Friday, October 15, 2010

5.81 Miles Easy

6:50 Pace.

Feeling so much better and the weather hit the spot this morning, 59°. Tomorrow I'm hoping to jump in a race and use it as a workout. There are several races and I have not decided which one to do. It will definitely be low key for me since I have not done any workouts in 2 weeks and the mileage has fallen off a little.

Hoping to get back to 60 miles this week.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

8.47 Miles Easy

Nothing special 7:04 pace.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

9.24 Miles Easy

Ran with Sean. Not sure if that was the reason I felt better. Hopefully the lethargic vibe I've been having for the past week is behind me. 6:50 pace today. I lifted too.

Gym - Legs

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

8.71 Miles Easy

6:52 Pace

Legs still weak. The last mile I decided to push it a little. Got down to 6:17 pace. In previous weeks this would be 5:4x-5:5x pace.

Monday, October 11, 2010

8.7 Miles Easy

6:55 Pace

A new week. Let's get this thing started off right. The legs are extremely weak. Shouldn't be. I've had a very very light week.

Sunday, October 10, 2010


I probably could have run but I didn't feel like getting up extremely early or running late. I'll start tomorrow.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

No Race

Did nothing all day. I woke up early did my pre-race ritual but I had no energy so I decided to go back to bed. What proceeded to happen was pretty strange. I ended up sleeping the WHOLE ENTIRE DAY and night!. I woke up periodically to eat and answer nature's calls but then I went right back to bed. This is so unlike me. I didn't feel sick or anything. I just felt like I needed more sleep. Obviously something is wrong but the thing is, I don't know what triggered it. Hopefully this wears off soon.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Strides and Gym Work

Had 0 energy but since I have a race tomorrow decided to do something, anything. I did some light work on my legs and I was clearly weaker than normal. In some cases had to drop weight about 60 pounds. Get this, check out my strides:

  • Strides
    • 5:29, 5:27, 4:54, 6:23*, 5:26

* Record for slowest stride

Yes folks that is 6:23!!! Should I race tomorrow hmmmm???

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

2.88 Miles Easy

7:46 Pace. The degradation of my body continues. 7:46 pace was all I could do and I wasn't getting any faster and the miles weren't getting any easier so I cut it short. I decided to do some strides for comfort. Then I did a 60 second quarter. The strides were definitely slower than previous weeks but I don't know what to make of the 60 second quarter.

  • Strides
    • 4:06, 4:12
  • 400 meters
    • 4:02 (60 seconds)

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

5.8 Miles Easy

7:14 Pace. I was supposed to do a workout but decided to skip. Physically I just wasn't feeling up to it. The legs were fatigued, the hip hurt and I decided to not even run 9 miles. Rather odd. Maybe the 30/30 and then the race last weekend took more out of me than I thought.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Day Off

Too sleepy to run.

Gym - Legs

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Race For The Cure 5k 15:49 3rd Overall - 8.62 Miles Total

  • 5 Strides

15:49 (Course PR)

Mile 14:47
Mile 25:00
Mile 35:21
Last .145:04
Total Average Pace:5:03
  • * 2 mile PR 9:47

The Susan B. Komen Race For The Cure is quite a large event. I would surmise that there were more participants in this race than in the Chevron Houston Marathon and Half Marathon. The official totals were well over 30,000 people. The weather and atmosphere were perfect. I arrived at the race on time and found a decent parking place then did my warm up. I went back to the truck got my kicks and jogged to the starting line. It was a little chaotic at this time. There were swarms of people and it was a little problematic getting up front but I managed to make it in time. As soon as I got up front I noticed Luis, J.P., and Ryan Smith warming up. I exchanged pleasantries and then did my strides. After I finished my strides I noticed that Sesar Figueroa was up at the front. Well, there goes any chance of winning this thing but I decided that I would use him to pace me early on. You see, the thing about this course is that the last mile is a series of up hills and then 1 long gradual incline to finish it off. I figure since the last one is the slowest mile I would try to knock out the first 2 pretty fast. Worst case scenario I would run maybe 5:10 the last mile. Eventually we all lined up and then we were off!

The first mile I remember well. Sesar took the lead early, with me tucked behind and then Luis. During the first mile I didn't feel too sharp, I was breathing a little bit, but wasn't in any distress. I could tell Luis was hanging right behind me because I could see his shadow. Sesar probably clicked off the first mile in 4:45, me 4:47, Luis 4:48.

The second mile, things started to take shape. Sesar started to pull away, but all he was probably doing was maintaining 4:45 pace. I slowed to around 5:00 minute pace. Right around 1.5 miles in Luis pulled ahead of me and I followed behind him. During this time I could hear J.P. breathing right behind me. Things were taking shape very predictably. I clicked off 2 miles in 9:47, Luis maybe 2 seconds in front of me.

During mile 3 the wheels came off. Every year miles 1 and 2 soften me up and then mile 3 deals me the knockout blow and this year was no different. As we crested the inclines Luis clearly started to pull away from me pretty quickly. I had nothing substantial left and when this happens on mile 3 then you are pretty much left with your butt exposed. And that is pretty much what happened. I licked my wounds and just finished out the last third of the race. I ended up running mile 3 at 5:21 pace. A pretty disappointing 3rd mile.

The last bit of the race ended up being a tad bit long but no worries, the first 3 miles are what counted. Sesar ran a very strong race on a tough course to finish in a great 14:56!!! Luis ran strong as well and finished in 15:24. I can't say I'm ecstatic over my result but I know this course beats me up every time. Maybe I could have ran it a bit smarter, going through two miles in 10 flat and maybe trying to hit the last mile in 5:05. But that still puts me around the same time that I ended up finishing with.

Friday, October 1, 2010

2.9 Miles Easy

7:15 Pace

  • 3 Strides, 2:30 Rest
    • 5:00, 4:45, 4:46

The legs felt like they have not recovered from the 30/30 workout. I’ll be happy if I break 16:00 minutes!