Thursday, March 30, 2006

IAH - CLE - IAH

Yesterday, I went on a day trip to Cleveland, OH. Success of a day trip all depends on the on time departure and arrival of the outbound plane. Any extended delays during the outbound travel causes havoc to your well planned schedule.

Well, my 7AM flight to Cleveland started out well enough. The fully packed 737-500 pushed away from the gate on time. Unfortunately, some cockpit (It is now called "flightdeck." Apparently, the P.C. police had issues with the cock part of the COCKpit. Sigh.) electonics gear decided to malfunction just short of the runway. We had to turn back and return to the gate for a check-up. After about an hour of testing, the mechanics pronounced the problem fixed. After topping of the gas tank, we took off around 9 AM. Fortunately, I still had about 3 hours worth of productive time in Cleveland so all was well. No issues with the return flight except for some weather related delays. The flight was once again packed to the gills however. These day trips are very tiring.

Thursday AM fun run:

6.07 miles: 56.31
Pace: 9:18/mile
Kayano Miles: 279.7

It felt great to sweat off yesterday's travel related stress.

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Monday, March 27, 2006

HRB Monthly Meeting & Runs

Running wise, last weekend was a productive one. After experiencing some personal dissapointment at the Lucky Trails Marathon for not breaking a P.R., I was able to achieve one at the Blue Bell 10K. (Both ice cream eating and running.)

Then, last night, the club run at Memorial park was also a pleasant experience. I arrived early enough to run a loop by myself. Then, I ran the second loop with Jon, Keith, Joe and Jamoosh. Mrs. Jamoosh was also there but took off early on her run. BTW, good luck to the Jamooshes and Jan as they tackle the Big D this weekend. I enjoy hanging out with fellow runners, I kinda look forward to seeing them at races and at meetings. It's probably because I find most runners to have normal size ego's and are always ready to help out when help is requested. That and the fact that only runners understand the agony of running through the heat, the wall, the multiple injuries and going to bed early on Friday's so that you can get up way too early on a Saturday morning to go...running. This is true for Boston qualifiers to 7 hour marathon runners to 100 mile Ultra runners. Yea!

On to more running. I caught my wife going out this morning for her 5K run. Hah! So I quickly changed to follow her. I must say, the old body was a little cranky this morning from last night's run but still managed. It also felt great after this run.

Memorial Park Run:
2.9 Miles: 26.03 min., Pace: 8:58/mile
2.9 Miles: 28:59 min., Pace: 9:59/mile

5K Run:
Mile 1: 9:51
Mile 2: 9:00
Mile 3: 8:40
0.1 Mile: 0:38
Total: 28:10
Pace: 9:05/mile
Kayano Miles: 273.7

Saturday, March 25, 2006

Donald.......Medal

Blue Bell 10K Fun Run:

While driving to Brenham at 5:30 AM, one ponders many things. Such as, why am I driving to a race when it is pitch black out? Why does my Friday night entail going to bed early and eating a healthy "appropriate" portion dinner? Why does my outside temp gauge in my car read 32 deg. F?

My goal for the Blue Bell was to pace myself. I would go through the ice cream line and pick up one ice cream bar at a time. To effect continuity, I would immediately get back in line while eating the ice cream. Alas, the excitement of the moment precluded me from taking it easy in the beginning so that I could negative split. I picked out 2 ice cream bars, wolfed one down and ate the second one in line. I then picked out one bar to eat during my second stop and proceeded to pick out one more the next time. Over extending during the first stop made me hit the wall during the fourth ice cream. I think this is technically called "glycogen overload" where too much glycogen starts to become toxic to the body. When one is not careful at this moment, you will hurl.

Thus, my attempt to break John Yoder's 7 ice cream P.R. was unsuccessful.

Next Race: RTW 5K on second Saturday of April.

Rock On!!!

p.s. The 10K run was pretty cool to. I managed to P.R. this baby as the weather conditions were perfect by race time. Starting with running down hill allowed me to set a proper pace. My goal was to run a consistent 9 minute mile which I failed to do at the Bayou City Classic.

Mile 1: 8:22
Mile 2: 8:39
Mile 3: 9:10
Mile 4: 9:02
Mile 5: 8:48
Mile 6.2: 10:24 (There was no marker for mile 6)

Total: 54:29 (Prev. time: 57:57, 9:20 pace)
Pace: 8:47/mile

Kayano Miles: 264.8

Jamoosh passed me as I crested the last hill. Good job! Once again, the HRB'ers were out in force today. Jon, EQ, Cassie, Waverly, Mrs. Jamoosh and James Dykas.

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Friday, March 24, 2006

Ice Cream Training


I rarely go out to eat ice cream. But in hopes of acclimating my stomach to the decadent cold creamy sweet stuff I expect to get at the Blue Bell Fun Run, I took my family to a new Italian gelato joint here in The Woodlands.

Piccomolo. Simply, YUM. Keith, I was thinking of you as I was delving into their decadent coffee and raspberry flavors. Moderation, schmoderation. I tried coffee, raspberry, vanilla, chocolate, bubble gum and pecan flavors. They have a few locations around Houston so go and give it a try.

Thursday, March 23, 2006

Goofy Medal

While I was driving around the Disney World complex, I was envisioning running the marathon there. My long term goal is to run a 50K race in the Fall and then run the Goofy Challenge in January. I'm not 100% sure what year this will be, 2007 or 2008 but I do want to do it. It is expensive but I will end up with 3 medals for the effort. I must be Goofy...Posted by Picasa

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Recovery Fun Run

It felt safe enough to run today. I'm in the midst of recovering from the long run on Sunday. The cool weather has returned to Houston. We must all take advantage of this. Who knows? This might be the last of cold weather we'll experience until next winter. Too bad it wasn't like this on Sunday.

Mile 1: 9:11
Mile 2: 9:04
Mile 3: 8:31
0.1 Mile: 0:40

Total: 27:38
Pace: 8:55/mile
Kayano Miles: 258.6

I examined my Kayano's today before the run. It looks like it went on a rough ride. The white mesh has turned earth tone, my left bottom sole has a hole in it (where the screw went in) and my laces are also earth toned. I was tempted to clean it after today's run but I've decided to let it look the way it looked. I think it adds character. ;)

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Blue

Out with the old, in with the new. My perennial favorite running food, Clif Bar is out of favor with me. Perhaps I ate too many. I get queasy eating one now. My new favorite running food: Fig Newtons! They are easily wrapped in saran wrap and so comes with me during long runs. For the Seabrook marathon, I ate a bunch of Figs as I drove down to the race.

Weight: Despite good hydration during the race, I lost 5 lbs. That probably explains why my heart was racing a little during the last loop.Posted by Picasa

I got nailed at the Lucky Trails...

Well, not exactly. But my soul got screwed at the Lucky Trails. More on that later. First, the Marathon. I ran marathon number 2. My goal was to finish and to finish under 5 hours. Check my bib number out. 777 at the "Lucky Trails" marathon on St. Patrick's weekend. How luckier can a person get?

No P.R.'s today. Once again, I went belly up with 6 miles to go. I was on 4 hr 30 min pace through 18 miles. Then slowed a little, then a little more and by mile 23, mostly walked.

26.2 Miles: 5:17:30
12:07/mile pace
Kayano miles: 255.5

Lessons learnt today. Do not try to run a marathon a day after returning from a vacation. Do not run a marathon a day after returning from a vacation, having driven all night.

Back to getting screwed. Somewhere on the first loop, I felt a sharp pain on my left foot. I figured I stepped on a sharp gravel or something. After a while, it happened again on the same spot. After several incidents of this, I started to wonder why it only happened on my left foot. Maybe my gait was such that stepping on a gravel just so gives me the pain? Anyway, I ran the first 3 loops carefully, making sure I wasn't stepping on any big gravel. At the beginning of the 4th loop, I took my shoe off to see if anything was stuck on my shoe. Well, there was a small screw that was stuck there. It was not long enough to bother me on a flat surface but when a gravel hit the head of the screw. it would push it's way up enough to send a sharp pain. It made a small hole in my sock but did not penetrate the skin. It probably took me a few minutes to take that screw out but afterwards, I was able to run very much relaxed. Too bad I was out of gas by then.

Trail running is not easy. There were short sections of asphalt and concrete and every time I was on the hard stuff, I was glad for it's smoothness. On the other hand, I am not as sore as I was after Houston Marathon. I did the "walking down the stairs test" and passed.

Loop marathons: One advantage of a looping course is that you get to see your friends 3 or 4 times during the run. With my lucky number and my Strider's singlet, I also had a bunch of runners and supporters shouting encouragements. They were:

"Striders Rock!"
"Hey, lucky 7!"
"777 is a BIG plane..."
"Go triple 7, go!"

One disadvantage of looping is well, looping. It does get a little mind numbing after awhile. But hey, the volunteers were the best and with my cool number, they all recognized me by the 3rd loop. My favorite water station was the girl scout station. They were really energetic and enthusiastic through out the run. Overall, all the stations were very well stocked with water, Gatorade, variety of fruits, cookies and pretzels. My hats off to the organizers of this marathon. You guys ROCK!

Met another stranger that reads my blog. Mr. Stranger Runner, thank you for reading my blog and thank you for recognizing me on the trail.

Running in Houston is so cool now. It seems that every race I go to, I meet someone I know. That is cool. This time, I met Steve Bezner, Jamoosh with his St. Arnold shirt and his wife, Sarah on the trail, Keith "Rock On" Kellerher, Mr. Boone, Karen and Tim Bowler and many Striders who's names I don't know yet.

Next Goal. To set an ice cream eating P.R. at the Blue Bell Fun Run. How does one negative split on eating free ice cream? Any training tips on that?
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Thursday, March 16, 2006

Spring Break in Orlando

We are spending this year's spring break in Orlando. However, just before we left, I put in a quick run.

Tuesday 5K Fun Run

Mile 1: 9:17
Mile 2: 8:45
Mile 3: 8:25
0.1 Mile: 0:40

Total: 27:09
Pace: 8:45/mile

Kayano Miles: 229.3

I didn't bring my running shoes this time (gasp!) I guess I'm taking a mini vacation from running also.Posted by Picasa

Monday, March 13, 2006

Long Distance Vs. Short Distance Race

After having sampled a variety of distances, I 'm beginning to prefer 2 hour races. For my pace, this translates into 10 miler, half marathon, 20K and 25K races. The shorter distance races are also fun but it's just over too soon. You also get better DPM (dollar per mile) out of longer races. The only exception to this rule is the RTW (Run The Woodlands) 5K series that takes place every 2nd and 4th saturdays. This $1 race is the best bargain in racing.Posted by Picasa

Rain on the Run

No plans this morning exept to get in a decent distance. The weather was very co-operative as it was a little breezy, rainy, drizzly and relatively cool. However, I might have been too relaxed as my pace bloated out. The gait never felt smooth today. Perhaps it was the fuel belt that threw me off. Perhaps I was just having an off day.

Distance: 7.34 miles
Time: 1:16:42
Pace: 10:26/mile

Kayano Miles: 226.2

Sunday, March 12, 2006

Bayou City Classic 10K

My first 10K race.

Mile 1: 8:37
Mile 2: 8:47
Mile 3: 9:14
Mile 4: 9:32
Mile 5: 9:57
Mile 6: 10:06
0.2 Miles: 1:40

Total: 57:57
Pace: 9:20/mile

Kayano Miles: 218.8

Classic novice mistake today. Positive split all the way. Stamina was a problem. So was a little heat and humidity. I should have been able to maintain pace but couldn't. I would have liked to maintain a 9 minute pace. Too fast in the beginning and too slow towards the end. I get to try it again in 2 weeks when I run the Blue Bell 10K.

It was great meeting a bunch of HRB'ers. Congrats to Jessica and Jen for winning cool prizes from the organizers.

Friday, March 10, 2006

Seabrook Lucky Trails Marathon

This photo is from the Seabrook Marathon site. It looks to be the start of the Marathon last year. Right in the middle of the picture is Steeeve of the Striders. Right next to him, wearing #118 is a friend of mine, Mike Waldau. Mike is an Ironman triathlete. He just qualified for Hawaii Ironman race this year. I hope I'm not breaking copyright laws by posting this here.

5K Fun Run with Fran

I wasn't planning on running today but how can I resist when Fran asks?

Run Synopsis:

3.1 Miles: 26:38 (8.35/mile pace)
Kayano Miles: 212.6

During the last half mile, I ran as fast as I could. My heart rate at the end of the run was 180. My typical rate at the end of run is 150. I hope I have enough stamina to post a decent time at the 10K tomorrow. I'm shooting for 55 minutes.

Fran finished in 27:07. This is her fastest time yet. She is getting faster every week. Still insists that 5K is the farthest she will run. Posted by Picasa

Thursday, March 09, 2006

Back from the dead

I'm finally well enough to run. This morning's fun run:

Mile 1: 9:21
Mile 2: 9:06
Mile 3: 9:02
0.1 Mile: 0:49

Total: 28:28
Kayano Miles: 209.5

It was drizzling during the run. I'm still coughing a little but felt no fatigue. I hope to be fully recovered by the Bayou City Classic. In fact, I am going down to RunSport this afternoon to pick up my packet. I'm looking forward to seeing a bunch of HRB'ers at the race. See you soon!

Monday, March 06, 2006

169.7 lbs

My weight has breached a new barrier. I recorded 169.7 lbs on my bathroom scale. I have no idea how accurate this scale is, but I have been using this same scale since the start of my running last year. 1.7 lbs more and I will have lost 30 lbs. Way cool.

Saturday, March 04, 2006

2006 Chevron Houston Marathon Photo Finish

I'm still under the weather. My throat is still raw and I'm very lethargic. It's been 1 whole week now. But anyway, I just received this photo from Brightroom (I scanned it on my CanoScan LiDE 25). One block from the finish with my son Alex leading me in.