Sunday, December 7, 2008

Las Vegas…Baby!!!

Wanting to tie my whole year to a close I thought that the Vegas Marathon would be a great capper. I love Vegas, just ask my wife. The climate is ideal for me with low humidity. After a little talk with the running group it was decided that if Kim ran it I would and the other way around. We convinced Yemi and Andy (who also loves Vegas) to join us as well.

My wife noted that there were 2 others from Racine that we knew running the half so we made sure to connect up with them while we were out there.

All of us were at different hotels…Steph and I stayed in the Luxor (right next to the host hotel – Mandalay Bay) primarily because I always wanted to stay in the pyramid since the first time we were in Vegas.

With the expo right next door we were able to walk to it and enjoy the expo at length. As we were leaving we called to see where the rest of the group was and met up with Kim and Yemi as they walked around the expo. Yemi nearly bought up half the expo!! ;^)

Called Andy to see what time he was getting in and discussed where and when we would meet to go to dinner. Dinner was with the Lynott’s and one of their friends that was running the half also. We had a great time at a nice out of the way Italian restaurant. Wine and ravioli are always good and this place did not disappoint!

As we drove back to the hotel Kim and Yemi were amazed at the Bellagio fountains…they said (and we agreed) that we really need to come back here as a group for social time not running time!

Morning of the race was cool, almost cold, but with it being Vegas the temps could get high…it didn’t! Walked through the casinos and the walk ways that connect the hotels and found my way to the front lobby of Mandalay, I was desperately trying to remain inside for as long as I could. Found Kim and Yemi but no sign of Andy. After a bit of waiting we headed for the start line.

There was a bit of chaos with marathoners and half marathoners mingling together. This is one of the big issues I had with this race – no separate corrals for the races. We all started together meaning that the roads were packed for a lot longer than they needed to be.

The gun went off and the fire works started – literally! I feel bad for anyone that got to bed late the night before because they are up now!! It was a great display that my wife said she could see from our room.

The course is a giant loop starting with the Strip. We run the whole length of the strip in the early morning with all the lights still on it was quite a sight! When you hit the north end you end up heading east before coming back west toward the downtown. Here is where my second issue with this race comes in.

The race touts the run down Fremont street and old Las Vegas but you really do not run down Freemont street just as you come up to it they make you turn and you end up running around it!!! Not happy!

From here it is a long stretch to the west…you see the mountains getting closer and closer. This section of the course seems not only flat but as though there was a slight downhill to it. The area is quite barren; the only spectators you really come across are those at the aid stations and those that are here to see someone. Time and a again I heard spectators and volunteers explaining to neighbors that this race will be going on for a while…was there no notification to the city?!?

I was feeling pretty good the weather was nice and the sun was covered slightly by high clouds. I was doing pretty well but was disheartened when I got to the 18 mile aid station and there was no gel!!! Good thing my wife was going to be there around 20-22 because I was going to bonk hard. Sure enough she was at 21.5 and was there with a gel…I told her that I’d see her at the end, told her I loved her and gave her a kiss.

We make the turn back toward the strip and you can see it from far away and you realize as you are running toward it just how big these buildings are because no matter how close you get to them they continue to grow!

Once we get under the freeway we are on the backside of the strip (west side) and we proceed to run south back toward Mandalay Bay. Boy that is farther than I remember from a few hours ago!!

I cross the finish line with a new PR!!! 4:45:05

That is 50 seconds faster than Milwaukee so I’ll take it. The medal while nice was not what I was expecting…I guess looking at my friends medal from a year or two ago looked much nicer. ***UPDATE*** We may now understand why things were not as nice this year…looks like this is going to become a ‘Rock N Roll’ Marathon so they were cutting costs in 2008!

I joined the girls and we waited for Andy to finish…with all of us done we took off to have our picture taken at the Las Vegas sign!

What has become my ritual after a marathon is Mexican food so the whole group went out and we enjoyed a nice meal and had a few drinks…including having Yemi try tequila! She loved it…of course it was Patron, what’s not to love!

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Sunday, August 24, 2008

We went to the YMCA again this week. We got there around 9:30ish and I decided that I did not want to run on the treadmill this week. So I headed to the basement and ran on the ‘track.’ I don’t know how you can call something that you need to run around 28 times for a mile a track?!?!

But that is just what I did. I ran a mile for warm up…didn’t pay attention to the time. Then I ran 4 quarter mile intervals at a 1:49 pace (1:49, 1:48, 1:48, 1:49) then I ran a mile cool down (8:34 pace)...net 3 miles

Afterward I headed up stairs and did about 15-20 minutes of weight training.

Pool work was next…500 yards in 13:08.

Great work out today and well worth the time at the Y

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

We got weighed and measured tonight…thankfully because of the diet and the exercising I have lost a good 8-10 pounds!! Just another 15 to go!!

Anna worked us pretty good tonight. Since we got measured she showed us a few combination exercises that combined two muscle groups and worked them in concert…double the work out in half the time!!

Monday, July 21, 2008

Monday, July 21, 2008

A run that I haven’t done in quite a while was the run of choice this evening. The only problem I have with it is the hills on 4 mile which are worse than I remember!! Okay not quite but I did have to walk twice.

The run was 3.1 miles in 28:48…not too bad!

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Cemetery run this week and it was raining. Steph decided that she would run at the gym so I was off! It stopped raining about 30 minutes into the run but by then I was drenched. I had a decent pace and was able to maintain it with a bit of walking here and there. 6.20 miles in 1:00:35…now that is just too slow…I’ll have to pick up the pace next week!

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Learned my lesson after last week so I was sure to get my run in the day after the trainer. It was a very nice night so I was able to get in 4.59 miles but it took me 46:07 which isn’t that great.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Worked with Anna again tonight…Steph and I had a great time...I just need to write this down right after we do it!

Monday, July 14, 2008

Monday, July 14, 2008

A nice out and back run tonight…4.02 miles in 37:48…I’m pretty happy with that!

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Church Run and it is raining. There aren’t a lot of people here today so I once again am leading the pack…WHY!?!?!? I should be in the back taking it easy but no I’m out here in front.

Managed to put in 5.62 miles in 54:09 not too bad but it could be better.

Friday, July 11, 2008

Friday, July 11, 2008

Since I didn’t run last night, and I really should have since I am real sore today, I had to go out and run now. Did the 3.5 mile route (3 mile-bike trail-4 mile) in 34:47…slower than the last time but that is because of the soreness.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Once again working out with the personal trainer and I really don’t recall what we did…I’ll get better with this as we do this some more.

Monday, July 7, 2008

Monday, July 7, 2008

With my GOP meeting tonight I thought that if I got home from work a little early I would be able to pound out 4-5 miles. It was so humid that I was only able to manage to put in 3.1 miles at a 10+ minute pace (31:24)…I should try to run in the morning it is much nicer then!!

Saturday, July 5, 2008

Saturday, July 5, 2008

Out with the running group this morning and we are back to one of our old haunts…Colonial Park…you see now that the water has receded we can run the trail…the only scary part for me is I was leading the group for a while. I’m not used to that! Finished the day with 6.23 miles logged in 59:26!!

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Obviously I didn’t feel too bad because I was able to put in 3.52 miles in 32:34…felt pretty good and really only had to walk once.

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Worked out with Anna this evening…I should have logged this sooner because I do not recall what we did…but I’m sure that I felt it the next day!!

Monday, June 30, 2008

Monday, June 30, 2008

I really can’t say that I’m going to miss doing this but I know that I probably will. I have been running a minimum of a mile every day for the past year. Today is my last mile…1.01 miles in 8:37…and I am glad to be done and my body deserves a little rest. Now I know that a mile a day isn’t that big of a deal but after the first 6 months it becomes a bit of a drag. I am glad to say that I did it.

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Saturday, June 28, 2008

The group was all there…more than 2 dozen of us!! I didn’t get up early and run with anyone so I was happy with just doing the hour run. By the time I hit 5 miles though I was not feeling very well…digestive issues…I had to walk a lot more than I thought I would but the alternative was to mess my pants and I’m a bit old for that!! I got 6.03 miles in just over an hour (1:00:40)

Friday, June 27, 2008

Friday, June 27, 2008

Back home and doing the same neighborhood loop…the year is nearly complete! 1.00 miles in 8:28

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Since we are heading home today and the flight will not get us in until after midnight I had to hit the gym again…while the club is great I really don’t like to run on the treadmill! 1.08 miles in 10:00

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Since the wife was doing the spa thing today I thought that it might hit the trails again today and get my run in. I didn’t see any peacocks or hens this morning but once I was done running I did feed the ducks! Ran for 9:57 and completed 1.09 miles

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

I didn’t want to spend all of this time in Punta Cana and not run outside! So thankfully the resort has a nice little trail around a few ponds that is dedicated to running/walking. I was able to see a peahen and her babies…would they be a brood? The humidity was a bit high but no worse than what we have back home. Got 1.01 miles in 8:54

Monday, June 23, 2008

Monday, June 23, 2008

Back in the gym today…I’ll be doing some weights too but for now it is just the mile. 1.00 mile in 9:35

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Here in Punta Cana and I still need to get my run in…thankfully this resort has a gym…and what a gym it is!!! This place is HUGE!!! It is state of the art and is nice and cool which is needed since the temp outside is 80+ and 80%+ humidity. I start the treadmill and note that there is a fan available on it so that there is cool air blowing on my face if I want it! This place is great! I ran a simple 1.00 mile in 9:23.

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Race day…It is nice to get up a little later in morning. The starting line is always a great time to see people that we know and to make plans for a good race. The gun was a little late in going off but off we went. I was cruising for the first 2 miles and needed to really slow things down. Before I got to this point I saw my wife pass me and I wished her well.

I would not see her until the finish line.

The day was just perfect for running…it was partially sunny and right around the half way point it started to rain…just what I like! It stopped after about 10 minutes and the sun came back out. Unlike years past it wasn’t too hot!!

I ran what I could and walked when I needed and just had a good old time. My goal was 95 but I settled for 97. My wife on the other hand had a stretch goal of 90 and she was a whole 34 seconds over that!!!

Beautiful day…10.07 miles in 1:38:47

Friday, June 20, 2008

Friday, June 20, 2008

It is late tonight but I still wanted to get my mile in even though there is a race tomorrow. Ran a nice 1.02 miles in 9:02

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Thurssay, June 19, 2008

Lighthouse run is this Saturday but I really would like to get some more miles in this week so I settled for a nice 2 mile run in 17:41…now that was a nice pace.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Wednesday, June 18, 2008, Part II

Anna worked us pretty good but was very conscious not to work the legs too much since we have a race on Saturday. It was still hard…worked the core and upper body really well…I’ll be sore!!

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Got out of work at a decent time so I got my mile in right away after getting home. 1.00 mile in 8:54 and now we are heading to the personal trainer.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Just an easy run around the neighborhood after a night at the trap range…had to be sure to get the trap in since we won’t be here next week! 1.01 miles in 8:37

Monday, June 16, 2008

Monday, June 16, 2008

Came home from visiting with my stepfather and wanted to get my run in before eating dinner. Wife already did her workout for the day so I was on my own. Did the quick loop…1.01 miles 8:52

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Sunday, June 15, 2008

We are heading out to a family function this afternoon and since we are unsure how long we will be there we got our run in right after lunch. 1.00 miles in 9:23…a little slow but it felt good.

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Weekly Totals

6/7 – 6/14 total miles = 17.96 miles average pace of 9:42
June total miles = 33.89 miles pace of 10:04
2008 total miles = 511.76 miles average pace of 10:12

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Out with the group this early morning and really took it easy. The first 4.5 miles was nice and slow averaging about 9:50 while walking a bit here and there. We met up with the group at 7 am and I ran the full mile plus to Case HS and then took my time and chatted with Melissa while jogging around the track. We then headed right back to the parking lot and coffee. 8.51 miles 1:25:35 or about 10:03 pace.

Friday, June 13, 2008

Friday, June 13, 2008

It’s not a late run tonight which is surprising for a Friday so I hit the neighborhood and did 1.00 miles in 9:06

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Thursday, June 12, 2008 - Part II

Worked out for an hour with the trainer tonight…did more with the legs and core tonight and she promised that we would take it easy on the legs next week since we are running the lighthouse run.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Since the weather is going to be crappy this evening and we have the trainer tonight my wife reccomended that we get up this morning and run. After last nights run I really didn't want to run this morning but I did and I'm glad for it. I don't know if it was just the humidity in the air or that I ran last night but I just couldn't get into the groove. Managed to put in my 1.00 mile in 8:53 so I guess things weren't that bad!

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

After a few long days in Chicago for training and then to come home and have a few events to attend this evening I was really starting to look forward to tonight's run.

The weather is perfect and I was feeling OK. I start my run (I'm figuring I'll do 2-3 miles) and I don't feel like running anymore. I try to push through the feeling but it persists for the first half mile and then the mood lightens up. I am able to get 3 miles in and feel pretty good after the fact...I averaged 9:23...not too bad!

Tomorrow I'm with the trainer again and from what my wife said we will probably run in the morning since it is supposed to rain tomorrow.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

I wanted to ensure that I got my run in on time so I brought my clothes with me so when I got off the train I just changed and went for a run before heading home.

I managed 1.5 miles in 13:26

Monday, June 9, 2008

Monday, June 9, 2008

I got home from Chicago at 6:30 and decided that I needed to run before I went out for my run. Sitting on a train for an hour and a half was tiring!! 1.01 miles in 8:52

Sunday, June 8, 2008

Sunday, June 8, 2008

When we woke this morning they were calling for more rain…just what we really need! But I was determined to head up there and see what was going on. We got to the area at about 10:45 and the registration only went until 11:15. The news was reporting that there were more storms on the way and that there was a warning until 11:45.

My wife was sitting next to me in the truck and said “if it is going to rain…I’m not going to pay to run in it! If you want to go ahead!”

I thought about it for a while and at 10 after 11 I finally decided that I was going to do it rain or no rain.

I got a shirt but they had already run out of numbers…this meant that I would be running without a number but that is okay it was more about the beer and the run than the number anyway.

While waiting for the race to start it began to pour…not just a little either but buckets!! The road in front of us flooded…I mean flooded! The van that was taking materials to the finish line already had water up to its hubcaps. The runners (drinkers) were having fun in the rain…the beach balls came out and people were just having fun.

The rain was still coming down when the horn went off but it had lightened up a bit. Over 1,100 runners set out on this wet course. We made our way down the road playing in the water. We made the first turn and the search for the first beer stop began…we all thought was at the turn but it was another 2 blocks. We all stopped…I don’t think the volunteers were ready for us since it took a good 3-4 minutes to get my beer!

The beer was okay and it was only a 4 oz cup…that they didn’t fill up. >:^(

I headed off to the second stop and found that there were people out on the street handing out medium (8 oz.) sized cups! I took one. If I’m going to drink while I run I should DRINK!!

While they were filling my large cup I noticed that the turn was flooded and that people were trudging through it. With my cup full I started to run through the thigh high water…boy was that fun!! The rain was still coming down and I still had 2 beer stops to go.

The next beer stop was quicker and I was able to move through it pretty quick.

By this point people were walking and enjoying the rain but I really wanted to run the race so I kept running. The last beer stop was managed by the HHH of Waukesha and I have to hand it to them they know how to drink and run!!

I made my way to the finish line and crossed in 22:07…not real bad for a 1.8 mile run and having to stop to drink beer. I will be back next year!!

On my way back to the car I ran an additional 0.3 miles just so that I felt like I got 2 miles in for the day.

Saturday, June 7, 2008

Saturday, June 7, 2008

The day was a bit of a bust in one way since I didn’t run as much as I should have but what am I training for right now? I took it easy and managed to complete 8.89 miles in 1:41:59

Friday, June 6, 2008

Weekly Totals

6/1 – 6/6 total miles = 15.93 miles average pace of 10:29
June total miles = 15.93 miles pace of 10:29
2008 total miles = 493.80 miles average pace of 10:13

Friday, June 6, 2008

Nice easy run the night before the group run. 1.01 miles in 9:30

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Got home late and still wanted to get my run in. Since the wife had not run yet either she laced up her shoes and ran the loop with me. 1.01 miles in 8:53

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Wednesday, June 4, 2008 -- Part 2

I didn’t have time to run before going to work out with the trainer so after working out with her and then going to dinner I ended up running at 9 pm. Just did the loop -- 1.00 miles in 9:05

Wednesday, June 4, 2008 -- Part 1

Second time with the trainer and while it was a longer work out I’d didn’t quite feel as incompetent…well sort of. I strained my shoulder on Sunday golfing so I was only able to do so many push ups before it just gave out…I felt like such a wimp! My wife was the master on them so she kicked my tail!

We did a real good core work out and I felt great afterward!

Monday, June 2, 2008

Sunday, June 1, 2008

Sunday, June 1, 2008

We are golfing today so my wife recommended that we get up and run this morning…that was a really good thought. We got out of the house and just did the loop. 1.00 mile in 9:15

By the time we got home this evening I was ready to run again…but I pulled by back. (shoulders) pretty good so I’ll have to nurse that a day or two!

Saturday, May 31, 2008

Weekly Totals

5/25 – 5/31 total miles = 17.56 miles average pace of 9:48
May total miles = 101.93 miles pace of 10:59
2008 total miles = 477.87 miles average pace of 10:13

Saturday, May 31, 2008

Up early so we could meet a group at Parkside by 6 am…who would have thought that there would be 10 of us!! That is a record! We headed out to do a loop in the park (better to do the road now since we are doing the trails at 7) I was only feeling ok. I ebbed and flowed with the group and once we were nearing the parking lot I decided to do a couple of trails. I got out to the parking lot and still had some time so I meandered out to Hwy E and back. By this time there were people waiting at their cars.

We had 5 people I’ve never met before show up…I was glad to meet them all. We started at 7 and headed for the trails I really wanted to do the entire 10k course so even though I walked a bit more than I liked I still managed to push my way through the whole thing. Completed the day with 10.13 miles and while not a great time I did complete it in 1:45:49

Friday, May 30, 2008

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Tried to keep an easy pace today but the GPS shows it all…started off slow and built to a nice pace. 1.01 miles in 8:56

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Wanted a little more today but the route I chose was not as far as I thought it would be. 1.38 miles in 11:47

Monday, May 26, 2008

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Weekly Totals

5/18 – 5/24 total miles = 11.54 miles average pace of 9:15
May total miles = 84.37 miles pace of 11:14
2008 total miles = 460.31 miles average pace of 10:14

Saturday, May 24, 2008

It was nice to get up later…but once we got there I found out that the ladies were there early…I felt bad but at the same time I was happy! 5.50 miles 52:31

Friday, May 23, 2008

Friday, May 23, 2008

As always…I’m behind on this blog so here is the recap: today 1.01 miles in 8:52.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Got home from my meeting and there was still time to get in a run before my wife got home. Tried to take things easy but as I have pointed out before easy isn’t what it once was…1.01 miles in 8:53

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Wednesday, May 21, 2008 part 2

Got home from the gym and since I made the commitment to run a mile every day I still needed to get that in. It was after 10 PM but I still had not run so off I went. Got my 1 mile in at an 8:44 so now I can go to bed!!

Wednesday, May 21, 2008 part 1

My wife has been raving about her personal trainer for over a year (nearly 2!!) and since I really don’t have any plans (marathons) scheduled for the next few months I agreed to start working out with them. I really need to strengthen my core and lose a few pounds so that will be the focus with them.

We did the measurements – not really pretty and calculated the %fat…@18-19%...both my wife and I think that the number is a bit low…I’m think around the mid section…then we got to a 30 min work out.

I really understand why my wife thinks this is good – because it is!!! For only 30 minutes I really worked my tail off…I can only imagine what the 60 min workouts are going to be like!

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Was rushed at work today so I wasn’t able to get out and do the run before heading off to trap but since there was no one at trap this week I was home early and could get my run in. 1.01 miles in 8:54

Monday, May 19, 2008

Monday, May 19, 2008

Still recovering from Saturday and still not 100%as far as this cold is concerned. But I still hit the street and got my mile done. 1.01 miles 8:57

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Sunday, May 18, 2008

It was a long day!! 9+ hours of driving…I didn’t have to stop as many times as I did the previous day but I still wasn’t feeling well and there were a few times where I got nauseous in the car…thankfully they passed. Got home and I wanted to try to run a bit. The wife came with and we managed 1 mile in 9:56

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Weekly Totals

5/11 – 5/17 total miles = 34.08 miles average pace of 12:29
May total miles = 72.83 miles pace of 11:32
2008 total miles = 448.77 miles average pace of 10:15

"How Far will you Go?" Fargo Marathon

This is one of those races that I really wish I could do over…and maybe I will once all the states are completed. I woke up this morning and my throat was bad. I was in and out of the bathroom 3 times before we left for the bus. My only hope was that I would feel a bit better once I started running.

My wife and I met the other girls in the lobby of the hotel and drove over to the mall to catch the bus. It was about 47 degrees and not a cloud in the sky…a good day to run!

We got the bus and rode it to the FargoDome…in retrospect we should have just driven here ourselves but oh well. We did the customary bathroom stop (number 4 for me!) and milled around for a bit before heading out to the bag drop and the starting line.

This is my wife’s first attempt at a half marathon and I know she is going to do well. Her goal is sub 10 and she has a stretch goal of a sub 2 hour half. Both the half and the full start at the same time so we all line up together and the gun goes off…and we walk to the start line. There was about 5-7 thousand people between the two races so it was a bit of a bottleneck.

The race was very flat and I had been hoping for the last 2 weeks that I’d be able to break 5 hours…well it didn’t happen. I was going along pretty well until around mile 5-6 when I stopped for another bathroom break…and just to avoid the repetition I stopped again around 10, 14, 15, 19 and 23.

The course was great, the road not so much, the people were very nice and the neighborhoods we ran through were terrific! I saw many people outside partying and cheering on the runners…this community is really behind the race which was very nice to see. We ran through a number of parks and so many neighborhoods it was tough to count and there were people throughout the course ringing bells, offering support and some just watching. One of the local businesses even had flat Coke available to runners around mile 15!!

There were 2 Gu stops and I used them both but did not use one of my own…by that time I was walking and it seemed useless to use it then. I have to say that the Banana-strawberry Gu was rather tasty, much better than the mango Gu I had a couple of weeks ago.

Once I hit mile 19 I was done. I had been in and out of bathrooms too many times…I was run down…my throat was soar…and to be honest I really didn’t want to do this any more…but I’m 19 miles in. I can do 7 miles standing on my head practically…so I decided just to walk it out. Based on my rough numbers I would still be able to make it in less than 6 hours.

I talked with a number of people along the course and was surprised to hear how many were from Canada! I finally saw my wife at around mile 22. I immediately harassed her because she was not wearing her medal. She completed her race in 2:09:03!!! WOW, I was impressed! This is the same woman that just over a year ago said she would never be a runner and thought that the whole thing was rather dumb…now here she is a half marathoner!

I explained what was going on…told her I shouldn’t have started the race but at this point was going to complete it. She walked with me for about a mile and then said she would meet me on the flip side (there is a small loop to the North). We met back up around the 24 mile mark and she walked with me all the way to the FargoDome. I ran the last 0.2 in…just to show some effort. Completed the course in 5:58:09

That makes state number 12, 4 marathons for 2008 (so far), 2 marathons in the last 13 days…I’m tired and I think I’m going to take a small break.


Friday, May 16, 2008

Friday, May 16, 2008

Up early again…marathon is tomorrow and didn’t want to run tonight!! Still not feeling right but might just be jitters!

Got up got my 1.02 miles done in 9:19…we are ready for the race…shouldn’t be real windy until late and it will be nice and cool most of the morning!!

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Got up early this morning and decided that I need to get the run out of the way…this running after dinner is starting to suck! Not feeling 100%...a little run down and my throat is bothering me. Still managed to get my mile done though…1.01 miles in 9:01

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Work, dinner, run, Repeat…Out again for a nice run but the wind is still bad…I hope that it is not like this on Saturday! 1.00 miles in 8:50

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Running a little later than I had hoped but I hate running right after dinner so I waited a bit before hitting the road. 1.01 miles…just like being home…in 8:52

Monday, May 12, 2008

Monday, May 12, 2008

It was a long drive from home but I made really good time! I was able to pick up my co-worker from the airport and I’m ready to get a run in before dinner.

It is rather windy here and a bit cool but with how flat it is this should be pretty nice. I was able to run 1.53 miles in 13:08 and only encountered 1 hill and that was to go over the interstate. I’m thinking that the marathon should be pretty good.

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Still have to get the run in but wanted more than the 1 mile bloop. In stead did the 2 mile bloop…2.03 miles in 18:01

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Weekly Totals

5/4 – 5/10 total miles = 36.71 miles average pace of 10:47
May total miles = 38.75 miles pace of 10:42
2008 total miles = 414.69 miles average pace of 10:04

Saturday, May 10, 2008

We helped out at the Ice Age 50 today so we didn’t run with the running group this morning. We (my wife and I) knew that we needed to get a run in so we headed over and did the cemetery run in reverse…I have to say I just wasn’t feeling it today so I decided I wasn’t going to do the 6 miles but only do 4. My wife seemed okay with that so that is all that got done. 4.00 miles in 36:24

Friday, May 9, 2008

Thursday, May 8, 2008

Thursday, May 8, 2008

With the wife out for the night I decided to get a lot of chores done. Running had to be one of the items but I am still recovering from the last marathon and getting ready for next weeks…therefore I keep trying to take it easy but I just can’t seem to keep the pace easy. I managed to put in 2.13 miles in 18:40 which is about an 8:48 pace!! Now if I could only keep that pace up for 26 miles!!!

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

After cutting the lawn tonight I decided that I still should get in my mile before it started raining or it got too dark. 1.01 miles in 8:28

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

I got home from work and I needed to get my run in before heading out to trap. My wife had already run but she decided it was only 1 mile so she’d come with. 1.01 miles in 8:54

Monday, May 5, 2008

Monday, May 5, 2008

After a long meeting I was able to get home and get my mile run in…I had to tape my nipple just so that it can heal before the next marathon. I must not have given the race my all…1 mile in 8:45

Sunday, May 4, 2008

Flying Pig!!

I had decided to run this one early in the year since one of the members of the running group was going to run it…I made the comment “if you do it…I will too.” Well that was made far before Atlanta and the idea of Fargo came up!

My wife had decided that she was going to run the 10k on Saturday so I finally would get to see her run a race!! I was pumped at the idea. She did a great job…not her best time but she was there to help a newbie finish her first 10k race and that meant just as much to my wife as finishing.

Saturday was windy and rainy at the start so I was dreading my start the next day. I got up and the wind had died down a bit and the forecast, while cold this morning, was going to be perfect weather for running. My wife drove me to the hotel so I could meet the girls this morning and the three of us headed to the starting line.

We got there and waited for the gun…and waited…and waited…it seems that the race had been delayed due to a house fire around mile 22. Because of this they delayed the start by 15 minutes so they could reroute the course…uh oh!

The gun finally went off and we headed out. We start the race by heading over the river and into KY for a short while and about a mile later we cross back over into OH. The bridge coming back over was a bit eerie…there were so many of us on it that the bridge started to move A LOT!!! So much that I nearly lost my footing twice!

As we start to make our way through the city the sun is already high in the Eastern sky and I’m going to be going that way for the next few hours. At mile 5 I see my wife, Melissa, and Jen I told them I didn’t need anything and kept going…about 30 feet later I turn around (to the dismay of a few runners) and run back to see if my wife had my sunglasses…she didn’t but Melissa kindly offered hers…Thanks again Melissa!!
Shortly after leaving downtown we start the largest climb of the course it was hard but not too bad at about mile 7, while I’m looking out over the river from a much higher elevation than you would think, I hear my brother cheering me on. My brother lives in Cincinnati with his family and I was glad to have another face in the crowd that I knew cheering me on.

By this point I should have hit the highest point on the course and should be a relatively gentle down slope to the finish…yeah right! The hill to mile 8-10 was so big that the rolling hills for the remaining course are small and are not detailed on the elevation map. I saw the wife and friends again around mile 12 and shortly after this I notices that my right nipple was starting to hurt…didn’t think much of is since they were taped up and I’ve not had any problems since I found that clear surgical tape works great.

I got to about mile 15 and I looked down to see that the right side of my shirt was bloody…I guess I lost the tape on that nipple…I found the next first aid station and asked for clear tape…they had none…offered Band-Aids and Vaseline…tried them both and in half a mile they were gone, useless!
I saw the wife and friends again at mile 16.5 and would again at 17.5 since this part was an out and back and she had Mtn. Dew!! I took a nice big swig communicated the nipple issues and continued on. My brother was waiting at around mile 17 (near the hotel my wife and I stayed when we where here for his wedding!) When I got back to the wife I asked for band-aids…again they were gone in a matter of minutes.

I trudged on but by mile 19 my nipple was in such pain that running just wasn’t really in the cards so I did my best. Saw my brother and nephew at mile 22 where I ran with Logan for a few feet.

Between mile 22 and 23 we were diverted from the regular course. I checked my GPS to verify the mileage and watched when we got back onto the course and noted that they had moved the mileage sign to correlate with the corrected distance…mile 24 was dead on. Mile 25 was dead on…and now it looked like the course was all down hill. About 0.5 miles from the 25 mile sign was the “last mile” marker…um…that is off by about 0.3 miles!!!
I managed to run the final 0.5 miles and found that they were unable to move the finish line meaning that the course was off by a minimum of ¼ of a mile. Even with the nipple issues, the hills, and the sunny conditions I was able to put up a decent time of 5:03:03 (corrected for the marathon distance…otherwise the time was 5:05:57)

Then with all that over I met up with the other runners who did phenomenally!! Kim with a sub 4 hour finish (once corrected for course length) and Yemi with a 4:10 finish for her 1st marathon!!
Saw my brother and family before we headed back to our car and a long drive home…I see a Mexican dinner in a few hours though…mmm salsa!!

Only 13 days until Fargo!!

Saturday, May 3, 2008

Weekly Totals

4/27 – 5/3 total miles = 7.06 miles average pace of 8:50
May total miles = 2.04 miles pace of 9:04
Apr total miles = 80.54 miles pace of 9:33
2008 total miles = 377.98 miles average pace of 10:00

Saturday, May 3, 2008

With all the running I did today…between the hotel and the finish line of my wife’s race and the running across the bridge to get to my nephew’s race…which we still ended up missing…I was able to put in my mile + but I do not have a time for today…oh well.

Friday, May 2, 2008

Friday, May 2, 2008

After a days worth of driving I was ready to get out for a run. The weather here in Cincinnati is slightly overcast and drizzly but I was able to stay relatively dry in my short 1.03 miles run in 9:03

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

This is my first week of real trap so I needed to get there early. I left work a bit early and went out running…1 mile in 8:27

Monday, April 28, 2008

Monday, April 28, 2008

Don’t remember why I’m running so late but I was. Just did the usual loop…1.01 miles in 8:33

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Sunday, April 27, 2008

My wife was going out to do a long run since the weather was less than perfect the day before. She managed to put in 12 miles!! By far her longest run…she’s definitely ready for a half marathon!!

I just put in an easy 2.01 miles in 17:48

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Weekly Totals

4/20 – 4/26 total miles = 19.95 miles average pace of 9:15
Apr total miles = 75.52 miles pace of 9:37
2008 total miles = 370.92 miles average pace of 10:01

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Got to running early and ran a bit extra with the ladies this morning. We met up with the rest of the group at 7 am and did about 5 more miles. The wind was really whipping and was not the best day to be outside but I ended the day with 10.37 miles in 1:40:21 or 9:40 pace.

Friday, April 25, 2008

Friday, April 25, 2008

With today being my birthday my wife mentioned that I might want to run in the morning since we were going out to dinner that night. Got up and ran 1.01 miles in 9:10

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

With the wife working out with her trainer I thought that I had better put in a few extra miles…I was delayed when my stepfather dropped by with his Harley…I ended up running 2.03 miles in 17:26

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

I was unable to run between work and trap shooting but thought that since I was coming home early…none of the guys showed up to trap…I would run my mile with my wife. We did pretty well…1.01 miles in 8:23.

Monday, April 21, 2008

Monday, April 21, 2008

I was feeling pretty good and decided that I’d run a bit farther and try to put in a little fartlek…3.51 miles in 31:37 for a 9:00 pace!

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Sunday, April 20, 2008

After a long day on the road I decided that I only wanted to do the loop and let my wife go for a longer run…she put in 4.6…I only did 1 mile in 8:39

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Weekly Totals

4/13 – 4/19 total miles = 18.69 miles average pace of 9:23
Apr total miles = 55.57 miles pace of 9:45
2008 total miles = 350.97 miles average pace of 10:04

Saturday, April 19, 2008

We ran in a very nice park yesterday and thought that it would be a great idea to go back to it and run today. I thought that I’d run farther today but I just couldn’t managed to do it. 1.55 miles in 13:59

Friday, April 18, 2008

Friday, April 18, 2008

Since my wife and I are in St Louis and we have a family event on Saturday we decided that it would be best to do the long run today. The weather was decent…50’s and a bit rainy but the wind was pretty bad. We did a pretty good job. I managed to put in 10.00 miles at a 9:58 pace.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Since we knew that we would be driving most of the night and the chances of us getting a run in once we get to the hotel are slim we got up early and hit the neighborhood loop. I still think my wife's gps is wrong...we did just over 1 mile at an 8:27 pace...she thinks we did it in an 8:11 pace.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

With the nice weather my wife decided to forgo going to the gym and came home to run with me after work. 1 mile in 8:44

Monday, April 14, 2008

Monday, April 14, 2008

Knew the wife wasn’t going to be right home after work and with the weather in the upper 40’s I thought it would be nice to do a little longer run. The total time I was gone was much greater than my run time since I got stopped by a train and had to wait a really long time (5 minutes) and finally just turned around and ran the other direction! 3.10 miles in 27:05

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Sunday, April 13, 2008

I was just lazy today…not really but after a day of running around (brunch and museum) and a really good nap I felt lazy and ended up not running until much later than I should have. But I did well none the less…1.00 mile in 8:56

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Weekly Totals

4/6 – 4/12 total miles = 25.54 miles average pace of 10:11
Apr total miles = 36.88 miles pace of 9:55
2008 total miles = 332.28 miles average pace of 10:06

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Up early so that I could do 20…rainy (which I like) but only about 40 (which I am not such a big fan of!!) Met the girls and they kept me at a great pace for the first 7 miles then they all needed the restroom. I continued on and found my self stepping in more puddles than I ever intended!

The rain kept a large group from the run this week so we ended the day at Caribou Coffee.

I got in 18.08 miles in 3:13:42 not bad considering I ran a marathon 2 weeks ago and the conditions were less than ideal this morning!

Friday, April 11, 2008

Friday, April 11, 2008

Back home…so happy to be here! Ran around the neighborhood…it seems so small compared to running on a big busy highway in Calhoun! 1.00 mile in 8:38

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Always trying something new and this time I just had a funky mileage to place in my blog…1.16 miles in 10:43

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

After a really good dinner in Cartersville I still needed to run but I did not want to. Talked to my wife for a while but the reality of time started to sink in…it was getting late and I needed to run. I managed to put down 1.01 miles in 9:11.

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

A good day of work and a nice leisurely run…1.02 miles in 9:12

Monday, April 7, 2008

Monday, April 7, 2008

Back in the state of Georgia and back to work…another long day but the run has to get done…the park down the road has a .35 mile loop around the pond…why didn’t I see this earlier in my stay here!! 2.25 miles in 20:48

Sunday, April 6, 2008

Sunday, April 6, 2008

Another midday run…that I really did not want to do going out the door but was feeling good on the run so 1.01 miles in 7:57…now that is pretty fast for me!!

Saturday, April 5, 2008

Weekly Totals

3/30 – 4/5 total miles = 16.17 miles average pace of 9:23
Mar total miles = 117.78 miles pace of 10:18
Apr total miles = 11.34 miles pace of 9:20
2008 total miles = 306.74 miles average pace of 10:06

Saturday, April 5, 2008

Up early and was going to try to do 11-12 but it just was not happening today since I had a meeting in Walworth county at 9:00 a.m. Enjoyed running this morning to work out some of the kinks and managed to put in 7.30 miles in 1:08:27…not too fast but defiantly not slow either!!

Friday, April 4, 2008

Friday, April 4, 2008

Flew back this afternoon…lots of delays but I finally got here. Nice evening run back home with less than ideal weather. 1.00 mile in 9:01

Thursday, April 3, 2008

Thursday, April 3, 2008

How I managed to actually get up early and go out running is a miracle by itself but I thought that we might be having a late night tonight so I knew that it needed to be done. Easy 1.01 miles in 9:20.

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

It is such a nice day here in Georgia that I decided to go for a run. I managed to get in 1.01 miles at a 9:14 pace.

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Got up this morning a little early and decided that I should really put my run in since there looks to be a storm front moving in and I might get rained on this evening. 1.01 miles in 9:30 pace.

Monday, March 31, 2008

Monday, March 31, 2008

After dinner again here in Calhoun but it is also the day after the marathon meaning that I am a bit sore but after the first half mile the second came quite easy. 1 mile in 9:23…I guess I didn’t run fast enough yesterday!

Sunday, March 30, 2008

Sunday, March 30, 2008

Race Day!!

The story how I ended up here at the finish line begins about 4-5 weeks ago when I mentioned to Kristen (one of my running partners) that I would be traveling to Georgia in March/April for work. She queried if I had looked if there was a race when I’d be in the area…hmm hadn’t thought about that.

By the time I got home that night the question was stuck in my craw and I had to find out…marathonguide.com and sure enough…the ING Georgia Marathon March 30, 2008.

I slept on it over night but it kept coming back to me…when would I really ever get the chance for the company to pay for my airfare to a marathon again? By the end of the week I had signed up for the race and was not sure why I had done it.

I trained rather well for the next few weeks but my longest run only capped out at 18 and that one I walked for the entire last 3!! I only wanted to finish the race but I was feeling good up to today and thought that I stood a chance to get back into a good pace. I’ve told most of you that I had abandoned the standard thought about training…a minute slower than race pace…and would run the race the way I prefer to train, all out and walk when I need to.

When I got up this morning and looked out the window I saw that it had indeed rained last night as predicted and I was hoping that the weather would hold to the 40-50’s as well. The hotel I stayed at was picked because of it’s proximity to the start and finish but never dreamed that my corral would be right outside my hotel!! I had to walk all of a block this morning to get there!!

Race time was 7:00 A.M. I assume we started on time but it took me nearly 21-23 minutes to cross the starting line and boy was the wind blowing by this time!! It took me a little while to settle into a good pace but once I was there the race was pretty good!

The course was very nice…it started off near the World of Coke and took a short jaunt around the downtown area. We then headed East out of town and into the suburbs. We ran past the birth place of Dr King and saw the neighborhood he grew up in all the while winding in and out of residential areas with some gorgeous homes.

The entire course had rolling hills…nothing to big or small but as the run wore on so did this up and down motion!

I was doing great my wife was able to see me at a number of spot n the course and was surprised at how well I was doing…in fact she kept telling me that I was “way ahead of pace” but she could obviously see I was feeling good because she never warned me to slow down or to take it easy. My pace felt great. My legs felt good. And the support on the course was fantastic.
But then I hit mile 19…from this point until mile 25 it was nothing but relentless hills. I felt as though I was constantly going up and never going down. I know that is not the case but it felt like it! I struggled to keep running when I could but the up hills had become nothing but walking.

I kept my spirits high and trudged on knowing that this race was in the bag and all I needed to do was keep it up. When I hit mile 25 the course became flat as a board but I had very little left after all of the hills so I tried to run (waddle) when I could and kept a brisk 15-16 min pace on my walk.

Up until mile 23 I was sure that I would break the 5 hour mark but after mile 23 and the hills that kept coming I was finding it harder and harder to imagine that happening. At 25.7 miles the 5 hour pace group passed me…how sad.
I managed enough power in my calves (which were just burning from all the hills) to run the last .3 miles and to cross the finish line in 5:02:35.

Well that makes 10 marathons in 10 states…I can officially join the 50 state club now!
I have 2 marathons coming up in May…Cincinnati, OH and Fargo, ND…I might even try to do a 5th one this year in Las Vegas in December!!

Saturday, March 29, 2008

Saturday, March 29, 2008

It was getting late and I was starting to contemplate not running since it is the night before the marathon but how could I allow my streak to end so abruptly? I went to the hotel gym with the wife and I managed to put in 1 mile in 9:53. The gym was as hot as the day before so I drank some more water and called it a night.

Weekly Totals

3/23 – 3/29 total miles = 9.11 miles average pace of 9:14
Mar total miles = 81.33 miles pace of 9:58
2008 total miles = 268.06 miles average pace of 9:59

Friday, March 28, 2008

Friday, March 28, 2008

I’m in Atlanta tonight and I still need to run but I really don’t want to run in an unfamiliar city at night when there was recent tornado damage…I might get hurt and the race is only a day away. I opted for the hotel gym and was pleasantly surprised at the layout…6 treadmills, 3 ellipticall and 2 bikes (recumbent and upright) all with plasma TV’s attached to them, a number of medicine balls and a few weight benches. The only issue I had with the room was that it was rather stuffy and warm.

I jumped on the treadmill and ran 1 mile in 9:33.

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Trying to stay calm and take things easy…still late at night but the mileage counts!! 1.01 miles in 9:07

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Had a bit more energy…I think it’s because of the upcoming race! Did 2.01 miles in 18:37

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

I think this is becoming a theme…work late, eat late, and run late. 1.00 mile in 9:07

Monday, March 24, 2008

Monday, March 24, 2008

Have to get the job done and after eating late I still managed to get outside and put in 1.07 miles in 9:35.

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Sunday, March 23, 2008

With all the snow that had fallen I knew that I still needed to get my run in but I really didn’t want to do a little more so I did the regular 2 mile run in 18:16.

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Weekly Totals

3/16 – 3/22 total miles = 16.17 miles average pace of 9:23
Mar total miles = 81.33 miles pace of 10:03
2008 total miles = 258.95 miles average pace of 10:01

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Got up on time this morning and even got ready to go but with the 14 inches of snow and the 20+ mph wind…I really didn’t want to be out there longer than I needed to so while I was hemming and hawing my wife convinced me that I could always do a few miles tomorrow. Besides I have a marathon next week!!

So I went back to bed for about 40 minutes and then headed out to meet a few of the runners. We did about 2.5 miles before meeting the rest of the group at 7:00 am.

The partially plowed roads made for an interesting run. 8.01 miles in 1:19:04 or a 9:53 pace.

Friday, March 21, 2008

Friday, March 21, 2008

I get home on Thursday night and what happens this morning…It snows! Not a little but a lot!! I headed to the YMCA and ran 2 miles in 17:40. Still had to remove the snow this evening…over 8 inches!!

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Another late night run after dinner but since the weather was so bad today I needed to do it this late otherwise I would have had to do it in the rain. It was still windy when I headed out and did my 1 mile in 8:53.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Great little run but later in the evening than I really like…I would much rather do this before dinner than after. 1.03 miles in 9:12 for an 8:56 pace.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Only a 1.12 mile run but at an 8:57 pace I’m feeling pretty good…it is hillier than I remember.

Monday, March 17, 2008

Monday, March 17, 2008

First day in Calhoun and needed to get out for a run. It feels great to be out in shorts and a t-shirt…sure beats WI right now!

I ran 2.01 miles in 18:05 for a 9:00 pace

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Ran around the neighborhood midday so that I could be ready to go to the airport. 1.01 miles in 8:53.

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Weekly Totals

3/9 – 3/15 total miles = 23.92 miles average pace of 9:55
Mar total miles = 65.16 miles pace of 10:13
2008 total miles = 242.78 miles average pace of 10:03

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Up early in the morning so that I could do a little extra mileage…I really wish that winter would end soon!!!

Had 12 miles in before meeting the group and ended the day with a total of 16.89 miles at a pace of 10:17.

Friday, March 14, 2008

Friday, March 14, 2008

After a long week we decided to go out for dinner so we postponed our run until a little later in the evening. Since we are both looking to run a little longer tomorrow we only ran 1 mile at a 9:24 pace.

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Since we both knew that we had things tonight after work my wife recommended that we get up early and run, the weather is getting better and the sun is up earlier so it wasn’t too bad. We ran 1.01 miles in 9:20.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

2 miles in 17:50 meaning I had a pace of 8:54. Felt good since the weather is getting a bit better.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

I didn’t get out of work in time and I headed up to a blogger event in Milwaukee so I was not able to run my mile until 10:30 at night…but I got my mile in!!!

1.01 mile in 8:46.

Sunday, March 9, 2008

Sunday, March 9, 2008

Heel hurts and I’m really sore from my falls. 1 mile at a 9:11 pace.

Saturday, March 8, 2008

Weekly Totals

3/2 – 3/8 total miles = 26.23 miles average pace of 10:36
Mar total miles = 41.24 miles pace of 10:23
2008 total miles = 218.86 miles average pace of 10:04

Saturday, March 8, 2008

I was out running at 4:00 am and by the time all the other people got there I had already got 15 miles under my belt. My heel had split again and I was bleeding but that wasn’t even the best of it. I fell at 1.5 miles and at 6.75 miles and both times fell on the left elbow. I hurt and I was starting to get sore by the time I met the rest of the group so the last 2-3 miles was just a walk. Ended the day with 18.16 miles and a 11:22 pace.

Friday, March 7, 2008

Friday, March 7, 2008

Took it easy since I am looking to run a long distance tomorrow. Did the 1 mile loop in 9:03 pace.

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Needed to do a little more but not wanting to stress too much so I did the 2 mile route that we love so much.

Completed the route in 17:20 or an 8:33 pace.

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

I really didn’t want to run tonight but I ended up getting 1 mile in at a 9:00 pace.

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

With the GOP meeting being canceled I decided to hit the road and run a bit farther than the easy mile…I ended up doing the easy 2 mile loop in 18:02.

Monday, March 3, 2008

Monday, March 03, 2008

The weather around here really sucks! One day we are nearing 48 and the next we are hitting a high of 28!!

I took the easy way out and just ran 1.01 miles in 8:56.

Sunday, March 2, 2008

Sunday, March 2, 2008

Went out with the wife for a nice run on a 40 degree day…spring is around the corner...I can feel it!!!

1.00 mile in 9:19

Saturday, March 1, 2008

Weekly Totals

2/24 – 3/1 total miles = 23.08 miles average pace of 9:34
Feb total miles = 78.92 miles pace of 9:32
Mar total miles = 15.01 miles pace of 9:59
2008 total miles = 192.63 miles average pace of 10:00

Saturday, March 1, 2008

The GA marathon is fast approaching and even though I have yet to sign up for it I still need to be prepared. I decided that I would run 15 miles in stead of the standard 12 that would usually be done at this point in time but it’s gotta be done.

I started out early…as usual and was able to get 5 miles in before meeting the girls. We ran to Kristin’s house and picked up Chippy and my wife who decided that she needed extra miles!!

We got back to Panera a little late as the group had already struck out onto their run. My wife and I got some Gatorade and decided to head to Panera 2. The route was all frozen over so we improvised. I got back to the car before my wife since she decided to do a few more miles.

I finished my run in 2 hours and 29 minutes and completed 15.01 miles. I was stretching and hydrating when I saw my wife come running from the other direction. She ended the day with 8.05 miles!!!! That is far and away the longest she has ever run. I am so proud of her!

Friday, February 29, 2008

Friday, February 29, 2008

A long week of work and I’m ready for a nice short run before the weekend. 1 mile at an 8:53 pace.

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Thursday, February 28, 2008

I thought it was going to snow...oh well. The weather is still a bit nippy and I really didn't want to run this late at night but I guess I have to do it if I really think there is a chance for me to get 5+ marathons in this year!!

Nice run around the neighborhood...1 mile at an 8:22 pace...when did that become a "nice pace???"

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

After a nice long day of work and then a planning commission on top of it I was really ready for my run.

I hit the road and did 2.01 miles at a 8:33 pace.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

I probably could have run more this evening but I just didn’t feel like it so I settled for 1 mile at a 9:02 pace.

Monday, February 25, 2008

Monday, February 25, 2008

Wife and I needed a few extra miles and we were feeling pretty good so we decided to do 2 miles and we did so at an 8:45 pace

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Sunday, February 24, 2008

I have had a very stressful week and it all came to an end with the Lincoln Day Dinner tonight. When we got home my wife and I changed and hit the road. 1 mile at a 9:15 pace.

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Weekly Totals

2/17 – 2/23 total miles = 27.01 miles average pace of 10:01

Feb total miles = 70.85 miles pace of 9:37

2008 total miles = 169.55 miles average pace of 10:03

Saturday, February 23, 2008

With the thought of running the ING Georgia Marathon in 4 short weeks I needed to get a few extra miles in so I was out there are 4:30 pounding out a few miles before meeting the group. I really can’t wait until the snow melts and I can wear shorts.

I was able to get in 10.5 miles before meeting the girls and then we got in 2.5 more before the rest of the group got there.

I need to remember when I’m running more than 10 miles I need to take a gel or two. By the time I hit 13 miles I was dead!

I finished the day with 16.96 miles at a 10:43 pace.

Friday, February 22, 2008

Friday, February 22, 2008

I have to run in the morning so I really shouldn’t be running this late but here I am…1 mile at an 8:39 pace.

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Late evening run around the neighborhood but I got my mile in at a 9:07 pace.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

I feel like I’m under a bit of pressure with the Lincoln Day Dinner and additional work stuff hanging over my head so I needed to get out some frustration on the road. Tonight was crystal clear with very cold air. I donned my reflective vest so that I could run down N. Greenbay Rd without becoming road kill. I put in 4.02 miles in 36:00 which roughly translates into 8:57 pace….and I walked a few times during the run!!

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Worked a bit late tonight and with my wife heading to the gym I hit the neighborhood again. Some days I wonder how much weaving I must do when I run because for running the exact same route over and over again I don’t understand why the mileage is not identical…1 mile 8:28 pace.

Monday, February 18, 2008

Monday, February, 18, 2008

Even with the blustery winds out of the West I decided that I still needed to get my run in so I ran my mile at a good 8:30 pace and called it a night.

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Sunday, February 17, 2008

We finally got out running today in between the rain clouds. I really was not into the running today but I said that I wanted to run 2 miles and my wife agreed. So I slogged through the miles and finished the 2.02 miles in 18:04 or an 8:55 pace…if it weren’t for my wife that time would have been much, much worse…I kept focused on her back and pushed through.

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Weekly Totals

2/10 – 2/16 total miles = 16.94 miles average pace of 9:01

Feb total miles = 43.84 average pace of 9:23

2008 total miles = 142.54 average pace of 10:04

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Very busy day today so I was up and running with the group at 6:30 so we could get a few in before meeting the rest of the gang. After the run I headed straight home to shower so that I could make it to the GOP caucus in time. I had every intention of running later in the day but it never happened.

7.90 miles in 1:11:58 or a 9:06 pace.

Friday, February 15, 2008

Friday, February 15, 2008

We got outside and ran the loop around the neighborhood but just wasn’t quite feeling t today. 1 mile 9:14 pace

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Thursday, February 14, 2008

With the wife out getting her hair done I decided to go for a little longer run…only 2.01 miles but longer than the usual mile run. Completed it in 17:15 which is an 8:35 pace!!

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

The roads are clear so the run was pretty easy tonight…I only wish it was warmer so I could run more when I got home. But at 6 PM it is pretty nippy and I want to spend as little time out there as I can. 1 mile at an 8:20 pace!!

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Thinking that I had a meeting this evening I got home and even with the snow coming down I thought that I might be able to get in a mile and still have time to make my meeting.

The roads were pretty bad and it took me a lot longer than I though it would but the mile was completed in 9:50.

The meeting ended up being canceled so I could have gone to the gym!!

Monday, February 11, 2008

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Sunday, February 10, 2008

With the sub-zero temps today I opted to run at the Y. My wife and I headed on down this afternoon and I got on the dreaded treadmill. I ran a mile warm up at 9:05 and then did 4 times .15 miles with a .1 rest in between. Total was 2 miles in 17:50

Then I did about 30 minutes of weights.

Now we were out with Kristen and her husband last night and I mentioned that I was going to be traveling to Georgia in March and they said are you going to do a marathon while you are there. Well that got me thinking and I looked it up and sure enough the Atlanta, GA Marathon is March 30th. Hmm, I wonder if I can get that in.

Saturday, February 9, 2008

Weekly Totals

2/3 – 2/9 Total Miles = 16.66 miles average pace of 9:28


Feb total miles = 26.90 miles average pace of 9:37


2008 total miles = 125.60 miles average pace of 10:12

Saturday, February 9, 2008

I decided to get up early and try to get in a few miles…I need to do 12 today. Once I got out there the roads were really slippery…I mean REALLY slippery. I fell and hit my head pretty good. I got back to parking lot in time to meet the girls at 6:30 but only got in 1.75 miles.

With me in tow the girls and I only managed to get in another 1.25 miles…my 12 miles today is not looking good.

We grabbed the rest of the group at 7 AM and finished the run…I only ended the day with 8.14 miles at an average pace of 9:37

Friday, February 8, 2008

Friday, February 8, 2008

Late after work but still need to get the run in. 1 mile at an 8:53 pace.

Thursday, February 7, 2008

Thursday, February 7, 2008

Right after work…still a bit cold and snowy but not too bad. 1.02 miles at an 8:47 pace!!

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

The winter storm watch continues here in Racine and the snow keeps piling up so I was not overly optimistic that I would be running outside today. When I was told that everyone in the office was head out early I decided to call the YMCA and see if they were open. Sure enough they were open just their classes were canceled. So off to the Y I went.

At 4:15 PM on a weekday and one with weather as bad as this the gym was all mine! I jumped onto a treadmill and got to it. Ran 2 miles in 17:50 and once again experienced no chest pains!

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Tuesday, February 05, 2008

With the winter weather coming on quickly and my meeting being canceled I had an opportunity to get out in the snow and get my run in. I ran my mile as I always do in an 8:44 pace. The snow was really coming down but it wasn’t that slippery!!

Monday, February 4, 2008

Monday, February 4, 2008

Because the weather was crappy I decided I was going to go to the YMCA. My wife said she’d meet me there. I ended up on the treadmill and did 1 mile in 8:58 and then proceeded to do 3 x .25 mile intervals at a 6:58 pace with a .25 mile walk in between each at a 15:00 pace.

Sunday, February 3, 2008

Sunday, February 3, 2008

I was pretty lazy around the house today but remembered that I still needed to run while we were preparing dinner. The wife and I headed out and did the 1 mile loop at a 9:28 pace.

Saturday, February 2, 2008

Weekly Totals

1/27 – 2/2 Total Miles = 19.27 miles average pace of 9:16
Jan total miles = 98.7 miles average pace of 10:22
Feb total miles = 10.24 miles average pace of 9:51
2008 total miles = 108.94 average pace of 10:19

Saturday, February 2, 2008

Up early but not feeling 100%, must be a cold. Ran with the girls this morning before meeting the group at 7:00 and felt pretty good with no chest pains. The roads were nothing but slush so I tried to run on the side walks as much as possible. Ended the day with 9.23 miles at an average pace of 9:51.

Friday, February 1, 2008

Friday, February 1, 2008

Nice run after work…the snow had fallen making the roads a little bit slippery! The slippery roads were good since I needed to keep my pace in check…I visited the Dr this morning about the chest pains I have been having for the past 2 weeks and we are going to have to have a CT scan done to ensure that there are no issues. The Dr wanted to place restrictions on my running but when he asked how I’d feel I told him I’d be pissed…he said he understood but made me promise that if the chest pain lasts longer than the 1-2 min I go straight to the hospital and that I start out my runs a bit slower. I agreed to both conditions.

I ran 1.01 mile at a nice 9:44 pace…and no chest pains!

Thursday, January 31, 2008

Thursday, January 31, 2008

Having dinner tonight with Mom and Bruce so took my wife’s advice and ran at lunch. Just the quick loop around the neighborhood but I really have more energy at this time of day than rather than early in the morning. 1 mile…7:58 pace!!

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

After a very long day I finally got out to run at 9:15 this evening. It’s not the latest I’ve ever run but it was cold!

I bundled up like I was going to be out there forever and did the neighborhood loop. 1 mile in 8:27…I’m starting to think that I run much better in the cold!!!

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

With the weather making a turn for the worse it was decided this morning that I would meet my wife at the YMCA for our workout. Ran on the dreaded treadmill for just 1 mile at a 8:54 pace. Then I did about 30 minutes of weights...haven't done that in a while so I'm going to be sore!!

Monday, January 28, 2008

Monday, January 28, 2008

While my wife was doing a group work out I decided that the weather was too nice to stay indoors to work out so I ran the mile loop in the neighborhood...1 mile at a 8:34 pace.

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Sunday, January 27, 2008

At coffee yesterday a few of the girls were talking about running this morning and they invited me. I met Kristin at her house and when it looked like Jodie was not going to be there we took off to meet Melissa. Once we caught up with Melissa we saw Jodie pull into Kristin’s neighborhood. Rounded Jodie up and headed out on a fast paced run.

We made out way south on Newman and then turned back once we hit Spring. The girls were really fast this morning…I looked down a few times at my GPS to see 8:10 pace…WAY TO FAST for me!

I fell back but kept a great pace. We finished our 5 mile run in 43:46 or an 8:44 pace.

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Weekly Totals

1/20 – 1/26 total miles = 14.48 miles average pace of 9:11
Jan total miles = 89.67 miles average pace of 10:33
2008 total miles = 89.67 miles average pace of 10:33

Saturday, January 26, 2008

I found out last night that there was going to be a Journal Times photographer at our run this morning so I was excited. We got there and we were all a little concerned that last nights snow would hamper our Panera #2 run so we opted for Panera #1.

I felt great and found my self running up with Kristen and Jodi. I maintained a great 9:14 pace for the first 5k so I knew that today was going to be a good day. On the way back to Panera we were running dead into the wind, which I love if it is not too cold.

By the time I was done I had completed my second 5k with a 9:01 pace!! I was on fire. I felt great.

Total for the day was 6.3 miles at a 9:07 pace

Friday, January 25, 2008

Friday, January 25, 2008

Nice run around the neighborhood again in the snow. 1 mile at a 9:15 pace.

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Since we are heading to an interview with the Journal Times it was very important that I get out of work a tad early and get my mile in so at 4:30 I left work. I got home and quickly changed and headed out the door. 8 minutes and 31 seconds later and 1.01 miles I was done and stretching. We headed out to the restaurant to meet the Goofy Gang. When I get the story I’ll post it here!

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Tonight since the wife was at her trainer I decided to do an extra mile in the snow. I enjoyed the lightly falling snow but the wind has got to go! 2 miles in 19:33 or a 9:45 pace

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Was a little later at night but I still needed to get the mile in so I went out in the snow while the wife stayed on the treadmill. 1 mile in 8:22

Monday, January 21, 2008

Monday, January 21, 2008

Still really cold but I am still going out to run. I’ve decided to start wearing the heart rate monitor due to some pain in the chest when I initially start so I’m wearing the monitor just to be sure there are no issues. 1 mile in 9:46

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Too cold to go outside again so we opted for the YMCA. I hate the treadmill but between that and the cold...I'm still not sure!

Did 2.16 miles in 20 minutes.

Saturday, January 19, 2008

Weekly Totals

1/13 – 1/19 total miles = 36.53 miles average pace of 11:49
Jan total miles = 75.19 miles average pace of 10:48
2008 total miles = 75.19 miles average pace of 10:48

Saturday, January 19, 2008

It was so nice to only have to get up at 6 AM on Saturday. I'll have to start my training runs soon enough but with it being as cold as it was (-5) without a wind chill I am dreading the early morning runs.


There were 13 of us brave (or dumb) enough to endure the -15 degree windchill and stil manage to put 4.9 miles on the feet!! We all went out to coffee and David regaled us with his trip to Phoenix and we told the Goofy stories all over hot coffee!!!
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