Monday, June 30, 2008
I want Sunday's to be my long run day, so I decided to run to the race, and run home. I had really had no idea how my legs would feel during the race, so I had no time in mind.
The route I took to Veteran's Park, was 3.7 miles. I ran that in 34:21, (9.18mile), trying not to overdo it, but using it as a "warm up".
The race itself, for an inaugural race, had a very good turnout, 133 runners. Before I got to the starting line, I made sure I had my laces DOUBLE KNOTTED (see Run For Dad)!!
Surprisingly, I ran the 1st mile in 7:30, and 2nd in 15:30. The 3rd mile had a long uphill, as you entered the woods, around the 2.5 mile mark. I always struggle with hills, and tried to attack it as best I could. I finished in 24:19 (7:50mile), which I was pleased with.
With your goodie bag, at the registration, they gave us a number for raffle afterwards at the awards ceremony. I was lucky enough to have my number called, and picked a Dairy Queen gift card($10.00), not for myself of course, but to give to my boys. What kid doesn't love DQ !
I made sure to try and take in a lot fluids after the run. I felt good for the most part running back home, but running with a plastic Commerce Bank full of goodies, and being a bit worn out, made it an adventure. The last 1/2 mile or so, I felt a bit of cramping in my left thigh, but I lasted, and made it in 35:54 (9:43 mile).
Overall, I ran 10.5 miles, on a humid day.
I tried a few of my free samples during and after my runs.
I had the Hammer gel Raspberry, about 1/2 hour after my first run, and when I got home, I had the Hammer Nutrition Strawberry Recoverite. I feel they both did what they where intended to do, and I woke up today, with no soreness!
Friday, June 27, 2008
Well, time to hit the beach..
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
The park was buzzing with kids at the playground area. I saw one of my oldest son's friends. He was there with his mother, and 2 younger brothers. They just recently moved to Robbinsville.
I ended up running 3.5 miles in 28:10. It was a slow painful start, but as the run went along, I felt a lot better.
I need to run on Thursday, but have plans that nite. I either need to run before work, or get out and go mid afternoon, but the heat might be here by then.
On a side note.. Since I have been planning my marathon, I have hit up a few of the supplement companies for samples, with much luck! Clif sent me some clif shots, recovery drink, and bars/ Cytomax sent some recovery mix, also, and Hammer, I had to purchase a product, and they added a bunch of freebies to the order, along with some training books.
I will post my experiences with these products, when I try them.
I tried the Clif Shot Recovery drink. It was french vanilla flavored, and it seemed to help the legs afterwards. It tasted a bit chalky, but overall, not bad.
Monday, June 23, 2008
Instead, with the wife & boys in Wildwood, I decided to play some pick-up hockey. A bunch of the guys I used to play with, have pick-up games Sunday morning's at Veteran's Park. This past Sunday I played for the 1st time since last September.
What a great time. I do miss playing, but it was cool to be out there. My oldest son, has the hockey bug, like myself. He just finished his 1st season playing in our local PAL league. It's really something special to watch him play. While I wasn't the most skilled player, I made up for that with "heart". He has some of the same traits.. it's scary!
Having not played in some 10 months, there was a bit of rust at first. But my running really helped, when it's 5 on 5, with no subs, I had the lungs more than some of the regulars. The legs... well that's a different story. I learned that I need to add some speed work in my running schedule. I felt good after playing for nearly 2 hours, but today (Monday), I am just a little sore in the legs.
Here's a link to the league's website : http://www.cjsha.com/
On a running note, there was a local 5k going on at the same time. If I would have had my running stuff, I'd have done the run 1st, than played. I got a flyer for a 5k run for next Sunday.
I will look at running to the park, doing the 5k, and running home. It's about 3.7 miles to the park. I might need the wife & boys to come pick me up afterwards... maybe even have them bring my hockey stuff!!
Saturday, June 21, 2008
Thursday, June 19, 2008
So I have the place to myself.
Peace & quiet... yup... all I hear is the hum from the fridge..
So, you get home from work, what to do??
Have an ice cold beer, put on the Ipod, and relax on the deck?
Maybe crank up some Bob Seeger & the Silver Bullet Band, and slide across the floor to "Old Time Rock and Roll" in your tighty whitey's?
Nope, not me... you grab your running clothes, you new Asics Gel Kayano 14's you got for Father's Day, and hit the road. I did 4.9 miles in 37:49, and felt really good. Tonite was perfect running weather, mid 70's, no humidity,slight breeze, just a great June nite.
The new shoes hurt a bit the 1st time out Monday, but felt a lot better today. I have really bad feet, and the Kayano's have been awesome. I overpronate terribly, and these shoes really seem to stabilize them.
Well, guess it's time to have that cold beer & relax on the deck.
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
I started running in High School, back when the Phillies where World Champions (28 years ago!). I got away from it thru my 20's & early 30's. I played a bunch of different sports (street hockey in many different leagues, ultimate Frisbee, co-ed volleyball). After the birth of our 1st son, I needed something to burn off stress, besides drinking. Something that I could do without being gone for hours. Something that I wouldn't come home battered & bruised. Something to keep the weight in check. So.. what could I do? Well, I found an old friend, collecting dust in my closet.. my running shoes.
I went for the occasional run, did the occasional local 5k, with some friends, and life was good. That was until I happened upon a marathon running in Wildwood 3 years ago. Well that race, the Ocean Drive Marathon, had an accompanying run, a 10-miler. That sounded good to me, why not take the next step. So 2 years ago I ran the OC Drive 10 miler. From Cape May - Wildwood, NJ. It was a learning experience, running 10 miles the majority of the time into a brutal 20-25mph headwind. That run made me long for new challenges.
I found a du-athalon, again in Wildwood, The Do-Wop DU. It was a 2 mile run / 11 mile bike / 2 mile run. It started & finished on the boardwalk. Again, what a great experience. I have a new respect for bikers. While I did train for this, I really took for granted the biking part. Getting off the bike, and having to run, ouch! That was really hard on the legs.
This past year, I ran the OC Drive 10 miler, bettered my time from the year before, with worse conditions than the previous year. The northeast winds off the ocean, 25+mph, in your face for 10 miles is rough! I couldn't imagine doing that marathon.
It was after seeing the dedication in the marathoners that day, that I decided to look into competing in one myself. I talked it over with my wife, and decided on the Philadelphia Marathon this fall. I needed her blessing on this because I need her to push me out the door to do the necessary training. I half ass a lot in life, and really want this experience to be all it can be.
So that takes me to today, starting this "blog". I've read a bunch of good blogs about running, and so here is mine. Runners set... GO !