Thursday, January 31, 2008
That's 20 miles for the week. The weekend will be challenging to get a longer than 10 mile run in in deep snow. Should make for interesting times.
Winter storm warning for: City of TorontoIssued at 3:47 PM EST THURSDAY 31 JANUARY 2008
SNOW HEAVY AT TIMES IS EXPECTED ACROSS ALL OF SOUTHERN AND EASTERN ONTARIO WITH A POSSIBILITY OF FREEZING RAIN AND ICE PELLETS ALONG LAKES ERIE AND ONTARIO ON FRIDAY. THIS IS A WARNING THAT DANGEROUS WINTER WEATHER CONDITIONS ARE IMMINENT OR OCCURRING IN THESE REGIONS. MONITOR WEATHER CONDITIONS..LISTEN FOR UPDATED STATEMENTS.A LOW PRESSURE AREA OVER ARKANSAS IS GETTING ORGANIZED AND SETTING ITS SIGHTS ON SOUTHERN ONTARIO. AS THE LOW MOVES EAST ACROSS THE SOUTHERN STATES THEN CURVES NORTHEAST TOWARDS THE OHIO VALLEY TONIGHT IT IS EXPECTED TO TAP INTO A LOT OF MOISTURE AND ENERGY FROM THE GULF OF MEXICO. AS A RESULT IT IS LIKELY THAT THIS LOW WILL INTENSIFY INTO A SIGNIFICANT WINTER STORM AS IT MOVES INTO SOUTHERN ONTARIO LATER TONIGHT AND FRIDAY. LATEST INDICATIONS SHOW THE POTENTIAL FOR SIGNIFICANT AMOUNTS OF SNOW FROM THIS DEEPENING LOW AS IT TRACKS NORTHEAST JUST SOUTH OF LAKES ERIE AND ONTARIO TOWARDS NEW ENGLAND BY SATURDAY. THIS TYPE OF WINTER STORM OFTEN HAS A SWATH OF 15 TO 30 CENTIMETRES OF HEAVY SNOW ASSOCIATED WITH IT. FREEZING RAIN AND ICE PELLETS WILL ALSO BE A PROBLEM AS THE STORM CENTRE GETS CLOSE TO THE LOWER GREAT LAKES.
The bad news, I have to make the trek to work. The good news, my next run will be using snow tires.
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
While much of the country wallowed in really really cold (-54C with windchill, anyone?). I was treated to 4C, light mist and little wind. So I set out with a pair of shoes I repatriated from R's place this weekend. I'm not sure what it was: running Garminless, the bouncier shoes, the day I took off or the perfect weather, but I felt amazing and settled into what I can describe as slightly faster than the "I can run forever" pace. Probably a 5:15K pace or 8:25 mile.
I ran tall and had fun jumping over puddles. By the end, I was nice and toasty, a little wet and still in great shape -- I was barely huffing and puffing. I know that compared with a year ago, I'm in much better winter form and the base mileage is strong.
Sunday, January 27, 2008
We hung out all morning and I baked an apple pie (from scratch, crust and all) and we ventured out for a nice run. It was sunny and about 2 or 3C and just a tad windy. We did 9K in about 55 minutes at a nice recovery pace.
Keeping up the mileage, which is keeping me happy and somewhat fit. I'm going to be happy just getting the miles in. I think a 15 miler should be in the cards the next few weeks before I plunge into marathon training.
Weekly miles: 37 miles (60K)
Year to date: 140 miles (225K)
Saturday, January 26, 2008
I plotted a course that would finally take me into the Rock Creek Park that runners talk about. It took about 4 miles until I hit it, but once I did, I could see why it's a nice running route. I ventured in about 10.5K (6.5 miles) then did the out-and-back route. The GPS went wonky and didn't count about a kilometer (I remember it said I did mile 9 in 13:34 -- yeah right). Route is mapped out here. Anyways, it was a nice at times sunny day and I ended up doing 13 miles in 1:50. Up to 31 miles for the week and I plan on another run tomorrow to bring me to the upper 30s.
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
During my run, I was thinking of my schedule over the next few months and I know I definitely want to get the mileage up right now and maybe fit in more quality work. Realistically, I don't think I'm going to do many LT, intervals or strideouts until mid-February, although I may try a 3-mile tempo run on Saturday in DC. The ground will be clear and it'll be warmer so it'll be ideal.
My first race of the season comes in mid-March, a 5K, so it'd be good to get some speed sessions down in my long-term quest to get close to 20 minutes.
The big early race is on March 30, the Around the Bay 30K, which is kind of an A-minus race. It's a huge event and I've never done the distance in race conditions so I'm very excited and a little daunted by the distance: harder than a half marathon, but the distance is just about when you hit the Wall, so it's a great test of fitness and pacing. That day actually falls on one of my 20 mile training runs but i'll be running it at least at a marathon race pace. Put simply, it'll be a fantastic way to get right up to the Wall in training (and with thousands of training partners!).
One huge bonus of the Around the Bay is that it's really hilly in the last half, which should be interesting prep for the hills I hear we'll be hitting at the Flying Pig Marathon in May. I ran part of the last half of ATB over the holidays with R (her family homestead is around the 20K mark) and two of our friends who are training for the race. The hills are monsters in places.
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
You could feel every stomp, even on the blanket of snow I ran in tonight.
So after I visit R this weekend in DC, I'm going to retire these ones, buy a new pair. Maybe it'll make things a bit better.
Or that's the hope.
6 miles today in 53ish minutes, and 4 miles yesterday.
Sunday, January 20, 2008
Cold: It was -8C or 17F.
Wind: 54km/h westerly winds or 34m/h.
Skies: Blue, with spots of clouds.
So I put on double gloves, put on the heavy shell and set out. Man that wind was really going. Straight west. I was thinking of doing little loops but I decided to tackle on the beast. Go 5 miles straight west into the wind, and get the wind on my back on the way home.
That wind was incredible and since most of my trail is in the open area with little cover, I felt the full brunt of every gust (and it was gusting). I was putting an 8 minute mile effort but wasn't getting much out of it. It really felt like I was barely running. Mile 3-4 was done in 8:56.
What surprised me was that there were plenty of other runners out there for their long runs, sharing in my misery. I won't lie that several times, I thought about taking a walk break or just going back home, but since others were toughing it out, so would I.
The double gloves were effective to the point. The wind was piercing through and my left thumb was feeling numb.
The came the turnaround (literally) in my run. Suddenly I was warmer, faster and enjoying what felt like a fast 5 miles with little effort.
10 miles done in 1:23:30 with average pace of 8:20.
I'm pretty happy with my mileage. I should technically be finishing my third week in an 18-week program for the Flying Pig Marathon but since I'm opting for a 12 week program, the miles in January and early Feb. are vital.
Tuesday: 5 miles
Wednesday: 10 miles
Thursday: 5 miles
Saturday: 3 miles
Sunday: 10 miles.
Mileage: 33 miles (53K)
Year to date: 103 miles (166K)
Thursday, January 17, 2008
Actually was plus 4C and I see the temperature is going to PLUNGE this weekend. Well, I think I've had enough of a respite from winter. I'm afraid of the cold more than the heat in so many ways.
Just picture the beach... picture below from Miami on Sunday and my beach reading...
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
So I set out to do my 10 miles in the dark. It was a relatively warm -1C tonight and I enjoyed the run very much. The night city skyline from 5 miles away is breathtaking. I wish I had a camera with me.
Now, the interesting part. I ran the first bit at a steady and very comfortable pace, not really caring about time or pace. Within 4 miles, I felt so good that I cranked it up. I passed some runners and I sped up again, and it felt good. So by the time I hit the 10K mark, I saw I was on pace for a 1:22ish 10 miler. So I decided to slowly up the pace for the last four miles to see if I can average it down to a 1:20 run or 5 minute Ks/8 minute miles.
So with every kilometre split, I could see myself shaving off time. So I sped up the next portions closer to marathon pace. By the 2K to go mark, I saw myself needing to speed it up big time to aim for 1:20. By the 15K mark, with 1.1K to go, I knew that I needed a fast finish to make it under the target, or a 4-minute 1K followed by a fast 100 metres.
Now that's a lot of math to do while running, but that's what goes through my silly little mind when I'm racing the clock. The result was very - well - dead on. 10 miles (9.99 in SportTracks and 10 in Garmin's Training Center) in 1:20:01 for an average pace of 8 minute miles. See the progression/negative splits below. Man, I've never hit my exact planned time ever. Uncanny
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
One of the challenges in the base period is to fit in one medium-long run during the week, which will be tough as I'm going to shoot for a 10 mile run.
Which means about 1:25 of running before work (5 a.m., yikes) or after work (5 or 6 pm). In both cases, it means running in the dark. This is a little daunting but I'm going to have to get used to one or the other. Flying Pig Marathon training is beginning in a month and I've got to toughen up for a harder 50+ mile schedule.
Monday, January 14, 2008
Weekly mileage: 47 miles (75.5K)
Year to date: 70 miles (112.5K)
Saturday, January 12, 2008
A nice warm morning and a cooler evening. I started my morning run with R. but told her I wanted to get a faster run, so we split after the first 700 metres. I ran about 5K on the beach and did a hard run, starting slow and speeding to a 7:30 a mile pace at the end. First run of 8 miles was done in 1:05:12 with average pace of 8:04 miles (about 5:01Ks).
We walked around town, had a nice sushi lunch, then walked a lot more. We again went for a run, a 5K around the boardwalk before dinner.
Ah, vacation life with running is great!
Friday, January 11, 2008
Then came dinner at a modern Cuban restaurant.
My main: "Churrasco Grilled marinated skirt steak on garlic mashed potato with pico de gallo and jalapeño chimichurri."
R's main: Grilled Chilean Salmon Grilled fillet of Chilean salmon served with a nutty japonica black rice and a light mango mustard sauce. Finished with a garlic-tomato concasse
My dessert: "Tres Leches de Chocolate Chocolate sponge cake soaked in three milks, finished with a decadent chocolate mousse and crowned with homemade chocolate ice cream."
R's dessert: "Key West Napoleon Layers of flaky pastry sheets, filled with a key lime cream and topped with dulce de leche caramel."
Not pictured was our seafood appetizer, our mojitos (mango and 'traditional') and our wine, beer and espresso. A yummy pricey meal.
We walked a lot after dinner (3 miles maybe) but it's gonna take a long run this weekend and more of payback.
We got into Miami last night and had a late dinner. But we got up and did a 11K or almost 7 miles on an out and back to South Beach.
R is going for a swim later and I may sneak in another run. In the meantime more lying around.
Sent from my Touch
Wednesday, January 09, 2008
And which also brought me to today. I got home late from work and it was dark and cold... really didn't feel like a run, but something was telling me that every mile counts toward building a base. So I convinced my stupid head that I'd go for a minimum of one mile out and back for two miles. Stupid because I've actually only done a two mile run once as I consider 4K to be the minimum distance to be worth changing into my running gear.
After commiting then to get out, I quickly reset my goals. Before I knew it, I was in the middle of a four-mile run (total of 34:52 with splits of 8:51, 8:19, 8:29, 8:07 and a stray 1:04 extra). Much better.
So that brings me to 20 miles so far for the week. I'm off to Miami tomorrow after work so I plan to run again on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. We plan to do at least six miles each day.
Tuesday, January 08, 2008
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It was so warm that I dug out my fall top AND shorts! It was chilly cause of the wind and rain, but nice and perfect by the end.
Monday, January 07, 2008
Set out on a longish run and decided early on it'd be 13.1 miles. I did a lot of slower runs the past week, so I was iching to go a bit faster. I quickly hit a 5 minute K or 8 minute mile pace. It was getting warm so I rolled up my sleeves. The run was strong. There was water all over the place, and the trucks going by the road were making things muddy. Still, I turned it on. At the Beaches, I stopped for a 30 second breather and then the skies opened up and it rained for a few minutes. I rolled down the sleeves, put back on the gloves and ran home.
I was progressively getting faster. Starting at 5 minute Ks, I moved down to marathon pace and even faster. The last 7 miles were done at marathon pace of 7:37 miles or faster. I even turned it on for the last mile with a 6:57 clocking.
I was very happy with this run, done in 1:40:47 with a pace of 4:46 or 7:40, right on marathon pace. The time is not that important, but that I was able to throw down a strong MP run more than two months after I was in marathon shape is heartening. As I said in an earlier post, I think I want to do long runs with strong finishes this year. This shows I may be able to build up to a stronger fitness level.
Sunday, January 06, 2008
5K race in March
30K race in March
8K race in April
Marathon in May
10 miler in July
Half marathon in September
Weekly mileage was pretty good, not at the level I should be at for base mileage for the marathon training, but it's getting up there:
Wednesday: 3.1 miles
Thursday: 5 miles
Friday: 3.1 miles
Saturday: 8.85 miles
Sunday: 4 miles
Weekly mileage: 24 miles (38.5K)
Plan for next week as I start aiming for the 30+ miles a week base.
Monday: 10 miles
Tuesday: 4 miles (with 6 x 100 strides)
Wednesday: 4 miles
Thursday: Rest/Fly to Miami
Friday: 3 - 5 miles in Miami Beach Florida!
Saturday: 6 miles in Miami
Sunday: 6 miles in Miami
Friday, January 04, 2008
Watching the Iowa caucuses tonight was fun but one thing I've been keeping my eye on was Governor Mike Huckabee who won it for the Republican side in Iowa. I've heard about him of course by all the press he's gotten in the running press in recent years about his huge weight loss, his running routine and about marathoning. I'm not a social conservative, but I do appreciate that this guy is running for president and also an avid marathoner (and also training for one right now). It takes stamina, guts, intelligence, commitment, pacing for both.
His running credentials are pretty good. He did the Marine Corps Marathon in 4 hours, 37 minutes and has done three others, including the Little Rock Marathon in 4:38. Huckabee did the New York City Marathon in 5:38 with a sore knee and the bib number of 110 for the number of pounds he lost. (More results here) Also was named a Hero of Running by Runners World in 2006. He's also training for the Boston Marathon with Team Hoyt. Good on him, I say.
Here's what he said tonight, and we're about to hear a lot more running (the sport) references over the next while while he gets a lot of national attention. And that's a good thing, given all the negative things that have been said about our sport recently.
Huckabee from Washingtonpost.com:
"I would say that this is probably about maybe a half marathon," he told reporters. "We started out a year ago and we've got a year left...For me, it's a gut check. Regardless of what position we're in, we still see this as a marathon, the finish line is November, but tonight we hope to prove we're in this race for all 26 miles"So I wonder if he worries about hitting the Wall. Democrat John Edwards probably knows too, cause he's also a big runner.
Thursday, January 03, 2008
Some useful links
My race report (and pre-race one)
Results from Active.com and from Cincinatti.com.
Photos from the race on Cincinnati.com and from RunPhotos.com.
Want to know your real marathon time? My post and also an update from Cincinatti Enquirer.
Course info, including course description.
Long range forecast for Cincinnati
Other blogs by people who are running the race in 2008, as far as I could tell
Mine, of course.
The Internal Pigdog
A Cystic Fibrosis Patient’s Journey to Completing A Marathon
Miles and Madness
My spring marathon training, if I was doing an 18-week program, should have began on New Years Day. But I've decided to do the Pfitzinger 12-week program that tops out at 55 miles a week. It's a shorter version of the 18 week schedule I followed last summer.
I'm delaying my training for several reasons, but I do know I need to get accustomed to doing major running in the winter and perhaps buy a month and a half to let the cold weather pass us by a little before doing a lot of quality work. I also have to build a real base mileage before plunging into the training.
My goal for this marathon is to gain more experience, work on keeping my fitness at a high level, improve some aspects of training such as working harder at LTs and doing long runs at faster pace.
So here's the plan. In the next six weeks, I'll do between 30 and 35 miles a week so I can build a strong base. It will be built on running about 15 miles during two or three weekday runs and two weekend runs with a long run starting at 10 miles and working up to 15 miles.
So here's a sample base week from now until the second week of February. I intend to start this now and see if I can keep it up over the next five:
Tuesday: 5 miles (Add strides)
Wednesday: 8 miles (Key weekday run)
Thursday: 3 miles
Saturday: long run (10 to 15 miles)
Sunday: Recovery of 5 miles.
And below is the Pfitzinger 12 week program beginning on Feb. 12.
The sidewalks were clear, and lots of snow and ice were covering my running trails, so naturally I decided to put on my new Yaktrax. It's been bitterly cold the past few days and snow has melted during the day and refroze in the night, leaving sheets of ice.
I can't believe i've gone so many winters without these. They kinda take the bounce out of your running, but I was able to confidently navigate my way through almost 4K of ice and snow with no hint of a slip. Amazing. Ended 5K run in just under 26 minutes.