Monday, July 30, 2007

Would you like soup with that sir?

Soupy. 79 deg. F. Recovery run. Nice easy pace. Full Moon. 5:15 AM. Monday Morning. 3.1 miles. Nuff said.

Mile 1: 12:42
Mile 2: 11:54
Mile 3: 11:39
0.1: 2:52
Elapsed: 39:09
Pace: Too ugly to mention
Shoes: Kayano (244.9 miles)

Spent more money today. I am going back to Chicago to run the Chicago Distance Classic. This was my very first half marathon I ever entered and finished. Nostalgia and the fact that I'm going to kick ass was a strong motivator. That and it will give me a feel for the downtown area in the wee hours of the morning in preparation for my Chicago Marathon debut in a few months.

Closer to home, I also bought an entry into 10 For Texas. It should serve well as a recovery run a week after the Chicago Marathon. My fall race calendar is looking pretty crowded.

All this racing is for one purpose only. The TIR race next year. Just to throw Bill Dwyer off, I might be posting some fake running times on this blog and emailing actual times to Jon Walk.

Saturday, July 28, 2007

12.1 Miles

Saturday. All alarm clocks were turned off last night in the spirit of, "I'll get up when I get up." The bed side clock read 4:30. My attempts to get back to sleep was futile. By 5:35, I was staring out into the dark and steamy street from my opened garage door. Armed with a 20 oz water bottle, $5 and a solitary Gu pack, I set off, hoping to get back in 2 hours.

Time: 2:12
Pace: 10:56/mile

I managed to lose 3 lbs worth of sweat in the soupy mix. Glad to have had the cloud cover through out the run. Around mile 6, I came across the Woodlands Fit Yellow group on their morning run. A few even recognized me and called out my name. I still run with their yellow tag. A few minutes later, I came across the red group and then a little later still, the walkers. Thinking about all the fun time I had with them last year took my mind off the run for about 2 miles. But by the 9th mile, fatigue and hunger set in and I was forced to take several walking breaks.

Throat and lungs are still not 100%. There were many occasions today I flat out ran out of breath. It was a weird feeling, almost like I was experiencing an asthma attack. Maybe I was. Overall, I'm glad I ran, Dirt Runner was right. You just have to run it off.

p.s. If I'm not in intensive care, I should be blogging about my recovery run on Monday. See you then.

Friday, July 27, 2007

10 For Texas 2007

Registration Opens on Monday, July 30th. Click here.
Race Information:
Race Day: Saturday, October 13, 2007
Start time: 7:30 am

Registration Information

*Early Registration (July30-Aug.31) $35
*Registration (Sept. 1-September30) $40
*Late Registration (Oct. 1- Oct.12) $45
Race Day registration $55
*Walk in registration adds $5 to race fee.
Race entry fee includes:
Saucony Tech Shirt, Hit-Dri Finishers Hat, Nylon Race Bag, Post Race Party Food and Beverage

Minute Maid 7/25/07

I redeemed mine & Fran's Astro's run for the pennant 5K ticket vouchers for Wednesday night game against the Dodgers. Astros won 2-1. We were in the Mezzanine section 255. They were pretty good seats. (I've been told that there really isn't any bad seats at the Juice Box).

Due to the baseball game, Wednesday ended pretty late. Thus, getting up early Thursday morning was not to be. But I was able to get out there around 7:30 PM after work and get in a run. I rank this run worse that Tuesday's.

Mile 1: 8:56
Mile : 8:34
Mile 3: 8:23
0.1: 0:49

Total: 26:43
Pace: 8:37/mile

Legs and joints were screaming for a walk after the first mile. Lungs were threatening to walk out on me. The throat sucked the most but I was able to hold off on the coughs until after the run.

Dirt Runner sez I should run off the cold with a nice 12 miler this weekend. I think I'm going to do that. I just need to decide if that is Saturday or Sunday. I'll set the alarm for 5 tomorrow morning and if I feel relatively good, I'll run.

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Some Running

Wow! Who turned off the heat and humidity this morning? I think I actually felt some shiver! Running Gods must like me. It welcomed me back this morning with cool dry air. Nice! Too bad the old body wasn't up to par.

Run Summary:

Time: 5:00 AM

Mile 1: 9:42
Mile 2: 8:55
Mile 3.1: 9:18

Total: 27:55
Pace: 9:00/mile
Shoes: Kayano (226.6 miles)

Still coughing a little but much more under control. I might try a 12 miler this weekend or just hang with Jon and the RHP at the RTW 5K.

Sunday, July 22, 2007

Still No Running


Still coughing up phlegm. Tire easily too. So I used this weekend to rest some more. Good thing we had "Deathly Hallows" lying around the house. I was a little surprised to see the word "Bitch" in the book. Don't worry, it only occurs once. I wish I was a wizard......

I hope to resurrect my running this week. Perhaps Tuesday.

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Hand Written on Moleskine Notebook

CO 1623

Flying over to New Orleans for a day trip to Houma. Visiting one of our biggest customer's facility who is experiencing quality issues. Captain just came on and said that we're just east of Beaumont, scheduled to land just about on time despite leaving almost 30 minutes behind schedule. Or should I say, departed the gate on time but hung around the taxiway for about half an hour.

I have not had a chance to go back to running yet. I find that had to do when you cough up phlegm. This "mild" cold is lasting longer than I expected. But what is one to do when confronted with these situations? In the past, I did not take these situations well. Angst and uneasiness about falling behind in training schedule brought stress. Now, I look upon these downtimes as a time to let my joints and muscles to recover, to rejuvenate, to be ready for the next the TIR. LOL.

As I look at my training schedule now, I am going to be a week behind target. I was to have run a 20K distance last weekend. I did not. But so what?

Sleep. Yes, I need to figure out how to get more of it. 2007 is turning out to be a sleep deprived year. Most years, I was able ot average 7-8 hours of sleep. This year, especially since I decided to do weekday runs in the morning, I have been averaging about 6 hours of sleep. I am not getting used to this change in habit. I am constantly tired during the day. Bad thing is, even on non-running days, I cannot seem to sleep in. Apparently, I cannot get used to 6 hours of sleep but can get used to waking up early. Sheesh. The only way to solve this dilemma is to go to bed around 9 PM. Well, having been a night owl all my life, this is one habit I am having supreme difficulty in breaking.

Looks like we're decending now fo a landing at MSY. Holden out.

P.S. Damned hard landing. Ouch!

Monday, July 09, 2007

Under the Weather

Sore throat, dull headache and just flat out tired. I think I've come down with something. No running since Friday. Oh well. Still, it didn't stop me from biking to the Y yesterday for weight training and biking back.

For txrunnergirl and her kiddo, Flix Technology on my Timex is an auto illuminating feature useful when running in the dark. With a flick of a wrist, the night light on the watch illuminates for 3 seconds. Here is a brief description from Timex.

"It incorporates the Timex Flix system, which activates the Indiglo night-light with a simple flick of your wrist. To activate FLIX, put the watch into Night-Mode by pressing and holding the Indiglo night-light button 3 seconds until it beeps. With the watch in Night-Mode, a forward "flick" of the wrist with a sharp "stop" will activate the Indiglo night-light for three seconds."

Stay cool!

Friday, July 06, 2007


Impulse buy for the month of July:

Timex Ironman with 100 Lap Memory and Flix Technology.

I walked into a Walmart the other day and saw this baby on sale for $35. Thought it was a good deal. Now I have 3 stop watches. Sigh.

Back to regularly scheduled programming. My new Timex woke me up at 4:50 AM. Time for a quick 5K. Temp: 78F, Humidity: 89%. Nice.

Mile 1: 9:21
Mile 2: 8:31
Mile 3: 8:13
0.1: 0:46

Total: 26:53
Pace: 8:40/mile
Heart Rate: 150/minute
Shoes: Kayano XII (223.5 miles)

Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Independence Run

How times change. Before my running days, holidays like today was welcomed as a chance to sleep in and eat a lot of food. Nowadays, I still sleep in and eat a lot of food. Relatively. I turned the alarm off last night so that I could sleep in. I woke up at 6 AM, putzed around the house for a while then by 6:45 AM, I was outside, all dressed up in my running attire. An hour and eleven minutes later, I feel great, sweathy and am ready for the rest of the day. Most of my neighbors are still sleeping I think.

Temp: 73F
Humidity: 88%
Distance: 7.5 miles
Time: 1:11:09
Pace: 9:29/mile
Shoes: Kayano XII (220.4 miles)

Monday, July 02, 2007

An Accidental P.R.

I had to go all the way back to April, 2006 to dig out my official 5K P.R. With the help from Dirt Runner, I was able to post 24:44 at that RTW 5K. Today's run was scheduled to be an easy 5K run after this weekend's 10 miler. I wasn't able to get up this morning, after hearing the rain and rumbles of thunder, it was an easy decision to hit the snooze bar. Even so, one should always try to run in the mornings. Your races are almost always in the morning and you get to go out before the events of the day can ruin a late afternoon run. So was the case today. I was positively P.O.'ed coming home from work and my ride home only exacerbated the situation. So, after walking the dog, I went for an "easy" run.

Mile 1: 8:20
Mile 2: 7:53
Mile 3: 7:44
0.1: 0:41

Time: 24:40 P.R! Unofficial however.
Pace: 7:57/mile

Sitting here, typing this entry, with a Shiner Blonde on one side and left over California Pizza Kitchen Pizza on the other, I feel soooo much better. Once again, I am grateful for my running abilities. I am able to use this skill to relieve myself of some serious stress. Keep running friends.