Tuesday, January 27, 2009
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Thursday, January 15, 2009
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Now, let's see how my Podiatrist appointment goes today...
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
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Saturday, January 10, 2009
You're taking one down
You sing a sad song just to turn it around" Bad Day: Daniel Powter
Today's snowstorm was delayed until the afternoon, so I decided to go for a 4 mile run on my toughest hilly course. I made it about 4/10 of a mile. My left heel pain isn't going away. Matter of fact, it's gotten worse. It's gotten so bad that I'm overcompensating for it while I run, and affecting my entire running mechanics. Time for me to shut down. Time for me to make a doctor's appointment. Time for me to realize I'm not running at all in the near future. Time for me to go cry in my beer. This sucks...
Friday, January 9, 2009
"This year the Tradition Run will take place on Sunday, January 18th at 10:30 A.M. There is no charge to participate. Registration begins at 9:30 A.M. at the Maintenance Facility in Hubbard Park. The run is sponsored by the Meriden Parks and Recreation Department and the Record-Journal newspaper.
It starts at the old zoo area, running 3.1 miles to Castle Craig. There is a 700 foot elevation gain, 500 feet in the last mile. There will be water at the top, and a van to bring you back down, but the hardcore runners run down the mountain to make it 6.2 miles for the day. There are pre/post run refreshments and a raffle prize." (I plan on being "hardcore" and run down the hill also)
So now you understand why I need to do some hill training. I chose my most difficult and hilly 5 mile course and checked the weather: Temperature 28 degrees, feels like 23 degrees. Perfect! I was dressed appropriately for the weather, and off I went. I took a look up in the sky, wanting see whatever I might see...clouds, the sun...no, I saw the moon. It was almost full, and big and bright considering it wasn't even sunset. I was already getting a runner's high, and I had just begun running. I was actually enjoying the cold, brisk, winter day. Yeah, I know. I always complain how much I dislike winter. For whatever reason, today was different. Maybe the fact that I was running comfortably and pain free in my heel helped elevate my mood. Mile 1 came quickly, although it was an average time of 8:21. Mile 2 was slower, 8:34, which surprised me since the first mile is mainly uphill, and the second mile is mainly downhill. Mile 2 to 3 is the "torture test," with a total incline of about 300 feet. Mile 3 split was 8:46, a nice surprise. I say that now, since I was timing my split times, but not looking at them while I ran. Mile 4 was 8:20, and my final mile, mainly downhill I confess, was an 8:06. Total time: 42:07; 8:25 per mile pace. Considering I hadn't done any serious hill work lately, it was a great run. Most importantly, I kicked some hill ass today. Tomorrow to Sunday we're supposed to get around 6 inches of snow. I've run 9 of the 18 total miles I'm supposed to run for my marathon training. Looks like I'll come up short again for the second week in a row. Well, May 3rd is a long way off. I won't worry about it yet, since it's only week 2 of my 18 week training schedule.
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
Sunday, January 4, 2009
Saturday, January 3, 2009
Today I received a nice 8x10 certificate from the ING Hartford Marathon. It reads: Rick Held has completed the full 26 mile 385 yard marathon in the 15th annual ING Hartford Marathon in Hartford, Connecticut, October 11, 2008 Time 4:22:19 Place 1173. It was the lift I needed after running a wretched 7 miles today. Today was supposed to be a nice Saturday afternoon leisurely run on a new road course. I purposely didn't drive and check it out ahead of time because I didn't want myself to be anal and worry about split times or even my total time. I had set myself up for success. I even did more stretching than usual before I ran. Stretching isn't my favorite thing to do, so I'm just not very flexible. Touch my toes? Forget it! More like touch my ankles. Anyhow, I parked at the Linear Trail parking lot, turned on my music, and off I went. No trail running today, just the open road, 70's music, and a cold and windy day. Oh yeah, temperature was 34 degrees, with a feels like temperature of 29 degrees. That's about average for this time of year. My first mile was being run into a 10 mph wind, which I wasn't concerned about, because again, today was going to be a stress free and fun run. I turned onto my next street, and the wind was no longer a factor. Time to be warm, and warm up, since it usually takes me a mile or so to warm up. I did start to warm up, and knew that the next 6 miles or so I was going to be "just right" temperature wise. What wasn't right was how I was feeling. I guess I can describe it as "lead legs syndrome." My legs didn't have the usual bounce. At times I felt like I wasn't even running right. Since when did I have to actually think about how to run?! I tried problem solving in my mind. I had only run 3 miles yesterday, so that wasn't an issue. I had eaten my usual breakfast, wasn't overdressed, had my usual running shoes on, hadn't done anything too strenuous the past 24 hours, etc. Damn, I was baffled!! I was cursing myself for creating a new course of 7 miles and running it today. One hour, one minute, and 21 seconds of a 7 mile unfun run. My pace per mile was a respectable 8:45, however. As I sit here hunting and pecking on the keyboard, I'm thinking that maybe my overdosing on homebaked cookies and other junk the past week may have caught up with me today. That has resulted in "found pounds." Hey, maybe I've f*cked up my equilibrium!! It's probably a good thing that I return to work in 2 days. Being home for 12 straight days, surrounded by holiday food (cookies), has been a bad thing. OK, so now no more cookies. In addition, any leftover cookies will be brought to work to be devoured by my co-workers. Sounds like a plan. No more cookies, eat healthier, and keep on running. Okay, glad I vented here. My mood has gone from "Why do I bother running" to "I can still run, have fun, and feel good again." Thank-you blog that hardly anybody reads....
Friday, January 2, 2009
As I wrote in an earlier post, as of now I'm planning on running the Flying Pig Marathon in Cincinnati, Ohio on Sunday, May 3. I now have a beautiful looking marathon training schedule courtesy of my son Robert's personal care assistant, Christine. After struggling for over an hour to set it up in a table, I decided to ask her for assistance. Fifteen minutes later, it was done. It is indeed a work of art! The training schedule is the same one I followed as closely as possible for my two previous marathons. Fortunately I'm only required to run a total of 17 miles (or more) this week. I need to run 8 more miles in the next two days, which shouldn't be a problem.
Thursday, January 1, 2009
A new year means a new running log for me. My "running log" consists of me sitting at our computer after every run, logging into Microsoft Word, and hunting and pecking the computer keys to record the date, distance, time, and average pace per mile. My daughter and my wife laugh at how anal I am with my recording. I do it because it helps motivate me to run, especially when I see I've been lazy and not run for a few days in a row. It's a great way to track my progress, whether good or bad. It also allows me to track mileage on my running shoes, so I know when the magic number of 500 miles comes and it's time to buy a new pair. Lastly, I know my personal best times in my races, and for my road and Linear Trail runs. I also have a separate document in which I rate races I've run. For example,
6/2: Stratton Faxon Fairfield Half
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*lots of por-to-lets
* several hills, but none too difficult
* mile markers with digital clocks every mile
* lots of water stops with Gatorade;GU20 mile 8
* several showers along course
* Crowd: 5 out of 5: Very vocal!
* Post race: 5 out of 5 rating: bagels, pizza, watermelon, yogurt, water (not bottled), juice