Sunday, July 18, 2010

Running Without Direction and Finding a Great Route

I got out early this morning for my run but wasn't sure how far or where I was heading. Sometimes having a plan to run but not really having a plan of where or how far to run makes for an interesting day.

Today it turned out to be a great idea. I just laced up the shoes, put on the heart rate monitor, and turned left outside my front door. The past few runs I've done have been tough. I haven't been comfortable until well into the run, sometimes 4-5 miles before I start to feel normal. So, this morning I decided to take the run easy and to keep my Heart Rate Average down.

The random route I picked had me turning left down side-streets where I knew large hills lived. I wanted to get a couple of good hills in and the random left and right turns paid out with the big hills.

The run turned out well. A little over 7 miles and my AVG HR was only 135 BPM and with my pace at only 8:00/mile the run was clearly a relaxing few miles through the rolling hills.

I've got a few more runs scheduled for this week. Might make a couple of those just as random as today to see if I can land another run as great as today's.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Running with friends is an important part of life.

I had a good run today with one of my friends. I ran the 4+ mile route with him and pretty much spoke the entire time. The pace was slow and I was not feeling any suffering at all. I literally could have kept up that pace for hours. It wasn't the training run I had scheduled for today, but during the run I realized that it didn't really matter about that scheduled workout. What was more important was that I was able to spend an afternoon run with a friend.

I haven't been training with other runners for many years now. I don't know the reason, I just have strange hours that I keep at work so my running is usually while others are still sound asleep or they are sitting down to dinner with their families.

I do think, however, that it is important to take the time to run with friends. You learn a lot about them, and about yourself. When you run alone, you have many thoughts to yourself that you don't voice to anyone but your internal voice. When you run with friends, you can change it up a bit and bounce those thoughts off your friends, and they can do the same.

In the end, I think both runners gain more than good health and that makes the run, no matter the pace, very worth while.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

2010 MetroPCS Dallas White Rock Marathon Route - Estimation

The MetroPCS Dallas White Rock Marathon route is still not confirmed, but the the Official Website does have a good estimation graphic of the route. I went ahead and tried to take it a step further and map it with MapMyRun.

Click here for my estimate based on their estimate: Unofficial Route map

I'm looking forward to the route and noticed that it has a couple of good inclines over the course of the 26.2 miles. Click the image below for a larger representation of what we have to look forward to.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

All Runners have Vices - Mine is Beer

As runners I think we all have our little indulgences. Some like sweets, others are freaks for pizza, or chicken wings, while others like myself choose a nice cold bottle of the good stuff... beer.

Good beer goes a long way. I've drank it, cooked with it, marinated with it, and drank it while cooking and marinating.

This year, I decided to start chronicling my love of beer with my iPhone. With every new bottle I enjoy, I take a picture of it and add it to my beer album.

Here is a growing list of awesome and not so awesome choices I've made along the way.

Click this link for: My Beer Album

Some beers are great, others absolutely suck, but in the end they have one thing in common... they are all beer and I love them for that.

  Sunday run in the rain.