Monday, May 28, 2012

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Aid



Saturday
Easy short run from home to the bike path. I ran some pick ups on the bike path and headed back home.

Sunday
Race ten miles.

Monday
Off. I am trying to heal from the bike fall: band aids on the knees and elbows; little sore ribs; head seems to be OK, a little swollen.

Tuesday
Easy run on the bike path, out an back. I was looking  silly with all these band aids covering my knees' cap. Sore ITB and chins. Everything else seems to be OK.

Wednesday
Day off.

Thursday
Easy run from home to the bike path and back. Hard to run with all these band aids hanging to my knees. Total run time: 43 minutes and 21 seconds.

Friday
Day off.

Monday, May 21, 2012

...or...

What a day! Maybe it was the solar eclipse. I could certainly called it a beautiful day for a race. Well, the rest just happened to be a little odd.

5AM: Wake up call. Breakfast and ready to go.
6AM: Left my place in direction to the race location, 45 minutes drive.
7AM: After get  lost for a few minutes, I finally arrived at my destination.
730AM: Warm up, restrooms, water and some light food.
8AM: Starts the race, actually it was a little later because of the long restroom line.


I was feeling pretty good for this race. My legs were rested and I thought I would have a good day. It is a tough ten miles course with rolling hills, out and back, four miles on the pavement and on the dirty trail with a nice hill by the the turnaround. The first half is usually easier, and faster than the second half.

Mile 1:  started conservative and ran with a small group in about tenth place. 5:51 pace.
Mile 2: Some short hills slowed me down. I tried to stay with a the group of five runners and work together. 6:00 pace
Mile 3: I was feeling good and increased the pace. Three runners ahead of the our group, well spreaded. Our group consisted of five runners. 5:44 pace, for a 17:37 three miles.
Mile 4: My group started to spread and I see myself in fifth place. This section is where the long hills are. 6:10 pace.
Mile 5: This is where things turned out wrong. We hit an intersection with two options of going right or left. There was an arrow indicating to go right. So we followed the leader to find out that we were going in the wrong direction. To make things worse there was no turn around mark. After a few extra rolling hills we turned around and headed back to the intersection. Some runners just ran back to the start/finish. I just turned left and down hill to the turnaround mark. The only problem is that was not a turnaround mark. So all the runners were turning around in the wrong place. I ended up running a longer course than ten miles as a few other runners. I was expecting to have a good race on this course at this time, but it was a disappointment. Hard to say how far or how much time I wasted in this section.


Mile 6: After all this happened, I had to find some motivation and keep going. 5:49 pace.
Mile 7: This section with mile 6 have some nice hills. I passed two runners. 6:17 pace.
Mile 8: I slowed down. My legs were feeling a little tired. I passed another runner. 6:37.
Mile 9: Somehow my legs revived a little. It was hard to keep my motivation since the race did not have any more meaning. 6:14 pace.
Mile 10: Similar to mile 9. Almost caught another runner by the finish line. 6:13 pace.

Even that things did not turn as expected, I had a good day. My goal was to break the sixty minutes for this tough course, but it did not happend and I will never know if it could have happned. Maybe next year.

Happy or not with my run, my afternoon was a little chaotic. I went for a bike ride to just loose up my legs. When I was ridding my bike back home, I had an accident, a very odd one. I don't really know what  happened but I lost control of my bike when I was making a turn and fell off the bike, hitting hard my head on the pavement. It was a bloody mess. I also hit my elbows and knees. Lucky I did not break anything.

I walked back to  my place. My bike seem to be fine except for the breaks handle. After I checked for the damage I decided to visit the emergency room. The cut on my head was a little longer and deep. I spent two hours in the emergency room and got five stiches. Better wear  helmet next time.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Got



Saturday - 5/12/12
Easy run on the bike path. I am feeling light and fast. Hope to stay like this until the end of the week. Short bike ride. Total run time: 30 minutes and 42 seconds.

Sunday
It was not the run I was expecting. The weather changed again from sunny and  hot to windy and cool. My runny nose is getting worse. I was planning to run at least ten miles this afternoon but I did not feel good all day with nasal congestion and allergies. My pace was a little too fast. I ran the usual bike path route out and back and added a few minutes around the soccer fields and condos. Total run time: 47 minutes.

Monday
Long working day. Off.

Tuesday
Easy run after work on the bike path. I added three loops around the soccer field. Plantar fasciitis is showing up, mainly due to my work. I did not time this run. It was around six miles.

Wednesday
Another hard day at work. I ran three times the Oakwood Valley loop plus a few minutes on the road. I was feeling tired and the pollen and grasses were causing a runny nose. Total run time: 36 minutes.

Thursday
Back to the Rush Creek area. I ran the cemetery loop. My legs were feeling tired. Hope to recover for the weekend race. Total run time: 26 minutes with strides.

Friday
Another very short day. I have been feeling a little tired so I decided to back off and just do a very short jog. My plantar fasciitis is very painful. Total run time: 20  minutes.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Friday, May 11, 2012

Gut

I had a good week of running, even that my mileage was lower that I expected. Plantar fasciitis and allergies were a problem, but I was able to run with a little discomfort. Next week I will have my first hard run of the year. It is a tough ten miles that I ran last year and had cramps half way into the race.



Saturday
Solid run from home to the bike path and back. I stopped by the local track and ran 10 x 200 in :36 w/ 200 jog R. My legs felt OK, not fully recovered. Total run time: 1  hour and 2 minutes.

Sunday
Back to the Bahia area. I ran the rolling course from the Bahia gate to the marsh and back. My plantar fasciitis injury was showing up during the first ten minutes. I could feel every bone on my foot hurting badly. But eventually it went away. My legs felt tired running on heat and up these little inclines. Grasses are blooming everywhere making my nasal congestion even worse. Total run time: 42 minutes.

Monday
Another almost easy run. I decided to run a little early in the afternoon. Not a good idea. It turned out a very hot afternoon with some nasty winds. I started my run easy for the first fifteen minutes. My plan was to do 3 x 1 mile with 2 minutes hard and one easy, covering each mile in around 6:00 minutes pace. I was doing well until the start of the third mile. My body temperature went way up. I was sweating heavily. it was better back off and save my legs for the next run. Total run time: 40 minutes and 17 seconds.

Tuesday
Easy run on the bike path. The usual 6.1 miles plus a couple loops around the soccer fields. Very hot day. I rode my bike to the bike path. Weights for the upper body. Total run time: 46 minutes.

Wednesday
I ran a short tempo run, just over three miles, or 3.18 in 19:33. My legs were a little tired. Hot and windy. Runnin' nose. I rode my bike to the bike path. Total run time: 40 minutes and 52 seconds.

Thursday
Easy run from home to the bike path, out and back, and back home. I was feeling a little tired this morning so I decided to do my run in the afternoon. Beautiful weather, not so hot. Total run time: 52 minutes and 34 seconds.

Friday
I ran later in the afternoon. Very windy. After a quick warm up, I ran 13 x 60 secs hill(half up/half down) with 30 secs Rest. My legs felt really good.  I was trying to run the downhill hard and relaxed. Total run time: 40 minutes and 15 seconds.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Friday, May 4, 2012

Higher

My plan was to increase my mileage for this week but I had to take a couple days off. Last week I did a  hard run that consisted of ten times up a long set of steps that caused my right calf to become very sore. So I had to take a day off on Saturday. By Sunday I was feeling  better and I was able to go a little further in my daily run. On Monday my legs seemed to be recovered. I added some rolling hills and no signs of injuries. My short easy tempo run of four miles on Tuesday felt awful. So on Wednesday I decided to take another day off. The weather was changing and a windy rainy day was on the forecast for the next day. On Thursday I did my regular route from home to the bike path and back under a light rain. And on Friday after a rainy day I felt terrible during my run. It might have something to do with all the grasses that are blooming at this time of the year.



Saturday
Day off. Upper body weights. I am dealing with a few injuries: plantar fasciitis and tight calf.

Sunday
Good run from home to the Ten Valley and back. I ran half way of the bike path route. It was a warm day and I threw in a 3/4 mile in 3:43. I felt good. Total run time: 1 hour and 26 minutes.

Monday
Easy on the Overhill trail. Three times out and back with some rolling hills. My legs felt really good. Total run time: 56 minutes and 46 seconds.

Tuesday
Back to the bike path. I ran 4.09 miles at 6:06 pace. The rest was at an easy pace including the section back home. I was having a hard time with the allergies, and congestion all day. Total run time: 49 minutes and 37 seconds.

Wednesday
Day off. Upper body weights. I felt awful all day.

Thursday
I ran under light rain from home to the bike path and back. The first ten minutes were uphill. My legs felt OK. Total run time: 56 minute and 37 seconds.

Friday
Easy short run on the Overhill trail. I felt awful. Total run time: 30 minutes with ten strides.