Saturday, February 27, 2010

To Blog about Running, Weekly Recap

I have been on this particular blog for about 4 months now. To blog about running is fun to do. I love to run, and I love to write about it as well. There are many reasons why people blog about there running, whether it is personal, motivational, or provides tips and advise for other runners out there from beginners to advanced. This post may seem elementary, but I thought I would take a step back and reason with the notion of why I spend my time with this. Here are some of the reasons: 1. Within my ascent as a runner, I use this blog to look back on (as well as my running log book) to see where I was and how far I have come along. My earlier posts, to me, are quite funny to read as I started this process. One of those were "The Basics of Losing Weight and Running" Check it out, as you laugh your butt off. 2. I have met many of running friends by doing this that offer great and insightful comments to my posts. You might be having a bad day, or week, or you might be burnt out with loss of interest. The comments, I have found, have been a real motivator to get you in your feet again. 3. Having a Running Blog can help motivate others as well by writing something meaningful and heartfelt. I find pure joy in some of the comments that I get were what I write means something to some one else who spends their precious time reading the post with in. These are just some of the reasons why I love to blog about running. There are many more that are not listed here of course. The Essence of Running is runners helping other runners by example.

This week, I logged a total of 9.2 miles. I did 3 runs of which 2 were 5k practices for an upcoming 5k in March. I recently got back from vacation and I needed one from everything. Now that I am back on track, my running has improved dramatically. My 5k time today was 31:37 giving me an average 10:11 mile pace. At the beginning of the year, one of my goals this year was to get below a 10 minute per mile pace. I believe, now, more than ever, that this goal will be met. It is time to revisit my goals and change them. As one person told me that by this summer, I would be under 9. My splits today were 10:17, 10:19, and 10:10. I didn't run 20 miles this week, but my runs were great and speed work optimal.

I would like to thank those who make this blog a success by adding in their 2 cents. I wish every one a great weekend and a great start of a new week and month.

Why do you Blog about Running?

Friday, February 26, 2010

From Warm Sunny Skies to Cold Blistering Snow (Back from Vacation)

My vacation to NC was great. I wish that I could have bottled up the weather and took it back up to PA with me. I enter into a winter nightmare of high winds and snow drifts and the like. I thought I was driving into Alaska. Thank goodness for treadmills. I will be doing that until the weather decides what to do, as there are no escape paths on the roads to evade me from crazy drivers. I am a runner, not an idiot. I did not do any running while on vacation. I wanted to, and had plans to, but the schedule was so hectic. I just enjoyed my time with family (and lots of southern cooking). Now that I am back, I look forward to catching up on my running and blog. I am sure that this weather will clear up soon.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Music Monday (Ooops, almost forgot)

For all of you that tune in to the Music Monday thing, here is a song that will move you. Its' funky beat will make you run on water. I have never ran the rock n roll marathon, but it would be cool to see these guys dressed up doing a gig there.

Monday, February 15, 2010

A Break From the Cold Temps

Tomorrow I will be heading down to the coast of NC for a much needed break. I will be very happy to be there. I believe the temps are ranging from high 40s to mid 50s. I definitely plan on doing some runs down there. I also plan not to get on the computer for that time as well. I need a break from everything. I will, however, come back with news and maybe some pics. I hope that every one is running safe and injury free. This week is my easy week, and that, it shall be. Next week, I will be in full throttle mode. I aim to have my long run at 10 miles next Monday. Every one, stay warm and be safe.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Running Forward!

Have you had a recall on your running recently? I am sure that most of you know by now about Toyota's recent recall on most of their vehicles. Both of my vehicles are Toyota, a 2010 Yaris, and a 2007 Tacoma. I understand that they have a problem and are doing everything possible to fix it. Will I buy another Toyota? Definitely, 100% Yes, I would not buy anything else. All of us run into rough patches on the road every now and then. This principle applies to major vehicle manufacturers as well as our running in reference to recalls. Have you ever purchased new running gear that just did not pan out? How about those shorts that ride up your butt too far? Or those socks that bunch up? Body glide not doing its part? Etc... you get the point. Does this mean that we just stop running and give it up? Or.........do we note the problem and fix it by saying - "I will never buy those butt riding shorts again", and "I will use Vaseline next time". You might have to do a recall on your whole running scheme all together like cutting back miles to avoid burn out, doing more speed sessions, or just taking more rest days and vamping your diet up a little. Whatever the problem is, we fix it, and move on. I will always be a Toyota Guy, just as I will always be a runner. Running Forward!!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Snowed In?........I Don't Think So

Today I wanted to run. Outside was covered with a lot of snow. I got very bored with just staying inside the apartment all day. I got dressed up and went out to assess the situation. I tried running down the road, but not good. Too many ruts, and deep snow. I guess they will get to it on the morrow. As I was contemplating my next move, I saw Jimmy. Jimmy has this truck with a snow plow in front of it, and he is pretty cool. He plowed a circle for me to run in and salted it pretty good. So....Thanks to Jimmy, I ran in circles outside on the property. (Its not a major complex) I didn't know how far I was going, so I just ran for 45 minutes, then I shoveled my vehicles out. Now, I feel better. Runners are something else. Jimmy thought I was weird, but was cool about it and said......."Serious dedication, huh". I responded with "Yeah Buddy", and ran.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Long Runs Nearing Double Digits / Music Monday

I started out this week with my long run on Sunday. I ran 9 miles in 1:35:50 at an alarming pace of 10:38. I ran it on the treadmill with the incline set to 1. I was told that this sets the equivalent to that of running on the road as it compensates for the uneven ground , etc.. I also did not want to get injured by slipping in the snow outside. No, this was not a race, but when I was through with this run, I felt a pang of excitement and overwhelming joy. 9 miles is something that I would not in a million years foresaw myself doing a year ago. I can remember just a few months ago, when 6 miles seemed unreachable. Today, I feel fine and will rest as to let my body repair the fibers and tissues and build them into the Runner.

My body is adapting well to the mileage, and it is changing physically. My wife was commenting last night on the fact that my arms and legs are getting skinny. I have noticed that as well. My chest is also almost flat compared to the way it was last year. My shirts also do not contain the letters X or XX in front of the large. Just L is good. I have had to donate quite a few clothes. With the weight loss, I have noticed dramatic results in my times. Transforming into a runner is something else. Being a runner is something else. I also note how your mind also transforms into more of a solid state. Soon I will be running 10 + miles. I have gone this far, and I know I will continue to succeed my expectations.

I also have no doubt that I will do fairly well with my 5K on Feb. 14th. It will be at the Wild Wood Lakes Trail, the same one were my PR was 36:20 on Nov. 15th, 09'. That was the last 5K that I ran. My goal is under 32 respectively due to the major hills this course has to offer.

I am very thankful for this blog, and the readers who frequent it. You are the ones who understand what running is and what it means. I have recieved so much insight and knowledge from all of you that comment. I can not say thanks enough for that, as it has motivated me and got me going, and kept me going. The rewards of running are far great itself, but having the support of loved ones and online friends makes it all the better with whom you can relate with.

Now that I am done being sentimental, it is time for the Music Part. If you have been following the whole Music Monday thing here in Essence of Running, you will know that the songs are quite different from that of each other. They range from hip hop to rock to heavy rock. There are many more to follow in the future. Today, however, I am excited to share with you a song that is helpful to any long distance runner, as its total time exceeds that of 10 minutes. I introduce to you with out further delay the pioneers of electro, Kraftwerk, from Düsseldorf, Germany. Enjoy, and I hope that your running week has had a good start thus far.



Saturday, February 6, 2010

My Saturday Run

My Saturday Run did not exist today. I wanted it to, but it did not happen as I had so much more fun shoveling snow to find my submerged car. Had to go to work. As I was shoveling, I saw a runner lady jogging down the Range End Road by my place. I often see her out running all the time.I admire her dedication and courage out running in this lovely weather. That is what motivated me to just start running down Range End Road the other day instead of opting for other places.

Friday, February 5, 2010

Turtle Power

On Thursday I was feeling like getting outside again for a run. I went to the Century Park to do loops. I decided that one day a week for dodging cars was enough. I will face them again next week however. My last longest run outside was 4 miles. I did 5.2. Its amazing how different the treadmill and pavement are, but running is running no matter where you do it. At least that is what I have been told before. To describe this 5.2 mile run is something else. The first mile went pretty well, but my legs got a little tired from the hills the day before. My butt hurt too. I have heard that hills gives you buns of steel? Needless to say, I kept going. I got into the zone, not Autozone though. More like the SlowZone. Watch out for turtley runners. If someone was filming me, it would probably look like someone walking really fast that had to poop. But I kept going. When I was around mile 4 I realized that the steady ticking of putting one foot in front of the other over and over and over again is the Essence of Running. Not Stopping. If Oprah can do it.........my goodness! Exactly. So....I kept going. After a while, when I thought I was going to poop out, my body was use to the turtle action. Although I was going slow, I was able to keep going. I had Endurance on my mind. So my waddling run was perfect. I was running, and I felt great. No, this is not John "The Penguin" Bigham, but just another runner living a healthier life and having fun while doing it. Have you had any Turtle runs lately, or have you just all together felt like a turtle?

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Range End Road......Watch for Cars!!!

Today, I decided to do something completely different. Instead of going to the gym and hopping on the treadmill, or driving to the park to do the .4 mile "flat" loop, I decided to just head out the door and start running down the road. So......That is what I did. I went for a 3.1 mile run. I checked it out on mapmyrun.com, which is a cool site by the way. If you haven't used it give it a try. For the longest time, I was afraid to just run on the roads, because of cars, and people looking at me whilst I run (trodging to them though). I said "enough with the feelings", and off I go, so off I went. The road gave me an out and back course, the turn around being at the highway. It measured 3.1 miles (5K) and I was excited. The one thing that kept making me madder than #$!! was that the cars (the people in them) did not care one bit. The speed limit is 35 mph so I thought ok, not bad. Boy, was I wrong. They had no respect. I almost got hit twice by rednecks doing 50 mph (and this was after I dove off of the road into the banks of snow.) Some people actually went over to the other side which was cool, but man. I know I might look fruity, but I am not a target. Humans were born to run, so the cars "should share the road" I would think. I know I always get over and give room. Maybe I am being too OD (over dramatic). What do you think? I had a pretty decent run despite the 250 foot incline in .75 miles on the way back. My total time was 34:41. I will visit the road again. I can not wait. I will be armed with a handful of nails, for this is the Essence of Running!!

Monday, February 1, 2010

Music Monday; First Long Run in a Long Time

Today, I decided to start out my running week with a Long Run. I have not been on one in about a month and a half or so. I chose to do an 8 miler. The last time I ran 8 miles, I did it in 90 minutes. Here of late, I have been improving my times with the 6 mile run. Now I am down to a 10:30 comfortable pace with that. Today, with my 8 miler, I would have been happy with 88 minutes or less, as that would have put me at 11 pace or less. I ended up surprising myself. This 8 miler seemed pretty easy. (knock on wood for the next time huh). My total time was 85:37 which put my pace at 10:42. Wow. I am very happy to announce that. I can imagine what my next 5k is going to be like here in a few weeks. My last 5k was a bomb at 38 minutes or something like that. I should kill it in under 30 minutes at least. The weight that keeps coming off is helping too. Well, that is the latest.

Now for the Music. Believe it or not, this one was actually on my playlist today. My wife, Loredel, likes this song. For now anyways, until they play it 1000000000000 times on the radio. Enjoy! Hope everyone is having a great start of the week. I know I am.