Another quiet contemplation day. I've been fighting off a cold since the weekend before Thanksgiving, and am hopeful that it has just about run its course. I've run a grand total of 5.1 miles in that time - all on Thanksgiving Day (warm up and 5k race) and have had no desire to get back out and run or even walk, so I guess this has been a good time to get in the semi-annual rest period, and to think about what I run for.
I realized that while I'll never be a very good racer, I do enjoy racing, and train best when I have a target race somewhere on my schedule, and can plan the rest of my training around my race training. Fitness is still the end, and racing is a means to that end; most good racers are probably just the other way around, where getting int and staying in shape is the means to the end - a fast race. Though I've read man y of you basically saying that your running serves the same purpose - race to stay motivated to stay in shape, or something along those lines.
So I found my favorite race of the year on the Hudson-Mohawk RoadRunners Club website - the annual St Johns St Annes Spring Runoff 10k along the Hudson River bike path in Albany, and put it on the Boomers Intrepid Racers Schedule (HI ilene!) and almost immediately felt better. I looked at the 10k training schedule on this site, which I followed two years ago (for the April 2006 Spring Runoff), and saw that since it's 12 weeks long, I need to start following it durning the first week of February. And since I want to follow the pre-training suggestion of Rest-3-5-3-5-3-5 for the weeks approaching the program, I'd better get going and start ramping up from where I left off in early November (15 - 20 mpw) to a steady 20 mpw for January! Holy Carp! Times a-wasting!
I even have the perfect motivation - I turned 43 in September, and my PR in the 10k is 43:51 - I just need to take 21 seconds off of that time and I'll run 43:30 at 43.5 years - I may not be "fast enough" to run my age in a 10k, but I'll finally be old enough! !http://www.coolrunning.com/forums/biggrin.gif|src=http://www.coolrunning.com/forums/biggrin.gif|border=0!
Originally posted by Dark Horse:
3 miles cross-country in 25 minutes. 45 degrees, fading sunlight.
Afterward I felt fine except for the stabbing pain above my right knee.
You remind me of Igor, the hunchback, whose hump kept changing sides.
It was your left knee that hurt last week.
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BTY, good to see you have a goal. But I wonder about that weekly schedule. If you can make just two little adjustments to it, you will PR. One is to take one day a week and run a bit longer, and the other is to incorporate some tempo work during the week. Perhaps you are doing this now; just a suggestion. I know you are an athlete of great focus and I would like to see you hit that goal. Spareribs
MC what a great video and song...sad but uplifting
Fly on the weekend my friend, wish I was there.
40 minute after work squeezed in during kids activities. The snow was flying and the snow kept building up under my shoes causing me foot pain. Rarely have I ever had that happen, just that perfect combination of soft snow and ice to bond to the shoe in layers, I had to keep scraping my feet every 100 meters or so.
A beautiful run.
Very much looking forward to my evening with my lady and topdown and his wife tomorrow. My girls will be staying at my parents overnight. Life is full of surprises..when you think the presents under the tree are all gone, a beauty smacks you under the nose.
Take care all
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had a splendishous run today (into night) with a nice 10-11 miler and 8x1/2 mile at~3:20ish (6:40 pace) capped by a heavy legged feeling and tired total body as well as a big smile !http://www.coolrunning.com/forums/smile.gif|src=http://www.coolrunning.com/forums/smile.gif|border=0!. witnessed a spectaculiar sunset turning from red>purple>mauve>deep blue...'red sky at night...sailor's delight'...
Remember, when the glass looks like it is half-empty, it is really half-
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dtoce: I also experienced a beautiful sunset not unlike yesterday's! We ran 4.1 miles in 36 and change, heading out at about 4 pm. Temps were in the low 50s! Sheesh!
Originally posted by ptbrown:
It was your left knee that hurt last week.
You are correct, sir.
My right knee has been bad for at least 20 years. It is chronically sore, but I manage it. The pain tends to occur after a run, and linger for days. I feel I understand the situation with the right knee.
My left knee started giving me problems this year. The pain in my left knee comes on quicker and is severe when it occurs. The pain occurs during a run, usually after I have already run several pain-free miles. It is less predictable and harder to manage. After a bout with the left knee, the soreness goes away in a day or two. I do not feel I understand the situation with the left knee.
I'm a dark horse, running on a dark race course
4 miles on treadmill--good run
skipaz, you motivated me in my last race. I read your RR & thought if you can do what you did I can run a 5K. I had previously taken walk breaks. I'm not nearly as experienced of a runner as all of you are. I set a PR in the race because I kept thinking about your run. THANK YOU!
DAMN MC//.......that was beautiful
.........2-hour hiking..............Da Baby is here.........eats, sleeps, poops,,,,,it's a Good Life at 8-weeks....
.....actually she doesn't DO much,
I thought I was entertaining her,
but then noticed the CEILING FAN was getting as much attention as I was.....
.........good running guys............only hang out with OLD babies.....
Originally posted by vkay5119:
4 miles on treadmill
good run<br /><br /> I'm not nearly as experienced of a runner as all of you are. I set a PR in the race because I kept thinking about your run. THANK YOU!<br /><br />Vicki</b><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><br /><br />Congrats Vicki. Are going to post a RR? or did you already posted and I missed it?<br />Way to go girl<br /><br /><br /><br />--
Late post tonight. Really nice run (although very cold and windy). The snowflakes started to fall halfway through and it was very magical. Had to reign in my group of five a couple of times when the pace picked up, but that was okay. Everyone was feeling pretty good. What an enjoyable run!
Ran 7.2 mi ...1:10:12 ... 9:48 pace ...138 hr. My hr settled down nicely after that first mile or two.
Roch - I saw one game in the old Tiger stadium. We sat in center field with the rest of the regulars ... that's how to experience a ball game! Quite the event as I'm sure you can imagine. When I ran the Detroit marathon two years ago, Ford field was a great finishing venue. I've run the path along the river many times on the Windsor side ... it's a neat place to run! The Detroit skyline is quite something.
OrangeMat -- WTG!! !http://www.coolrunning.com/forums/biggrin.gif|src=http://www.coolrunning.com/forums/biggrin.gif|border=0!
roch, have you ever thought about a nice flouncy running skirt instead of that bunchy pair of shorts? heehee
emcee -- dude.
Rest day. Dropped an earring down the sink but DS retrieved it with a $5 bill. I mean for a $5 bill. anyway.... !http://www.coolrunning.com/forums/smile.gif|src=http://www.coolrunning.com/forums/smile.gif|border=0!
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10 miles. Sluggish first 5, second five felt quite good.
I realized today that I have a guaranteed entry into the NYC marathon. I missed getting in last year by lottery. I am thinking seriously of 2008.
Dark Horse, please take care of that knee.
Mcsolar, how about I fly down to Phoenix and be your "Skip" this time. Would a 10 min mile help you achieve your goal? BTW, nice writing. I think you missed your calling and should've been a creative writer. !http://www.coolrunning.com/forums/biggrin.gif|src=http://www.coolrunning.com/forums/biggrin.gif|border=0!
Bailed on Pilates
Bailed on my run
Made it to yoga. Excellent class -- glad I attended.
A while back I mentioned that my DS2 made the first cut in an open tryout for our local arena football team. The next cut will be in February. Before he made the cut, a documentary movie was made about the team. Here's the trailer if you are interested. Some of those boys look awful big compared to Choovieson !http://www.coolrunning.com/forums/frown.gif|src=http://www.coolrunning.com/forums/frown.gif|border=0!