Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Let's get back on the horse and train.

Mon: 8 miles/56:01. Two miles easy then 4 in 18 minutes then two easy. Felt good, hard but good. No pain is a good sign. I think the ankle is going to be good in no time.
Tues: Off

Friday, September 24, 2010

recovery week

Mon. Off
Tues. Off
Wed. Work out. My legs actually feel really good. My ankle is another story. It wasn't bad enough to stop me from running so I went with it. Andy was dong 200's in 2:20 so I figured I could run two 200's with him @ 35 for a easy workout. That actually felt really good for six so I did a couple of 400's @ 71 then a couple more 2's. It took a while to get warmed up but this workout felt really easy which I take for a really good sign. I am supper excited about how I feel. I will build up my mileage this winter and see what happens next year. total today 9
Thur. Off
Fri. Off
Sat. Off
Sun. 15 with Angella. This was an easy run but better than nothing. I'll just have to go hard tomorrow.
Total: 24
Yearly: 360.5

Pisgah 50k

I already said it at Glenn and Gina's house after the race, and I will say it again. Nobody should ever run that hard or that long. Next year I'm running sub 4:30!
I thought I ran very conservatively, I felt great until about 11 miles when I rolled my right ankle pretty bad. I can often run through rolled ankles, this one had me scared. It reminded me of seven sisters. I tried but had to walk/limp for a mile to the aid station. My week mind actually thought about dropping out, Only for a second! After stretching and massaging and letting 10 people go by I decided to hop along to the finish in hopes it would some how feel better. This went on for 8 miles. it started to feel better just before the first kilburn stop, then it started to feel better(numb) so I could actually run with a decent stride again. It all came together when I saw someone infront of me. Thats what put in into my second wind and kept me there when I passed the next to runners, and was somehow able to hold it to the finish. I can't even explain how good it felt to get to the road and push the pace again after slogging over the ridge, and Davis, and Hubbard. Yeah, I finished. That was the best part of the day, but I honestly think I could have run 15-20 minutes faster had I not rolled and ankle. Enough belly aching. No excuses. I ran the best I could have, and will do better next year.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

If you race well, you must train harder

Mon: off
Tues: 11 easy
Wed: Workout, 8x800 around 2:45. Thats what it turned out to be anyway. I was going to run miles, then ran the first 800 to fast and decided to do all 800's. Brent Wilmot showed up from Claremont which was just about right to push me through a great workout. We hit all the eights around 2:45. I felt good afterwards which is a good sign.
Sat: 8
Week Total:46
Yearly Total: 336.5

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Eligah's Race half marathon

run foolishly, set a pr. running never makes sense.
previous 1:23:20
new one 1:23:05
I probably should not be as excited as I am. The only reason I am is the fact that I just ran a pr after only running 30 to 40 miles a week. I really think its time to start ratcheting up the miles through the winter, which I have never done before, just to see how next year turns out.
The race: I told myself I wanted to go out at 6:15 just to see how it feels. The pack took off and left me way back at what I thought was a slow pace. The guy next to me kept checking his watch everytime it beeped so I figured he must have a gps, upon my foolish decision to ask what pace he was shooting for. He told me 6:20 and we were a little ahead, which sounded good to me. At the mile marker my watch told a different story. 5:59, NOT AGAIN! Why do I all ways do this. Time to slow down. 2 mile mark, 12:01, Yeah, thats what I'm thinking. 3 miles, 17:59. Well, its to late to worry about ruining the race now, still feels really easy, lets see how far this goes. 4 miles, 24:07, still going, 5 miles, 30 flat. I ran a 5 mile race 2 months ago slower. I missed the six mile mark but could really start to fell the early pace setting in my legs, stupid is as stupid does, time to push. 7 miles, 43:02. Things are really starting to get tough now. Come on legs, lets just keep at a 6:30 pace and we can get a pr. Yeah right, easier said than done. 9 miles, 56:00 flat. I hate getting passed late in a race. When he went by I screamed at my legs to respond. 10 miles, 1:02:36, legs not responding. 11 miles, 1:o9:02. Ok, my legs don't want to respond and they are drastically slowing down now. Next tactic up, arms, pump those arms, come on arms, don't fail me now. Ah Yah. Its working. That was the hardest mile of the race, I was able to get back on pace, 12 miles, 1:15:31. Lets roll, time to hammer the last up hill. OK, its a small, plastic, toy hammer, but it worked. All down hill to the finish. Coming across the flat, oh great, spectators, I must look great, bent over at the waste, toes dragging, knuckles dragging, tounge dragging, come on, look strong. Push through the finish. OH Yeah! 1:23:o5. Next year, sub 1:20.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Legs are mad, telling me I need more miles.

Mon: 8 with 6 miles of tempo @ 6:10 pace. I probably went to fast, but I felt so darn good.
Tues: off
Wed: Track, 8x200, 2x400. The plan for the 200's were to do 3@36, 3@34, 3@32. I went to fast for the first 3, then paid for it in the end only able to muster 2 @ 32. I felt guilty for not finishing so I ran 2 400's, first one in 79 and the second one in 73. I felt good after some rest. Hope I didn't compromise the half this weekend. I would like to run in the low 80's, I just don't know if I have been putting in enough mileage to do that.
Thur: 6 miles in Fox Forest trails in Hillsboro. I have fallen in love with my new shoes. The Nike Lunar Fly. Very smooth and comfortable. They feel like cushy slippers. My feet are loving me for putting them on.
Fri: off
Sat: off
Sun: 18 total, half marathon-1:23:05
Weekly total:39
Yearly total: 290.5

Still feeling good, Still need more miles.

Mon: 8 easy
Tues: off
Wed: track, 2x2mile@12:00 with 400 rest. I ran the first one in 11:41, thought it was way to fast, but it felt so darn good. The second one I forced myself to slow down, 11:57 and felt very happy about the effort. Should have no problem qualifying for Boston, I do have a thought about maybe going sub 3:00 this fall in a marathon. I just need to find one to get into after the 50k. I am excited about the 50k, but I feel my goal of just finishing might be the right thing to do if I am thinking about a marathon later on. total for today- 8
Thur: off
Fri: off
Sat: off
Sun: 8 very hilly at noon time with no shade on the roads in Maine. This was the only run I could get in this weekend. I bothers me but I guess it is better than nothing.
Week total: 24
Yearly total: 251.5