Friday, May 21, 2010

A new year

The plantar fasciitis hasn't been acting up. Orthotics have been in since December, and apparently have helped.

I just started running again last week. I haven't run since the ToT race back in October. Three runs so far, one mile each. They have gone well. Times were 8:50, 8:05, and 8:07. I've tried not to watch the Garmin. I want to get into a natural pace to start rather than pushing myself for a good time. But the fact that my pace is still down near 8 is a great sign.

I plan to just do short runs for the next week or two and monitor my foot. If all is well, then I'll start building mileage and doing races. I'm already committed to run the 8 mile leg of the Akron marathon this fall. Who knows what else is on the horizon.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Quick Update

Ran 7 miles in 1:01:26 yesterday. Not too bad. The run went much better than the 6-miler last week. I plan do an 8 mile run this weekend, then take next week fairly easy in preparation for the relay next Saturday.

Any Team Voicers heading to WDW for TFFKAMF (the festivities formerly known as Mouse Fest) the weekend of Dec 12? Leave a comment if you will be there. I'd like to try to meet up with people. I'll be arriving late on the 10th and leaving in the evening on the 14th.

We're heading to the Christmas Carol Train Tour tonight in Cleveland. I'll update the blog with pictures this weekend.

I figured that "Now is the time" to do another podcast segment. So "There's a great big beautiful" DSI on WDW Radio this week. Be sure to check it out.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Champions


We had two 5K's this weekend. Yesterday was the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. This is our third year running this event and there were definitely some positives and negatives compared to previous years.

On the positive side, this was the first year it wasn't raining for the event. It was in the mid-sixties and mostly sunny at race time. They seem to change the course every year and this year was by far the easiest. It was much flatter than in years past, but still had the rough hill at the end that we get every year. The hill was the same as two years ago, though, and not the total killer hill of last year. And it wasn't right at the end but came before the mile 3 marker.

On the negative side, this is the first year they did chip timing (but only if you paid extra for it). The problem is that they didn't do a good job of communicating that they were going to start the timed runners before the non-timed runners. As we waited for the race start, they kept announcing, "5k runners - those with the blue bib - will start in five minutes. 5k walkers - those with the white bib - will start in 20 minutes." There were many people, like us, who looked down and thought...I'm running and have a white bib. Guess I'll just go with the runners. But that wasn't what was intended. Luckily it didn't affect us at all, but looking back the announcement should have said "5k walkers and runners with white bibs will start later." Hopefully none us white-bib people held up the blue bib runners.

I paced very well. My mile splits were 8:08 and 16:06, with an overall time of 24:56 -- my second best race ever. Kristin finished right at the 34 minute mark.

Overall, this is a great event every year. I look forward to going back next year.

Today's race was the Buckeye 5K at the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. There were both a 5k and a half marathon. It is a small event, and many more people run the half than the 5k. Results are not posted online yet, so I'm not sure how many actually participated.

The course was a great 5k course. Not totally flat but all the hills were nice rolling rises and falls. Nothing steep. It was an out-and-back which is not my favorite, but it was still really good. The weather was in the mid-fifties, mostly sunny.

I felt terrible as the race started. I'm not accustomed to running two days in a row, so I was very tight. The first mile was very rough. Finishing mile 2, I felt better, but just didn't have any steam. I felt I was getting slower and slower as the race went on.

Finishing the race involved turning off the road and into a park. You couldn't see the finish line until there was less than a tenth of a mile left. When I rounded the corner, I expected to see the clock at 25 or 26 minutes. But it was at 23. I shook my head, looked again, then finally believed my eyes. I was on the verge of a new personal best -- at least as long as it wasn't about to flip to 24. But it was just past 23. At that point, I wanted to cross ahead of 23:30, so I turned on the speed and got across at 23:27. A new personal best.

Kristin had met up with a coworker there (plus there were some friends of ours and a coworker of mine running the half). This was her coworker's first race. She was nervous about her pacing and worried she wouldn't do well since she normally runs about 11 minute pace around her neighborhood. After I had passed the loop, I passed Chris and Kristin running pretty close together. I was nearing the 2 mile mark and they were past the one mile mark.

After I finished I was anxiously awaiting them. Chris finished at about 28:30. I turned to watch for Kristin and she came around the corner just past 29. I know she's been hoping for a sub-30 5k and all I could do was clench my fists, start at the clock nervously, and cheer her on as she approached the finish. She finished at 29:56. A personal best for her.

At the awards ceremony, Kristin got second in her division (25-29) of about six girls. Chris got first in hers (which was either the 30 or 35 division -- I forget which). And I was the only competitor in mine, so I got first. But there were about 8 runners between 19 and 34, and I got second among them. We all were surprised to get our trophies. It was such fun. Maybe the secret to success is to have less competition...

On the training front, I was supposed to put in a 7-mile run this weekend in preparation for the Akron Marathon Relay. I am running the 7.9 mile leg. But with the two 5k's that didn't happen. The plan is to get the 7-miler on Tuesday, a short run Thursday, then an 8-miler on the weekend. I am way behind in training. I am only going to get the one 8-miler in before the race which is now less than two weeks away.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Speed

OK...Craig Speed isn't quite as good as MikeSpeed. But I'll take it.

Today was not summer. It was more like a fall day. High temp around 65, but a bit humid. We went out to play disc golf. I haven't played in over a month. My buddy Nino and I have a running feud at the game. I've won the past couple times, but I guess it was his turn today. He was ahead most of the front nine, but I pulled to a tie at the 7th hole and was eventually ahead by one stroke. But he took the lead back on the 16th. I'll get him next time.

Went for a run tonight. The goal was a strong 5k and I did better than expected... 24:37. This was my second best 5k ever (my best was in a race). I was not expecting to do quite that well. Mile 1 was about 7:50. 8:10 for mile 2 -- which has the big hill. Finished with 7:56 total pace. Next run will be a five miler, most likely on Tuesday. The Akron Marathon relay is fast approaching and I am not ready. Need to keep on task to not let my team down.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Improving

It's amazing what just two weeks on a running schedule can do. I still have a lot of work to do to get up to the 7.9 mile run that I'll be doing in late September, but it is encouraging that I am getting my stamina and pace back. Sunday was 4 miles in 34 minutes. Today I did 3 miles in 26.5 minutes.

Now off to eat some dinner and then preparing to record with Lou tonight.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Out of Shape

I have really learned lately that I have let myself get way too out of shape. I have still not been able to get in a good rhythm for a running schedule. It seems that every time I have a plan, something comes up. The plan was Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday this week. I got my Tuesday in, but shortened it because Thursday most likely won't happen due to a schedule change that moved a commitment from Wednesday to Thursday. So now I'm running two days in a row which I usually don't do. I'm still keeping decent pace on my runs, just not doing well with distance.

We had a great time in New Orleans. We did a swamp tour and toured the Oak Alley Plantation. We also visited one of the cemeteries. This was my fifth trip to NOLA and the first time I got out of the French Quarter for anything touristy. It was great fun. My first visit to the French Quarter made me realize the Port Orleans French Quarter was greatly themed. And now that I've done the swamp and plantation, I have more appreciation for Riverside (though I do think that FQ better lives its theme).

Magic Meets was great fun again this year. Over $26,000 dollars was raised for the Dream Team and quite a bit was raised for Deb Wills' Avon Walk.

We hit Cedar Point with my niece and nephew on Sunday. It was HOT and there were no clouds or breeze until the afternoon. But luckily crowds were very manageable and we rode all the headliners (some multiple times) and were out of the park two hours before closing. The food there is so expensive though. $8.50 for a burger and fries. $3.69 for a 21 oz soda. It makes WDW counter service look like a bargain.

Looks like I'm heading to San Francisco for work in October. My plan is to check out the Walt Disney Family Museum. I am so excited about that one.

I'll be in the World for Tower of Terror and for the non-MouseFest weekend in December. Let me know if you will be around for either of those weekends.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Humidity Sux

Current Akron weather: 70 degrees, 89% humidity.

I just ran three miles and was sweating like a hog less than a mile in.

So I've been gone for a while. I've been a bad blogger. I haven't commented much on others' blogs. I've been a bad friend/Team Voicer. I'm going to try hard to get back on track.

My running has been terrible lately. I've averaged less than one run a week. But at least the diet has been going well. I'm starting to take off the weight that I put on since January. I think we have a 5k coming up soon in Cleveland. I'm signed up for the 7.6 mile leg of the Akron Marathon Relay in late September; Kristin is running the half marathon. And we are signed up for the Tower of Terror 13k in October.

We went and saw Mary Poppins in Cleveland a couple weeks ago. What a phenomenal show! I love that they incorporated other stories from the books that did not make the film. The new music fit in so well with the original Sherman Brothers' pieces. And the actors were great. Sometimes children in shows can be questionable, but Jane and Michael both did a great job. And Gavin Lee who played Bert was born for the role. I can't imagine anyone doing a better job. He originated the role in both London and Brodway.

I'm off to be productive now. We are heading to New Orleans on Friday and I have a lot to get done before we leave. I have to be there Monday through Thursday for work. Kristin and I are flying down Friday for a couple days vacation. She is flying home Tuesday morning, and I Thursday night. Then driving to PA for Magic Meets next weekend.

While we're down there, we are doing tours of a plantation and cemetary, plus an airboat swamp tour. Should be loads of fun. This is my fifth trip down for work and it will be Kristin's first time there. I've only explored the French Quarter, so it will be fun to see more of NOLA.