Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
We left Boston early, so we could be home for his game. It was great weather for a run, low 60's slight breeze and sunny.
I ran to Veteran's Park, and did the Hangover 5 mile loop. There were a bunch of soccer games going on, dog park was packed, as was the children's playground. Seemed everyone was out enjoying the beautiful fall day.
On my home from the park, I passed Shoreturtle. I knew exactly where he was headed.
My run, I decided to try and do the 10 miles at 8:30 mile pace. I felt really good, even after the drive home from Boston, and getting little sleep, as I was upbefore 7:00am, after staying up to 2:00am, watching the Phillies game.
I have 6miles scheduled today (Tuesday), but this weather outside is nasty (wind chill's in the high 20's, wind gusts up to 25mph & it's a snowy/rainy mess!).
Here are the 10.17 mile stats:
Mile / Time
Sunday, October 26, 2008
She did great, and I was really proud of her. We talked during the run, so I know it was tough on her. Our splits where very consistent, you can see the one time we had trouble with traffic.
Thursday, October 23, 2008
If I ran the course correctly in Manayunk, it will be a tight turnaround. It looked like you just turn around in the middle of the street. I could be wrong, but that's the way I read it.
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Sunday, October 19, 2008
Today, I was out the door, around 8:00am, and it was 40deg!
I ran in running sweats, a long sleeve pullover and gloves, for the 1st time since probably early April! Quite a difference, I'd guess about a 30 deg swing in temps from my last run on Wed!
It felt odd to have that much clothing on, but I felt good doing my 8 mile run.
8:01 miles 1:08:09 (8:30min/mile avg.)
One thing I did this week, that I haven't done my entire marathon training, happened Thursday.
I skipped a run.
I had a scheduled 6miler, and just wasn't feelin' it, so I said "F" it.
I did feel guilty afterwards about not running it.
Skipping that run, helped the legs, and I felt pretty darn good with both runs this past weekend.
Saturday I ran 4.55miles in 38:49mins.
Nice easy week on tap, and I have a few things upcoming that I'll bring to the blog later in the week..
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Monday, October 13, 2008
It was perfect weather, it felt more like Memorial Day weekend, not Columbus day in Oct.
The highs Sat & Sun where around 72-73deg, with a ocean breeze coming from the Northeast. It made it a bit chilly down by the ocean, but all in all, awesome weather, with no crowds. It was as if the beach was ours. We even took our dogs on the beach & boardwalk Sunday.
So, being back at the shore, where better to run than....
I had a 4 miler to do on Saturday. I got up and out a little after 6:00am both days. On Saturday, I ran the boardwalk, the last 2 miles. What a difference from the summer. The place had that eerie quiet to it. Kinda like a closed up amusement park, in a Scooby Doo cartoon.
4.01 miles 34:15 mins.
Sunday, I was up at the same time, and out the door to run 14 miles. Being downashore, I did the old out and back loop into Cape May. I must say, I wasn't looking forward to the run. Guess I still had the memory of the fall, fresh in my head. The past week, I haven't been "feelin' " the running. Guess the 5 days a week of training, are starting to take their toll on the psyche, not to mention the legs.
While I didn't feel all that well running, my times were dead on what I want to run in Philly, come November. There wasn't much of anything going on, on the run. Most places where closed up for the winter. That's a shame, because, like I said earlier, the weather was as nice as Memorial Day, if not better. And the bonus is.. no crowds!
14 miles 2:06:42 (1869 calories)
Mile / Time
1 9:32 min
2 9:18 min
3 9:02 min
4 9:06 min
5 9:03 min
6 8:59 min
7 9:01 min
8 8:49 min
9 8:48 min
10 8:56 min
11 8:53 min
12 8:52 min
13 8:57 min
14 9:18 min
I should hope to feel that bad, with splits like that in Nov.
Guess it wasn't as bad as I thought.
Back to the grind this week. It's the 6-8-6 mid week milers!
Hmmm.... maybe a race to swim on Tuesday?!
Friday, October 10, 2008
- When I was a freshman in High School, our track team ran against Carl Lewis in Willingboro,NJ. While I personally didn't run against him, I was there watching teammates compete against him. Who knew he would become one of the greatest ever.
- I met Flavor Flav in 1988, in Chicago, at about 4:00am, as I was coming in from the bars. He was in front of me on the escalator, I thought it was him, tapped him on the shoulder and asked him if he was FF. He turned around, took off his sunglasses, and smiled (with gold teeth & clock) and said "That's me G!". I spent the next hour drinking with Flav at the Hyatt bar.
- I am a lifelong fan of the Flyers & Phillies. I actually remember the Flyer cup wins! (I was 8 for their 1st win). I'm now 42, with 2 boys, waiting for #3!!
- I was at the 2001 Daytona 500, when Dale Earnhardt died. You knew it was bad (yellow caution tape around the car was a sign), but you had no idea he had died.
- I enjoy reading biographies, and actually read the Regan Diaries.
- I didn't think I would enjoy "blogging", but it has turned into quite the experience. I think it has actually helped with my running.
- Here are 3 people who are tagged! Shoreturle, Ted & Progman2000!
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
A friggin' rotty, again, no leash and no dog tags. How do I know this? Well, Rotty came charging at my car, chasing a squirrel into the brush around a baseball field, where I was parked to change. I must be a magnet to this breed. What is with people, that go to a public place, and have no leash or tags on their dogs? I mean it was right next to the dog park, let the beast in there to roam around.
Well, other than having a rotty running around, there wasn't much action in the park. There was a high school cross country meet, getting ready, but no weaves falling off girl's heads.
The legs have been a bit sore, since the 21 miler on Sunday, so I was glad to feel pretty good today. I did push it a bit, since I felt good. Maybe it was running in the new shoes?
5.01 miles 41:07mins.
Sunday, October 5, 2008
Many greats in the world of sports are associated with the number.
Peter Forsberg, LaDanian Tomlinson, Sammy Sosa?, just a few who wore the number.
One of the best card games is "21".
Century 21, the real estate giants
You can legally drink at "21".
Now you can add yours truly to someone who has run 21 miles, not total mileage for a week, but 21 miles, with only a stop to refill a water bottle.
I got out of the house around 5:20am. It was 54deg. I was expecting it to be cooler. I am not complaining, since the last 20 miler started in 74deg temp w/ 100% humidity.
The route I chose was the same as the 20 I did. I knew by not cutting any corners, I would be close to the scheduled 21 miles.
Everything was going according to plan, until I got around the 4-5 mile mark, when outta the pitch black came a friggin Rottweiler!
This damn dog came at me, barking big time. I thought for sure he was going to attack. I stopped, screamed at it, and it retreated back to where it came from... so I thought.
Well, I start running again, and it comes back! I freeze scream at it, and it again retreated. I than kinda jogged, looking back to make sure it wasn't going to come back again.
I'd love to know if it was loose, or if the owner was with him. I mean where the hell does a dog like that come from, before 6:00am.
I got passed at one point by 3 cyclists. The lead cyclists asked why I was running this early. My answer was why was he cycling this early! I did yell to him afterwards, that I was training for a marathon.
I had planned earlier in the week, and confirmed last nite, to meet up with Charlie (shoreturtle), around 7:00am, to do an out and back , thru Mercer County Park. I figured to be close to 10 miles, when I met up with him, and I was just over 9, at 9.2 miles.
I can't thank Charlie enough, for meeting up, and helping me get thru 6+ miles today. It was huge, to have that kind of help, during a run of this length. It helps that he has been through this type of training, and ran a few marathons. If you haven't checked out his blog, I would encourage everyone to do so. He does a great job over there. www.shoreturtle.com/blog
I felt good for the majority of the run. The legs started to fade at about the 20 mile mark. I felt tightness in the hamstrings. Still I made it to the end, accomplished 21.17 miles before most where out of bed, and lived to tell the tale of a rottweiler coming at me in the dark!
A little FYI... I didn't run in my new Asics today. I'll break them in on my weekday runs.
CONGRATS to the Phillies for making it to the NLCS for the 1st time since 1993!
Here are the stats:
3:24:28 (2856 calories burned)
Saturday, October 4, 2008
The last week or so, I have posted about the legs & feet hurtin a bit, and I could tell I was due for a new pair. This is the quickest I have ever gone through a pair. I got my last pair, for Father's Day, and here it is not even 4 months later, and I needed a new pair.
Now Saturday, was a 4 mile day, so we can check that off the title to this blog.
That's just me. I had to know my time and make sure I ran the 4 miles, even though the route I chose, I had done many times before, and knew it was 4 miles.
Thursday, October 2, 2008
Once I get started running, I feel good, but getting up in the morning has been tough.
Guess this is part of the price you pay, to run a marathon.
Tuesday I ran a 5 mile run. Nothing special, I took the wife's van to the local tire shop, to get an oil change, give it the once over, and I put my 5 miles from there.
I ran a relaxing pace, 5.03 miles, 43:05mins.
Today, Thursday, I ran 6 miles in Veteran's Park. I wanted to get the run in before the Phils game, which started at 6:00pm (thanks MLB & TBS.. all about the $$).
Again, it was a pretty uneventful run, no weaves falling off girl's heads, or cops chasing me up a hill. No cross country meet. No deer in the woods, or wild turkeys running wild.
It was nice to run in very cool comfortable weather. There was a steady wind, but very manageable.
I ran 6.01 miles, 53:35mins.
fastest mile of the week: Tuesday, mile#5 8:09
slowest mile of the week: Thursday, mile#3 9:15
Saturday, I have a 4 miler on tap, and Sunday is the big one, 21miles!