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!