Quick running update…

I didn’t get a chance to write this last night, so this will be short.

Let me just say:

  • 8 miles yesterday
  • 101 heat index
  • 9 days running in a row
  • 70 miles in a row
  • Taking today off running ūüôā

I may not post this weekend as I have a lot going on. ¬†But rest assured I’ll be back Monday with another 23 more miles under my belt!!!

8 miles closer to Boston

It was a hot, humid, lonely run yesterday.

I really enjoyed it.

I enjoy climbing mountains.  Well, actually, I enjoy the top of the mountain.  The finish.  The results.

So, to be honest, I didn’t really enjoy the run itself. ¬†I ran well for about 4 miles and then got a phone call. ¬†That really affected my momentum. ¬†After that I ran/walked the rest of the 8 miles, which is unusual for me. ¬†I think it was a combination of the heat, humidity and that I didn’t get my day off this week since I need to take Friday off. ¬†Also, this is a record mileage week/month for me if I get it all in. ¬†So I am trying to be wise and still get my full running in for the week.

To continue where I started, I really like setting a goal and then reaching that goal. ¬†This is probably why I am trying so hard to qualify for Boston this year if at all possible. ¬†It is my ultimate mountain to climb. ¬†It won’t be the end of life as I know it if I don’t achieve the goal I have set, but I will do all that I can do to achieve it.

People ask me why I don’t wait another year to try to qualify. ¬†I guess it is the thrill of doing something few have done in a way that few have tried and succeeding. ¬†It may be my midlife crisis, but it is ultimately cheaper and has many more benefits than a new sports car. ūüôā

It is hot and humid today.  At 4:30 AM on my way to work it was near 80 and near 100% humidity.

I can’t wait to climb another mountain this afternoon!

Summer running – 4 ways to make running more tolerable

What was I thinking?

Marathon training in the South and in the summer.

I had a great run with TJ yesterday and actually ran my 8 miles 5 minutes faster than Monday.  But my pace is still down and the heat is really difficult.

There are ways to enjoy running in the summer. ¬†Okay, maybe not enjoy, but to make it more tolerable. ¬†I have been trying to tweet articles as I have come upon them, but they mainly¬†seem to “boil” down to the same things:

STAY HYDRATED: ¬†Personally I try to drink at least 96 ounces of water a day before I go running and preferably 128 oz. ¬†I can feel the difference, even in the winter, when I haven’t had enough to drink. ¬†I began drinking half my body weight in ounces of water back when I was dieting and have been able to keep it up. ¬†The way I do this is to drink 32oz (1000 ml) of water as soon as I get to work. ¬†I just down it quickly and get it out of the way. ¬†Then I drink another 32 oz before lunch and a final 32 oz after lunch. ¬†I try to finish my last 32 oz about 2 hours before I go running, if at all possible.

STAY COOL: ¬†That may seem like a stupid thing to write about running in 100 degree heat, but it is true. ¬†Anyway to keep yourself cooler during your run is very helpful. ¬†I have gotten a hat and shirt that cool as they get wet (or sweaty). ¬†I also have heard that just running your hands under cold water before you head out of the house goes a long way in helping you stay cooler. ¬†Some people will run early in the morning or in the evening to make sure that they don’t run in the heat of the day. ¬†Unfortunately I can’t do that with my schedule, so I have to come up with other ways to cool off. ¬†I have even gotten to the point of going inside after the first half my run to drink some water and cool off a bit before continuing.

RUN SLOWER: ¬†This is a hard one on me. ¬†I worked all Fall and Winter to move my pace up and was pretty successful. Now as we begin with the heat of the summer, I am happy with 45 to 60 seconds a mile slower pace than during the winter. ¬†The psychological effect of this is the most difficult to get beyond. ¬†But now I have resigned myself that slowing down now will keep me alive for another run tomorrow, so that is good. ūüôā ¬†Basically as you run your blood goes to your skin to help cool your body. ¬†This is blood that used to be available to your muscles. ¬†So you will run slower in the heat because your body has to cool itself. ¬†Just slow down and enjoy the run!

BE SMART: Pay attention to your body as you run. ¬†Don’t push beyond what you can handle, even if it is less than normal. ¬†Heat isn’t something to play games with. ¬†Drink a sport drink or something equivalent right after exercising and rest. ¬†If you feel at all nauseous or have weakness or other unusual symptoms during a run, call someone to pick you up. ¬†TJ, RS and I have begun texting my Lovely Wife when we leave and when we expect to get back. ¬†That way if we are out too long, someone knows to come look for us.

This isn’t an exhaustive list – obviously. ¬†Just a couple of things I have picked up throughout the past several months. ¬† I am not a doctor, but I like to learn from experience. I hope this helps.

Enjoy the summer.  Enjoy your runs.  Enjoy life.

Marathon update and a 55 mile week

It has been a couple of crazy days.

My lovely wife had a horrible migraine starting Sunday afternoon.  I finally had to take her to the doctor yesterday morning and as of last night, it was better, but not great.

As I wrote yesterday, my plans for our marathon have hit a snag. ¬†Yesterday I was much less hopeful of a solution, but after a lot of feedback from many sources, I think I might have come up with an answer…

If my big brother will change his dates for visiting my mom’s and come in Sunday rather than Friday, I think it will work out. ¬†The only hitch is to find a hotel in Allentown for 2 days that won’t be way expensive because of the marathon. ¬†Then we can go up on Friday, have Saturday to review the course (which we always do before a race – it really helps) and the run Sunday and head to my mom’s afterwards. ¬†Seems doable. ¬†I haven’t looked at hotel rates yet, but I will and then check with big brother and if all that works, we will be back on. ¬†Thanks to everyone for your feedback via the blog, email or phone. ¬†It was a big help.

Now on to my killer week of running. ¬†I’ve thrown out pace all together. ¬†My goal right now is miles and building a base and then work on my speed about 6 weeks out. ¬†I normally take Monday off since Sunday is my long day, but I have obligations Friday afternoon, so I decided to run Monday – Thursday and take Friday as my off day. ¬†TJ has helped me work out a plan. ¬†I am running 8 mile days and a 15 mile long day. ¬†I’ll probably split my long day into 2 runs of 7 and 8 miles. ¬†That will put me at 55 miles for the week and 200 for the month. ¬†The reason I’ve thrown out my pace is I don’t want to push too hard and also the heat. ¬†I have had some light physical issues, but not much for the mileage, so I am thankful.

Sometimes life is like running.  You push and push to get through each day and if you hit a wall, you regroup, shake it off and keep going.  Running has taught me so much about endurance in life.

It will all work out!

I may not get my chance to qualify for Boston this year

Yesterday was a bit difficult the whole way around.

I did run in the morning and got in my 10 miles.  That put me at 37 for the week and 145 so far for the month.  That is exciting to me as I was working toward my marathon in September.

Then I was told news that might change my plans of running the Lehigh Valley Marathon…

I messed up. ¬†When I looked at the location of the marathon, somehow I thought it was in Altoona, PA. ¬†An old friend who was reading through my blog noticed that I had said Altoona and it is actually in Allentown, PA. ¬†Ugh…

Altoona is 1 hour from my mom’s home. My plan was to visit her which I do each Fall and then run the marathon with TJ (RS is too young) and then head back to her home afterwards. ¬†Allentown is 3 hours away! ¬†My plan no longer works. ¬†The race starts at 7:00 AM.

I have been thinking over my options all day yesterday. I just can’t make this work, at least at the moment.

So, Boston may have to wait for another year.  We may go to Jacksonville in December and run that marathon, but then if TJ and I qualify we will need to wait until 2015.

I like to set goals for myself and work hard to achieve them. ¬†This throws my goals into chaos. ¬†I know people will say, “you probably need another year anyway”, and that may be true. ¬†But I had a goal and this just makes it hard. ¬†It is one thing to try and not make it, but to not be able to try… Oh well.

Life goes on.  There may still be a way to qualify for Boston before September registration.

Never say never.

 

Quick Sunday Running Update

Off to do my long run, which fortunately is only 10 miles this week since I am almost through with my recovery week.

Why fortunately?

Well, I had a horrible night sleep. ¬†I don’t know why, just one of “those” nights. ¬†I woke up at 12:30 AM and drifted in and out of sleep from then on.

Anyway, not wanting that to stop me, I am heading out. ¬†Tomorrow is supposed to be my off day, but since I probably won’t have time to run Friday, I’ll try to run tomorrow and take Friday off.

Also I wanted to mention that my friend and trail running partner Neill adding running posts to his blog.  Here is the address bigbiggeek.wordpress.com, go visit and see his progress toward a half marathon.

Happy Sunday.

What are you going to do today?

This is a great video. It is short, so watch it if you can before you continue.  It gives life perspective in just a few minutes.  I like things that make me think and ponder.  This video does just that.

TODAY!

What are you going to do today.  One day.  Not tomorrow, not yesterday, but today.  You have choices to make, either good or bad.

When I began running, it was hard. ¬†Actually, for me everyday is hard. ¬†My body isn’t made for running. ¬†I was born with hips and feet that turned inward quite a bit. ¬†I had to have corrective shoes and a bar between my feet holding my hips and feet in the correct position. ¬†Today you cannot tell that I had a problem, but that problem makes running harder. ¬†When my body gets tired, my hips hurt and my feet turn inward. ¬†That happens by the end of almost every run.

DOESN”T MATTER!

I don’t run because it makes me feel better. ¬†I like the consequences of running. ¬†I like that I have lost a lot of weight. ¬†I like that I look fit. ¬†I like that people who know me, notice even now, changes in my physical condition. ¬†I like the fact I am off my CPAP. ¬†I like the fact I am almost off all medications (I’m getting off my last one right now). ¬†I like running for what it does for me, but running hurts me physically a lot of times. ¬†Not major pain, just 50 year old aches and pains that I have to deal with.

CHOICES!

What choices are you going to make today.  If you want to do something and do it well, make it a habit by doing it at the same time everyday.  Eventually that choice will become a habit and then the choice is no longer a choice.

TODAY?

The end of the video asks, “What are you going to do today?” ¬†The answer may not be running. ¬†DO SOMETHING TODAY. ¬†Make today a day you would want to write about in a blog!

What are you going to do today?

THE CHOICE IS YOURS!