Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Extreme Tapering

That means no running. Hopefully, I won't go to mush but with right shin acting up severely, I've decided to give up running for a while. I have not run since last Monday so I'm going on 8 days and counting. Most of the discomfort has gone away. I am contemplating going back to running this Saturday at the RTW 5K. There is not much to write about on a running blog when you are not running. So there you go. No run today, or tomorrow or for the next few days.

Have a nice day.

Thursday, January 13, 2011


3rd 20 miler long run has now been completed as of last Thursday. As usual, I'm getting a little restless with the tapering. This time, it is also exasperated by shin splint problem on the right knee. Logic tells me I should blow off most of the remaining runs to recover as much as possible. The irrational side wants me to go out and run the remainder of the taper runs. Why? because the remaining runs are easier, funner and most importantly, shorter.

While running the Christmas 5K, I rediscovered the fun-ness of a low key 5K race. So despite my logic led tapering, I went over to run RTW again last Saturday. It was not going to be pretty as I was still beat from the last 20 miler. But if no PR was in sight, I was hoping for some free schwag that Luke's always brings to the race. The night before, both Alli and Alex had committed to running with me, as long as they could get out of bed. These are teenagers. They never get out of bed on weekends if they don't have to.

I saw Vince Atannucci once I got there. Knowing that he passed me during mile 3 of last 5K, I decided to follow him and hang on and see if I could finish with him. Well, silly me. I was able to stay in his shadow for just over a mile and perhaps if I was well rested, I could have probably followed him all the way. But I ran out of gas and had to slow down.

Mile 1: 7:20
Mile 2: 8:17
Mile 3: 7:47
0.1: 0:49

3.1 miles: 24:14 (official time: 24:13)

I did win a Nike South 2008 tech running hat and 2009 Run Thru The Woods T shirt so I came home with a consolation prize. The hat is awesome. It would be $20 plus retail I think. Ahh, contentment :)

Running Part 2:

Well, the day's running was not done yet. Now for more fun running. After finishing up some breakfast pancakes and coffee, I headed out to meet Karen at Shadowbend and lake Woodlands. She was in the midst of a 41 miler in preparation for 100 mile trail run in February. (Kinda makes my marathon seem so insignificant lol). I ran a nice 4.3 miles with her, Christy and two great college kids that attend St. Anthony. Running is a lot of fun when you do it as a group. This was a great reminder of that running fellowship. Plus I got to meet Christy for the first time after knowing her only through the internet for the past 4 years.

Monday, January 03, 2011

New PR!

New 5K PR. Santa gave me a nice Christmas present. The RTW 5K Christmas Day edition 2010 was RD'ed by Jon Walk who volunteered to put this race on for tradition sake and because he loves this sport.

Allison and Alex also came for the first time. This was their 1st organized 5K race. On our way over, Allison stated that she wasn't going to race it, just to run it and check out the course. I told Alex to not kill himself trying to catch Allison because, he can't.

It was crazy cold for Houston. Temps in the 30's I think. Cold enough for gloves and long sleeves anyway.

I was excited because I haven't been to a RTW race in a very long time. I wasn't sure what I was capable of as the only speed work I've done lately was tempo running behind Allison on her long slow weekend runs. However, I did know that if I broke 24 by a few seconds, I was going to P.R. it.

Mile 1: 7:21 Alex did not heed my caution and ran out like a rabbit to chase down his sister. Sure enough, before first mile marker came into view, I passed him.
Mile 2: 7:51 Not sure why I slowed down so much?
Mile 3: 7:38 The Attanucci's pass me
0.1: 6:07 Heard foot steps. Sped up to not get passed.

Total: 23:26

Official Time: 23:25 P.R!

This broke 23:53 set on 4/26/08 at RTW.

I'm glad I am still able to improve my time. Hopefully, this is a good omen for my marathon later this month. I just need to nurse my right shins well. It has been getting more and more painful, forcing me to reduce mileage. I have my last 20 mile long run this week and will be starting my taper. Hopefully the leg will hold out.

Allison's Time: 22:44
Alex's Time: 29:01