Saturday, June 30, 2007

10 Miler

5 AM alarm. Why o why do I insist on getting up this early on a Saturday? Does anyone else have debates with yourselves about this? This morning, ID kept arguing for more bed time. 20 minutes into the debate, EGO decides enough is enough and beats the crap out of ID. Super Ego just watches....... ID regains consciousness by the 3rd mile and is having a great time with the endorphins. Woo hoo!

At 5:45 AM, the run begins. This 10 miler is a new course mapped out yesterday with the help of gmap-pedometer that takes me to Cochran's Crossing shopping center. This gives me flashbacks from last year's Woodlands Fit group as we sometimes met at this place in front of Alamo Joe's restaurant before the long runs. How quickly a year goes by.

Run Summary:

Distance: 10.0167 miles
Time: 1:39:54
Pace: 9:58/mile
Shoes: Kayano XII (209.8 miles)

Yesterday, I followed a friend to Luke's Locker on West Gray. She had bought a pair of Asics Gel-Nimbus couple of weeks ago from Luke's and had been having all sorts of blister problems with it. This was her 3rd pair of Nimbus and was lost for answers as to why this pair gave her so much trouble. Luke's staff didn't have the right answer either but fit her into a new pair of Nike Vomero's. Luke's gave her a full refund for the Nimbus. LUKE'S LOCKER ROCKS!

Live Long and Prosper.

Thursday, June 28, 2007

Not Sleeping In

Back to normal weekday running schedule. Alarm goes off at 4:50, snooze until 5:05, out the door by 5:15 and cool down by 5:45.

As is the norm these days, I slept ran the first mile.

Mile 1: 9:41
Mile 2: 8:29
Mile 3: 8:11
0.1: 0:43

Time: 27:05
Pace: 8:44/mile
Shoes: Kayano XII (199.7 miles)

Next up: 10 ~ 11 miler long run Saturday morning.

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Sleeping In

Slept in this morning. The alarm was set to 4:50 AM. No matter. Once I came around, it was 6:2o AM, 10 minutes before my normal departure time for work. Darn.

So this meant running after work. Not as palatable in the summer months but what else to do?

Time: 7:30 PM
Temp: 85 F
Humidity: 73%
Heat Index: 95 F
Distance: 3.1 Miles

Mile 1: 8:42
Mile 2: 8:36
Mile 3: 8:14
0.1: 0:43

Time: 26:16
Pace: 8:28
Shoes: Kayano XII (196.6 miles)

Intent was to do a slow recovery run from Sunday's long run, but once the mile one time came in at 8:42, I thought I could maintain a nice tempo run pace despite the heat. I managed to keep pace however, the body was struggling, my finishing heart rate was 180, substantially higher than my normal 150 range. The run was a struggle but sitting here after a cool shower and a nice cold bottle of St. Arnold's Amber, I am feeling pretty content. Now I feel much better about keeping pace with "weak ankle" Barb.

Sunday, June 24, 2007

8.9 Miles

Time to start stretching the long run distance. October is not too far away.

The alarm went off at 5 AM. The snooze button was hit about 6 times. Body was still feeling the effects of Friday evening workout and the abusive powers of a 12 gauge shotgun from Saturday's Pigeon shoot. Plus it was cloudy and drizzly. Perfect recipe for sleeping in.

Or not.

Time: 6:30 AM
Temp: 74F
Humidity: 86%
Distance: 8.9 Miles
Time: 1:28:11
Pace: 9:54/mile
Shoes: Kayano XII (193.5 miles)

Timing was impeccable. I did not get rained on. The streets were wet and puddles were everywhere.

I came back just drenching in sweat. Sunday is starting out pretty good.

Friday, June 22, 2007

ZZZZZ

Tough run. One of those days where every step feels out of sync. Just didn't have it today. Glad it was over when it was over. Oh well. Take good with the bad I suppose. Shooting for 9 miles this Sunday.

Mile 1: 9:38
Mile 2: 8:48
Mile 3: 8:27
0.1: 0:46

Time: 27:41
Pace: 8:55
Shoes: Kayano XII (184.6 miles)

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

5:15 AM. I'm standing on the edge of my garage, burst of bright light indicate lightning somewhere over the tree line. Do I stay or do I go? I have my technical shirt, shorts, socks and Kayanos on me. I can see the bursts of lightning but I cannot hear it. Is it coming towards me or away from me? Hard to tell. If I die, I'll die while doing something I like. So I go.

Mile 1: 9:04
Mile 2: 8:24
Mile 3: 8:03
0.1: 0:40

Time: 26:12
Pace: 8:27/mile

No sleep running today. Boy was I wide awake. Lightning has a tendency of doing that. Incidentally, the lightning storm was heading my way. It got closer and closer. That was motivation enough to run well. Amazing how alive you feel.

Monday, June 18, 2007

3.1 Miles

Why does 5 AM roll around so quickly?

Run Summary:

Mile 1: 9:47
Mile 2: 8:45
Mile 3: 8:14
0.1: 0:44

Total: 27:31
Pace: 8:52/mile

Sleep running mile 1, awake by mile 2 and off to the races by mile 3. Thought about a lot of things during mile 2. I am sleeping in tomorrow morning....at least until 5:30 anyway.

Even more F1 Race

Humanity, humanity.

Even more humanity!

More F1 pictures

The famous Indy Tower...
I was amazed at the sea of humanity after the race. There were lots of European, Japanese and Brazilian fans. This is probably the largest gathering of foreigners in Indiana.
This is Massa's car. Italian fans went crazy every time he passed by, which was about once every 1 minute 14 seconds.
Ferrari has the largest following or Ferrari Fans just likes to carry their flags everywhere.

F1 Race Indianapolis


I got very lucky and got to go watch the Formula 1 race in Indy. Sorry for the lack of cropping but these raw images will have to do. This was my first F1 race and it was pretty cool!
The trip included a round trip flight on this Gulfstream jet. Our seats were at Grandstand C and this was where the cars were coming down the straigt-a-way to a turn. The cars were zipping by at 200 + MPH.








This BMW car caught fire right in front of us with about 7 laps to go. I think the driver was in 5th place when this happened.


Ferrari fans were out in great numbers cheering on their driver, Mr. Massa.

Saturday, June 16, 2007

7 and Half Miler

Clarification on the last post. The beer was spilt while typing my last entry which occurred around 8:30 PM Thursday night. It would be really cool if I could drink a bottle of beer and go out for a run and not throw up or something.

Now back to regularly scheduled programming...

This morning's plan was to get out of bed at 4:30 AM. That would have allowed me to finish a new 9 miler course I mapped out. This would have allowed me to get to work by 8:30, at which time a training class would have started. But silly me, I didn't get out of bed until 5:15 and didn't really get out of the house until 5:30 and that only allowed me to run my 7.5 mile loop around Alden Bridge.

Legs were tired, not sure why but at least the heat doesn't seem to bother me too much anymore.

Distance: 7.5 miles
Time: 1:13:00
Pace: 9:44/mile
Shoes: Kayano XII (175.3 miles)

Thursday, June 14, 2007

5 AM

Another ho-hum run. I think even the mosquitoes are still asleep at this hour.
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I just spilled some Shiner Bock on the carpet. I cleaned it best I could. Hope the wife unit doesn't notice.

Anyway, back to running. At that hour, only slightly strange people roam the streets. There are runner who I come across. Sometimes, these folks scare the crap out of me. Running in woodsy area in the dark does not give you ample warning that someone is approaching. When they come across you, they seem to pop right out of darkness...... I suppose that might be good for aerobic conditioning since your heart beats like crazy when this happens.

Other than runners, you come across workaholics driving out of their driveways who claim they are "trying" to beat traffic into work when in reality, they just wanted to get to their work at 5:30 AM and get a head start on everyone. Trouble is, these workaholics are also at work until 8 PM at night because the rationale is, why wait until tomorrow what you can do tonight?

Boy am I tired. I'm practically falling asleep typing this. This whole entry is becoming quite irrational.

Once again, I had trouble staying awake. I think I sleep ran the first mile.

Mile 1: 9:44
Mile 2: 8:50
Mile 3: 8:17
0.1: 0:40 (wide awake now, sprinted home)

Time: 27:32
Pace: 8:53/mile
Shoes: Kayano XII (167.8 miles)

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Another quick run around the neighborhood. It was really really hard getting out of bed today. I think I sleep ran the first half mile. Body was also pretty stiff. Side effect from spreading mulch over the weekend.

Start Time: 5:15 AM

Mile 1: 9:40
Mile 2: 8:29
Mile 3: 8:08
0.1 Mile: 0:44

Time: 27:03
Pace: 8:43/mile

I know I didn't exert enough effort today. Heart rate at the end of the run was 144. I need to be in the 150's for a normal run and above 160 for serious effort. Today's 3 miler classifies as junk miles. Legs were super tired and the body stiff but it was one of those great to be alive runs.

Sunday, June 10, 2007

Run around the neighborhood.

Time: 6:30 AM
Weather: 72 deg. F., 91% humidity
Distance: 3.1 miles
Mile 1: 9:26
Mile 2: 8:34
Mile 3: 7:45
0.1: 0:44
Total: 26:30
Pace: 8:32/mile

By the way, official race time for yesterday's RTW race was: 25:59. What a difference 30 seconds make. Yesterday, I thought I was going to die, today, the whole thing felt "what a great morning to be running" pleasant.

Saturday, June 09, 2007

RTW 5K

Another death defying act brought to you by yours truly.

I'm glad I discovered RTW racing when I did. It was my first certified race and it was where I picked up my running bug. Usually it is a low key affair. Today was an exception as the 7 Hills running club came down to challenge the Woodlands running club to a 5K race. The Woodlands club won.

But anyway, recently I've been training to lower my pace to Barbara Boone's pace, and wanted to see how much faster I've become. So RTW 5K in this blistering heat was it.

Mile 1: 7:49
Mile 2: 8:27
Mile 3: 8:56
0.1: 0:46

Total: 26:00:23
Pace: 8:23/mile

Today's race strategy was to go out as fast as I can and hold on. (Stupid is as stupid does) I was really close to hyperventilating after the first mile. This just shows that I need to further boost my aerobic capacity if I want to drop my times to the 25 minute range again.

So why do I run as fast as I can on a hot and humid Houston summer morning? A question I get asked frequently by my non-running friends and family from up North. I'm not sure myself, but I know I can so I run.

Have a great rest of Saturday! I'll be spreading 4 yards of mulch.

Thursday, June 07, 2007

79F 74%

Yikes! 5AM and the temperature is 79 degrees F with 74% humidity. Hottest morning run yet for this year I think. At least the muscles don't need to warm up for too long since it is so warm. It felt good to be running and sweating. Slow and steady today.

Distance: 3.1 miles

Mile 1: 9:45
Mile 2: 9:00
Mile 3: 8:25
0.1: 0:44

Time: 27:56
Pace: 9:00/mile
Shoes: Asics Kayano XII (155.4 miles)

Nice negative splitting.

Tuesday, June 05, 2007

June 1 - 1 Holden

A rematch of Sunday's crappy run. Same course, same runner, one hour earlier.

Distance: 7.5 miles
Time: 1:10:52
Pace: 9:26/mile
Shoes: Kayano XII (152.3 miles)

Late morning business trip to Tulsa afforded me an opportunity for vengeance. I ran the same route again just to wipe off the smirk from the 7.5 mile loop course I've been running lately. On Sunday, it beat me up pretty good affording me only a 10:55/mile pace. This morning's 71 deg. F with 87% humidity was just as bad as Sunday's weather but I got out at 6 rather than 6:45. This morning's pace of 9:36 pace felt good. Really good. Some days, I just love running.

Now I gotta scoot and get to IAH pronto.

Sunday, June 03, 2007

June. June used to be my favorite month when I lived in Chicago. That was the first month of the year where you were pretty much guaranteed that snow flurries wouldn't occur. The day was long, neighbors you haven't seen since previous September were once again tending to the lawn, planting flowers and washing their cars.

From a runner's perspective, June in Houston is a great training month. Miserable though it may be, summer running in Houston will get you fitter and faster in the fall. You just need to slog through heat, humidity and slow times.

Since the average low temperature is in the 70's, it is important to get up and run before the sun comes up. When that happens, the temperature quickly shoots above 80. At that point, exercise turns into a survival training as you need to watch for symptoms of overheating and dehydration.

Run Summary:

Start Time: 6:45 AM
Distance: 7.5 Miles
Time: 1:21:55
Pace: 10:55/mile
Shoes: Kayano (144.8 Miles)

Yes, there was a lot of walking today. Legs were also dead from yesterday's work out at the Y.

Friday, June 01, 2007

Full Moon at 5 AM

There was a full moon at 5 AM today. Nice and easy 3 miler under the moon light. It's great to be alive and fit.

Distance: 3.1 miles
Time: 28:23
Pace: 9:09/mile

Shoes: Asics Gel-Kayano XII (137.3 miles)