Saturday, April 20, 2013
Completed the Run for Boston 2.5 mile run in support of the Boston Marathon terrorist attack that happened on 15 April, 2013.. I ran an extra bit to make it at least 3 miles. Was a nice day for a run, there were a lot of people supporting this run for the tragedy at the Boston Marathon. It was also a great day to really show support on the day, or morning after, the second terrorist was captured.
Time was good (coming in at around 30 minutes) considering I stopped to talk to a friend that was at the marathon for a short moment. I was glad to see she is doing well. Also, to add the extra half mile I backtracked to run back in with a co-worker and their pace was a little slow. Makes me want to go out and really push a 5k and see how I would really do.
Several of my co-workers showed up to do the run too, was great to see support from both the community and military. A couple of firemen ran the route in full gear to include oxygen tank on their back and a representative from the Mayor's office was there. The Mayor has been known to do some runs within the community. Augusta, GA is not a very big community but when the call for support goes out the people here show up, one of the main reasons I love living here.
Thursday, April 11, 2013
I don't plan on running again till Monday to give the ankle a few days to recover and not over do it. It will be slow to getting my mileage back up but it needs to be done without re-injuring myself causing more damage. It felt great getting back on the road and enjoying a good run. My plan is to try and get my mileage back up to half marathon distance within the next couple of months barring no issues.
Now that I'm back running I should hopefully keep the blog updated a bit more.
Monday, March 18, 2013
Thursday, February 28, 2013
I am using this as a test for how I have recovered and being able to do almost back to back half marathons. With the way things are looking for October - November and if all goes to plan, I will have probably two half marathons plus a ten miler along with maybe a 10k and a 5k mixed up in there. I want to see how my body does so I know what areas I need to train on between now and October.
It's going to be interesting to see how things go. I think I will be fine and should be recovered enough by next week. At the same time, what a good way to start the year.
Sunday, February 24, 2013
|17:33||+ 0:29 (-6%)||9'01"/mi|
|27:00:00||+ 0:26 (-5%)||9'27"/mi|
|37:15:00||+ 0:48 (-9%)||10'15"/mi|
|48:36:00||+ 1:06 (-11%)||11'21"/mi|
|57:58:00||- 1:59 (17%)||9'22"/mi|
|1:08:17||+ 0:57 (-11%)||10'19"/mi|
|1:19:05||+ 0:29 (-5%)||10'48"/mi|
|1:29:05||- 0:48 (7%)||10'00"/mi|
|1:40:10||+ 1:05 (-11%)||11'05"/mi|
|1:51:23||+ 0:08 (-2%)||11'13"/mi|
|2:02:49||+ 0:13 (-2%)||11'26"/mi|
|2:14:25||+ 0:10 (-2%)||11'36"/m|
This race was a good benchmark for me to build on. I know I can work on speed work drills to see if I can come in closer to 2 hrs and I know I need to hit the gym more often and do some leg workouts so my hamstrings don't bother me. My next half marathon will not be until October or November so I have time to work on it.
I have come a long way in the past year and a half or so. Went from not really running a lot to doing multiple 5k races in Kuwait. After doing a few more 5k races here in the states last year I moved up to 10k races by completing a couple last year. My goal was to do my first half last November but after rolling my ankle and being out of commission for a month or two kept me from doing it. After slowly getting myself healed up and gradually tagging in the mileage I worked my up to this day. Now I really know what the Runner's high is and I know I will not forget this day.
I can't wait to do my next half marathon, I think I have the bug now.
Saturday, February 23, 2013
Stay tuned for tomorrow as I will post a race recap sometime.
Sunday, February 3, 2013
Missing my turn was also a blessing in disguise. Since my Sunday long runs have been on the half marathon course, so I can get used to the big hill that's on the course, I ended up doing more of the course today. The reason why it's a blessing in disguise is that there are two additional hills that I knew about but haven't seen till today. With that being said, those two additional hills kicked my tail. They were a bit steeper than I thought so missing my turn allowed me to get a taste of them. Oh, and the last two hills were back to back.
Monday, January 21, 2013
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Now I really don't like doing speed work because I do it on a track so I can track my laps and distance better. Even though I have a GPS watch, I forget to keep track of where I am at and plus I don't want to add math to everything else I am doing. I just don't like running on tracks because of the boredom factor. It gets monotonous running around in a circle for 4 miles.
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Sunday: Ran part of the upcoming half marathon route, made it up the big hill on the route without walking unlike last week. It was great getting up to 8 miles, a distance I haven't hit in a while. Weather was great, temp this morning was in low 60s and a little cloudy so it kept the sun at bay. Later in the day was the 1 1/2 hour drive to Fort Jackson, needless to say I was a bit exhausted by the end of the day.
Monday: Did a little 3 mile run with a few hill repeats at the end. One thing about the area I am staying on Fort Jackson is the up and downs so I can work on hills to get used to them a bit more. My ankle was a bit sore (old injury) at the end and after the run. Guess it's time for new shoes. Once shoes start wearing out I will start feeling it either in my ankle or in my shins.
On my gel experimentation, I tried the Power Bar gel during Sunday's run. I felt a little queezy for a few minutes then it went away, maybe the extra water I took in helped. So far the Honey Stinger is the best one for me, I still have a couple other brands like Hammer Gel and some others that I will give a try.
There are a couple of areas here in the Columbia, SC area that I will run this weekend while I am here. Always good to run in a different area to break up the monotony of running in the same areas all the time. Not sure how far I will run, plan on keeping this week a lower in mileage than last week. I put in 28 miles last week so this will be the low week. I need to try and get between 8-9 miles in this weekend so I stay on track with my half marathon training.
Friday, January 11, 2013
Along with clocking in the miles this week I have been trying different gels to see which ones work and which ones don't. After last night's run I found out that GU is one of the ones that will go on the no list. After taking one halfway through my run it didn't sit too well. FRS will also go on the no list. I tried FRS earlier last year and it didn't sit too well either. So far Honey Stinger doesn't cause any problems but I have some other brands that I still want to try like Hammer, PowerBar, and Crank Sports.
Speaking of Honey Stinger, if you haven't tried the waffles you should. They are pretty good. Not only do they taste good, they seem to be good on the stomach.
On a side note, the past week is the most I have written on the blog since I started. One of my goals this year is to do better with the blog and share my accomplishments, joys and pains as I progress in my running adventures.
Wednesday, January 9, 2013
Did a quick 2 mile walk today to recover from 3 days of running. Put in 17 miles over the 3 days and since I plan on doing 7 tomorrow decided to take a break. Things are going well so far in my training up for the Augusta half next month. I am excited and cannot wait for the race so I can get my first half marathon under my belt.
Sunday, January 6, 2013
Speaking of training guess I could expand a bit more on the races I would like to do this year.
Augusta Half Marathon - 24 Feb
2013 Pinch Gut Puffer 8K - 4 May
Peachtree Road Race - 4 Jul (if I can get into it)
The Color Run Augusta - 5 Oct
Army 10 Miler - 20 Oct
Broad Street Ramble 10K - 26 Oct
Savannah Half Marathon -9 Nov
Atlanta Half Marathon - ??? (depends on date)
Looks like October will be busy for me it I do all the races that month. As long as finances are good and I stay injury free I will attempt to do all listed above and maybe do some other races out there that may pop up.
I did 388 miles last year and would like to hit the 400 mile mark for the year if not more. I think it's time for me to kick my running up a couple of notches and really get serious with it. I may never be very fast but at least I know I'll feel good doing it.