Sunday, July 31, 2005
Today, I discovered a lap lane built into the resort's massive pool. It appears to be a 25 meter length one so after lunch, I did laps for about 30 minutes.
This afternoon, the sky opened up and rained for about an hour and half. So we watched a Korean movie titled, "Marathon." It was an inspiring story about a 20 years old autistic man who runs a marathon. It was very inspiring and a sad story. Anyway, he ran his first marathon in 2 hours 58 minutes. Yay!
Tomorrow, I think we are going to the MGM Studios. Lots of walking.
Thursday, July 28, 2005
In the meantime, I was able to put in a quick 5K run this morning. 28 minutes. (Amazing how I now think 5K's are a little run. I used to barely finish running this distance just last year...)
Half Marathon is now only 9 days away!
Wednesday, July 27, 2005
Sunday, July 24, 2005
Saturday, July 23, 2005
Here are my stats for today's LSD run:
Mile 1: 9.07
Mile 2: 9.27
Mile 3: 9.43
Mile 4: 10.31
Mile 5: 10:31
Mile 6: 9.44
Mile 7: 11:32
Mile 8 11:04
Mile 9: 9.47
Mile 10: 11:35
Mile 11: 13:46
Average speed: 10:37
Total time: 1 hour 56 minutes.
I walked a lot during the last mile as you can see by the time. I drank 24 oz of water during the run and two gel packs of Carb Boom! After the race, I had a 20 oz Gatorade and 40 oz of water. I think I'm still thirsty. Hydration management is going to be key during my half marathon. I think I can run all the way barring any joint problems. The reason I quit after 11 miles was that my left pelvic socket started to hurt and that must have changed my gait because my left knee started to hurt also. No problem with the right knee. I'm going to run 3 more 5K runs between now and the race and basically take it easy.
Friday, July 22, 2005
I had to go to Ft. Worth today to check out a manufacturing plant. So boring when I have other very important things to ponder... such as.... a Half Marathon!
Only 2 weeks left before the Chicago Distance Classic. Am I ready? I don't think so. I'm going to try and run 12 miles tomorrow morning. I'll feel better if I complete that run without too much fuss. What if I choke? What if the knee buckles? What if I twist my ankle? What if I just can't finish? What if the flight gets cancelled? What if I'm sick? What if? What if? What if? Is this anxiety normal? This is definitely a little different from running a 5K race.
I am Sam, Sam I am...
About 6:30 AM, on I-45, en route to Ft. Worth with a co-worker.
I didn't realize this before but apparently, this is the biggest statue of a person in the world. Is this true? Can someone else confirm that? If so, is it because everything is just BIGGER in Texas?
Thursday, July 21, 2005
Wednesday, July 20, 2005
Boeing 737-500 taxiing in IAH.
Have you ever witnessed couple of passengers having the same seat number on a full flight? I have. It happened to me today. I had seat 23F today which puts it third row from the back of the plane. It is a window seat. Being a "Silver Elite" (which is obviously the lowest ranking "frequent flyer" in the Continental Airline's world) I bolted for the plane as soon as the gate agent opened the doors. This way, I could ensure that my carry on bag would find a space on the overhead compartment. So I was second person on the plane. As I was settling in and reading the USA Today, some dude comes up to me and says, "Sir, is that your seat?" Well, duh my rear end is positioned over it so I guess it is.... Anyway, we both did have 23F. Since I sat down first, I wasn't about to give it up. So we called a flight attendant and asked her to referee our seat. She went to the front of the plane and disappeared. It was probably 5 minutes to departure time, the plane was almost all settled in, there was an announcement over the P.A. stating that this was a full flight. I'm thinking, "Too bad fella." Finally, same flight attendant comes back, looks at me and motions to the front of the plane. At this point, my mind is racing, why does she want me to get off the plane? I was here first. When is the next flight to Houston? I think it is 11 AM. What the heck am I going to do for another 3 hours? I was planning to play hookie all day today but not here in Tulsa! Should I make a scene? Would that get me arrested? "Sir, 1F. I want you to go to 1F!" Huh? Oh, 1F, sure. I'm cool.
So I went to the front of the plane, passed the force field that separates the first and the coach cabin and settled into my sumptuous leather seat and thought, "Leg room, there is leg room up here....wow."
Oh yeah, I did go to the gym tonight, worked on strengthening the upper body and stretching. I have become much more flexible than I was a few months ago, meaning that I can now touch my toes... LOL!
Tuesday, July 19, 2005
Monday, July 18, 2005
Photo of a COEX (Continental Express) ERJ 145. Check out the yellow air conditioning duct on the belly of the plane that dAVE sometimes mentions in his blog, "Flight Level 390." I was on a similar plane for my flight to Tulsa. Photo taken from seat 8A, CO2329.
Apparently, we had some bad weather around the country on Sunday. I had a 6 PM flight out of IAH (Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston) to go to Tulsa. On the way to the airport, I received an email from Continental informing me that the flight was delayed. Once I got to the airport and passed through the security, I noticed that the terminal resembled a refugee zone. There were folks all over the place. Some sleeping on the floor, some watching DVD's on the floor, some talking on the phone, some eating, some annoyed, I even came across some Asian folks who apparently lost their passport and were talking to the police. After much people watching, my flight eventually left around 9 PM. Due to the delay, I had the opportunity to try Chili's Boneless Buffalo Chicken salad with a cool plastic bottled Bud Light.
BTW, LSD run this morning did not happen. I woke up with a sore throat and decided to sleep in. With 3 weeks to go, I'm now starting to worry about conditioning.
Friday, July 15, 2005
Weight: Aside from the distances I'm building up, I have also been working on lowering my weight. As of this morning, I am now 176 lbs. This is very good news for me. I started the new year at 198 lbs. My goal for running the half marathon was 175 lbs. I think 175 lbs is a good weight level for a 6 footer with a medium build. My Austrian friend has been instrumental in helping me lose the weight. Eating right and just concentrating on burning more calories than consuming them has been the simple formula that the Austrian taught me.
Thursday, July 14, 2005
Total Distance: 3.1 Miles.
Mile 1: 9:27
Mile 2: 8:55
Mile 3: 8:38
O.1 Mile: 0:51
So I'm still negative splitting but slower. The sweat was pouring today.
Tuesday, July 12, 2005
Occasionally, Fran will buy interesting food or drink. In this case, it was Korean Rice wine. Since it it made from rice, I'm sure it is just loaded with carbs. So tonight we had Korean style flame broiled ribs (Kalbi) with lettuce wraps and the rice wine you see on the right. Yum!
Mile 1: 9:19
Mile 2: 8:52
Mile 3: 8:38
0.1 Mile: 0.52
After positive splitting at the Run The Woodlands race last Saturday, I got my negative splits back. It was a little humid this morning. I noticed window condensation on the houses during the run so I figure it must have been 80% plus maybe.
I didn't get a chance to lace up the new shoes so I ran with my older pair.
Monday, July 11, 2005
When I came home tonight, the running shoes I ordered from Kelly's Running Warehouse was waiting for me at the front door. This is the first running shoes I bought through the web. I had bought a pair of 10.5 D Asics GT-2100 from Luke's Locker in the spring. They have been the best shoes I've tried so far. The only problem I have encountered with them have been in LSD runs. During the long runs, my feet seem to swell up enough to bother the pinkie toe. The small toes seem to get squashed enough to cause blisters. So, I ordered 10.5 EE. Hopefully, that little extra width will alleviate that problem. I now have just under a month to break them in. I found Kelly's Running Warehouse on the back of Runner's World magazine. Their website is: www.kellysrunningwarehouse.com.
For whatever reason, getting any workout done on Mondays are tough for me. I had the alarm set for 5 AM today, I actually was up at that time but yet, there was no desire to go to the gym. So I packed the gym bag and put it in the trunk. Perhaps I'll go over to the Y after work. In the meantime, here is a nice stress free picture of clouds floating by in their own carefree ways.
Sunday, July 10, 2005
I followed (I think dragged is much more accurate but I digress) Fran to an auction at a model home near my house. I was amazed at the speed in which items were auctioned off. I had a list given to me by my wife with a do not go over figure and off I went bidding. I was sort of nervous and bid on this chair against myself once. He he, the auctioneer told me, "Sir, you're still the highest bidder, are you sure you want to bid again?" Anyway, we got the chair. It kind of looks good in our living room. I don't know whether it was a bargain or not but the process was fun. It was a non-stop marathon auctioning that lasted about 2 and half hours.
An artificial flower in bamboo. Going once, going twice....Sold!
Anyway, this auction had a connection to a running event. Fran woke me up this morning around 6 AM and asked if I wanted to go for a walk. I asked her if she wanted to do a 1/1 (1 minute walk, 1 minute run). She's a non-runner so I figured the 1/1 would not intimidate her. She agreed and off we went. As we were meandering through the neighborhood, we came upon a model home with a sign out front that advertised an auction at 3 PM. So that is how we ended up buying these two items. We ended up run/walking for 30 minutes.
Saturday, July 09, 2005
For me, the coolest part about Star Trek: The Next Generation is the holodeck. How cool would it be to be in any story both written and one made up by you and actually live in it? And when ever the crew wants to leave the holodeck, all they have to say is, "Computer, arch!" Any way, in honor of Star Trek, I thought I'd post a picture of a real Arch.
I've been told that the Gateway Arch is covered with T-316 Stainless Steel plate. I think the current price of that steel is about $2.40/lb.
I met up with Jeff this morning to race in the bi-monthly "Run The Woodlands 5K." (I'm in white shirt, red short, Jeff is running next to me - photo courtesy of RTW) My goal was to set another P.R. Jeff ran with me even though my pace was a little slower than his. Anyway, PR did not happen. I finished it in 27:06. Here is the breakdown:
Mile 1: 7:57
Mile 2: 8:53
Mile 3: 9:17
0.1 M: 0:57
Obviously the splits were going the wrong way. I pushed too hard during mile one and could not hold on to that pace. The weather was hot, in the 80's with high humidity. Legs were also a little heavy from yesterday's run. Regardless, 27:06 is still a PR for race conditions. I will attempt again in 2 weeks to break 26:49. In the meantime, I must get in another LSD run next Saturday.
If you wish to participate in the 5K race, check out the website, http://www.runningintheusa.com/rtw/ the entry fee is $1. Extensive statistical data is compiled by Jon Walk so it is really neat. You can track your progress from race to race. If you are further interested, also check out Jon's blog, http://houstonrunning.blogspot.com/, there are a lot of useful running information on his site.
Friday, July 08, 2005
This morning, I managed to get up early enough to go for a 5K run at 5:30 AM. This was my first run since the Monday 10 miler and I was anxious to find out whether my ligaments around the knees had healed or not. Well, the knees didn't hurt, but I could still tell that the muscles were still tired. Stretching after the run told me that all of the leg muscles I stretched were a little more tense than usual. The best part? It felt great to be running. I'm supposed to meet Jeff for tomorrow morning's "Run The Woodlands 5K." I hope I can set another PR.
Thursday, July 07, 2005
Wednesday, July 06, 2005
Tuesday, July 05, 2005
Mile 1: 10:02
Mile 2: 10:28
Mile 3: 10:28
Mile 4: 10:46
Mile 5: 10:27
Mile 6: 10:10
Mile 7: 10:46
Mile 8: 10:31
Mile 9: 11:04
Mile 10: 9:48
During mile 9, I started to notice that the outside rear part of the right knee started to hurt. The pain got progressively worse and I decided to run the last mile a little faster which seemed to alleviate some of the pain. After the run, I did ice the knees for about 15 minutes. I did not notice any swelling in the knees. The pain was most pronounced when I walked down a flight of stairs. When walking down the stairs, I could feel the pain localized to the outer edges of the knee. I'm thinking this is an inflammation of some ligaments. I think I'll take a couple of days off and see what happens.
Friday, July 01, 2005
When I announced to them that I was going to participate in the Chicago Distance Classic this coming August, both were concerned that I was pushing my luck. "Too fast, you should let your body build up much more gradually, perhaps a half marathon in January." Since I am too impatient and goal oriented, I ignored that advise.
Anyway, I have been steadily building my long distance over the past 6 weeks and concurrently lowering my 5K times. Well, after the back to back P.R.'s in the 5K and my continual increase in distance during the weekend, both Mike and Jeff came by my office yesterday to tell me that I am heading straight into a running injury territory. That I should slow down, enjoy the scenery and be content with slower progress. That it will be miserable if I am sidelined by an injury that will prevent me from running. I am sure my mentors are correct. I do need to slow down. Especially now that I've had this slight pain in my lower right back that refuses to go away. I've had it for a week now and it is not that bad except I do need to take an Aleve in the morning to take the edge off the pain. It is the dull kind.
I slept in this morning instead of going to the Y to work out on the Cybex machines. That was my compromise. But just in case I have time this evening, I packed my gym bag.
I will try to take it easy this weekend. It is a holiday weekend afterall. I promise only to do the 10 miler this Sunday morning.