Friday, July 18, 2014
It's crazy how I'm racking up weekly mileage. It wasn't that long ago that I broke the 30 mile mark, shortly after that 40, and looks like tomorrow I will break through the 50 mile mark for the week. Glass ceilings, that's what these all are. I don't really see myself hitting the 50 mark again, but I felt that way about 40 miles as well. I just felt this week everytime I got out there to go for the 6 mile mark, and if it happened it happened. Yeah well most runs were at night, and the weather was on the cooler but still humid side, so I think that played a role in the mileage too. Some of the runs are coming in at the pace I want to be at for the November half to finish under the two hour mark now. I have been a little frustrated for a while about the slow progress on my pace, but it's getting there, and something hit me too. My biggest obstacle isn't the lack of energy or fatigue. It's my lung capacity. The thing is that I only paid attention to it in the fall and winter when my asthma puts a limit on what I can do a lot of times. In the summer, I have to run at a lot faster pace to feel the same way. On the other hand, no matter the time of year, there is only so much I can produce at my maximum effort. Prior to this, I believed that it was because I wasn't training hard enough (and in reality I don't think that's possible because EVERY run I go ALL out because I'm ALL IN this. With the everyday running, there are some days that the mileage can go get dialed all the way down to a single mile. At that point it's obviously not a distance run, and the game turns more to speed rather than endurance. What I am starting to find is that my fastest one mile times are starting to increase my quickest long run paces (and I'm not complaining.) I feel amazing to be able to just run faster and faster through a lot of the runs as they go along and go full throttle the last quarter to half mile now. All this, combined with running with lighter weight extremely cushioned shoes, has helped lay the groundwork for these results as well. I'm still not done incorporating new training tactics and continuing to gradually get down to the lightest running weight I possibly can. Speaking of shoes, my newest choice of running shoe has arrived. They are the Hoka Clifton and come in at 7.9 ounces (I currently run in the Skechers Ultra which come in a little heavier at 8.7 ounces.) I'm really excited to put these shoes on because it was actually Hoka that turned me on to the maximalist running shoe style, but unfortunately the pair I had was defective and ripped at the fabric and sole and where heavier and rather clunky. If anything, I should be all set with shoes with the new arrival today, the current pair of Skechers I have, and the other pair of Skechers I have set aside. I'm going going to use the Hokas here and there for shorter runs here and there and will incorporate the other Skechers in when the current onces wear out. As I get closer I'll determine which shoes I'll be running in the Vegas Rock n Roll half. All this effort to run a race, but it's a testament to what I can do and and effort to finish for my best time. It's crazy when I look at all the time and energy I put into this, and there are people out there running full marathons and ultras. Then again, there's people that look at the stuff I do and people like myself, and they are in awe as well. The truth is everyone is running in their own game, and it's different from person to person. What they all have in common is they set goals and reach for them while others waste opportunities and lay around on the couch in front of the tv. Here and there are news pieces about disabled people participating in races, and I only can wonder if I would have the same drive if something were to happen to me. Would it be an end to what challenges me, or would it just be another glass ceiling to shatter.