Tuesday, January 27, 2009
I didn't feel as sore as I thought I would, after the Chilly Cheeks race. I was expecting to be sore all over, but I really wasn't.
The weather was not bad, overcast, little wind, and temps in the low 30's.
There weren't many people out in the park. I saw one other runner, who must have thought it was summer, as he was in shorts, a tech t-shirt, and visor. Crazy..
Anyway, I just wanted to get out, and put in some miles.
Nice thing is I think the ankle injury is behind me. I survived that insane trail race, pain free, and really haven't felt anything in the ankle for a few weeks, so hopefully the tendinitis is gone.
It was nice to get out and run a relaxed pace.
The rest of the week looks like a park run on Thursday, trails with the group on Sat, and meeting up with Ted & Progman, and running part of the NJ Marathon course with those guys.
I think Shoreturtle is joining us also.
6 mile 51:38 (8:36 avg.)
Mile / Time
Sunday, January 25, 2009
Well, when we passed a big orange #6 spray painted on the snow, it was a welcome site. I knew it wouldn't be long, but I tell ya, it felt like forever, kinda like the last few miles of the Philly Marathon. OH did I mention there were more hills to climb?
Check out this picture of the last hill.
I hope that picture does this hill justice. It was steep, and you had a crowd cheering you on, from above. I swear it sounded more like they were laughing at us, bunch of loons running, or more like climbing!
When I got to the top of this hill, I was wiped out. I thought it was the end, but quickly realized I had about another 100 yards to go, to the finish.
It was a great experience. I will probably do one again, but I found it hard to get a rhythm going. Congrats to all who ran and finished!
Here is my time, according to the garmin. Again, this really wasn't about a time, it was more about the experience, and finishing.
1:20:20 (11:55 min/mile)
Best I could figure, I finished around 160th out of about 400+ runners.
** The results were up on the Pretzel City website, and they had 495 people register, 470 start, and 462 finish. I was 161st.**
Thursday, January 22, 2009
Guess I will be talking to Dr. Foote, and getting them tweaked.
My 7 mile run was back to the old inserts. Better safe than sorry. I ran an out and back in Mercer County Park. It was downright balmy out, compared to the last week or so. The temps had to be in the mid 30's.
I had wanted to get a 10 miler in this week, in preparation for the Chilly Cheeks 7.2 mile trail run this Sunday. Well, I guess a long run of 7 will do.
I did a google search for the Chilly Cheeks run in Reading,Pa. and as much fun as it sounds, it's going to be tough. It seems to be rather hilly!
The shins were bothering me a bit, guess it was a byproduct of yesterday's run. I felt good, but can tell the drop off in the wind & legs at about 3 miles in. While I am faster, I need to gain back the endurance I have lost.
7 miles 56:48 (8:06 avg.)
Mile / Time
Sunday, January 18, 2009
Saturday, January 17, 2009
While it was damn cold, it was a beautiful sunrise over the lake.
We ran to the dam and back. When we got to the dam, it was filled with Canadian Geese, and I swear , with the racket they were making, it sounded as though they were laughing at the 8 of us, out there in the frigid tundra of Mercer County Park.
The garmin had us at 6.2 miles & 1 hour for the run, but I must have hit the button, and missed at least a 1/2 mile of trails. We ran this a bit faster then usual. I guess Nate wanted this over quickly.
I don't know what is harder, running in the humid summer's here in NJ, or this bone chilling weather.
Thursday, January 15, 2009
The forecast for Friday is even colder, so I wanted to get this run in today.
I have started a routine, running Saturday on the trails, Sunday, and Tuesday & Thursday during the week. I don't have any set mileage amounts for the runs, I am just going how I feel.
As our buddy Beachy says, I'm just logging base miles.
I don't know if you can tell in this picture, but the 2 people are walking 2 basset hounds. Having 2 beagles, they are cool looking dogs.
This is one of the cool paths in the park. They built a boardwalk, in the woods, in an area that was "swampy". While it's not the Wildwood boardwalk, it's still fun to run on. I was having a race with a little sparrow, who was flying under the boardwalk. FYI... it was a tie.
Here are a bunch of Canadian Geese, enjoying the cold water of the lake. It was about 1/2 froze. I remember skating on the lake a bunch as a kid. Hopefully the cold weather will continue and it will be good for skating.
Anyway I ran the freezing 5 miles in 40: 00.
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Four favorite memories from 2008:
1. Philadelphia Marathon! Just awesome!
2. this could be #1a.. Say it with me.. WORLD F*CKING CHAMPIONS!!
3. Philadelphia Distance Run
4. Week vacation in Wildwood with the family
4 favorite movies watched in 2008
I didn't see one movie in the theaters, so I'll pass on this one.
4 of my favorite foods in 2008
1. boardwalk pizza
2. porterhouse steaks on the grill
3. cold chicken my wife makes for the beach
4. my homemade fettuccine Alfredo
4 places i loved in 2008
2. Philadelphia (sporting events)
3. Washington DC/ Virginia
4 events i loved in 2008
1. Phillies Parade
2. Philadelphia Marathon
3. Fireworks after Phils game in July
4. watching my oldest son play baseball/street hockey/ soccer
4 things i liked in 2008
1. starting this blog
2. marathon training
3. going to the beach w/ the family
4. Watching the Flyers & Phils playoff runs!
4 things i am looking forward to in 2009
1. running another marathon or 2
2. summer in Wildwood
3. coaching my oldest in baseball
4. opening day / nite for the Phillies
4 people I tag
Game on Boys & gal!
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
It was tough for him to turn, so I hung back a bit.
When I got out of the whirly twirly, I ran up on some deer.
You can see the white of his tail. There was about 4-5 of them, that I saw. They took off as soon as they saw me. Bunch of chickens.
Anyway, I felt good, no ankle pain, so maybe the worst is behind me. I have my fingers crossed on that one.
I did a quick 4 mile run on Sunday, and had no pain, and that was after the ankle roll on Saturday.
5-1/2 miles 54:21 (9:52 avg.)
Saturday, January 10, 2009
There were 6 of us out in the woods of Mercer County Park.
Shoreturtle was the 1st there, and he went for a quick warm up run, and had 3 foxes run by him, barking and chasing each other. Pretty cool.
There was a good omen for the run, when I checked the temp outside, my digital thermometer read 26.2. I know.. I should have got a pic of it.
We ran 6.4 miles on the trails, and Progman(Paul) joined us today. I made him a deal, that if he ran with us, I would run the balance of the 11 miles he had to do.
I almost got out of it, I rolled the right ankle about 2 miles in. Yes, the "bad" ankle. Luckily, after a few minutes, it felt good. It was tight when I started,kinda felt like a rubber band was tightly around it. When I rolled it, it loosened up, and was fine.
We ran out to the dam and back.
We did an Indian run right before we hit the dam. The last person in the single file line, had to run to the front, ect.. It was a nice little speed workout, right before we ran up and down the hill at the dam.
I committed a Shoreturtle mortal sin today. I didn't have my camera charged, and the battery died. I was able to take a quick group shot, before it died.
We ran 6.4 with the group, and the rest of the 11 miles, Charlie & I ran with Paul (Prog), helping him get the mileage in.
11 miles 1:45:29 (9:35 avg.)
Thursday, January 8, 2009
When I saw this statue, I thought it appropriate, since it's of a mother & her children.
Well... the winner gets a pat on the back, and an attaboy!
Monday, January 5, 2009
I'm BAAAACK !!!!!!!!
Friday, January 2, 2009
While I didn't keep track of my mileage for the first 3 months of 2008, I know I put in mileage, because I was training for the Ocean Drive Marathon/10 miler. I do remember a few bitterly cold runs, in preparation for the 10 miler.
The year started out good, with a PR at the Hangover 5 miler, and I followed that up with a PR at the OD 10 miler. Hey, when your times aren't that good to start, it's easy to PR.
I ran a new local 5k, put on by a High School senior, in April, and it was a well organized event. Again another PR, at 24:05. I would spend the next few 5k's trying to break the 24 min barrier.
I would have done it at the Run for Dad, but I had the shoelace issue.
Backing up a bit, it was after the OC Drive run, that I gave serious thought to running a marathon. The determination of the marathoners that day, was awesome. To run 26.2 miles is one thing. To run it in a 20mph headwind is sick!
In June, I started to bump up my weekly mileage. On a warm Sunday, I ran to Veteran's Park, entered and ran a 5k, and ran home. It was quite an accomplishment.
I met some great runners, who have made me a better runner. I am indebted to them for making my first 1/2 marathon & marathon a success.
I finally broke that 24 min 5k I wanted, in July at the RWJ 5k stride for strokes.
I started my marathon training at the end of July, and pretty much went injury free the entire time. There was the one fall I had in Cape May.
I ran the Philadelphia Distance Run in Sept. It was my first 1/2 marathon, and it was awesome. I can't wait to run it again this year.
Fast forward to November 23, 2008. This was a day I'll never forget. My first marathon. It was incredible. I enjoyed every moment of it, even the painful last 2 miles. I had a great time, and it was made more special by being able to share the experience with my wife, her sis & husband.
Following the marathon, I ran my last local 5k of the year, and set another PR, of 22:02, and placed in my age group (another first).
Also through running, I started to run on Saturday's with a group of runners, on the trails of Mercer County Park. They are a dedicated bunch, and I love running with them.
Looking back, man is going to be tough to top the success I had in 2008, but I'm off to a great start, if the ankle holds up!
Here are the stats:
1125 miles (that does not include Jan - March)
10 miler 1:30:42
1/2 marathon 1:53:13
The group that I trail run with has started a blog, to get the word out about their running and upcoming races.
Check out their site, and if you are in the area, meet up with them for a run!
Thursday, January 1, 2009
Here are members of Trail Run group, that I run with.