Friday, February 29, 2008
The girls hosted Tecumseh yesterday at home and barely kept their unbeaten streak intact, defeating their pesky opponent 15 - 13 in a nail-biter of a game. The girls' defense was solid as usual however, they just could not get the shots to go down. They must have missed 9 out of every 10 shots they put up and Tecumseh played well, but not well enough against the tenacious defense of the Lady Broncos. Great game girls! Way to hang in there for the win. Linds didn't score, but played well defensively, had an assist or two, and several rebounds against an opposing player that outweighed her at least 2 - 1! Lindsey wasn't intimidated at all and played a great game. Great job Lindsey!
Thursday, February 28, 2008
Now, before I benched myself this week, I had my highest weekly running mileage total last week of like 51 miles. That represents over 8 hours outside in the elements running, many of which last week were on sunny (yea), but cold, days. Since they were cold, I wore a hat on all of the runs... can you tell?!? LOOOOOser tanline on the forehead. DOH!
She is right now, as far as I know, at this moment, in surgery to have an esophagus "built" in her neck at the Cleveland Clinic. This is following a long ordeal of a non-healing lesion in her esophagus and infection complications following the cervical spine surgery she had prior to LAST Easter. This has been such a long, arduous, and hope diminishing experience for Bettyjo, Bob, and their girls, Brenda and Emily.
Would you please take a moment to lift Bettyjo up in prayer that this surgery will be successful, without complications, and that her healing would be complete once she recovers from it. Also, please pray for peace and comfort for Bob and the girls. If you'd like to, you can leave some encouraging comments, words, or prayer directly at the Zachrich Family Times blog. Just click on the highlighted link to the blog. I know they sure would appreciate the encouragement.
May God bless you all Zachrich family and this surgery be the end to this long ordeal.
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
The pain in my right lower leg worsened Saturday evening into night as we were at the Grease program at the high school. I couldn't get comfortable in my auditorium seat and my leg was pretty much throbbing the whole night. Sunday, after a night's rest and some vitamin I, and not doing much of anything other than going to church, it felt a bit better. Tammy made a fabulous pork roast with potatoes and carrots and gravy, along with Yorkshire pudding (typically made accompanying a beef roast however, her mom had a hankering for it) which we were to have her parents down for. Her mom was not feeling well so, we had to pork out on the delicious dinner ourselves with her dad coming down to fix himself a take home plate. I basically had to add the dinner note to brag about Tammy's cooking. Yum! She's so awesome!
Monday I got my inspections uploaded and, at the end of the day felt well enough to do my scheduled 5 mile run. I headed out around 4:00 on a very slow pace for a shorter run and the first mile or two I was just about hobbling due to the pain in my right lower leg. I would rate it as an 8/10 with 10 being the worst pain you have ever experienced in your life (childbirth-severity pain for you mothers out there - to which I know you're all saying to me in your heads, "you have no IDEA pal!"). It did get slightly better into my run, but there was still a significant amount of pain by the time I was done as well.
I thought, as has been my experience for about the last 2 weeks, that the pain would subside with rest overnight however, today it feels about as bad as it did when I stopped running last evening and was so bad last night that it kept me awake. It feels as though someone has struck me with a sledgehammer in the lower leg just above the inside part of my ankle without shattering the bone.
So, I have benched myself for the rest of the week and will be resting it, icing it, elevating it when I can, in an effort to heal up to perhaps start up my training program again next Monday. I really hate to do this, but this is probably one of the best weeks to do so in that it is a step down mileage week and I won't be missing out on a lot of miles and I fear that should I try to continue to train I will be out of service indefinitely. In fact, at this point, I'm not sure what will come of this. If I feel as though my leg is healed up well enough to start running again next week and it starts acting up right away again, I may have to see a doc to see what's really up with the leg and plan on a fall race or even later.
A lot of uncertainty right now. While it would be disappointing if I had to bail on this race now with all the training I have put in already to date (in bitter cold temps, with blustery winds, in snow and ice, and rain and...), I know there is still a marathon in my future at some point so, I'm ok with whatever happens. I've already accomplished WAY MORE than I ever thought I could with my running training and I'm grateful for that. I know God's in control and He knows what's best for me. Not that I won't be praying for a miracle. ;-)
Saturday, February 23, 2008
Then the next is from a wee-little town called Waltz, just off I-275, that I have been by several times, and everytime I do go by this I first of all bust out laughing and then think, "I need to take a picture of this and send it in to Leno or Letterman!" Well, I finally stopped and snapped the pic yesterday. Anyone else find this next picture amusing?
"Yea, I'll just be taking these here Huggies, bread, milk, bologna, and pudding and, do you think you could give my Ford a hook and tow it over to BJ's Automotive and Produce Stand for some work on the transmission? Oh, and also, I have a flat tire that needs plugged in the trunk of my Dodge out in the parking lot. Gimmee that thar pack of Juicy Fruit, too. Thanks."
Avg. Pace: 9:54 minute/mile
Calories burned: 2,789
I had the first of three 20 mile runs scheduled for today. After the fiasco that was my long 19 mile run last Saturday I was not looking forward to this run. Also, as I've said in a couple of recent posts, for the past couple of weeks my right lower leg has been killing me on runs and I have been having knee pain as well. It's nothing that's keeps me from running, I am just running in pain. Not the zen running experience anyone would care for.
I kinda slept in cause we attended a wine tasting party at our friend's, Jeremy and Cindy's, home last evening which was an absolute marvelous time. There were I think 7 couples there, each of which brought a bottle of wine, either a favorite or one that caught their eye, for everyone to try without the knowledge of what it was. There was also an array of appetizers that would make any restaurant chef's heart swoon. Everything was delicious, a few gems of wines that I liked, and just a great time of fellowship with some awesome people and hosts! Thanks, Jeremy and Cindy!
Anyway, I got up about 8:15, got the coffee going and made a bowl of oatmeal. Swirled that with some honey, had my coffee and oatmeal, and got dressed and ready to head out. Had a bit of water and, off I went. It was an absolutely beautiful morning starting out about 14 degrees, but bright sunshiny and clear skies and very little wind to speak of. Absolutely perfect for running. I took with me a 10 oz. bottle of water and three gel packs. I left my bottle of water at the print shop that Tammy works at on my way out, picked it up around mile 6 after having a gel at mile 5, and carried it with me the rest of the way on my run. I had another gel at miles 10 and 15, both followed by some water with a couple ounces left for the tail end of my run.
The first 5 miles were very smooth and I had no issues whatsoever. I was maintaining a 10:00 minute-ish/mile pace which I had intended to do. I went out entirely too fast early in my run last week which killed me toward the end. Miles 5 - 10 my left knee and right lower legs were hurting a bit, but nothing like what I have experienced in the past week or so. I would attribute this to my slower pace and just trying to take it easier. Miles 10 - 15 I could tell I was beginning to tire, as in my leg muscles. This fatigue, I thought, was a by-product of having run a 10 miler just yesterday afternoon. I just tried to maintain my pace. Miles 15 - 20 were pretty tough. I got progressively more fatigued and my low back and hips were starting to hurt as well. I just again focused on maintaining my pace and on the mile countdown to the finish. It's so encouraging when you get inside 5 miles to go and you know you can finish your run ok at that point. Not that you aren't hurting or anything, but you know that barring a major catastrophe, you're good to go to finish. Your legs just kind of go on auto-pilot and, at times, I feel like I really can't even feel them after all that running.
I tried to do the ice bath thing after stretching and hydrating when I got home, but I am a major wussy when it comes to stuff like that. Come on people, I'm a firefighter, not an Artic-Explorer for gosh sakes! For the few minutes that I could tolerate it, I think it did help, but my feet were so cold they were hurting. It did feel good on my legs, knees, and hips though... not so much on my tush or other parts! :-X So, I only managed to sit in the frigid water for like 3 minutes and I think it is recommended to stay in for 10 -15. Yea... NO.
So, overall a good long run and, once again... my longest run EVER to date! Woohoo! I have two more scheduled runs of this length before the marathon, but nothing longer, unless I decide to stretch one of them a bit, which is not likely. And this ends my highest weekly mileage week ever as well at 50 miles!
Here's the split times for those that are interested and my log entry should anyone care to peek.
Heading out to our local highschool's production of Grease this evening. They usually put on some great productions for a highschool program and Lindsey was in the one they put on last year, Seussical, The Musical. It was awesome so, I expect this one will be as well.
Friday, February 22, 2008
Yesterday was a day of rest for me from running, though I had considered doing my 10 miler so that I didn't have it back to back with my 20 miler on Saturday. I ran out of time in the day yesterday though and also figured that Hal Higdon, the running guru who's training plan I am following, has it scheduled that way for a reason so, I got the 10 miler in a little while ago.
I felt pretty good, though my right lower leg is still hurting, and my left knee feels like someone is sticking a knife into the joint. Both are just pain issues and not debilitating, it's just a painful nuisance and, both pains lighten up a bit more into my runs. My lower leg feels like someone has taken a hammer to, so there is quite a bit of discomfort there when I first start out running. Anyway, it was a beautiful afternoon, sunny with light winds, and the run was great! I set out to do a 9:30 minute per mile average pace, but when I checked my first mile I was at 9:00 minutes per mile and felt good so, I just tried to stay consistent at that pace and was, quite well I might add. Here's the splits, which I am thrilled with:
Now, if I can just keep that up for another 16.2 miles, I'll get my sub-4 hour marathon time! HA!
Heading out to a wine tasting party at our friends', Jeremy & Cindy's home now, with some other couples from church (I know... SINNERS!), and appetizers. We, yea right, what the heck am I talking about... I mean, Tammy, made an artichoke dip that is warming in the oven right now. Smells wonderful! Anyway, each couple is bringing a bottle of their favorite wine and we're covering the labels to see if anyone can figure out what kind it is.
I'll have to drink lots of water too cause I have my first 20 mile long run tomorrow! AHHHHHHHHH! I just have to remember, Phillipians 4:13, my life verse from when I was baptized (look it up).
I took some pictures today on the road of a couple of things that caught my eye that I'll post later. Have a GREAT weekend everyone!
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
I think that the last mile is the first sub-8 minute mile pace I have ran since I began running in January 2006.
On to the Vitamin I and ice now. (C;
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
Monday, February 18, 2008
Sunday, February 17, 2008
Then, there is the awesome first marathon finish of Marion who ran an official time of 4:09:45 in her inaugural marathon at the Myrtle Beach Marathon. That's an average pace of 9:32 minutes/mile for 26.2 miles! I can only hope to do nearly as well as her in my first marathon and will be grateful to simply finish! Amazing race, Mar! Here's a pic of Marion nearing the finish line of her marathon. I am so proud of you my running friend!So much time and training went in to both of these individual's races and they are both such awesome stories of determination and dedication! Congratulations to both of you! Enjoy your well-deserved time of rest and revel in what you have just accomplished!
Saturday, February 16, 2008
So, back to my 19 mile long run. I haven't had the best of weeks running and missed my 9 mile run on Friday because of having to head up for the concert right after work and a couple of my prior runs just felt miserable and left me feeling miserable, both physically and mentally. I didn't consider missing the 9 mile run a bad thing as I've been questioning the training value of having a mid-long run, often pace or tempo runs, the day before a long run. They have seemed to me to serve to just wear me out. I dunno.
I waited until I had gotten texted by Marion confirmation of her finish at her marathon before I headed out for my run. The first quarter of the run was going better than expected and physically, I felt better than I had anticipated so, I was quite optomistic starting out. The day was beautiful, temp about 24* with bright, sunshiny, clear blue skies, and minimal winds. I'll just copy my notes and my splits here (with peanut gallery comments to myself) from my running log:
Length: 19 miles
Avg. Pace/Mile: 9:45
Calories Burned: 2,633 according to Garmin
Weight starting run: 170
Weight at finish: 164.5 (after hydrating and eating)
Not a particularly good long run. Started out ok, maybe too fast for the distance which is why I suffered in the end of the "run" - I say that because the last 4 - 5 miles where more like a falling forward shuffle, hence the poor quality rating of the run overall. I basically utilized the Galloway run/walk method a couple of times in this run and I also stopped at the fire station at mile 16.20 to pee, ate some mini candy coated kisses left over from movie night the night before (they did not sit very well), and got some water. Everything from my abdomen down hurts. My knees are throbbing, my low back is all jambed up, my left hip is a mess, and my legs and feet are just generally trashed. By far the hardest run I have had to date. I hope the quality of these runs improve or I would think I am in serious trouble.
1: 9:12 - entirely too fast dummy!
2: 9:21 - more in the realm of reality, but still too fast
3: 9:26 - starting to realize I have a LONG way to go
4: 9:33 - yea, you ain't as tough as you think
5: 9:38 - getting there
6: 9:41 - now you're about where you should have started, doofus
7: 9:39 - good consistent pacing
8: 9:32 - ooh, that gel was good, thinkin' you're all tough again
9: 9:42 - this is a long run
10: 9:44 - should have tried to have this as consistent pacing for the run from the start
11: 9:52 - see, I told you you went out too fast
12: 10:32 - had to walk a bit now did we?
13: 9:50 - took another gel and water on this mile
14: 9:38 - gel make um feel better, I cans run faster
15: 9:45 - that didn't last long
16: 9:59 - maybe you ought to think about this range for consistent pacing next long run
17: 10:21 - feelin' hammered again, eh? Thank goodness the fire station was on this mile
18: 9:50 - just finish
19: 9:43 - pass Kathy runnin' Meeka on her first mile of 4, she's all fresh and crap asking brightly and cheerfully how many I have to go as I feebly raise one finger and mutter "one", she gives me the rock as I shuffle by her springy-steppin' self
The upsides: 1. I finished! Thought about bagging the run at mile 9 - the first time I passed by our road and, 2. It was an absolutely gorgeous day - clear blue sky, sunny, and cool, with light winds and no better way to spend it since the rest of the fam was doin' other things.
I had gotten tickets to the Castings Crowns concert a couple months ago for Tammy, Chelsea, and Lindsey's Valentine's Day presents and the concert was last night up at Eastern Michigan University's Convocation Center. They're Lindsey's favorite Christian band and a favorite of our whole family. We've seen once before. The concert was awesome and we had a great time! Here's a few more pics of the concert. The pic of the image on the screen with Mark Hall, the lead singer for the group, was painted by a guy during the course of the song, "Voice of Truth", and they split screened it on the video screen with Mark toward the end of the song. Very powerful!
One of my dates for the evening. Isn't she lovely! :-)
The band doing the song, "Praise you in the Storm".
My girls enjoying the concert. I am so blessed!
Casting Crowns drummer going gonzo in about a 5 minute solo-spot. This guy is HUGE! He reminds me of Uncle Fester on steroids. And... he totally rocks!
The concert was awesome and I hope the girls had a good time. I know I did just being with all of them. Love you girls!
Friday, February 15, 2008
Thursday, February 14, 2008
I have a surprise outing lined up for the ladies in my life tomorrow. I'll let you know what that was after the surprise. I did get them all flowers today too though, cause they're all special, beautiful, and the loves of my life.
Happy Valentine's Day!
Well, I missed my 9 mile run a couple of days ago on Tuesday due to a little snowstorm we had. I ran that last night after Lindsey and I got back from her game at Dexter where she and her Lady Bronco teamates posted another "W" to go 4 - 0 on the season. While my pace, just slightly over 9 min/mile was ok and total time, 1:21:27 was ok, the run was horrible. I felt horrible, I felt like my legs and body were "heavy", I had to go up and down the same road (Lewis Avenue) because the side streets were still too snow covered, my legs hurt, my right knee was killing me even with my brace on, right lower leg felt like it would snap at any moment, and I wanted to quit about 4 - 5 miles into it. Oh, and then in the last 2.5 miles mother nature was knocking at the door, if you know what I mean. Sorry, I know, too much information (tmi) as usual, but hey, this is the life of a runner training for a marathon and these things have to be reckoned with. Anyway, I made it home "safely", but (no pun intended), barely.
Anyway, needless to say I had some serious doubts in my head about enduring the rest of the training and completing this marathon after that run last night. The questions and self-doubt festered in my head as I lay in bed awaiting slumber last night. I knew I would have to go out earlier this morning, which was a scheduled rest day, for my 4 mile run that I was to have been done yesterday. I was nervous about getting back out on the pavement today. I showered, took some vitamin I (ibuprophen) and went to bed last night with a pillow under my knee.
I woke up this morning and the pain in my knee and side of it was pretty well gone. I still wasn't confident about running. I got out about 7:45 and got the 4 miles in. I felt much better this morning, not good, but much better than last night and didn't have any residual pain after the run. Whew. I completed the run in 35:21 at an average pace of 8:51 min/mile in the 10 degree temps of the morn. So, a redemptive (is that a word?) run in which I gained some confidence back. I've found running is like that though, one day you feel as though you could run across the state of Michigan and the next, like you couldn't run across the street to get the mail. It's as much a mind game as it is physical at times.
Lindsey has a home game this afternoon against Lincoln. She scored one basket last night and they ended up eeking out the win against Dexter 21 - 15 after leading them 17 - 3 in the last period! Kinda fell apart a bit at the end. Hopefully they will play good consistently throughout this afternoon's game. I'll post the results later.
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
He and my Mom have wintered down in southern Texas in the Rio Grande Valley, Alamo to be exact, since his retirement in 2000. They're having the time of their life with new friends they've made over the years down there, which I think I am probably more tickled for them than they are themselves.
I have a multitude of great memories of camping, fishing, and hunting trips from their sacrifices when my sister and I were younger. I have images of the Titan Mountains reflecting off the placid mirror-like waters of Jackson Lake at sunrise just after the morning mist has burned off seared in my mind, black bear in the Great Smokey Mountains, the repetitive view of the Lincoln Memorial from the highway we were trying to get off of to get to it to see it up close, my girls seeing Mickey Mouse for the first time at Disney World, my first taste of salt water from the Atlantic Ocean, the taste of freshly caught smelt, salmon, walleye, and perch after another great fish outing with the best fishing buddy ANYONE could ever have, and many have, and SO many more memories.
So, here's to you, Dad, on your birthday and every day! Thanks for all the great experiences and memories, and those yet to come. I admire, respect, and love you more than you'll ever know! Cheers!
Sadly, today also marks the one year anniversary of the death of Tammy's last living grandma, Grandma Lane, aka to us Gene, Gene, the Dancing Machine. We think of you often Grandma and, are happy you are resting and rejoicing in Heaven with Grandpa for eternity now. Have a shot and a beer for us with him. We miss you.
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
I sang a tune called "Take Away" (links to the lyrics and synopsis of the song by the artist) by the band, Mainstay last Sunday during service. The message was essentially that everything we have has come from God and nothing here belongs to us, so we shouldn't get so attached to our "stuff", but rather focus on the good that we can do with it and to be content with what we have, avoiding the whole "keeping up with the Joneses" coveting that so many of us get wrapped up in, myself and family included at one time, and still at times.
It's not that "stuff" isn't ok to have, provided we are thankful for what we do have, are not focused on what we don't have, and are willing to give as we can to those not as fortunate as us. We are so much more blessed than the VAST majority of the world. Our team that just got back from Haiti on a short term mission trip to provide eye exams and eyeglasses to as many Haitians as we could will attest to this. The poverty there is indescribable and beyond anyone's comprehension reading this blog (or writing it) unless you have been there or to similarly poor countries or even areas of our own country for that matter. I know I often need these reminders of how fortunate I truly am.
So, the next time your looking at your neighbor's brand new, shiny, whatever it is, and you find yourself longing for it, or the bigger, better, faster, stronger version of the whatever it is... think of those that have no place to sleep tonight or nothing to eat tonight and be grateful for the blessings that you do have.
One final thought, one of my own actually, on this. When I first became a Christian, I would often contemplate the needs of people around the world, or in my own backyard, and I would get overwhelmed thinking, "Lord, what can I do? The needs are so great all around. Where do I focus my attention and limited resources because I can't help everywhere?" He gave me the answer in Galatians 6:10 which says, "Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers."
We need to keep our eyes, ears, and heart open to the opportunities to "do good to all people" and act on them when they arise. We can't help everyone, everywhere, all the time. None of us have those kind of resources... not even Oprah. But, we can fill the gas tank of a less fortunate family when they pull up to the pump next to us when we're getting gas and, are prompted to do so by something inside. We can be on the way back from a run along a boardwalk and overhear a conversation where a homeless man is in need of a pair of shoes, stop and take off our shoes, which are miraculously the same size the man needs, and give them to the man in need, as we are prompted to do so by something inside. We can give our no longer used eyeglasses to our church to send to Haiti along with a team of people to vision test, fit, and prescribe to impoverished individuals going blind that would continue to do so without them, as we are prompted to do so by something inside. Everyone feels these promptings inside to "do something" I believe and for me, I believe that prompting inside is the Spirit of Christ that dwells in my heart. I need to be in tune to that Spirit prompting me and act on it more often letting go of the "stuff" that I hang on too tightly to, because frankly, that family needed that tank of gas more than I did.
Monday, February 11, 2008
Saturday, February 9, 2008
Fortunately, today the shoulders were relatively clear for my long run, which was a scheduled 12 miler that I stretched to 13. It was a fairly nice day to run, temp was 34, the winds were slightly high, but out of the south/southwest so, since I was primarily running most of my mileage east to west, it wasn't that much of a factor. Ole sol even tried peeking out a couple of times toward the end of my run. Tomorrow the roller coaster takes another plunge as we are to have very high winds and a high of 9 degrees. Glad tomorrow is a day of rest. :-)
The 13 mile run was more difficult than I was anticipating it being. I think this was probably due to having done a medium-long tempo run (a faster-paced run) just last evening of 9 miles. My legs were pretty well trashed at the end of today's run and I had some pretty serious aches and pains. I'm thinking this is just making me stronger though and I'm not currently feeling any residual effects from this morning's run so, I don't think I am doing any damage to my body, other than short term muscle damage which will heal and strengthen my body.
Here's the specs on this mornings run for those interested:
Avg. Pace: 9:31/mile
Calories burned: 1,662
I ran the first mile and a half with Tammy who did 3.1 miles this morning. I love having her company running, even if it was just for a short while, it makes the rest of the run seem to go better. Although, today's was an unexpected and unanticipated physical struggle. That which doesn't kill us, makes us stronger though, eh? (the eh is the Yooper in me comin' out eh)
Today's run marks the completion of the 9th week of my training plan, which is the halfway point of my 18 week program and also, the highest weekly running mileage (41) I have run to date. I have some serious weekly mileage on the horizon in my training plan, which you can look at here if you wish.
Thursday, February 7, 2008
I got the 4 miles in around lunchtime today on the freshly covered snowy roads. It's much like running in loose sand. I am not complaining because our winter could be much worse than it has been in not allowing me to get outside to get my runs in at all. But, I am really tired of running in the snow, and not from the standpoint of simply running in the snow, but sharing the roads with traffic that really don't care what the road conditions are like or that there is an approaching runner/pedestrian that in their minds has no right to be out on the roads in weather like this! GAH!
Today, I even had a local school bus driver not budge an inch from their lane, and I was running on the shoulder in the snow mind you, and they just about took my head off with their ginormous bus mirror by not moving over at all. And, it ain't like I'm not HIGHLY visible because I either wear a hunter orange snow cap, a neon reflective front and back vest, or both. Apparently they work as attractants though. Enough whining.
I have 9 miles scheduled for tomorrow. Hopefully the roads/shoulders will be cleared up a bit my tomorrow afternoon. Then Saturday is a lower mileage long run of 12 miles before things start ramping up for my long runs in the coming weeks on Saturdays (19, then 20, then 12, then 20, then 12, then 20... whew). If that series of long runs don't whoop me into shape for this marathon, I may as well call it quits!
Lindsey's basketball team has a home game this afternoon. I'll let you know how they do later.
May the Lord bless you on your birthday and always, Mom, as He did me when He gave me to you to raise. Thanks for your love and patience, especially through the difficult years. I love you, Mom! Happy Birthday!
Wednesday, February 6, 2008
This was posted in a thread on RunningAHEAD and cracked me up so, I just thought I'd share. Hope y'all got a good belly laugh out this as well!
Tuesday, February 5, 2008
Older sister, Chelsea, being, well... Chelsea.
So last night it progressively got warmer and we actually had a thunderstorm in the middle of the night as some point. The thunder actually woke me up. Most of the snow melted away and the roads and shoulders were clear this morning for my 9 mile run. I completed the run in 1:19:25 for an average pace of 8:50 minutes per mile. My target pace for the marathon is right around 9:00 minutes per mile. After today's run, I know right now I am not capable of sustaining that pace for three times the distance I ran today.
The good news is that by Saturday, I will only be halfway through my training program so, I have a lot more running to strengthen myself with. My optimal goal for this marathon is to run it in any time under 4 hours. I would be happy with 3:59:59. Any time beginning with a 3 will be awesome. I don't know that I am capable of it though and, there are soooo many things that can happen to derail one's race plans. The weather will be a big determinant of IF I will even have a time goal come race time at the starting line. We shall see.
Things are going well so far and I am feeling pretty good. I pray that continues.
Monday, February 4, 2008
You're an inspiration to me Jennifer and thanks for all the encouragement and support you have given me here. I truly appreciate it and... you! Congratulations on an awesome race and... on to Boston! :-)
Now I can lace up my sheet metal studded homemade winter trainers and head out for my scheduled 4 miles on the newly iced-over southeast Michigan roads. The kids had another two hour school delay due to the weather so, as soon as they head off to school I will head out in the ice/slush for my run, then on to some inspections. Did that rodent see his shadow Saturday? Cause I am about DONE with winter weather! :-D
Saturday, February 2, 2008
I'm whipped and have to stretch yet and shower and head out to rehearsal at church and then meet the family at Texas Roadhouse for Lindsey's 13th birthday dinner so, I'm just posting my notes from my log on RunningAHEAD here on my long run of 17 miles today. Another new furthest milestone for me. I felt really strong on this run and am very thankful for that confidence boost. :-)
Miles ran: 17
Total time: 2:42:37
Avg. pace/mile: 9:34
Calories burned: 2,355
Here's the notes I put on my log:
Very good long run in crappy conditions given the snowfall we had yesterday and the road shoulders having about 6 - 8 inches of plowed snow on them so, I had no choice but to run on the roads, which made me nervous since vehicle traffic isn't very accommodating even when I'm on the shoulders. Everyone was pretty cool though with the exception of a couple of vehicles which did not give way at all.
Anyway, overall, I felt pretty darn good especially given the fact that I physically felt beat up even before going on the run. I shoveled a lot of snow yesterday and my low back was killing me and my neck and shoulders. NONE of this bothered me during my run however! I was amazed. I'm sure I'll be feeling it tomorrow, but I'm tickled at how good I felt during my run. My knees got to aching around mile 5 or 6, but held up quite well and probably due to running on all pavement. I did wear my brace on my right knee and before I put it on I put body glide on the side where it rubbed last week and I had no issues this week. Garmin says I burned 2,355 calories.
Took a gel at mile 7 and 12 with water after each, a total of one 16.9 oz. bottle. That was fine. I do have some blisters on the bottom of my feet from them getting wet and rubbing at the very end of my run, like the last 2 miles. Here's the mile split times:
Pretty happy with that. In fact, I am tickled... to near death. :-)
Friday, February 1, 2008
First thing tomorrow morning however, we will be traveling to Livonia, Michigan for her Solo & Ensemble competition. She and friend, Sami, will be performing a saxophone duet in front of judges in the competition. They just got done practicing a little while ago and from what I heard, should do quite well tomorrow.
I have to get a long run in, 17 or 18 miles, when we get back and then have rehearsal at the church myself at 4:30 for Sunday's services. Then, we'll be going to Texas Roadhouse for Lindsey's birthday dinner. YeeeHawwwww! Then home for cake (not the one above), ice cream, and 13 birthday spankins!
Happy Birthday Wooby! I love you so much!
p.s. - No run today due to the snowfall.