Monday, March 30, 2009
Saturday I went for a small ride - it felt good and I was glad I was out in the saddle. Only 8+ miles covered but I was very happy to be on the road. Sunday I got in 4 miles running. What a difference a week makes! My conditioning sucks but my legs felt pretty strong.
A couple of things I'll be writing about here in the next few days:
1. My new shoes - Brooks GTS 8.
2. My new running partner - Bogey
3. Update on Eddie
4. My cycling guy, did he really tryout for the Olympics?
Yeah just a couple of teasers - can you tell I did college radio for a few years?
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Monday I ended up running about 6 miles total. Legs feel pretty good, and my conditioning seems pretty good also. Actually I'm surprised because I've only had 3 days off this month. I was sure two weeks ago when I upped my mileage that I was going to get fatigued in my legs but that hasn't happened. If fact yesterday I felt stronger overall that I had in a long time. Hopefully this will continue for a while.
The rest of the week should be the same as last week - I'm shooting to log another 12-15 miles this week putting me at 30 for the week (including cycling). Another solid week so I can't complain.
Saturday, March 14, 2009
Currently I'm on pace to run over 100 miles this month! I can't remember the last time I did that - maybe 1990? Actually I'm surprised on how good my legs feel. Right now they are a little sluggish, but nothing I can't deal with. Do I anticipate running 100+ miles this month? No, but being this far into the month and that being within reach is very nice to know. Maybe in a few months I'll break that 100 mile barrier but I'm not going to kill myself this month trying to get there. My goal this month is 70 miles so I should reach that if I continue on doing what I'm doing.
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Right out the door my left calf started complaining but overall I was doing OK so I continued to push through my 'difficulty'. I'm sure I'm not alone on this, but when my lower legs aren't warmed up enough or are just tired I experience cramping in my arches. Nothing too dangerous to run with as long as I keep the intensity level down. Well yesterday I pushed myself when the cramping started and slowly I inched my way through the first 3 miles. After that I felt pretty good and running under a full moon was a nice calm feeling.
The moon in fact was so bright, it didn't let any but the largest stars show. Another thing I noticed last night that even though I got started later than normal, there were quite a few people out walking their dogs. (Just wondering why.)
I spoke with my friend Eddie - we're going to do two miles after work today down in Carlsbad. He hasn't run lately so it will be good for him. I'll just enjoy the company.
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
I mean 20-years is a long time, and High School was good to me but I was a a$$ when I look back at myself. Several memories flash across my mind's movie screen that I'm ashamed of doing and talking to all of these classmates bring these memories to the forefront of my mind. Now don't misunderstand me; my whole High School experience wasn't bad, actually most of it was very good; it's just 3-5 things I did to people that make me ashamed. Things I never admitted to, owned up to, or outright didn't apologize for; these things have my stomach churning.
I'm not a hugely religious man - but I was brought up in a religious family (in fact my mother is a Presbyterian Minister) and these actions of a 16 year old still bother me to this day. I'm not crazy and I'm not going to bring up these instances just so I can 'clense' myself of my guilt but sometimes I wish I could just say I'm sorry for the hurt I caused. I'm sure I'm not alone and that everyone behaved poorly in HS and normally It's not even on my mind, but with the planning these thoughts are just sitting there.
So for anyone who knew me in HS sorry (which I'm sure no one is reading this) - I'm an A$$. Please forgive me.
Running update: I'm supposed to run with my friend Eddie on Wednesday - he's a former marine and we ran the Ladera Ranch Fourth of July 5k together this past year. He literally pulled me through that race (that's when I decided I'd take running much more seriously) and tomorrow will be the first time we've run together since then so I'm looking forward to his company. We're only going to do 2 miles since he's hasn't run at all over the past few months, but I have a feeling that he's going to do just fine.
Monday, March 9, 2009
I did my standard walk at lunch so it wasn't a total waste of a day.
Blood results came back nothing really to note other than my cholesterol is way up (it's always been high.) I'm wondering what I'm going to have to do to get it lower. I'm really not that bad of an eater.
Today's schedule is a quick lunch walk then about 3 miles tonight - that should put me at about 15 miles for the week.
Tomorrow I'm supposed to run with a friend - but I have a feeling that he's going to flake on me. Either way I'll run the 2 miler I have scheduled.
Sunday Beth talked me into going to see the doctor. I've have had heartburn and anxiety since before Christmas. The vacation helped, but the first week back in the office both symptoms returned. I got a good doctor - she prescribed more running, and a blood test. So that helped my anxiety levels almost right off. At least I didn't feel like an idiot. The blood test(s) are just some basic screens; I don't expect to see anything abnormal in them.
Sunday afternoon following the doctor's orders - I stepped out and ran a 10k. I finished in 1:04:11 which was a PB for me. I felt pretty good and relaxed throughout the run. Today my legs are just a tiny bit sore though. Considering I normally don't do that kind of distance I was pleased with my effort and results. Hopefully I can find this kind of time to run this more often without Beth killing me.
Plan this week is to get in about 22-23 miles +softball. I'm putting it down for my readers so I can be held accountable.
Thursday, March 5, 2009
By the end of the run - the drizzle had stopped, and mist hung on the trails and streets. It was surreal running through the thick damp air with only streetlights and the half moon that was poking through the clouds to light my way.
I had planned on only running about 2 miles total but at the turnaround I just kept going. about 3 miles later I found myself at home. Kind of amazing - and I'm always astonished when something like this happens. Ran the bulk of it at a 10:17 pace so I was very pleased with the run as a whole.
Today I only have a 1.7 mile walk planned then softball tonight. So I have to wait another day to try and 'capture' a another good run.
Monday, March 2, 2009
Like I mentioned already - my vacation was great. I can't tell you home much more relaxed I am. Today was my first day back at the office and I felt pretty good. I even had enough time to take a nice walk during my lunch. Only 1.7 miles but it was good to get outside.
Tomorrow will be my first 'run' after I put the kids down so I'm looking forward to that. Maybe something small 2-4 miles only at a very easy pace.
On the social side, I spent about 1hr today talking/planning my HS 20-year reunion. I spoke with an old friend on the phone today for the first time since we left school. Since I was our school President my Senior year I was nominated to get us all together. I'll weigh in every once in a while to keep you posted on the planning progress.
Alex Chillin' in Maui
I've got a ton of new pictures that I'll be sharing - including a few from some trails that I run locally. (Got to love the new camera.)