Sunday, May 31, 2009
Saturday, May 30, 2009
Parkside! My favorite course. I needed 13 miles today so I’m out there at 5:30 with Kristen. Did a nice out and back on the roads in the park while waiting for the early group to get there. 6:00 am we meet up with the early group and run a modified 5k course backwards. Part of the group headed off to the roads and the wife and I stuck to the trails…she is going to hate me!!! We finished things on the trail and got to the parking lot just before 7.
Talked a bit with the group and then headed back out there to finish the mileage for the day. My wife stuck with me the whole time…she could have gone faster but the trails were kicking her butt and in the end when the mileage was kicking me she ran the extra 0.5 miles just to be sure that I got my full 13 in!! She managed to run 10.5 miles as a training run!!!
13 miles…95% trail…9:59 pace!
Thursday, May 28, 2009
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Monday, May 25, 2009
A small group of us decided that we would do a Memorial Day run and head up to
I struggled for the 1st 5k as I tried to stay with a much faster group initially so that I could direct them. Averaged 9:35 on the way out.
On the way back I was with my wife and Andy and we did pretty good talking and focusing on the nice trail. Averaged 9:15 on the way back
Completed 6.2 miles with a 9:25 pace.
We will be adding this location to our regular run.
Saturday, May 23, 2009
Starting the marathon buildup for
Met the girls early and doubled back to pick up the wife at 6:15.
Felt the same way I did last week…no real cares and just focused on the run.
Manages to get 10 miles in at a 9:13 pace…that is better than last years Lighthouse run!!!
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Saturday, May 16, 2009
The wife wanted to get a few extra miles in this week and who was I not to agree. So we were at running a bit early on Saturday to get in a few miles before meeting the group. We maintained a decent pace not too face but not too slow. It was tough going but running with each other made it a little easier.
Got back in time to meet the group say ‘hi’ and head right back out.
I was in a unique place mentally…no race in the near future (other than the Lighthouse) and no “long run” for a few weeks. I was feeling good so I just went. Seems that everyone noticed the extra spring in my step as I move out in front of the group and managed to put up a 9:19 average for my 2nd 5k of the morning.
Finished 8 miles at a 9:26 pace.
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Saturday, May 9, 2009
Thursday, May 7, 2009
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
Sunday, May 3, 2009
I’ve only been to
Saturday morning the wife and I headed out for a short 2 mile run and I tried to push the last quarter mile…I could feel the altitude and the lack of much humidity in the air. I would have to be very careful tomorrow and be sure that I watched my fluid intake…nothing could be worse than not having enough!
The expo was small but it was what I’d expect for this size of a race. My wife even signed up for the 10k while I was getting my number…she figured she’d have plenty of time to do that and still get out to see me on the course.
We took some time and drove the course…beautiful! We kept an eye on the weather forecast because it was calling for snow and temps around 35 for race day…this really was not what I signed up for!
Fort Collins is a beautiful city…we got lunch in the downtown and asked the waitress for some ideas for dinner. After walking to both locations that were recommended and perusing their menus we decided on where dinner would be and made reservations (we were not going to have a repeat of
Early night since the bus that would take me to the starting line leaves at 4:00 am…still looking at the weather and snow is still in the forecast…not good…didn’t bring a long sleeve shirt…Damn!
Got up and did my usual ritual…forecast had changed…45-55 degrees, showers early and clearing up high for the day 60…current temp 39. Why did I forget to bring a long sleeve shirt!!! Luckily I brought a garbage bag…not real warm but would keep the body heat in.
Was on the first bus leaving the hotel…bad idea…the driver informed us as we were on the way that he would not be able to wait with us at the starting line but would need to drop us off…once again cursing myself for not having a long sleeve shirt. As we drove I noticed that the clouds were dissipating. When we got to the starting line there wasn’t a cloud in the sky…no moon…but the stars were amazing! At times like this I wish I would carry my camera.
As we waited for the gun I spent some time looking around, the valley we were in had a river that we would follow all of the way into
The gun went off right at 6 am and all 1,000 marathoners took off toward
I held my pace pretty even, just under a 10 min pace for the first 6 miles. Took my scheduled gel and kept moving. The aid stations were positioned about every 2-3 miles so I had a water bottle with me the whole race this helped to ensure that the gel was taken when needed and not when the aid station was there.
At about mile 7 I caught up with a woman who was running her first marathon and we chatted for the next 30 minutes. It was lovely to talk with someone on the course but as we talked our pace slowly picked up to a point that I wished her well and told her to have a great race at mile 10.5. Talking while running is great but I still have not figured out how to control my pace enough so that I do not crap out near the end. I’ll keep working on it because I enjoy the commiseration!
Mile 12. Second gel of the day. I was able to get the gel into my mouth and that was as far as it was going. I nearly threw up right then. The feeling was absolutely overwhelming. I choked a little down and at the next station took in some sports drink…which had the same reaction when it hit the throat! This is not good. To make matters worse within 100 yards of this I suddenly needed a restroom. Thankfully the half marathon starting line was coming up and there was a bunch of porta-potties.
10 minutes after stopping I was trying to get moving again. Much harder that I thought. I was moving in a forward direction so I was happy.
About mile 16 we leave the valley and the space opens before us. This means I will see my wife in about 1-1.5 miles. I’m not on target at all. I’ve now not been able to take any real sustenance in about 10 miles. I still keep trying to take in sports drink…heavily diluted with water in hopes that it will help. I see my wife and tell her my pains…she tells me to keep moving and work on running some…push through it…I’ve been here before…keep trying to take the gels when you should. She gave me a kiss and said she’d see me at about mile 22.
People cheering along the course.
There was more walking than running but I kept doing the 5 min run/5 min walk…whenever I could. The largest hill was at mile 18, I got to the top and was able to take a little sports drink and about a mile later I tried to take another gel. Got half of it in…gagged on the rest.
At this point we are in the ‘suburbs’ of
Mile 22 my wife is there as promised. I get some sports drink and give her my water bottle – I think I can make it in from here without it. She tells me that I really need to run some so that I’m not disappointed when I finish…’Leave it out on the course is what you always say – so do that leave it out here.’ She points out later that she does listen to me.
I really tried but I’ve now gone too long with out any real calories and I’m dragging. The trail is quite boring for about 2-3 miles as we are running under the power lines near the river (could not really see it from the trail all of the time) and through fields after fields. Unlike the valley, here you can see about a mile ahead.
I was glad to see the 25 mile marker knowing that the misery was nearly over. I see my wife waiting for me at mile 26 and she runs with me (walks too when I need) all the way in. I get my medal and poster. Find my wife. Find oranges. Gag. Suck on the orange. Gag. Swallow the fresh juice. Gag. Repeat the last 4 items 4-5 times.
Wife takes a picture:
Find the beer…I know there is beer here…have a glass…okay about 3 sips. Now you know how bad it is if I can’t drink beer!!!
I stretched a bit while the wife goes and gets some ice cream...we sit and enjoy the day a bit.
I finished The Colorado Marathon (aka Fort Collins Marathon) in 5:25:24.
My wife finished the 10k in 56:25 (clock time) – her actual time is better!
Now that we’ve had some time to think the race over the altitude is what got to me. Not training at the higher elevation my body was supplying oxygen to my muscles and did not want to expend any energy on digestion.
Next marathon is in