Thursday, December 17, 2009
Only about a week until Christmas. I have had some time off work and have gotten in some good runs. I have had some tempo runs at around an 8:40 pace, which would get me well under 2 hrs for the half. I feel as though I'm in fairly good shape, having done nearly all my scheduled runs in the 14 or so weeks of training. Now the next step, I actually have to sign up for the race. I have put it off as long as possible, but Jan 9 is really near.
Hope everyone has a very Merry Christmas.
Monday, November 23, 2009
I am currently 10 weeks into a 16 week half marathon plan. If all goes well, I will be running a half in early January. The most difficult part thus far, has been juggling workouts with my crazy work schedule. Sometimes doing tempo and long runs much to close together. However I do feel pretty good most of the time. It has kinda been a trial to see if I can manage marathon training with my work schedule. The jury is still out on that one. But running a marathon is still my ultimate goal as far as running goes. Hopefully not to far in the future.
Monday, August 3, 2009
I have always enjoyed getting off the asphalt as much as possible. In fact, probably about half my mileage is done on grass or well groomed trails. It seems to break up the monotony of running on the streets. Plus, no dodging of cars, with crazy drivers behind the wheel. Most of whom think its perfectly acceptable to drive 55 mph through a residential area. So when I found out that the 5k I was gonna be running, was actually a cross country race, it didn't concern me.
The temperature wasn't bad for this time of year, though it was humid. And it never crossed my mind that the 3 inches of rain the day before would be a factor. I was thinking, " I like trails, and its only a 5k. But I soon learned, running on wet trails is a whole different ballgame. And a game that I knew little about.
I had a good plan, I was gonna run the first 2 miles at about a 8 min per mile pace. Then turn it up a notch the last mile. It was a good plan, but you know what they say about the good plans of mice and men.
Did I mention that I dont have trail shoes ? Or that my old 2140s were soaking wet before I ever got to the starting line. That may be why the crowd was so small for this race. The majority of the runners were at least half my age. I guess all the old folks said " I will just sit this one out. "
In spite of the mud, wet grass and a slightly twisted ankle, I did have a lot of fun. It was another chance to run with my Son. And because of the small turnout, I was able to finish 2cnd in my age group. And yes, there were more than 2 people in my age group. Not many more though. lol
So I have learned a couple things. I need some trail shoes, and a bad day of running, still makes for a great day.
Florence Track Club Cross Country 5k
Mile 1 8:07 pace
Mile 2 9:13 pace
Mile 3 9:19 pace
.15 8:18 pace
Friday, July 17, 2009
Saturday, July 4, 2009
Well, I have finally figured out how to win a medal in a foot race. Keep running and get old. I ran the Spirit of Florence 5k, On July 4th, and finished second in my age group. I finished in a not so blistering time of 24:20. However only one other person over the age of 45 was ahead of me. The weather was about as cool as it gets for July in South Carolina, 72 F at the start. I had the chance to run once again with my son. He beat me again , but by a much smaller margin this time. I told him to watch out, old people can sneak up on you. He finished third in his age group.
It was a great 4th, and one I'm sure I wont forget.
Until next time,
Saturday, June 27, 2009
Im planning on running another 5k with my son on July 4th if all works out. Another chance for him to outrun the old man. Im looking forward to it.
Though I havnt committed to it, if all goes well, I hope to be running Myrtle Beach in February. I havnt decided for sure if it will be the marathon or the half. I will decide by October in time to begin training. I would love the run the full, Im just not sure if my legs will hold up for the training. If I can get my mileage up my October, without injury, I will give it a go.
Until next time
Saturday, March 21, 2009
Even though I had to work until midnight, friday, and then work again Saturday. I felt it was worth the extra effort to run this one.
Why, Becuase it was the third time in the last few months that my son has asked me to run one with him. And he is realy enjoying running, but the impact it has made on is life, is just short of incredible.
Hopefully I will get the offical results, and my sons permission to post the changes running has made in his life. And what this first oppratunity to run a race with him ment to me.
until later Burt