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.