Thursday, June 21, 2012


I think I am going to hit 100 miles for the month of June, and while that sounds relatively unimpressive, for me, it's huge. I have not had any 3 digit mileage months in almost two years. I am steadily hitting 25-30 miles a week, and assuming I can finish out the last week of June with the same level of volume, I should blow through 100 easily. I ran the Media Five Miler on Friday night, in the Pickle Suit. I got lucky this year because it was relatively cool compared against the last two years. If the race would have been this Friday upcoming, it would have been a different story, because it's supposed to be in the 90's for the remainder of the week. Anyways, I ran it somewhere between 45-47 minutes and that's with me stopping once or twice for 30 seconds to drink a beer. Christ that course is hilly. I forgot how hilly and you'd think that I would know by now because I have run the goddamn thing 4 or 5 times. But the good news is that I didnt walk any of the hills. Quite an accomplishment actually because I saw a number of people walking and none of them were running in a very large green neoprene full length Pickle Costume. As a matter of fact, not only did I run each and every hill, but I verbally taunted those who were walking the hills. "IF THE PICKLE ISNT WALKING THEN NO ONE IS WALKING!!!" And amazingly, I had a handful of people appraoch me at the end of the race and tell me that I was an inspiration. Wow. Who'd ever think that some jackass in a Pickle Suite would be an inspiration? There's another race on Friday night - The Chichester Business District 5k - and we're timing it - I am thinking about making an appearance in the suit, but doubtful on running in the actual race. I was in a bit of pain after the Media Five Miler. Whilest I was able to run the hills, my body isnt used to hills and I was sore for a good two days following the race. My side was also acting up to the extent that yesterday I went to the doc to see if another shot was in order. As luck would have it, I woke up yesterday with no pain, and if there is no pain, there's no way for me to find the spot to show the doc where to put the shot. So we both kinda sat there for 20 minutes and shot the shit. But the next step is a gait analysis on July 2nd. They are going to film me running around a track and observe my form. I am not sure I need a doctor to tell me how bad my form is:)

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

I drank What??!

I forgot how much I missed running down on the Drives. I did a tad over 6 tonight on the Drives at a 9 pace - nothing crazy - but it was such a col evening that I felt I could have gone for at least another handful of miles. What a difference a day makes - I felt fairly rundown yesterday and I FORCED myself to the gym last night and it was a shit show from start to finish. I had no bizness being on that treadmill. I was tired, my form was suffering and my side started to get tight. I said fuck it and I bagged it after two miles. You cant force a round peg into a square hole. I should have listened to my body but sometimes the overriding feeling of "I am a fat lazy slob and I need to get my ass on the treadmill" overrides common sense. All that being said, I still felt like a fat lazy slob who needed to get his ass on a treadmill :)

I had a decent run on Sunday as well - a little over 5 at "race pace" which although it sounds very fast, it's really not that impressive. The plan that I am following has me targeting a 4 hour marathon which would equate to a 9:09 pace. I banged out 5 just under that, but it's deceiving because the first half of the run is uphill, and the last half of the run is therefore downhill, so the average pace is a little wacky.

I tried running with a Camelback. I wasnt digging it. I am still trying to figure out the hydration piece - trying to gear up for the fact that I am going to be doing some long runs in the heat and I need to have a sustainable supply of water with me. I carry one of them bottle packs that straps around the waist, and the bottle sits kinda on a slant in the small of the back. I think I need something with a bit more volume. A back pack style hydration pack would solve that problem but the typical CamelBack isnt made for running - it's made for biking and I discovered that the one I tried on Sunday not only bounced around way too much, but the shoulder straps are too thin and they dig into my shoulders.

There are packs that are made specifically for running - alot of "ultra" marathoners swear by them and I looking into picking up one of those jawns. The problem is that no one around here sells them and I am not a big fan of buying something like that without trying it on first. I must have hit 4-5 stores int he area that sell running equipment. We got plenty of bottle holders, Fuel Belts, etc, but no backpacks. W-T-F.

Friday, June 1, 2012

Here We Go B*tches

Let the games begin. The training plan is in place - I finished it last night. Day 1 of training is here. D-Day. And I kicked it off with a great 11 miler this morning at Ridley Creek State Park at a 9:22 pace. I felt good. The weather was perfect - nice and cool. I didnt have to slog down water like a camel. The only thing gave me any *slight* pain was a small hot spot on my big toe, right foot. New shoes. Which I am loving. Reebok YourFlex. Sort of a Nike Free knock off. Super light, good cushioning. It just all feeds into my running shoe fetish. I admit that I have a problem.

I am working two races this weekend and marking a course after the morning race tomorrow. Busy day and I probably wont get a run in. I would have liked to do a quick easy 3 miler. I am at 25 miles for the week and I would love to add a tad more, but I cant complain. Two months ago I was running. I'll take what I can get.

84 miles for the month of May!

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