Friday, March 31, 2006

I read yesterday a post from a fellow blogger, TriSaraTops, who wrote a beautiful post. I would encourage everyone to click on her link and read her March 29th post. She really captured in words a major part of what running can provide to all runners regardless of their abilities and goals.

Please read and enjoy the day everyone.

Monday, March 27, 2006

Running Update from the weekend

I slogged my way through the weekend. Combination of fighting some bug (probably sent to me by the evil cats) and ongoing asthma issues made the running feel blah. Friday did my 7 mile run at a 7:25 pace, Saturday did a 10.7 mile run at a 7:50 pace and Sunday I ran 8 miles and all I could do to keep it at an 8 min mile.

I am convinced my cyber buddy Andy sent the evil cats to sprinkle cooties on me and take away my speed and give it to him! (Check out Andy's blog on my links he is one fast dude and I plan on whipping that youngster sometime in the next 12 months).

Next race is on April 9th, a 5K that I will not target for tapering. Hope to do anything around 19:30 and keeping April 22nd the big 10K at Oak Island as a target race. Goal is to break 41 on this race.

Enjoy the day everyone.

Thursday, March 23, 2006

Non running topic here.

Some of you know that I am not a cat person. In fact I would love to take my daughters two evil cats and find a way for them to be changed into either a dog or a wombat. So I am down to trying to decide, find an alligator and feed them the cats (these cats are so evil they would probably kill the gator or seriously give it heartburn), teach the cats to swim in the ocean where the bull sharks tend to go or donate them to mad sciencists for genetic alien research.

Good things to ponder on tonights run.

Saturday, March 18, 2006

Lame 5K results.

I ran a 5K (St Patricks 5/10K) as it was a cancer raising event for a local boy who is fighting for his survival. Race offers a 5K, 10K and a 2 mile walk. I elected to do the 5K as I am trying to get my speed back (still gone and I think Andy stole it from me). This was 3 weeks post Gasparilla and I intentionally ran more miles this week. The little surprise was the last 3/4 mile of the race was on the beach (in the nice soft sand of course).

That being said I ran 21:29 finished 9th overall and 1st Masters and 1st in age group. Thankfully I will be starting my 12x200 Intervals Tuesday and hope to find my leg turnover again.

Asthma was a problem again and that did not help but nevertheless I should be running a consistent 19:15 or so and plan to do so in April.

Enjoy the day everyone.

Friday, March 17, 2006

Hmmm, the blog dirt devil looks like it ate my last post. It was full of such insightful thoughts and the resolution to the world's problems just went into cyber space. Oh well, I guess I will just focus on running!

Here is the next interesting race I am considering (besides Gasparilla in only 338 more days!)

Have to love a race and a run where there is the risk of bear attacks and death!

Enjoy the day everyone.

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

My youngest daughter, Maddie, called me last night (I am still traveling to work) and told me that I received a trophy from Gasparilla for 2nd place in the masters division for the Jeep challenge. This was totally unexpected and going back and looking at the results and awards I figured out how and why. The top 10 males receive overall awards. along with top 3 master awards. Virtually every top ten runner was a master runner and the group between me and the top ten were youngesters (20's and 30's). So despite my less than desired performance I did win hardware (and Maddie was so happy!!).

Even though I was disappointed in my time and race performance I will take the hardware and keep it!

Enjoy the day everyone! (only 341 days of training left for the next Gasparilla race)

Monday, March 13, 2006

Tis the season for Asthma!

Today I had my quartely check on my asthma and lo and behold the Dr said my asthma was still in the "uncontrolled" status! I was not surprised since I am not really breathing well and wake up 2-3x a night for air. Not to mention running and racing is more difficult with the season changes.

The Dr. upped my doseage on the Advair to the strongest level (i.e. more steriods) and if that doesn't work I will also go on monthly shots. I am hoping all this kicks in before May when I have a couple of races I am targeting.

Life can be interesting at times! Air being a minor challenge as I get closer to my sub 19 min 5K this year. Oh well at least the legs are almost recovered from Gasparilla.

Enjoy the day everyone.

Thursday, March 09, 2006

Jello Legs continue to affect me however I can feel them coming back to normal. I have been traveling and working extensively again this week and running has been limited to 4-5 miles per day. Probably not a bad idea as I have to recover fully from the Gasparilla Races.

I hope everyone in blog land is doing well and enjoying the day.

Saturday, March 04, 2006

One week after Gasparilla I participated in the Rumba on the Lumber 5K for the 1st time. Nice day and felt good about the race. In the end, the spirit was ready but the legs were still not there.

Bottom line race was 20:40. I was 27th out of 493 overall 2nd in A/G (1st in A/G for award). The guy who won the A/G ran 16:04 so I never had a shot at him anyway LOL.

Best part of the race event was the 1 mile fun run which I did with my youngest daughter Maddie (she is 8). We really enjoyed that very much and had a great time running together. We did our mile in 15 min (it was easy to get distracted by birds, bugs and babies!)

After the 5K Maddie and I hung out and enjoyed the festival and food.

Enjoy the day everyone.

Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Today I did my first post Gasparilla run. Just an easy 3 miles and felt good. I am actually pretty tired today, I think it has all caught up with me. I still have the sore legs but stairs no longer scare me LOL!

I will rest tomorrow, run easy on Friday and then figure out what I am going to do for the race on Saturday. I would normally have no problem kicking out a sub 19:30 5K but this will be more challenging.

I just have to remember that pain is weakness leaving the body. I can gut it out and push myself to compete hard.

Besides only 362 days of training until the next Jeep Challenge at Gasparilla next year.

Enjoy the day everyone.

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