Friday, December 22, 2006

3 Miles Easy

First run since the Sunmart due to the undying cold. I am almost over it now. It felt good to be running again. I constantly marvel at the flexibility of this sport. Anywhere, anytime, whenever you feel like lacing on a pair of running shoes, you can go running.


Merry Christmas everyone!

On Vacation

Back in Orlando....

Saturday, December 16, 2006

Eat Mor Chikin

Just because.

Puffy the Pine Cone

Yes, it is true. Disney has Mikey. The Woodlands has Puffy the Pine Cone.

Pretty Woman


Last week, there was this dinner in San Antonio I was invited to. It was an invitation from the CEO of a client company I'm involved with. They also invited my CEO and a VP. As I'm pondering transportation options, I get a call from our executive assistant with instructions to be at a certain FBO at Hobby by 5 PM. When I get there, I see our company jet.
Now that was pretty cool. Fly over to San Antonio, get met by a car right by the jet and off to dinner. Then back. Ahhh, life style of the rich and famous.

Back to reality. I've had a relapse since the Sunmart race. I've contracted a nasty cough that has been lingering all week. It's bad enough that I had to miss my 5K race this morning. This counts as the first paid race I've missed.

Next Race: Houston Marathon.

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Southwest Flight 305

A quick in and out of San Antonio day. I don't fly Southwest that often due to Hobby Airport's distance from The Woodlands but for flying within Texas, I'll make that drive for the convenience of frequency of their flights. Anyway, I'm always amazed at the speed Southwest turns their flights around. They somehow do it with ease. I arrived at the gate 30 minutes before flight time and found no airplane at the gate. So I assumed my flight would be delayed. Heck no! Plane showed up 20 minutes before departure and we pulled away from the gate pretty much on time. We definitely landed on time.

It's good to see a marvel of modern efficiency. Kudos to Southwest. (I've probable jinxed myself for my return flight.)

Recovering nicely from Sunmart. Other than tender connective tissues around my ankles, nothing else hurts.

Monday, December 11, 2006

Epilogue: Sunmart 50K

My Official Time: 7:09:27 (according to Dirt Runner, a.k.a. Rick Cook, a.k.a. Geaux Running)

Running Huntsville trails are many times harder than road running.

Light softer running shoes do not stand up well in uneven, wet, tree root infested trails. My lower leg muscles and connective tissues took a serious beating. (i.e. Kayano's sucked)

Softer surface does not allow for nice rebound. Quads worked extra hard. It started to cramp during the last 12 miles. It's still sore today.

Groin pulls hurt a lot. Especially when you are very far away from the finish area and from any aid station.

Knees do not take a beating. Everything below the waist hurt but not the knees. Amazing. It is true, road running is hazardous to your knees.

Twigs, dirt, thorns, gravel and sand will make it into your shoes. I saw veteran runners with ankle wraps. I so wished I had a pair of those. I stopped at least 4 times to empty my running shoes.

At least for me, there is no such thing as getting into a "rhythm" in trail running.

50 milers with a smile and a bounce in their stride during the start of their last 12.5 mile loop are Super Human.

According to Cool Running website, I burnt 4295 calories.

Next year, get to the park early so I can park closer to the finish area. The half mile walk back to the car after resting, eating and cooling down was one of the most painful walking experience I've endured.

It sucks to have so many people pass you during the last 10K. And there was nothing I could do about it.

Crazy as it sounds, I think I can run faster next year.

Next year, I'm going back with a pair of trail running shoes and ankle wraps.

Finally, I am amazed that I can keep my body in forward motion for over 7 hours. Folks, that's longer than most Trans-Atlantic flights!! (I am also easily amazed.)

Saturday, December 09, 2006

Sunmart 50K

Dear Readers,

I'm writing to you from heaven or maybe it's purgatory. Just so you know, there is no hydration issues, no hitting the wall and best of all, no injuries up here. You still have to work hard to get a P.R. though. I got here in a very circuitous way.

I decided to go to Huntsville this morning to "return" my timing chip. It said that I would be penalized $35 for not returning it. So despite my decision NOT to run the race, I went up to return it. Just so that I'd fit in with everyone, I did dress the part, with couple of technical shirts, gloves, hat and running shoes. Well, I met Jon Walk, Dirt Runner, Kieth Kellerher, Steve Boone, Ken Johnson and countless others. I also met two other readers of my blog and another person who flew in from London to run the race. All that excitement and Dirt Runner suggesting that I try the first 6 mile loop to see how I'd feel.

First 18 miles went very well. It passed in about 4 hours. Then everything went wrong during the last 12 miles. I rolled my right ankle 3 times, stubbed my toes on the roots several times and tripped over roots too many times to remember. I managed not to fall but with about 8 miles to go, got a seriously sharp pain from the groin. So, today, I also learnt what a groin pull feels like.

I crossed the finish line in 7:10, as in 7 hours 10 minutes. Which is kind of funny because when I saw Bill Cox (Humble Runner) at the 18 mile turn around, I was kicking ass and taking names.

Now, sitting in front of my laptop, I feel as if a truck ran over me. I am having difficulty getting up and generally moving about. This feels worse than last year after the first marathon. That and I'm still recovering from the cold. I think that had something to do with fatigue setting in early. I'm sure I'll get better. Now I can say that I ran 50K with a runny nose and an annoying cough. I hope I don't catch pneumonia or something...

Friday, December 08, 2006

Bleh....

Yesterday was not a good day. From cold spells to breaking out in cold sweat. I quit early and came home in the afternoon. I took a really hot bath and slept until 8PM. Got up, ate a little despite having no appetite and went back to bed after popping Nyquil.

I called in sick today, missing a meeting and a deadline. But due to modern telecommunication technology, I am still able to stare at an Excel spreadsheet and work. Yea! Hopefully, I can still finish one project. I'm taking a break right now to write this entry....

Benadryl seems to be the only thing that helps me keep my nose dry. So to counteract the drowsiness factor, I'm drinking coffee. Right now, I feel totally awake but not alert. A strange sensation.

50K is tomorrow. I'm angry at my current state. If I don't run, it will be my very first race that I'll miss. Other than $80 going down the drain, I am despondent because I trained for it and won't be able to reap the rewards. On the other hand, if I do run, I wonder if I'd finish. I wonder how much pain and agony I'd be in. I wonder how slow I'd be. I wonder if it's even worth it.

I'll go pick up my race packet during lunch anyway. It should at least feel like a mini therapy. If there is any anger left, I'll have to re-direct that energy into running a good Houston Marathon.

Bummin out in The Woodlands.

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Leinenkugel's Creamy Dark

4 days before my big date and I come down with a sore throat. I'm popping vitamin c pills like they are M & M candy. I am hoping that this is all due to hard partying and lack of good sleeping last week. I'm just tired. I just need some good rest. I hope, I hope. I'll get a good night's sleep tonight. I'm sure.

Just to make sure, I'm enjoying a nice cold bottle of Leinenkugel's Creamy Dark, brewed all the way up North in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin.

Sunday, December 03, 2006

Breaking In

I'm breaking in a new pair of shoes. I ran with Asics Gel Kayano XII. I bought these about a month or two ago and am planning to wear these for the Houston Marathon. The 12 feels much roomier than the 11's that I'm currently wearing. Perhaps the cold weather shrunk my feet so much that it just feels larger. It did feel lighter but the shoe didn't seem to fit like a glove. That's how my 11's felt the first time I wore them. Again, it could have been the cold weather making everything stiffer. Overall, it felt good. (Maybe I should have bought size 10-1/2 instead of size 11.)

Run Summary:

4.4 miles: 37:11
Pace: 8:27/mile

I'm looking forward to next Saturday's Sunmart. I think I'm ready. I just need to stay away from common colds and twisted ankles. I guess that means I won't be wearing heels anytime soon.