Friday, June 8, 2012

Worked hard this week. Ran 7 1/2 miles on Sunday and ran 4 miles twice during the week. I'm going to run another 7 1/2 on this coming Sunday. I'll also be signing up for another half marathon in late August (http://www.alienhalf.com/) that will be held in Roswell, GA. It will be a night race which should be cool. I've ran a 5k at night which was fun. I need to work on adding some mileage to my week so I am better prepared for the 13.1 miles. My long run on the weekend will continue to grow in distance but I really don't have too much time to squeeze in more running during the week. I'm still running the Rock & Roll Marathon in Savannah, GA (http://runrocknroll.competitor.com/savannah) although I will be sticking to half-marathons, not the full deal.

I need to incorporate a heart monitor into my training....anybody have any good suggestions as far as brands/units?

Nobody reads this blog so I don't really expect a response. I will harness my google-fu and search for answers...

One foot after the other...

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Summer coming on!

Well it's been a while since I updated this blog but I have began training for the Rock & Roll Marathon in Savannah, GA on November 3, 2012. I will be running the half marathon rather than the full because people as fat as me aren't supposed to run 26.2 miles. I have some friends running in the race so it will be fun to see them again - shout out to Scott & Dave. My wife is pregnant and we are expecting a baby girl around the first week of September. In addition to this, I'm in the process of getting ready to move to another house with more room. Busy, busy, busy.

I really wanted to run the Peachtree Road Race (10K) this year but it was a lottery drawing and my name was not chosen. The race occurs on July 4th weekend every year and it is one of the largest 10K races in the country. There will be plenty of other 10K races to run but I really wanted to race the Peachtree just to say I did it. There's always next year :)

I bought Hal Higdon's marathon training guide and plan to use the half-marathon beginner's plan. My goal is not to finish, but to improve on my previous time of just over 3 hours for a half marathon (13.1 miles). I want to finish in 2:45 this time. I'll try and update my training schedule as time permits.

Time to go run!

Monday, February 6, 2012

Catching Up!

Soooo, alot has happened since my last blog post. Below is my training log since my last post.

1/8 - 3.6 miles
1/12 - 3.0 miles
1/15 - 4.6 miles
1/16 - 3.1 miles
1/17 - 3.2 miles
1/18 - 3.1 miles
1/19 - 3.2 miles
1/22 - 10.2 miles
1/24 - 2.6 miles
1/25 - 2.6 miles
1/29 - 3.3 miles
1/30 - 2.3 miles
1/31 - 2.4 miles

2/3 - 3.1 mile RACE
2/4 - 13.1 miles RACE

I am officially back on the wagon and working through my perpetual training program. Hal Higdon has been a great resource. I ran a couple of races this past weekend and enjoyed meeting some new/old friends in the process. The Critz Tybee Island Run Fest on Tybee Island, GA was such a great event I think I may do it again next year. I only ran two of the events because I can't handle that much mileage but it was a fantastic time. Loudon enjoyed the beach and Carla enjoyed a break from the norm. I ran the 5k on Friday night at a leisurely 0:36 minutes. I spent most of the time chatting it up with my friend Sol.

The half marathon (13.1 miles for the uninitiated) was Saturday morning and I ran it in 3:10 minutes. I had some doubts about my ability to finish about halfway through but I knew I had to finish..no giving up. The last mile was pure hell. I had to stop and take 90 second walking breaks from time to time but it was very rewarding to finish. I was emotionally and physically drained. 3 hours of torture. I weigh 240 pounds so pounding th pavement for 3 hours really took it's toll on my body. I plan to run more 10K's but I think I need to lose some more weight before I attempt another half marathon. Big shout out to my wife for her continued support.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Will this crap ever go away...

Sooooo, I've been sick since Thanksgiving and have been to the doctor twice. I've gone through a couple of rounds of antibiotics so the next move will be a chest xray if things don't start to improve soon. I can't talk for more than a few sentences w/o having a coughing fit. I can't run. I can't do shit. It's not strep. It's just an annoying dry cough at this point.

BTW - I currently weigh 240lbs this morning. I need to lose 40lbs still...

I am running a race in Tybee Island, GA on 2/4 so I need to get back to training soon. There are several races including a 5k, 10k, half marathon, 1k and a 2.8 miles beach run which all added together equal a full marathon. I may run the 10k and the 1k or beach run.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Training update 10/31 - 11/3

Well, I continue to put in the work. I really enjoy the lunch run but my favorite runs are the longer weekend runs. I can really focus on setting a good, consistent pace, mile-to-mile. Below is my training update form the past week.

10/31 - 2.25 miles
11/1 - 2.5 miles
11/2 - 2.5 miles
11/3 - 2.47 miles

I'll be off this weekend traveling to North Carolina to visit some friends and catch up. On Sunday my little brother flies into Charlotte for two weeks to do some training so I plan on spending time with him next weekend. Not sure when I'll get in another long run but I may switch to 5 lunch runs a week so my mileage doesn't suffer. I want to get in 12-15 miles a week for now. As I lose weight, my body can handle more mileage.

I already said that my main focus is competing in the Peachtree Road Race but I also plan on doing several more 5k's & 10k's to get me physically ready. I definitely want to post a competitive time in my next race so all of this focus on consistency during the week should help in that regard. It feels really good to be motivated every day.

Monday, October 31, 2011

5k Race Report

Ok, so I survived my first 5k and finished the race in a somewhat respectable time. First, I got to the race about an hour early so I could stretch, jog a little and just be relaxed. When I walked over to the registration tables to pick up my race number & other free crap, the volunteers working the event were talking about expecting 600 people (510 people ended up competing). I was like 600 people! You gotta be shittin' me! I'm not prepared for that many people, I just thought this was a podunk town's bullshit 5k halloween run I didn't realize it was so popular. As I am walking back to my truck, I am contemplating hauling ass and just making up some bullshit about my knee hurting. I REALLY wasn't prepared to run in a pack that size.

Of course I couldn't just leave, I already told folks I was going to run this thing so I was committed. Let me tell you guys a little bit about the town of Flowery Branch, GA. It is a tiny two-lane street town that just doesn't accomodate that many runners well. The worst part about it was we all started running/walking/flailing/strolling at the same time, there were no flights, waves or grouping so I actually started about a 10th of a mile behind the starting line in a herd. There were mom & kids, people dressed up for Halloween, people with dogs, stroller pushing ladies, semi-professional athletes...hell I'm surprised we didn't have a Kenyan running in this thing. When the gun sounded, 30 seconds later my area of the herd started moving..that's how far back we were.

I spent the first mile trying to get around the walkers and stroller pushing folks and finally found my pace around the 1 mile mark. The yo-yo affect was full on and the fact that they had a right hand turn and a subsequent left hand turn directly after the starting line meant that everyone bunched up in that area...not the best layout at the beginning. I'm not blaming anyone for my performance not being better, I don't really train at a pace that would make me competitive at the 5k distance so I knew I had to try and remember to keep my pace up. Just before mile 2, we came down this big long sweeping hill where a water handout station was setup. We ran by the lake and started back up the hill. There were bodies littered all over the side of the road halfway up this hill. I mean people had to stop for a second..it was a beast. This is where I shined. Rather than walking and killing my legs/quads I took short, choppy steps and ran up this hill. After clearing the top of the hill, I slowed back down and fast-walked for a block or so to get my mojo back. The hill tried to kill me and it would have hurt worse if I had chose to walk up it. I eventually fell back into pace and passed a few runners I had pegged as (probably faster than me). Which reminds me...

Here is my C'mon man of the race: This one guy had a hydration bladder, shorty shorts, compression socks..the whole nine yards...I didn't think you needed a hydration system for a 3.1 mile race...and you let a fat guy pass you....c'mon man..

I made one mistake at the end. I picked up my pace too soon and thought I was gonna die by the time I hit the finish line. I did make it and revelled in the applause and cheers of the local Boy Scouts and townspeople. I felt like a 361st place champion....which is what I finished..361 out of 510. A little over 40 minutes. That is by no means awesome but it was a win for me. I couldn't run a mile seven weeks ago and now I'm wanting to train for some more 5k's and 10k's. Crazy. My next goal is to run the Peachtree Road Race this coming year. There is a lottery drawing for entry so I am not guaranteed a spot but I will be training for it. If nothing else, there are plenty of other 10k races to compete in.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Training Update - 10/18 - 10/28

Below is my latest activity:

10/18 - 2.5 miles
10/19 - 2.3 miles
10/20 - 1.8 miles

10/21 - Rest

My 5K is scheduled for 10/29 (week from tomorrow) so I only have a couple of days left for serious running. I typically spend Saturday and Sunday doing longer runs but I think I will take it easy this week and work on staying fresh for the race. Below is my plan:

10/22 - 3.1 miles
10/23 - 2.0 miles

10/24 - Rest

10/25 - 2.2 miles

10/26 - Rest
10/27 - Rest

10/28 - 1.0 mile walk

10/29 - Race Day