Saturday, November 17, 2007


I started driving our kids to their respective activities starting at 7:30 AM this morning. By 11 AM, I finally got an hour and half of free time. So, lacing up my Kayanos and wrapping the Garmin on my left wrist, I went for an hour of running.

Mile 1: 9:15
Mile 2: 9:34
Mile 3: 9:46
Mile 4: 10:02
Mile 5: 9:48
Mile 5.81: 9:13

Total: 5.81 Miles
Elapsed: 55:56
Pace: 9:37/mile
Calories Burned: 797
Temp: 75 deg. F

So much info......and I haven't even loaded the CD onto my laptop yet.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Does it play in Peoria?

Another camera phone shot from a recent trip to Peoria, IL. Corn, corn every where but not a single sweet corn to eat.

Fall Colors!

Taken with a Camera Phone on a recent trip to Charlotte, NC. Fall colors were in full bloom! The scenery was breath taking. Wow! I wished I had a proper camera on me but alas, the camera phone had to do from behind the windshield as I drove.
First run with my Garmin.
Well, I kept looking at it to check my pace. It was too dark to see and I hadn't figured out where the back lighting button was so every time I ran by a street light, I caught myself checking my pace. Hmmm. Well, it was telling me that I ran 3 miles at 26:19 and that my pace was 8:46. After the run, I figured out how to work the autolap feature so next time, I'll get you a mile by mile breakdown. Surprisingly, it does not feel bulky once you get going.
Has anyone tried to wear this onto an airplane? I wonder if the Garmin will freak out if you turned it on during flight with one mile autolap? It'd be beeping a lot and your pace would be pretty wacked out as you'd be "running" at 500 miles per hour. I'm quite sure it will acquire the satellites if you put it next to a window.

Sunday, November 11, 2007

2007 HMSA 25K


Exhaustion. My weekend race schedule has been pretty ambitious since October and I finally paid the price for it today. The body just gave up after a few miles. Live and learn I suppose.

Mile 1: 8:58
Mile 2: 8:54
Mile 3: 9:30
Mile 4: 8:59
Mile 5: 12:04
Mile 6: 10:12
Mile 7: 9:56
Mile 8: 12:11
Mile 9: 12:30
Mile 10: 11:50
Mile 11: 13:16
Mile 12: 14:04
Mile 13: 15:36
Mile 14: 15:07
Mile 15 & 15.5: 20:34

I thought very hard about quitting after each lap by the Wortham center but resisted both times. Not sure why.

It is always great to see familiar faces at these events. First person I ran into was Coach Bill Dwyer of Woodlands Fit who was talking to Jim Braden when I walked up to him. Then Coach Cooper of Woodlands Fit came by. Waverly was there in the Woodlands Running Club tent also. Then Ed Quarles came by. I hadn't seen Ed since Yuri's Night 5K. Then a few miles into the race, I saw Jen on a bike. She was volunteering as an AED/EMT. I forgot to congratulate her on her NYC Marathon P.R. But such is the case when you meet someone so suddenly. Then Jessica ran by, I think she might have been after another P.R. She was gone after a few words. I also saw Mr. & Mrs. Jamoosh. I wonder if she OK'ed his tattoo. Finally, there was Jon Walk by the turn at downtown, encouraging all the runners as they went by.

Special thanks to Jen who gave me a handful (all I could carry) of ice during the last loop. I put some on my head and ate the rest. It was refreshing and very much appreciated.

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Garmin Forerunner 205

The geeky part of me is winning out. I'm now a proud owner of a Forerunner 205.
I think Jen ran a 40 minute marathon P.R. after training with a Garmin. If that's not a vote of confidence for this product, I don't know what is.
Looking long term, I need all the help I can get to do my part to defeat Coach Dwyer's team at TIR. (gosh, I think I forgot their team name....)

Sunday, November 04, 2007

Biking with Fran and Alex. Daughter was watching the Bee movie with friends.

I watched the Marathon trials last night. I was glued to the laptop for the entire race. Being able to watch the whole thing without commercial interruption was pretty cool! I was most impressed with Brian Sell. Not with his speed or his supreme athletic talents but I was impressed with his desire to qualify. To come charging in from where he was to 3rd place finish was absolutely amazing.

I wonder how Ryan runs in the heat? Besides from dirty and dusty air, it is going to be pretty hot in Beijing.

By the way, why does it look like these elite guys don't look like they're out of breath or breathing remotely hard while cruising at sub 5 minute miles? And when they cross the finish line, they just stop and wave and don't even appear to be sweating? I swear Paula was sprinting the last half mile but when she crossed the finish line, she just stopped, smiled and waved. How do they do that?

All that marathon coverage from NYC is making me want to put my name in the lottery for next year's race. Is there a 2008 ING NYCM in Holden's future?

p.s. My right achilles is bothering me a little. It's not painful or anything but it has been reminding me all day that it's there.

Saturday, November 03, 2007

2007 Rocky Raccoon 25K

11:19/mile Pace

Beautiful pleasant day for trail running for sure. This is my second Huntsville race. The first was Sunmart 50K last December. As noted before, trail running is very different from road racing. You are never properly "balanced," there is no "rhythm" to your run and you are constantly turning and going up or down. Ground is uneven, there are roots, ruts and loose gravel to trip you over if you're not careful. You are always looking down watching out for anything that can trip you over or roll your ankle.

Despite all that, you are one with nature, away from civilization and sometimes, can have long stretches of the forest all to your self. I ran 12th and better part of the 13th mile on my own, sometimes wondering if I was lost.

My legs are very tired at this moment but none of the joints hurt. One of the bonuses of running on soft surface.

Today, I was very grateful for running the 25K. As I saw the 50K folks head out for their second loop, I was having flashbacks to last year's Sunmart.

This is a new trail running distance for me so it's a "P.R." I'm glad to have broken 3 hours.

Next Race: HMSA 25K - Back to road racing!