Wednesday, January 31, 2007

#5 Alive!

Streak lives! Thanks to Keith's input about needing only a mile to be official, I squeezed in a 1 mile run on the treadmill at the Y. 1 mile came in 8:23. I hate the treadmill but somehow, I felt the need to continue the streak. I am becoming all consumed by it. These streaky thinks should only be attempted by professional men of action.

Tonight's refreshment brought to you by St. Arnold's Lawn Mower.

Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Streak Continues!

No rain this evening. So, a frigid 7 PM run. It was 47 deg. F. Long sleeve shirt and gloves did the trick. There was no wind this evening, making it a pleasant run. My breath was visible however. I haven't seen that in a very long time. So another 5K under the belt. The streak will finally come to an end as I usually go to the Y on Wednesday nights to work out while Alex does his Tae Kwon Do.

Time: 25:39
Pace: 8:16/mile
Shoes: Asics Gel-Kayano XI (287.1 mile)

This run was by far the most comfortable run since the marathon. I think I am now fully recovered from it. I'll have to schedule a long run for this weekend. Perhaps I can run a 12 miler early Saturday morning.

Enjoying a mild buzz from St. Arnold's Brown Ale tonight.

Monday, January 29, 2007

Running streak!

Here is a picture from last year's Houston Marathon (my first). Alex was 8 years old when he ran it in with me.

I ran 3 days in a row. Professional man of action need not worry however, 'cause, I'm pretty sure the streak will end there. I happen to not like running in cold rainy weather. Tomorrow's forecast calls for just that. I have been pretty busy lately and have been trying to squeeze in any kind of running I can. Since the marathon, all of it have been the short 5K variety.

I find good beer drinking to be a fun activity. I have lately found out that beer tasting with a bunch of suds-o-philes (is that a fancy Greek word like an oenophile?) can be really, really fun too. Especially when the tests are helped along by triathlon and marathon participating beer wenches wearing technical shirts. I think the beer tasted pretty good also.

Saturday, January 27, 2007

RTW 5K

My plans to run to the 5K race ended as soon as I opened my garage doors. There, a downpour greeted me. Let's see, 51 degrees and pouring rain.... Perhaps it's OK to drive and not die from pneumonia.

Mile 1: 7:46
Mile 2: 8:09
Mile 3: 8:24
0.1: 0:47

Total: 25:08
Pace: 8:06/mile

Alas, no P.R. BUT, I won a hooded Nike sweatshirt. Luke's Locker rocks!

We celebrated Bill Dwyer's 50th birthday again with a great cake. Jon Walk came to volunteer. He will be running tomorrow's 3M Half Marathon. Dirt Runner was also there volunteering, he will be running the Rocky Raccoon 100 Miler in Huntsville next weekend. O N E H U N D R E D miles... Almost 4 marathons. Kudos to Juanita Smart who ran her first 5K today.

Allison and Me

Clifshots: $1.25
Entry Fee: $75
Favorite Running Shoes: $130
Running it in with my daughter: Priceless.


OK, OK, this Mastercard commercial motif is getting old, but it was a lot of fun running that last block with Allison. Strangely, she kept pulling ahead of me, I thought I was sprinting that last 10th of a mile but I guess speed is relative at that point.

Apologies to Steve Karpas for breaking the rules. Only bib numbered runners were allowed to cross the line.

Friday, January 26, 2007

Getting Faster Again

What does dry, low humidity, 40 something degree temperature cause? Faster times if you're a runner. I was able to get in a quick 7 PM run last night. This despite being super hungry and seeing dinner already laid out on the table. As soon as I got home, I changed and went out for a nice and pleasant run.

Distance: 3.1 miles
Mile 1: 8:19
Mile 2: 8:04
Mile 3: 8:00
0.1 mile: 0:48
Total: 25:12
Pace: 8:07/mile

Maybe I have a shot at setting a new P.R. at this weekend's RTW 5K. My current plan is to run over there (3 miles), race it (3.1 miles) and then run back (3 miles), to give me 9.1 miles for the day. I wonder if I'll still have enough juice left to book it during the race. But then, there is no guarantee that the weather will cooperate tomorrow.

Sunday, January 21, 2007

Sunday

Sunday. Which means tomorrow is... Monday. The weather turned nice for a change. Perfect opportunity to wash the family minivan and my sedan. That was in the afternoon.

Got another chance to go running today. Woke up at 7, which gave me just enough time to go our for a 3 mile run and get ready for mass.

Distance: 3.1 miles
Time: 26:30
Pace: 8:32/mile

I guess I should enjoy these cooler mornings that necessitates the use of long sleeve shirts. Just like yesterday morning, it took about half a mile to get comfortable with the temperature. Apparently, one thing I cannot get used to is rolling out of a warm and cozy bed to go out running on cold mornings. Just stepping out onto the garage with just your long sleeve shirt and shorts is a battle. The temptation to go back into bed at this juncture is huge. Thank goodness I ignore reason and just go running.

Saturday, January 20, 2007

2007 Chicago Marathon (October 7th)

Well, I did it. I just signed up for the next Chicago Marathon. I lived 21 years in Chicagoland so this should be a really cool race for me. Dang. It costs $110. That works out to $4.20 per mile or $27.50 per hour (based on 4 hours). Yikes! So now I have 10 months to train.

First Run

Woke up at 5 this morning. Don't know why. It was a good excuse though to go out and get re-acquainted again with my Asics.

Run: 3.1 miles
Time: 27:14
Pace: 8:47/mile
Shoes: Asics Gel-Kayano XI (271.6 miles)

The legs felt surprisingly light. Right ITB was still a little tender but other than that, no issues.
It was cold, breezy and dark. No one was out and about at that time. I think most of the neighborhood was still sleeping, and why not? It's Saturday. What's wrong with me?

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Inventory

I took an inventory of my physical condition today. It looks as if most of the ill effects of the marathon is gone. I think I can safely assume running by Saturday. (I think I can run sooner but with such weather, why rush back?)

My desires to to retire from marathon running that formed around mile 19 is also fading away. I'll review my schedule and book a marathon during this coming weekend. So, back to the grind.

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

The Most Amazing 2007 Houston Marathon Epic

The most amazing epic of this year's Houston Marathon can be found here. I am proud to be his friend. His sheer will and determination to succeed is out of this world. There really is nothing you cannot do if you put your mind to it.

Monday, January 15, 2007

2007 Houston Marathon Brief

Here is my stats according to the Official Results.

10K: 0:58:54 (9:29/mile Pace)
13.1 Miles: 2:05:07 (9:33/mile Pace)
30K: 3:09:47 (10:11/mile Pace)

26.2 Miles: 4:53:46 (11:13/mile Pace)

Everything was going beautifully up to the half way point. I was even able to run through the water stations. I mastered drinking on the run and was doing this beautifully. Then, all of a sudden, cramping of the quads, eventually followed by cramping calfs. From that point on, I would run until the cramps got bad. Then I would walk it off. Then run again until I could run no more. This went on all the way to the end. I was so distraught that I even contemplated quitting somewhere around mile 19. I have not had issues with cramping since the last Houston Marathon. Perhaps this race does not agree with me.

Even so, it is still a P.R. for me. I broke 5 hours. I just need to figure out what went wrong. More to come later. This is a very busy week for me so take care and be well.

Friday, January 12, 2007

Meb!

I'm at the Expo to pick up my package. I stumbled upon the news conference where Meb was taking Q and A. How cool! I also see Jon and Edwin amongst them.

Thursday, January 11, 2007

Groin Pull

Dear Anonymous,

Since you have the 20 miler under your belt, I'd rest up. You have already built up your fitness level to go all the way. There isn't much you can do to help with irritated ligaments, tendons etc. Rest is pretty much it. You most likely developed this current problem from overuse.

Congrats on your 20 miler!

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Hump Day

More shopping at the local Randall's. Bought some organic whole wheat spaghetti for tonight's dinner. It will be heavily ladened with garlic and mushrooms. Had to buy more rice milk. I'm drinking 32 oz a day, plus some soy milk, green tea, OJ and water in between. I think I'm over hydrating at this point but what the heck.

I'm supposed to go lift weights today but decided to skip it. Ligaments behind my knees are a little tender. It's probably from over eager stretching I did long after running the RTW 5K last Saturday. I had already cooled down but was busy watching my daughter's basketball game and multi-tasked with stretching.

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Blast From the Past - RTW 5K (8/12/06 Edition)

One More 3 Miler

Weather aside, I'm trying to decide on which pair of shoes to wear for the big run. I have a pair of Asics Gel-Kayano XI with 268.5 miles on them. This pair has been used to run the Texas 10 Miler, Houston Half Marathon, San Antonio Half Marathon, HMSA 25K and Sunmart 50K. I also have a pair of Asics Gel-Kayano XII with 16.8 miles on them. The former pair has been thoroughly broken in. I think the latter pair is barely broken in. But the XII is lighter and cushier. Decisions, decisions.

Today, I ran with the older XI which hasn't seen any action since Sunmart. I haven't run much since then and have used the new pair to break 'em in. But mostly it was because the pain and agony of Sunmart is now mentally bearable enough for me to wear running gear from that day. I'm definitely investing in a pair of trail shoes for my next 50K.

Temps: 60's and sunny
Time: Noon
Distance: 3.1 miles
Time: 26:13
Pace: 8:27/mile

I've almost forgotten about these warmer weather runs. My body started to feel it by the second mile.. I hope the forecast turns a little more favorable to the runners this Sunday.

I stopped by HEB last night and bought rice milk, french bread and Clif Shots. I've been drinking a lot of soy milk, rice milk and eating a lot of bread lately. Clif shot Mocha and Razz will be my condiments for the run. It looks as if the day will be cloudy with some chances of rain. I've ran in the rain before, I just haven't run 26.2 miles in the rain. I wonder what that feels like.

Monday, January 08, 2007

Bill and Jon in Disguise


I think I'm violating several legal and illegal copyright laws or maybe it's just "borrowing" without permission but this was too interesting to pass up. Photo taken by Debbie Tripp, shamelessly lifted from RTW's smugmug site.

Starting My 3rd Year of Living Healthy

As I mentally prepare for my second Houston Marathon, I realize the anxiety I felt last year is gone. The nervous feeling of whether I'll be able to finish the race or go home in disgrace is absent. I also remember hanging onto every tidbit of advice Steeeve typed into the cyberspace as if my life depended on it. Come to think of it, I think it did. A few days before the race, I felt it. Every free moment was consumed with infinite variations of "what if's" and how to counter them. The trouble with marathon training is that so much time and effort has been put into it that the need to finish the race becomes an obsession. This is especially true on the first one since you have never finished one before.

My blood pressure this morning was: 115/74, with a pulse of 57. Thanks to running, I have become a healthy 40 year old. I don't think I'm so radical in my lifestyle yet to many of my friends and acquaintances,I am an exercises freak who's willing to punish my body beyond reason and run insanely long distances. Ahhhh, to be misunderstood. Perhaps a sure sign of being a genius...or a freak.

Enough of this beer induces rambling. Perhaps one too many Honey Weiss beer from Chippewa Falls, WI. tonight.

Since returning home, I've only run four 5K distances with an average pace of 8:30 per mile. I seem to have lost some speed. As hard as I try, I don't have it in me to run 8 minute miles any more. Perhaps this is because I have not done any speed work since Thanksgiving. Perhaps, perhaps. At this time, I'm hoping that I still have the stamina to complete the marathon in 10 minute pace. That would be cool. My parents are flying down this coming Thursday. Marathon was not on their minds when they booked the tickets. Regardless, they will have the opportunity to see their son finish one. I just hope the weather cooperates.

Monday, January 01, 2007

Back Home

Happy New Year Everyone!

I'm back in town now. What beautiful running weather we have here. Went out for a quick run to celebrate the new year.

Run Summary:

Distance: 3.1 Miles
Time: 26.34
Pace: 8:34/mile

Hope everyone had a safe and fun end of year celebration.