Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Wed: No Run

Today was work focused and not so much run focused. Today I decided to take some time off. My legs, knees, ankles, and feet are feeling really strong but I think an extra day off during this recovery week will do me some good. So, instead of heading out for a 60 minute run I stayed home and cooked dinner with Jordan. Steak, Sweet Potatoes, Steamed Onions, and some Red Wine. I will pick up tomorrow where I left off today.

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

I woke up this morning and had no time for breakfast. Instead, I opted for the V8. That seems to help stave off the hunger. At least for a little while. I grabbed an early lunch at Saltgrass with clients. Salmon, Sweet potato, and a salad. After that I had a 20 ounce Smoothie from Smoothie King. Oh, and a Venti Soy Chai Tea Latte with two extra shots of espresso.

Run Summary:
This was an easy run. My legs felt great and the weather was cool. A cold front came through earlier that day so my evening run was VERY comfortable. I ran the usual loop route which seemed to go by very quickly. I felt like I could have given it a lot more pace but I kept it back to about 7:45 or 8:00.

Progress. I feel like I am making progress on my run. The legs are getting stronger but the real difference is in the lungs. I feel like I am getting more gas in the tank the slower I run. I am actually looking forward to Saturday's long run. I will only be 90 minutes but it should be good.

Monday, September 18, 2006

Sunday: Rest Day

I took the day to recover by putting together a new chest of drawers and constructing an over the door hanging shoe rack. I also when to the store and stocked up on some serious groceries and washed the clothes and dishes. All this took place as I slow cooked some fish soup for me and Jordan. It was a great day of rest. My reward, a few Giradelli brownies. It was a great rest day.

Saturday, September 16, 2006

Saturday: Long Run

This morning came on my pretty quick and I ate a couple of pickle slices and had about a cup of water before heading out. I've found the sodium kick of the pickle not only helps with the sodium loss but somehow it settles my stomach so I don't really need to eat anything before the run.

Run Summary: The picture says it all -->
I got out on the run by about 6:15am. It was dark, warm, and my legs felt a little stiff but after the first mile I was good to go. It was great to see all the marathon runners in training. That added a little spring in my stride, but I kept my focus on 8 minute pace.

The route was long and winding because I wasn't really sure how far out I was going to go. I knew I wanted to run about 1:40 so I set my watch timer to 50 minutes and let it go off twice. It is a great motivational tool when you run 50 minutes away from home and then realize you must run 50 minutes back. I will keep that same concept for my next run because it really seemed to work well for me.

I finished the run pretty strong and stopped by the store for a Gatorade to drink during the last few miles. That probably saved any bonking. I lost a lot of water weight and I will be taking in as much fluids as possible today. LSU plays this afternoon. I should get some rehydration out of a few pints. Besides, tomorrow is a rest day. Ahhh, rest.

Go Tigers!

Friday, September 15, 2006

Friday: Rest Day

It is finally Friday and I have 4 good days of running behind me. This rest day has been great. I got off work around 5pm and headed straight for the couch. I don't spend much time there but it felt good to lay down and relax for about an hour. Then it was feeding time and I took down a huge serving of Angel Hair Pesto Pasta and some French Bread. The only thing that would have made that meal better was a large glass of ice cold milk but the expiration date was three days ago and I didn't feel like chewing my drink.

Tomorrow will be the first real long run I have done in a while. It really isn't that far of a distance and I have put my legs through hours of cycling from Houston to Austin without much training. I'm not too worried about it. I just need to get my mind wrapped around 1hour 40minutes worth of running. The news reported it might rain tomorrow. I need some inspiration...

There is no such thing as bad weather... just soft people.
~ Bill Bowerman

Bring it on rain!

Thursday, September 14, 2006

Thursday: Toe Cramps - Recovery Run

This morning I had aspirations to make some grits, have a little sausage, and take down a huge glass of milk. I woke up with plenty of time to make the breakfast but I hit snooze on the clock and got another hour of sleep. On my way out of the house I grabbed a V8 and a cereal bar and that seemed to cure the hunger pains that kicked in about 20 minutes after I woke up.

No sore legs this morning but last night I went to bed battling some cramping toes. Need to make sure that I am getting enough sodium/potassium. I do that during races, might as well keep the levels up while training this hard. Not to worry, the V8 sodium bomb did the trick. Oh and I have a HUGE jar of pickles with my name on them.

Run Summary:
The run was fairly easy. My pace was somewhere around 7:45-7:50 and I felt like I could have easily picked it up the entire time. That's a good thing. My legs were a little tired at first. They were a couple of twigs feeling more like tree trunks. That feeling was gone after the first mile and the next 30 minutes I worked on my form, turn over rate, and well, breathing I guess.

Tomorrow is a rest day and I am looking forward to that. I will still blog and maybe try to come up with some motivation for Saturday's long run. I am still a little weary of the Long Run. Nothing I'm a stranger to, but it has been a while since we've been together and I'm hoping my legs behave themselves.

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Tuesday - A Few Strides in the rain

Today was another day with rain, but after yesterdays run I have decided that unless it is flooding... I am running. My legs felt good after the interval work from Monday. I started feeling a little tightness in my right hamstring but I don't think it is anything some easy stretching can't fix. Need to give some serious thought to new shoes. The Nike 2:40s are starting to loose their spring. Will go for the same model if I can still find them.

Run Summary:

Started off about 8 minutes per mile and probably evened out a little faster than that. Shoes were still wet from yesterday's rain run and I've got a blister on my left big toe to prove it. Pace was very slow and easy and could have gone on forever but I forced myself to keep the 8 minute pace to help flush the legs from yesterday's 60 minutes. Probably hit just over 5.5 miles.

I ended up stretching for about 15 minutes after the run and took a few Advil for good measure.

Monday, September 11, 2006

Monday - A Run in the Rain

Well, it happened again. Another great run planned and another thunderstorm in beautiful Houston, TX. Luckily, I was able to Google up a few inspiring quotes about athletes and rain. Here is the one from Lance Armstrong (you might have heard of him) that got me out the door:

"I like it when it rains on race day. I train for it, and prepare for it. If it rains on race day, I know 1/2 the riders hate riding in the rain. I know I've just beaten a lot of the field without turning a pedal." ~ Lance Armstrong
Okay, so I'm neither Lance Armstrong nor am I Robert Kipkoech Cheruiyot and I'm probably not going to win the Austin Marathon but this quote got me out the door and into the rain and thats all the motivation I needed.

Run Summary
Overall, it felt good. The run started out with a little tightness in the hamstrings but after about the first mile I found my rhythm. The 8x1 minute repeats were great and gave me a little more power through the end of my run. I'm pretty sure I did over 7 miles on the run but I stopped to stretch before the repeats and I had to pause a few times to avoid traffic so any pace estimation would be sketchy at best.


Special thanks to DC Physics for the Running in the Rain graphic above. They offer a whole different persepective on if it is worth it to run in the rain.

Week 2 of 24

This week's schedule has two sets of focused runs along with a long run and two other easy runs. My goal this week will be to stick to the plan as close as I can. 4 consecutive days of running is something my body is not used to so this should all be a nice change of pace.

Week 2 Goal: Keep it Simple. Stick with the plan. Run all 5 days. Rest on Friday and Sunday.

Sunday, September 10, 2006

Week 1 of 24 - Training Summary

The first week started off slower than I would have liked. I was able to work through Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday without a problem but Saturday morning showers held up my long run and in the end I skipped it all together. I did not run on Monday either. Next week should be better as the plan has me running 2 hard workouts and a few easy runs in between.

Monday
Rest Day (Did not have this current run plan yet)

Tuesday
30 Minute Run (Got new Training Plan after that run)

Wednesday
45 Minutes at a slow pace

Thursday
45 Minutes at slow pace

Friday
Rest Day

Saturday
Rain. Skipped my long run. Should be the last time that happens.

Saturday, September 9, 2006

The Decision To Run

My recent efforts as a runner have shown a steady decline in form, pace, and overall performance. Because of this, I thought it would be a perfect time for me to change my training habits and work on a new goal. So, after long deliberation over various race events, I have decided to put aside my triathlon training and focus on the run in hopes that I will qualify for the Boston Marathon by running the 2007 Austin Marathon in less than 3 hours 10 minutes 59 seconds.

In my past, I gave the Marathon distance a try, but it was based on the flip of a coin and I had ZERO training. I finished in about 3:30 so I feel with some added focus to the training plan I will be able to knock off 20 minutes.

To do this, I have consulted the aid of a local running coach who provides online training. I have paid my dues and acquired a training plan meant for someone much more athletically inclined than myself. At any rate, the purpose of this blog will be to keep a close watch on how my training goes from pseudo couch potato (as compared to my Ironman friends) to Boston Marathon Qualifier

Morning Run

Got out this morning, again, for a morning run through the hills. They are not as daunting as they were when we first moved to the hill cou...