Monday, March 13, 2006

The Walls Came Crashing Down

Wednesday, I came down with a severe head cold. I knew it was coming, as I always do, by my sinuses burning and so I took some psuedophed to try to head it off. It was not to be denied this time. Spent three days clearing up my sinuses, only to get the problem moved from my head to my chest. It took me out of the 15K race at Eden, the third part of NUTS. I am no longer competitive. Oh well, I will do the 1/2 marathon anyway.

I ran 4.6 Sunday and other than being hampered by a litle chest congestion that slowed me down, I felt great.

Looking forward to this week, getting back in the saddle.

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Unexplained Energy Boost

Lately I have had a tremndous boost in my energy level. I can now routinely train at about an 8:15 pace; something I could not do a month ago.

I even went out for a non-stop 16-miler on Sunday. I have never done that.

I think it's the Yoga. I don't have any knee pain to speak of, I have plenty of breath and I don't get dog tired like I used to at the end of a run.

I hope I figure out what it is. I could make a million bucks marketing it.

Thursday, March 02, 2006

Hatha Yoga and Other Things

It's been a long time. Lot's of stuff has been going on.

I think I had somewhat of a mental let-down after the Marathon. I didn't really want to train. It was a brutal winter in January and coupled with some very long work hours, I just felt too tired to train. In short, my motivation wained.

One good thing: I entered the N.U.T.S. (Northern Utah Training Series) competition. It stats with a 5K in January, a 10K in February, a 15K in March, and ends with a 1/2 Marathon in April. It's designed to get you in shape for te Ogden Marathon in May, but I am not going to do that one. I am still looking at a marthon back east this fall. N.U.T.S. has really lifted me out of the funk. I got 2nd in my age group in the 5K, but was 6th in the 10K. I din't run a very good tactical race, because I did not know the course. I ran the 15K course last Saturday and know where the easy and difficult parts are going to be, so I can plan better. This Suday, I am going to do the 1/2 mrathon course.

I have cut back my running to 4 days per week and I feel much better. I have thrown in Yoga and ramped up the weights, and I have noticed a huge improvement in my running form and strength. My mileage base is creeping back up. I am also still doing Tae Kwon Do. I am shooting for my Brown belt there next.

Love wig-wam socks. I don't think I could ever go back to normal cotton socks.

Great wether lately. Looking forward to a great racing season.

Saturday, January 07, 2006

Roosters 5K

Well, the rain that had been falling all day stopped just prior to the race. It was about 35 degrees, but I ran it in shorts anyway, but wore two technical layers and a wind breaker on top. I used teh old standby Brooks Axioms.

It was a tough race. The police did not want us to run in the street and the sidewalk was old and uneven. Also, the first mile was uphill (up 25th Street), so everyone's time was a little slow. I think the overall winner was in the 18's or something like that.

I didn't run it all that hard, I thought, but I made up a bunch of time on the downhill back to the finish. I did it in 24:45, and got third in my age group.

Is I thought, it was a good way to bring in the new year.

I signed up for the Northern Utah Training Series, or N.U.T.S. Sounds like an appropriate name for a progressive winter race series, from 5K to 1/2 Marathon.

Sunday, December 25, 2005

What I have been doing

I planned to do the Gasparilla Classic Marathon in Tampa, Florida in February. I have not had the time (due to work) to train. It has also been extremely cold here lately, and I could not get in my necessary long runs for a marathon. As a result. I won't do the marathon in Florida.

I am going to do the Roosters New Years Eve 5K. What a way to ring in the New Year. I have never run a race at night.

I don't believe in New Years Resolutions, but I do intend to get back in the saddle with my trianing and stop being a wimp.

Onward.

Saturday, October 15, 2005

The Real Warrior


Today, My wife Jan, and my daughter Elizabeth and I ran the City of Hope 5k in Sugarhouse Park in Salt Lake City. It was a benefit race for the City of Hope which uses the race contributions to help in breast cancer research. We entered as Team Jan and raised almost $700.00 for the City of Hope, with contributions from family, friends and employers, all of which we greatly appreciate.

This was a very significant event for us as, Jan has been battling breast cancer since March of this year. She has endured a radical mastectomy, removal of ten lymph nodes and chemotherapy. She only started running after she started chemo, which is pretty amazing. She would run upstairs on a treadmill I bought for her. By the way, she has an injury to her lumbar vertebrae which makes the pounding effects of running harmful if taken beyond a certain level and has left her often in excruciating pain. She went through a very bad patch of pain just prior to this event. There was a lot of time spent with ice-packs on her back and fighting back the pain with loritab and ibuprofin and the occasional back rub from yours truly. She just had her last chemo treatment on Thursday. She was hell-bent on doing this run. In true Jan style, she dedicated it to her friends in chemo.

She was very worried and keyed up before we started. I know she had a lot of doubts about whether or not she could do it. I never had any doubt whatsoever, but a person has to work these things out in their own mind. Everything seemed to agitate her, and I had to try to remember that she's wasn't mad, she was scared.

The race started, and off we went. I ran along her side giving pointers and trying to assure her. I said something like," it's OK if you need to stop and walk", but she tersely informed me she was not going to stop...period. I truly admired the spirit of my lady.

We passed the ABC news van and personnel and I yelled out," She just finished chemo Thursday!", and they wanted us to stop and give an interview there, in the middle of a race...jeez. We formulated a plan where towards the end, I would race ahead and take her picture at the finish and try to grab the nearest news crew I could find.

Up the hills and down the hills she kept going. With about a mile to go, she settled in to a comfortable, easy rythym, and I could look at her face and read it like a book. I have seen that look on the faces of many, many of my fellow runners that silently says," I have this thing licked."

I raced ahead, and found the channel 12 news team,and told them about Jan. They immediately set up for her finish, and I set up for the shot which is the picture attached here. I gave her a huge hug and told her I was so proud of her, all while channel 12 taped it.

Look at the picture. It is the picture of someone who has battled pain, sickness, doubt, and yes, even death, and fought through it. I have never been more impressed or proud of another human being in my life. I have run many races, and yet this one was the most satisfying and fulfilling.

Here's to the real warrior.

Saturday, October 08, 2005

Final Recovery Day



Today, I went out for a scheduled 15-20 miler. It was the final day of my Marathon recovery. It was a goergeous morning. The maples on the Wastatch are on fire this year.

I ran an old route I haven't done in several months, along the bench in east Ogden. It involves a lot of hill work, whhich is what I needed. I did the "8 and 1" routine throughout, and it was a breeze, really. The only hard part was coming up Washington Blvd in the end up the hill just prior to 34th up to 42nd and up to tho our house. 42nd becomes Country Hills Drive.

A great workout and an excellent confidence booster coming out of the TOU Marathon.

Here are pix of the TOU Marathon. I look like I am going to die in the first one, but I actually feel as if i am going to die in the second one, where I am crossing the finish line.