Finish. Leave Nothing!

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LADYGWEN25 4/11/2011 9:11PM

    great job! i think you did well. :)

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