Friday, May 30, 2008
And I'm glad I did.
5 for 5 this week. Hit all my workouts and am looking forward to the long run on Sunday.
And for the record, I did all my runs at the Y on the treadmill and I loved it. Just popped on the iPod and settled in.
No one kicked me off and I didnt see any testicles.
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
Anyways, Monday and today 45 min at 140 BPM, nice and easy with a pile of gentle stretching afterwards.
I didn't write about this, but a few weeks ago, a gym regular approached me while i was on the treadmill and asked how long I would be. I had seen this guy in the gym pretty well every morning that I had been there. Tall, early 50's, grey hair with a way-too-good tan. Like George Hamilton. The Y has a 30 min policy and I had already been running about 55 minutes at that point. I told the guy, "No problem, I'm done. I've been on here a while anyways." He replies, " I can see that..." which i thought was a little dick-ish seeing how I was more than gracious about stepping off. But whatever, I had gone over and he was totally in the right to ask me to hop off so I didn't think too much of it.
After I wipe down the treadmill I head over to the core/stretching area to cool off. Along the way I pass the other bank of treadmills and there are about a half dozen free machines!!!! What the crap? Why would that dude ask me to get off when there were piles of free machines to use?
I was telling this story to Brian today, and not only did he know exactly who I was talking about, but had a story for me as well.
Apparently, this old leathery bugger is the 'stands at the mirror and shaves with all his junk hanging out' guy.
Why am I not surprised?
Thursday, May 22, 2008
Brian thinks that volume since the marathon might be the culprit and without any other obvious reason as to whyI should suddenly be shuffling around like a retiree it seems as likely as anything else. I haven't increased my total weekly mileage all that much since the marathon but I have increased the number of days that I have been running per week.
I know that for me to have a shot at Boston in November I have to log miles and stay healthy. This set back is the first time that I have questioned whether or not my body would withstand the rigors of training. I need to check my head, it's going to bad places.
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
It was a hot weekend and we left the windows open in our bedroom last night. About 5AM the windows were shaking and it started raining like crazy. Thunderclaps, lightning bolts, the whole works coming down pretty much right on top of our house. We get a lot of rain, but this was unusual even for here. My alarm was set to go off at 5:30 and I was laying there thinking "I don't want to get up, I dont want to get up, I don't want to get up..." But really, there's no going back to sleep in that kind of storm. Plus, the room was still cooking so I knew it wouldn't be cold. Just wet. Really, really wet.
Anyways, hopped out of bed and had at 'er. Felt sluggish but legs were moving pretty well. Tuesdays are scheduled 'hard' workouts, 75 min at 150 BPM. Still easy aerobic but higher HR than the rest of the week. Had to push a little at the beginning to get my HR up to 150 but settled in not too long after that. Total mileage was around 9 miles, 75 minutes at 149 BPM average.
Jolting highlight: I was running through the neighbourhood under a light post when I thought I saw and heard the light bulb burst. A split second later, I was hit by the thunderclap RIGHT ON TOP OF ME! All the hairs on my one arm stood up and the pressure popped my one ear. I was sure that I would get home and see that half my hair had gone white. I even checked my Garmin to see if it was fried. I've never been close enough to a lightning bolt to hear it crackle before and I hope I'm not that close again. As if my shorts weren't wet enough before that!
A question for anyone out there who might have the answer: I read somewhere that a person should avoid a high carb meal for up to 90 minutes before a workout to prevent the body from relying on those carbs for fuel and force it to burn fat stores instead. I've been trying this as my HR has been low enough to get away with it but the problem is I'm getting hungry on the longer runs.
Has any one:
a) heard this as well?
b) have a solution to the hunger issue?
Sunday, May 18, 2008
Now that the Vancouver marathon is done, I'm back to focusing on building my aerobic capacity and getting my pace up while my HR is down. I'm using a three week rotation with times and HR that I'll post here tomorrow.
Friday, May 9, 2008
8.5 miles @ 150 average.
Yesterday, 5.5 miles @ 140.
Still slow, but I can feel my fitness improving. I'm starting to understand why athletes training using HR get to place where they have to hammer to get their HR up. Not that I'm there....yet.
Tuesday, May 6, 2008
1) Don't rely too much on technology.
For those of you doing the math at home, you may have wondered how I could have thought I was on pace to do a 3:30 even though I was pacing the group at 8:40 throughout the race. The answer: something weird happened with my Garmin and when I checked my watch at mile 19 it did say 2:20. Sadly, this number was incorrect (obviously) but I don't why. I have the Garmin set to stop the timer when my speed drops below a certain pace and I'll have to remember to change that for next time but that still doesn't explain it. I wasn't stopped or walking for 30+ minutes. Anyways, I should have been able to look at the watch and KNOW that it was wrong, but I didn't. I looked and took it for granted.
Same goes with the iPod. I was counting on it to give me a boost for the last part of the race and it worked. Sorta. It worked too well when I didn't really need it and not at all when I did. No sense in making up a pile of time over miles 21 and 22 just to give it all back over the next three. Have to work on my mental toughness. At 20+ miles I still need to be able to do the math and motivate myself.
2) Overall, I am good at finding a pace and keeping it.
Below are my race splits. First 10K, First half, second half, 20 mile mark, finish.
56:17 1:56:44 1:56:35 2:57:17 3:53:19
Looking at the numbers, it's actually a little freakish. 10 second negative split over a marathon? Sure, just like I planned it! The first 10K and the last ~10k are within 20 seconds. Until the last 3 miles I didn't really feel like I was pushing hard. I wonder what effect a faster pace throughout would have had on my finish.
3) I have a problem with cramping that I need to address.
So far, I have had problems with hamstring cramping in every race I've entered over 2 hours. I thought it was because I have seriously short, tight hamstrings but this year I worked on my flexibility and it's still an issue. Which may be related to my next point...
4) I need to focus on hydration and nutrition in the last part of the race.
Which may help to address the cramping issue. I went through 150 calories of Gu2O dissolved in 24oz of water in the first 10 miles of the race and didn't quite finish the same amount over the next 16. When I finished, there was A LOT of salt dried on my face and I can't remember if I was still sweating. Either way, at some point I slowed my fluid intake and that can't be good.
5) Marathons are fun!
Monday, May 5, 2008
Vancouver race report to come. It's shaping up to be long and painful, just like the race!
Saturday, May 3, 2008
Looking forward to the summer and dryer days.
Stay tuned for race report from Vancouver Marathon.