Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Pisgah was awesome!! I was 28th overall and ran 5:28:34. I will take that time and place no questions asked!! My longest run for the race was 12 miles (while pushing anna in baby stroller) My longest week was maybe 25 miles. I just cant get in the long mileage weeks with my work schedule. I was however lifting more at work so maybe that with the combination of pushing anna helped.
I felt great in the race up until mile 25. Then my legs started to fold. I could feel the twitching in my calves start and I knew I was in trouble. Before that I was great. I ran a steady 9:30 pace and pretty much ran the first 26 miles. Took 8 hammergels and drank 2 liters of water and ate lots of M&M's at the aid stations. After mile 25 my pace went way down. Otherwise I was pysched and would like to do another one but on some serious training and see what would happen.
Mom also ran her first 50K and my dad ran the 25K. It was a whole family affair. Sheila and Anna watched!!!
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
I would highly recommend this event for anyone next year! It was also Awesome and we made some great friends. The comraderie was amazing!! It was also made fun weekend get-a-way. Ok I would love to write more but I just dont have the time. Time is a luxury I dont have anymore now that I have a Baby Anna.!!
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
With everyone ok we then made our way to Sheila's parents house for the evening. The next morning my mother picked me up at there and we drove to my fathers house to make the hour trek to Mt Greylock. It was a really humid morning and I made sure I had my camel pack and started eating Hammergels early to make sure I was hyrdated. The race which is my 5th or 6th straight has become a fathers day tradition and with that being one of my favorite places I couldnt miss it. At the Glen I saw the same ole familar friendly faces and god are they all great!!!
Ok, I gotta shorten this I have a sick wife and a crying baby in the other room. Race was humid, I was having a great race until I lost my shoe strap on my merrills and ended up running the final 1 1/2 miles or so I think to the finish in my sock. This picture shows me edging out Scott Livingston. I was on pace to break my previous time of 2:04 and def. break 2 hours until that mishap happened. Whatver, makes for a good story. Besides that, for the amount of training I have done I flet awesome!!! I started out slow on the ascent and that was a wise choice I think it helped me on the descent. Brad Herder has posted some awesome pictures. Ok, Gotta go baby is crying!!!
Planning on Pisgah, Monroe, Groton and maybe Stone Cat(depends on how Pisgah goes)
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Next up? More than likely going to continue the Fathers Day tradition of running Mt Greylock. Have to introduce Anna to that also place!!! Between now and then probably just training. No Races cause I'll be working lots with some overtime. One goal will be to do my 3 hours a week of paid exercise time so it helps Sheila when I get home.
Monday, May 17, 2010
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
When class was over, the training facility had mountain bikes, so I x-trained and rode a bike in the afternoon. My longest jaunt was from the village all the way out to Hermits Rest. Round trip it was a 18 mile bike ride. I finished at sunset and that was amazing.
The highlight of the trip was my 31 mile adventure in the canyon on Saturday. I ended up running 26 miles and walking the final 6 for a total of 31. My original plan was to see if I could do a rim to rim to rim. However, after reaching phantom ranch and heading up towards cottonwood falls, I knew I wasnt supposed to do that today. My mind was saying go for it, but my big toe and lack of proper training told me to not attempt it. So I didnt. I did see lots of rim runners that morning. I started out at 5 am in the darkness and my adventure was bright angel falls trail to tonto east, tonto east to south kaibab tip off point, south kaibab tip off point to phantom ranch, phantom ranch up north kaibab about 2 1/2 miles, turned around and went back to phantom ranch, doodled around the river trail, up bright angel to indian garden, out to plateau point, turned around and hiked out to the bright angel saloon. The last 5 miles I hiked. My big toe was spent, and I two weeks later I am missing a toe nail. It was awesome, and I did learn a few things. I carried way to much stuff. My pack was way to heavy. I was too well prepared. I could have cut my food supply by half. Also by having a heavy pack it slowed me down a lot. I should have worn lighter trail shoes, I wore my la sportivas and they were too heavy. Those trails are easy running and if you know how to trail run you could wear light shoes. I also had too many extra clothes, it was cold in the morning but once I started running for an hour and the sun came up I was down to shorts and a teeshirt. You hear all these horror stories about people dying in the canyon because they werent prepared, so I heeded on the side of caution. However, like last time when Sheila and I hiked out in 2007, I passed large people or people smoking and they were walking down. They had no business being in that canyon! Anyways round trip was 8 hour 15 minutes. Awesome trip and glad to be home to Sheila my little Anna.