Wednesday, December 15, 2004

Baby, it's cold outside...

I live in Va Beach, where the weather is usually not too bad. But, today was a little different.  It was about 30 and windy,  that makes a big difference, even with the ColdGear.  The dog wasn’t very happy L


Looking forward to a warmer run on Saturday.  Only 3 weeks ‘til the marathon!!!

Monday, December 13, 2004

16 Miles

Saturday was a great day for a run.  It was clear, a little windy, but overall not too bad.  I was running with some other folks, which really helps.  Theoretically, we all run the same pace, but, well, what's a minute per mile faster?
A LOT, that's what :-)  We ran the first 5 miles at about a 9 to 9 1/2 minute pace. The idea on long runs, is to go a little SLOWER than normal, not faster.  So, after the 2nd water stop, I was really sucking wind.  We slowed down a bit after that.
I tell ya, running along the boardwalk on a nice day is great.  Sunny, nice breeze.. hmm.. hmm... great.  There were a few wind tunnels to deal with, but for bit they were at our back!! Even better.
Thanks to Chris for running with me and keeping me going.  "Just one more mile"... "just 5 more minutes"....
The nice thing was being able to sprint the last 100 yards or so.  Of course, after 16 miles, my idea of sprinting may be a little different than other peoples...

Monday, December 06, 2004

Finally, a Saturday Run!

I finally made it!  Our Team In Training group has a group run on Saturday mornings, and I've never made one. I'm not much for getting up early on a weekend.  This time, I thought I would need the encouragement to make it through the 14 mile run.
It was great!  A H*U*G*E difference with running with a group of people than by myself.  It was cold, around 34 or 35, when we started, but it warmed up nicely by the time I was done.  One of the people I ran with told us about a Cancer Memorial on 47th Street by the ocean, (I'm in Virginia Beach).  We took a little detour and looked at it.  Very nice. A little walkway, with some bricks with names on them. Also, some nice border bricks/slabs with writing about the victims of cancer.  A nice memorial and a reminder about why the Team In Training is doing this.
I made it back by myself. My running group was doing 20miles, so I turned around and had an escort up until about 5 miles to go. I'm very glad for the support of these coaches.  They have sports drink, gels, and words of encouragements throughout the training run.  I had a little twinge in my left foot at about mile 7 and again around 13. So, I did a little hobble back from 13 on.  Coach Bob suggested the ice routine, which helped out quite a bit.
It's hard to believe there's only 5 weeks left until the marathon!

Wednesday, December 01, 2004


It's been a bit busy over the past few daze.  One kid or another (or me) is suffering from allergies, sinus', etc.  The move to Va Beach and the change in climate/seasons is really kicking us hard.  I've noticed more of my problems have been coming after running outside.  So, after trying to get better over Turkey day,  I rested up and did my long run on a dreadmill. 
Yuck.  2 hrs on a tread mill is NOT much fun. I've gotta talk to the folks at the Y.  The machine says it's capable of being programmed to run a 5k or a 10k.  So, since Sunday was my 12 mile run, I thought I'd use the 10k.  The problem here is that the machines cut off after 30 minutes. I'm NOT running that fast.  So, I wound up having 4  3 mile runs.  Tedious.
Other than the legs being sore, the long run didn't bother me.  Sinus' were OK.  So, I'll try the dreadmill for my next scheduled 8 mile run and see how that goes.
Fund raising has slowed down a lot.  I've still got to raise some money for the TNT.  If anyone reads this, check out the link below and please consider donating.
 My niece from Richmond was down for Thanksgiving and she told me that it's not legal to eat Turkey in the country of Turkey.  "They just don't do it". :)