Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Lunges...with 8 lb weights

My Sunday visit to the Y was relatively uneventful. Thus no posting regarding the visit until now. I found 8 lb weights by the stretching area and being a curious dude, I grabbed them for my lunging routine. 30 sets per each leg. Today, I can feel my glutes.

Can you feel your glutes today?

Monday, May 28, 2007

84% Humidity

Ahh, summer running in Houston. Anyway you slice 84% humidity, you come away with a sweat drenched shirt, short, socks and sometimes, if you run long enough, shoes. Today was one of those days, running my 7.5 miles Alden Bridge Loop, I was soaking wet by the second mile. By the third mile, I wasn't able to cool off and started to over heat. What's a Houston runner to do? Slow down and if that isn't enough, walk some. At least I got my run in before the sky opened up and decided to rain again. I have yet to turn on my lawn sprinklers this year. So I guess the Houston drought we experienced the last few years have finally come to an end.

Distance: 7.5 miles
Time: 1:15:58
Pace: 10:07/Mile
Shoes: Kayano XII (134.2 miles)

Saturday, May 26, 2007

Official Times for Astros Race for the Pennant

Official Chip Times from ITR.

Holden Choi 27:10
Francesca Choi 29:46

Our very own HRB'er Christy Gonzalez finished right before my wife. In fact, Christy's gun time was 30:29:00 and my wife's was 30:29:80 meaning that Christy was right in front of Francesca. How funky is that? Christy's chip time was 29:57.

2007 Astros Race for the Pennant

My first Memorial Day Race was a family affair. Wife Frannie came down to run despite suffering from a cold. She took 2 Ibuprofen tablets and a cold medicine right out of bed, then proceeded to suck down a cough drop right before the race. Her comment was, "If you get to run a 50K race with a nasty cold, I get to run a 5K race with a nasty cold." Since we were both running, our kids Allison and Alex came down to the park and waited for us by the first base seats.

Thank goodness the temperature was cool. I had a lot of fun dodging runners in the first mile. This would have been annoying at a marathon but when you are only running 3 miles, who cares? As the run wound down, we got to run into Minute Maid Park. Cool. Band was already playing. Way Cool. The only negative came right after you finished your run. The chip removers were stationed right at the finish and was causing one serious congestion. You were not able to walk it off as I like to do after a run. Otherwise, it seemed pretty well organized. The food was excellent and nothing seemed to run out. You could grab your food, then sit in the stadium to enjoy.
I ran into Karen Thibodeaux at the start and Junebug right after the race. I met a few readers also who came by to say hi!

Run Summary:

Mile 1: 8:02
Mile 2: 8:57
Mile 3: 9:22
0.1 Mile: 0:51

Total: 27:13
Pace: 8:46/Mile

Obviously too fast of a start for current fitness level. Francesca ran it in 30 minutes plus change.

Sunday, May 20, 2007

Running Muse (Is that a real word?)

We probably experienced the last great running weather this weekend before the onslaught of summer heat and humidity. I ended this week with two 5K runs and a 7.5 miler. Not exactly on a torrid pace to get ready for any type of distance run. However, one does what one can under the circumstances. I probably need to lay off running for a few weeks to get the tender right knee to heal up. The back side where the hamstring ends is giving me tightness issue. I've been stretching them on regular intervals to appease it.

Run Summary:

Distance: 7.5 miles
Time: 9:41/mile
Shoes: Asics Gel-Kayano XII (117.4 miles)

I'm staring at a new pair of Kayano XIII that I bought recently. That is my motivation to get the mileage to pile up on my current pair.

My wife Francesca and I will be at the Astro's Race next weekend. Hope to see a bunch of you there!

Saturday, May 12, 2007

Alden Bridge Loop

I have a favorite weekend course that is not too long and not too short. It has enough elevation to make your heart race but not enough to cause a cardiac arrest. It's my very own course and I call it, "The Alden Bridge Loop." The course is 7.5 miles long, it starts and ends in front of my house and it involves going around the Alden Bridge Loop, the same loop used by the RTW 5K. This morning, I timed it just right so when I was at the Crownridge and Alden Bridge intersection, I was able to see the RTW 5K runners racing by. The very first runner was John Yoder, aka Pizza Man, who already had a half block lead against the next fasted runner. I was surprised to see John as he doesn't usually venture this far north and before my brain could send a command to my vocal cords to say "Hi Pizza Man!" he was gone. A few runners later, I saw Jon Walk who was in the midst of racing two 5K's this morning.

Run Stats:

Distance: 7.5 miles
Time: 1:14:55
Pace: 9:59/mile
Shoes: Asics Gel-Kayano XII (103.7 miles)

It's encouraging to note that my fitness level is slowly returning and I am slowly becoming re-climatized to the hot and humid Houston summer weather.

Impluse purchase of the week: Asics Gel-Kayano XIII (like I need another pair of running shoes right now.)

Thursday, May 10, 2007

2008 Disney World Marathon

Costs a bundle, but must get a Mickey medal. My Fall racing schedule is shaping up thusly.

October: Chicago Marathon
November: HMSA 25K
December: Sunmart 50K or Sugarland 30K
January: Disney World Marathon

Must stay injury free.

Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Another 3 Miler

7:45 PM, in front of my drive way, decked out in my favorite Red Nike running shirt, a navy blue New Balance shorts, navy blue Nike socks and my favorite Asics Gel-Kayano XII. I set my Timex to Chronograph, hit the start button and off I went. Being a dad and all, before all that, I had to pick up dinner at Buca di Beppo, drop off dinner at home, change quickly into running gear, drive over to the Y, pick up son from Tae Kwon Do and then drive back home...whew.

I think the weather was a little cooler and less humid than Monday. The run, I'm happy to report, went much better.

Mile 1: 8:28
Mile 2: 8:18
Mile 3: 7:58
0.1: 0:44
Pace: 8:13/mile
Shoes: Kayano XII (96.2 miles)

At the very spot I quit on Monday, I told myself that I won't be getting any tiramisu for dessert I got at Buca di Beppo should I quit today. That was motivation enough to get me motoring all the way to the finish line.

Next Run: RTW 5K, Saturday, 12th of May.

Total: 25:31



Monday, May 7th, 2007, 7:15 PM.

Attempted a quick run around the neighborhood after work and suffered defeat. After chugging along at 9 minute first mile, 8:30 second mile, I had to stop and walk with about half mile to go. It was either walk or throw up violently. This I must say is the first 3.1 miler in a very very very long time where I actually could not sustain a running pace and had to ... gulp... walk to the finish.

Time: 30:10

I have disgraced my ancestors.

Sunday, May 06, 2007

Slow, slower and slowest

I've re-acquainted myself with Houston's warm and muggy weather yesterday morning, resulting in slowest pace for 2007 with the exception of the Houston Marathon. It just comes and hits you out of nowhere around the 3rd mile. I knew it would happen soon, but you're never fully prepared for it.

Distance: 7.5 miles
Time: 1:25:11
Pace: 11:21/mile
Shoes: Asics Gel-Kayano 12 (90 miles)

Right leg is still bothering me, getting very stiff after the run. I've been trying my best to stretch as often as possible.

I signed up to run the Astros 5K in a few weeks and 2008 Disneyworld Marathon. Goofy challenge was sold out (which was a good thing...).

For those running the Astros race, I hope to see you there!