Saturday, May 28, 2011

Hamburgers and Hotdogs and No Running Hardly

I have taken a bit of a time off from running this week. Yes I did run some, but not as I would on a training program. Lets see, I ran Monday for about 3 miles, and then skipped Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. Today would be my second run for the week. I should might go to the park and have a go at 3 or 5 miles. Ill see how I feel when I get there.
Next week, I will start training seriously for my A Goal this year, being the Harrisburg Half Marathon come Sept. 11th. Last year I did a 2:13 and this year, I am aiming for a sub 2, which I will be really happy with or at least under 2:05 PBing by around 10 minutes. I am still debating whether or not to do the Harrisburg Marathon in November. I think I will.
So, this week was a disaster in terms of a combination of No running and Diet. hahaha. Wed, Thu, and Fri, I was responsible along with the other members of the Safety Dept. to cook out for 200 plus Drivers. Needless to say, I had my share of Hamburgers, Hot Dogs, Brats, and whatever for 3 days in a row. No Regrets though. Just have some more fat fuel to burn off during my long runs.
One more thing, I met a driver at work that runs. He ran the NYC Last year in a time of well under 3 hours. He is from Romania, and is a really nice guy to talk to, esp for motivation. So I will say on a side note, I have spoken to a lot of people that run really fast and they act like they have an ego stick shoved up their ......... It's refreshing to speak to some one that does not act like they live on another planet of "Im better than you". As much as he is motivating, he does not sugar coat anything either in terms of realism. If only I can get him to stop jumping out of the truck like a maniac. One day, he will pay for it.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Having Fun Recovering

This week, and for the next couple of weeks, I will be taking it easy. Just trying to maintain my current level of fitness and running because I love to run. Thus far, after the marathon 2 weeks ago, I have 0% Treadmill Miles. I am finding that not running on a treadmill all the time presents some what of a challenge. The changes in climate, and surface are but a few obstacles that I face. This morning I did a long run (Well, longest one since the marathon, don't know if you would call it a long run, lol) of 4.63 miles at the park. I loved it. It was misting. The rocks on the trail welcomed my feet. My pace was not that great, but I did not stop once (and it was a hilly bit of a course as well). I finished up the week with 17 miles total. I am loving my 3 mile runs now. Next week I will step it up a bit in mileage by a few and adding some core work and a balanced diet (being a doughnut in each hand). [or an apple fritter]. For May is my recovery/have fun month. June starts my running fiscal year when I make new goals, etc.. I am accomplishing one of them by blogging a bit more and becoming a little more active in the blogosphere. I thank all of you for giving me motivation and support. Now, it's time to enjoy the week end. Yay!!! Oh, and I must rave about my new found recovery drink - YooHoo! After all, its good enough for Yogi Berra! Cheers!

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Reset

Its been a week since my last Marathon, and I have put it all behind me now. They say in order to be able to train for your next race, you must put the last one behind you. This week was well, with a few shorter runs of about 2-3 miles. I have pressed my reset button, and now I am ready to get going. Starting with a blank piece of paper has never felt so good before.

My plans this summer (Spring into Summer) are as follows:

No Treadmill Running of any kind, unless I absolutely have to. You see, I have been running on treadmill, because of the winter here, and sometimes, like last year, it goes into the even warmer days because of habit. I don't race on a treadmill, so no more.

Pick up the pace.

Lose Weight.

Core Work

Speed Work

Speed Endurance

HILLS, HILLS, HILLS, and more HILLS.

So there are a few things, among others not listed that I need to work on for this year. I am re doing my New Years Resolutions, or starting them now. Next race is Sep 11th, the Harrisburg Half Marathon. Then the Harrisburg Marathon in November. Now is the time to start building up my base for training. This time, this year, I will do it right.

Now, I am use to my scheduling, will be blogging a bit more and reading yours too. I feel I will have a lot to write about. One thing that has truly motivated me this past week was trying out different running routes. Will start posting those. Its cool. So every Saturday Morning I will type in PARK on my vehicle GPS, and go to it, if the miles are with in reason. Then I will scope it out to see if it has any appeal for future running.

Well, that is all for now. Will be back soon.

Take care
Cheers.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Gettysburg North South Marathon



My Second Marathon. I feel very proud to have been a part of something historic as this. The first Marathon to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg. The support was fantastic. There were Hydro Stations every 2 miles. I actually came home with more GU Gel than I raced with, due to people handing it out left and right. The views were nothing short of stellar, and to top it off, every time I had to go, there was a porta potty right there, like that commercial - Like a good neighbor..............

So here is what I learned from this Marathon.
If you are doing a rolling hill Marathon, do lots of hill work.
Do not, under any circumstances, neglect your long runs.
......................................Who cares about all of that, of course, that is a given, and I have experienced a hilly marathon, so now I know how to train for it next year.

Simple Fact
I HAD FUN!

The medal is fabulous, and since the North won overall, each runner from the North got a nice glass. Now, I am recovering, and configuring my diet, and training for the next month. Cheers to all else who raced this past weekend.
Thanks for reading. I have found motivation, inspiration, and the simplest reason of running, and that is because I love it.