December
25
Posted on 25-12-2007
Filed Under (Training) by Brian

I’m not due at any relatives homes today until 2:00 PM, so I headed out for a quick 4 miles this morning.  The hills are really starting to make my knees sore.  I know this is good exercise, but all the same I’ll be glad to have a week back on the flat sidewalks of Florida before the marathon.

My heart rate hit 195 while I was charging up a hill today and that’s the highest I’ve ever recorded with my Garmin by about 10 BPM.  I’m not sure if it was accurate or not.  All in all, things went well today, but I’ll probably take tomorrow off and then do 12 miles on Friday.

Planned workout

8 minutes warmup

4 miles at whatever pace

5 minutes cool down

Actual workout

8 minutes warmup

4 miles at 8:15 pace

5 minutes cool down

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December
24
Posted on 24-12-2007
Filed Under (Training) by Brian

Feeling mostly recovered from my 20 mile run, I headed out for a quick five today. The hills were more difficult than they were during my first 5 yesterday, but I manged through the whole thing at a decent pace.

Planned workout

8 minutes warmup

5 miles at whatever pace

5 minutes cool down

Actual workout

8 minutes warmup

5 miles at 8:30 pace

5 minutes cool down

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December
21
Posted on 21-12-2007
Filed Under (Training) by Brian

I’ve finally gotten the chance to experience some of the cold weather that some of the rest of my Disney running compatriots have been complaining about lately. I arrived in St. Louis on Wednesday to temperatures in the low thirties. Fortunately, a two day heat wave came through and I was able to head out for my 20 mile run in 55 degree weather. The temperature was perfect. The air was nice and dry. The only thing that really was bothersome was all the damned hills.

Like my 18 mile run last week, I didn’t worry much about my pace. I just went with whatever felt natural.  The hills were tough, but I ran the first 10 miles in less than 90 minutes.  My pace dropped off quite a bit in the second 10 miles, but I still averaged 9:50 per mile over the whole 20.

Planned workout

8 minutes warmup

20 miles at whatever pace

8 minutes cool down

Actual workout

8 minutes warm up

20 miles at 9:50 pace

5 minutes cool down

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December
17
Posted on 17-12-2007
Filed Under (Training) by Brian

I’m awfully sore from the 18 mile run on Saturday.  A cold front moved through the area yesterday, so I was warm and cozy in bed this morning.  Couple that with the soreness and a run didn’t sound so good.  My hip didn’t feel like it was going to make it 100 Yards, so as I headed out I figured it would be a short trip.

I walked about half a mile and then started running.  Like Saturday, any soreness I felt during my walk disappeared almost instantly once I got my body in motion.  Once again, I didn’t pay much attention to my pace and let my body go with what felt right.  I cruised to the park, mentally allowing myself a walk break anytime after 2.5 miles, but I never took it.  I just kept running.  I finished 5 miles absolutely pain free.  I’m having a little trouble believing it, though.

Planned workout

8 minutes warmup

5 miles at whatever pace

8 minutes cool down

Actual workout

6 minutes warmup

5 miles at 8:28 pace

10 minutes cool down

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December
15
Posted on 15-12-2007
Filed Under (Training) by Brian

To be honest, I never thought I’d make it 18 miles.  The way my hip felt on Tuesday after 4.5 miles, I was really starting to think that I might not get to the starting line at WDW.  I had a chiropractic adjustment yesterday and some electro-stimulation to my right gluteal region.  Still, something felt a little wrong deep in my hip.  I went to a party on Friday night and had nothing but water to drink, but I was out late, so I held off my run until twilight.  I left the house at about 5:30 PM not really knowing what to expect, but thinking I might not be out for long.

I wanted to run, though.  Deep down, I knew that I’ve come a long way since I started this training program.  I focused on a mantra – 18 pain free.  I walked a mile as warmup.  I had no pace goals and no real plan for the run.  It was kind of a “screw it, let’s see what you can do” type of thing.  So, after my warmup I started running.

I started out at about an 8:30 pace.  Usually, I would think that was way too fast, but I was far to worried about my hip to think about my pace.  I was just letting my body do what it wanted to.  I drank too much water just beforehand, so at around 2.25 miles, I stopped for a pee….the first time I’ve had to do that in a training run and another lesson learned.  I then ran to my usual drinking fountain and stopped for another walk break.

My hip felt great….my whole body felt great.  I was taking longer walk breaks, but my pace while running was between 8:15 and 8:30 per mile, so I was making up for that.  When I reached 6 miles, a consumed a Clif shot and drank some more water.  My hip was still feeling great and at that point I knew I had 18 miles inside of me.  I continued running between 8:15 and 8:30 minutes per mile, stopping for a walk break whenever I encountered a water fountain.

I began to feel sore between miles 13 and 14.  Everything seemed to tighten up a bit, but there was no serious discomfort.  My walk breaks became a little more frequent, but I manged to run my way to the 18 mile mark and finished in 3:08:52.  Not great, but given the circumstances, I was overjoyed.

Planned workout

1 mile warmup

18 miles at whatever pace

1 mile cool down

Actual workout

1 mile warmup

18 miles at 10:29 pace

1 mile cool down

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December
11
Posted on 11-12-2007
Filed Under (Training) by Brian

I started out pretty well on my 9 miler this morning, but about halfway through, I started to literally develop a pain in the butt.  I’m pretty sure it’s a strained muscle or misaligned something or other impinging on my sciatic nerve since the sensation sometimes travels all the way down to my knee.  It’s definitely cause for concern because it got worse as I ran and actually was unbearable by the end.  I did find that stopping to stretch usually bought me another quarter mile of pain free running, but in the end, I had to walk most of the last 3 miles.  I’m going to skip tomorrow’s run and I have a regularly scheduled appointment with my chiropractor on Friday.  Hopefully a simple adjustment will fix this up and I’ll be good to go for my 18 miler on Saturday.

Actual workout

1 mile warmup

9 miles at 12:34 pace

1 mile cooldown

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December
10
Posted on 10-12-2007
Filed Under (Training) by Brian

I”m back from Vegas, and I decided to take it slow this morning after a long, exhausting week of late nights, networking and lots of bourbon.

Actual workout

8 minutes warmup

4 miles at 9:15 pace

8 minutes cool down

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December
05
Posted on 05-12-2007
Filed Under (Training) by Brian

Actual workout

8 minutes warmup

5 miles at 10:15 pace

5 minutes cool down

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December
01
Posted on 01-12-2007
Filed Under (Training) by Brian

Actual workout

1 mile warmup

12 miles at 10:14 pace

1 mile cool down

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