Monday, September 25, 2006

Easy 35

After brutal 10 miles on Saturday, today was like drinking a can of Coke after many months of well, not drinking Coke. Duh... It was a nice day for doing practically anything outdoors. What a great day. Sunday too. How strange that the cooler weather is here so soon. How pleasant.

Memorial Park was jammed packed tonight. As it should with such great weather. Going to do it again same time tomorrow night. 16 X 30-30. That should be interesting.

See ya! Good night!

Saturday, September 23, 2006

10 Miles with the Woodlands Fit

10 Miles with the Fit group today. It was 83 degrees and terribly humid at 6 AM when we all met. Trudging out of the parking lot, breathing the watery air, I started to sweat almost immediately. This was a very difficult run. As the day got lighter, the stifling air seemed to get hotter. Not much of a breeze either. Oh well. After almost 2 hours what seemed like running in the sauna, I was able to return to the Y.

Run stats:

Distance: 10 Miles
Time: 1:52:08
Pace: 11:12min/mile
Shoes: Asics Gel-Kayano XI (90.6 miles)

I'm hoping the cooler weather will get here soon. It was really great running earlier in the week when the temps and the humidity was really pleasant.

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Tour de Art Run

This Fun Run is organized by my running club, The Houston Striders. Check it out!

Saturday, September 16, 2006

Starbucks Series: The Way I See It #154

Big things start small. Rather than getting overwhelmed with the thought of changing the world, there are small steps we can all take in our lives and communities that can have a real impact. Music is just one way of making change. What will you choose?

- Goapele

Been Busy

Last two weeks have gone by in a blur. I've spent a long weekend Dove Hunting in Carrizo Spring, TX. This was my first experience with a shotgun and hunting. I have a black and blue bruise on my right shoulder to prove it. It was not a very economical endeavor for me. First day out, I spent 200 shells to kill 7 Doves. I was dissapointed since I was able to hit about 50% of the clay pigeons on a prior skeet shooting outing. Perhaps I'm now blacklisted by the PETA movement. Still, it was worth it. This has got to be the most stress relieving experience I have so far enjoyed in my 40 years of existence. There is nothing like the booming sound of a shotgun.

Tuesday, September 05, 2006


Memorial Park was practically empty this evening around 6PM. It rained a little earlier and apparently, a lot of fair weather runners decided to chuck it for a nice dinner in front of their flat panel Tee Vees. I would have joined them except that the temp this evening was on the very cool side of Houston. Plus, I got to try out an interval workout of 8 X 30 - 30. After 10 minute warm up jog, I let it loose. Ran as fast as I could. Funny thing was, there was this fast lady running in front of me and I could not for the life of me catch up to her normal cruising pace with my full gallop. Sigh. 30 on, 30 recovery run, 8 times in a row. By the last one, I was getting pretty winded. Lord knows what I'd do if these were 8 X 60 - 60.

Weather definitely was runner friendly. Felt really good after circumnavigating the park.

Run Summary:

Distance: 2.9 miles
Time: 27:31
Pace: 9:29/mile
Heart Rate: 180 (after last interval)
Shoes: 67 miles on Asics Gel Kayano XI

Monday, September 04, 2006

45 Minutes Says The Yellow Schedule

Labor Day. Thank goodness for 3 day weekends. Stepping outside, I was greeted by cooler air. Wow. Ran the first 3 miles with Fran and then went ahead to finish off the remainder of my 45 minute run. We had overcast sky with steady breeze during the entire run. I felt like I could run forever. I hope this cooler weather is here to stay. Another affirmation that Houston is a great place to live during September through May.

Not knowing what to do with the excess energy, right after the run, I took our dog for a walk, then biked to a donut shop (4 miles away) with the rest of the family. This on top of a 1 mile swim I did last night at the Y. Hopefully, all this neutralized the drinking and eating I did Saturday night, which included a big ass steak I grilled, baked potatoes, french bread, salad, deserts, Dos Equis and Becks Oktoberfest Bier.

Sunday, September 03, 2006

Coming Soon: A Book Review

I've just finished reading "Harriers, The Making of a Championship Cross Country Team" and will be posting a review shortly. Stay Tuned.....

Long Run

This week's Yellow Group schedule called out 9 miles. I got up too late to make the 6:30 roll call so it was just like the old times, running a long stretch by myself. I hadn't run since last Saturday's 6 mile due to being out of town and tired, but all that turned out to be a good turn of events. You see, all that resting has done wonders for my left foot. There was no pain during yesterday's run. However, all that bad food and lack of sleep conspired to make this a slow and tiring run. Even so, I felt alive running in the Woodlands, greeting fellow runners, bikers and occassional early morning walkers.

Run Summary:

Distance: 9.24 miles
Time: 1:39:19
Pace: 10:44/mile (Red Group Pace!)
Shoes: Kayano XI (59.6 miles)

Coffee Run Update:

Well, I have been reviewing the locations of multitudes of Starbucks in the Woodlands and have concluded that only stand alone coffee shops will be used for route planning. Also, there is no safe way to get to the coffee shop on 242 so we might have to forgo that one.