Thursday, January 31, 2008

40 minutes for 4 miles on the treadmill.






I hate treadmill.

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Forecast calls for drizzle, 4 miles and 68 degrees

Warmer, humid and wet. Drizzled all the way. Shower felt glorious afterwards.

Mile 1: 9:09
Mile 2: 9:14
Mile 3: 9:24
Mile 4: 9:03

Time: 36 min 54 secs
Pace: 9:13 min/miles
Shoes: Asics Kayano XIII (187.28)
Weight: 174 lbs.
Calories burned: 510.3 kcal (829.7 kcal/hr)

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Swimming

Another 40 minutes late Sunday afternoon. This one was a little tougher to finish. Perhaps running 4 plus miles in the morning had something to do with it. I'm getting tired of swimming. I think I'll lay off until next weekend before venturing back into the pool.

Run

7 AM. Another beautiful running morning. Cold, foggy and humid. Around 40 deg or little colder. Another long sleeve and gloves weather...... and shorts. It was perfect for a nice slow run through the neighborhood.

Mile 1: 10:09
Mile 2: 10:04
Mile 3: 9:45
Mile 4: 9:47
0.36: 3:32

Distance: 4.36 miles
Time: 43 min 18 secs
Pace: 9:56 min/miles
Shoes: Asics Kayano XIII (183.28)
Weight: 174 lbs.
Calories burned: 556 kcal (770.5 kcal/hr)

Saturday, January 26, 2008

RTW 5K

First run since the marathon. A beautiful running weather. As usual, I employed the "Go out as fast as possible and just hang on 'cause this cannot last more than 30 minutes so long as you don't puke" strategy. Everything went quite well except for the chest area which felt like it was going to explode near mile 3.

Mile 1: 7:39
Mile 2: 8:29
Mile 3: 8:30
0.1: 0:48

Time: 25 min 28 secs
Pace: 8:13 min/miles
Shoes: Asics Kayano XIII (178.92)
Weight: 174 lbs.
Calories burned: 395.7 kcal (932.2 kcal/hr)
Temp: Cloudy and 41 (long sleeves and gloves)

Shout out to Dr. Rick Cook (PhD in Hundred Mileaology), Dave Smart, Karen Felicidario, Jon Walk, Bill Dwyer and Rich Cooper. Nice to see y'all.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Chinquapin Trail

Went trail walking today in Huntsville State Park. It was wet and miserable but I was ready with layered clothing, water proof hiking boots and dry snacks. I also took a poncho but thankfully, it wasn't necessary.

Most of the Chinquapin Trail (which is almost 7 miles long) is used for the trail running events that take place in Huntsville. In fact, I was having flash backs to Rocky Raccoon 25K and Sunmart 50K. However, when hiking, you get to see your surroundings which is very different from running because when you run around these trails, you are always staring straight down to make sure you don't trip over anything. Being a nasty cold and wet weekday, I might have been the only person at the park. Did not see another soul except the park ranger.

Next time, I'll hike the Triple C Trail. Looks to be about a 10 miler.

Friday, January 18, 2008

Swimming, swimming, swimming

I can't run and I can't walk well so the only exercise left for me to do is swimming. I've been swimming every other day since the marathon for 40 minutes at a pop. I can tell that my cardio is pretty fit because I just don't tire. I get into a good rhythm and I just zone out. Next thing I know, it's time for a shower. My plan is to stay off the Kayano's until the 4th Saturday of this month and hit the RTW 5K race. I hope my hip will feel better by then. I'm targeting an 8 minute mile pace for that race without puking at the end.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Hungry

It's 11:30 PM, all through the house not a creature is stirring. I have a raging hunger and cannot sleep. Where did this sensation come from? Why can I not get muffaletta out of my mind? I am going to buy a big chunk of it tomorrow and I shall devour it. Tomorrow.

Gone Fishing...

Or hiking. Whatever. Anything but running.

I swam today. 40 minutes. Swimming must be the best antidote for a marathon fatigued body. I feel great!

Monday, January 14, 2008

Garmin Time

I wore the 205. This was my first race experience with the Forerunner.

So here is Garmin Data:

Time: 5:31:08
Ave. Pace: 12:30/mile
Distance: 26.5 miles
Calories: 3,264

Having burnt off 3,000 plus calories, I thought about eating a huge portion of something heart clogging and so totally fattening. Unfortunately for me, I was queasy all afternoon.

Disney Marathon Souvenirs



This year's medal looks quite difference from previous years as this year's run marked Disney's 15th anniversary Marathon. Disney folks also handed out "special" gifts to a dedicated few that has competed in all 15 marathons. The long sleeve tech shirt is also pretty cool. I saw many runners wearing the tech shirt at the airport last night. A few Goofy runners were wearing all 3 medals. I would too if I was that good. But alas, I just barely finished 26.2 miles. Can't possibly imagine doing another 13.1 like Mr. Dykas of the Cooper Jamoosh fame.
Numbers, numbers...
12,964 finishers
6720 male marathoners
6204 female marathoners
I came in 7754th overall, 4620th male finisher.
5:31:07 chip time
Splits:
49:38 @ 5 miles
1:40:57 @ 10 miles
2:16:14 @ half
3:51:15 @ 20 miles
I basically sucked. Temperature gauge on the rental car's thermometer was 61 degrees when I got out of the car around 3:45 AM and 79 degrees on my way out of Epcot's parking lot. It was humid, 90 percent humidity I think. There was more than enough water and Powerade throughout the course. 25 water stops! Most I've ever seen in a marathon. Marathon start was split into 2 groups, starting off on different road until the two groups joined up just passed mile 3 inside the Epcot center. This allowed for pretty smooth 1st water stop and no stop and go. I never felt bunched up. This was very good. (I guess this might be something new for this year.)
Funniest part of this whole thing was sleeping the night before the event. I set my Timex for 3 AM, wake up call at 3 AM and the bed side clock for 3 AM. I was just outside the gates of Disney in an Embassy Suites and was literally 10 minutes to the staging area. Disney wanted runners to be at the staging area by 4AM so thus the early wake up time. However, I must have jumped out of bed about 4 times thinking I missed the alarm. Can you imagine flying all the way to Orlando and not being able to run because you slept through the alarm? So, not so much sleeping.
The left toe held up fine through out the run. Right hip socket on the other hand was a disaster. It started to hurt around the 6th mile. At every water break after that point, I had to stop and stretch the right leg in various directions to relieve the pain. By the 15th mile however, it just simply hurt raw. Normally, most pain subsides with walking. This pain was hurting whether I ran or walked. Sigh. Thus hobbling became my gait. Every 5 miles or so, there was a nice air conditioned Disney bus by the aid station. These buses would take me back to Epcot. I was sorely tempted to but the thought of returning home without Mickey Medal was just inconceivable. I hobbled onwards. By the 24th mile, it was so painful that I really wanted to just quit and sit on a bench. But 2 miles, how can I resist 2 more freaking miles? I must have told myself a bazillion times that this would be the last marathon ever! Just like back in college when I'd be puking up a storm and swearing in that drunken stupor that I will never drink like that ever! LOL.
So there you have it. A sad story of agony and of total defeat at the happiest place on earth. I'm so there for the 20th anniversary Marathon.

Steve Bezner in Continental Airlines Magazine!!!

On my flight to Orlando, flipping through the in-flight magazine, I came across this article. I did a double take because the photo was so familiar. As it should be, it was Steve Bezner!!

Friday, January 11, 2008

Prelude to 2008 Disney World Marathon

Happy New Year Everyone! Hello Tiggs!

Sorry for the lack of postings. Much events have been happening around me lately and it has occupied a lot of my time. Leading up to today, I have racked up some terrible times at the 25K and the 30K, attributable in some part to warm weather but mostly to my lack of fitness.

Looking at the Orlando weather for this Sunday, it seems my warm weather trials will continue. Weather.com forecasts a starting temperature of 60 degrees and possible 74 degrees by the time I'm done. I wish it would be 10 degrees cooler but why fret over details you cannot control?

I am nursing a huge left big toe sprain I sustained about a week after the 30K. I hyper extended all the ligaments that hold the toe. It swelled up tremendously. It's mostly better now but still hurts.

My other problem is the right hip socket. It started to hurt like crazy around the 15th mile of the 30K and has gotten progressively worse. To alleviate the pain, I have taken off from running since last Saturday. Hopefully the extra rest will let me run pain free.

On a happier note, Continental Airlines informed me this morning that I'm being upgraded to first class. How cool is that? I'd rather be upgraded on the return flight but beggars can't be choosers. Thank goodness for Elite Membership.

Good luck to everyone running half or the full this weekend. I hope to bring back one cool looking Mickey finishers medal with me. Perhaps I'll wear it all the way back to Houston.