Monday, July 28, 2014
So for the past week or so, I've kinda of backed off a little bit on the runs distance-wise. I think there were a few reasons for this and some benefits from it too. First of all, I needed to shake off some of the burn out I was feeling from that phenomenal of running for me. Running everyday alone has the potential to do that, so change is good (even if it's toning something down a little.) The other thing is that my wife comes on most of my runs with me, and I have to be careful so she doesn't overheat or get too exhausted to where she's struggling to get home. Another thing is that it's going to be a little bit until I get the new shoes I'm ordering from Hoka, so I'm cutting some of my limestone trail runs which wear the shoes out and that affects the total distance and flow of the runs. Finally it also gives things that are a little worn a better chance to recover despite going at it everyday still. All this is an opportunity to crank up or vary the speeds of my runs too (which I plan to utilize in the next half once again.) The other thing is that there's a little less pressure with the lack of structure. I sometimes just end up running to places by how I feel at the time (much like my workouts at the gym now) and just figuring it all out when I get back. The difference is that the push to make the run longer comes towards the end of the run rather than just planning a longer route before hand. The thing that I'm not very comfortable with is that I've gotten away from the longer runs on Sundays, but I'll get that fixed REAL quick as this next month's Sunday runs are 10 miles. I just think I'm at the point where I'm very comfortable with the mileage and effort that I've put into this and feel that I'm without a doubt on the right track. I have about 111 days left before the next half (I think?) and it looks like I'll be hitting that 1000 mile mark for the year before I get there with about 340 miles left to go. After that, running the rest of the way till the end of the year will be completely free of structure, pressure, and stress (except with the obligation to still contribute everyday some mileage.) And after that.............the switch gets turned OFF!
Saturday, July 19, 2014
Thinking back on last night today I was wondering why I left so late for my run last night. I was staring at a computer screen for over an hour trying to figure out a 6 mile run that wouldn't seem as long (and it's a challenge to do late at night with some of the trails having dark spots.) Finally, I got so tired and irritated that I just got up and left. I just figured out the run on the fly. I spent more time trying to map out the run than I did actually running it. Yeah I'm one of those "special" people I guess.
Friday, July 18, 2014
It's crazy how I'm racking up weekly mileage. It wasn't that long ago that I broke the 30 mile mark, shortly after that 40, and looks like tomorrow I will break through the 50 mile mark for the week. Glass ceilings, that's what these all are. I don't really see myself hitting the 50 mark again, but I felt that way about 40 miles as well. I just felt this week everytime I got out there to go for the 6 mile mark, and if it happened it happened. Yeah well most runs were at night, and the weather was on the cooler but still humid side, so I think that played a role in the mileage too. Some of the runs are coming in at the pace I want to be at for the November half to finish under the two hour mark now. I have been a little frustrated for a while about the slow progress on my pace, but it's getting there, and something hit me too. My biggest obstacle isn't the lack of energy or fatigue. It's my lung capacity. The thing is that I only paid attention to it in the fall and winter when my asthma puts a limit on what I can do a lot of times. In the summer, I have to run at a lot faster pace to feel the same way. On the other hand, no matter the time of year, there is only so much I can produce at my maximum effort. Prior to this, I believed that it was because I wasn't training hard enough (and in reality I don't think that's possible because EVERY run I go ALL out because I'm ALL IN this. With the everyday running, there are some days that the mileage can go get dialed all the way down to a single mile. At that point it's obviously not a distance run, and the game turns more to speed rather than endurance. What I am starting to find is that my fastest one mile times are starting to increase my quickest long run paces (and I'm not complaining.) I feel amazing to be able to just run faster and faster through a lot of the runs as they go along and go full throttle the last quarter to half mile now. All this, combined with running with lighter weight extremely cushioned shoes, has helped lay the groundwork for these results as well. I'm still not done incorporating new training tactics and continuing to gradually get down to the lightest running weight I possibly can. Speaking of shoes, my newest choice of running shoe has arrived. They are the Hoka Clifton and come in at 7.9 ounces (I currently run in the Skechers Ultra which come in a little heavier at 8.7 ounces.) I'm really excited to put these shoes on because it was actually Hoka that turned me on to the maximalist running shoe style, but unfortunately the pair I had was defective and ripped at the fabric and sole and where heavier and rather clunky. If anything, I should be all set with shoes with the new arrival today, the current pair of Skechers I have, and the other pair of Skechers I have set aside. I'm going going to use the Hokas here and there for shorter runs here and there and will incorporate the other Skechers in when the current onces wear out. As I get closer I'll determine which shoes I'll be running in the Vegas Rock n Roll half. All this effort to run a race, but it's a testament to what I can do and and effort to finish for my best time. It's crazy when I look at all the time and energy I put into this, and there are people out there running full marathons and ultras. Then again, there's people that look at the stuff I do and people like myself, and they are in awe as well. The truth is everyone is running in their own game, and it's different from person to person. What they all have in common is they set goals and reach for them while others waste opportunities and lay around on the couch in front of the tv. Here and there are news pieces about disabled people participating in races, and I only can wonder if I would have the same drive if something were to happen to me. Would it be an end to what challenges me, or would it just be another glass ceiling to shatter.
Monday, July 14, 2014
It was a pretty good run day already. Went out to a bike path I've known since grade school with my wife and did 9.3 miles. Great path. All asphalt lots of turns and minor ups and downs kept it interesting and moving quick. Hours later, yeah the gears start turning once again thinking I have more left in the tank. Yup, going to have to put a smaller run up later. Laced up the shoes for the second time, and off I went. I had second thoughts after only a couple of blocks as my knees felt tender, but as fast as that feeling appeared it disappeared as well. Came back, calculated the distance out...........................3.7 for a total of 13. That's the mileage of my long run the final Sunday of each month (I DIG THAT # !) Interesting on how that all works out. That second run showed some good resiliency, and I didn't just drudge through it either at a few seconds over an 8 minute mile pace. And it was only about a week ago that I took a bad step and twisted my foot too (thought that was going to be all bad.) So I'm looking at how the mileage is creeping up more and more, and I'm shocked and proud. I never thought I would be running 30, 35, or 40 miles a week. I'm just at the point where I get out there and run whatever I feel like (except on Sunday where the idea is usually the planned number of the month.) Still got 4 months to go before the race and over 5 to complete the year of running. HOPE I DON'T GET BORED!
Wednesday, July 09, 2014
Coming off of an EXPLOSIVE run on Saturday followed up by two runs I struggled through after that, I needed to mix it up a little with a different ingredient. So I laced up the running shoes a little tighter and started out at FULL THROTTLE. This was a speed run with some gear shifting. I came back with a 3.1 mile run in 25 minutes (not too shabby for me, but still slower than the effort I put in.) It kills me because it's like I couldn't possible have run faster, but I come away with a time like that. Buuuuuut, then I look at the broader picture, and I realize that this is NOT want it's all about. This is a training run, and this is also a run to break up the monotony too. The benefits from tonight's run come later down the road. It builds the endurance, it builds on strength, and it stops a couple of bad runs from turning into a streak of 3. STILL THE NUMBERS DRIVE ME NUTS!
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