Friday, September 30, 2011

11 Year Old Football Player Taken Out Of Game For Scoring Too Much

I have my own feelings about this. What are yours? Basically this 11 year kid is so physically gifted that he is almost guaranteed to score a touchdown every time he touches the ball. So basically the league has adjusted by not allowing him to get the ball once he scores 3 times and they are up by 14 points. Is this fair to the kid? Does this cause the kid to become embarrassed of his own talent that he limits his own effort so he can just sort of blend in? Trust me, I have known kids that have become so embarrassed by their own talent that you would have never even known it was there. On the one hand we tell kids to go out there and give their best and on the other hand we tell some to tone it down for the good of the team. I would hate for this kid to grow up and have the appearance of someone with great talent but never performing to the best of their abilities, or worse, given the label of a lazy player.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Celebrity Marathoners and Their Times

I've always liked to find out interesting tidbits about a celebrity's athletic prowess. I think it's interesting when you unravel the onion and you find other impressive qualities about a person that you may not be aware of. A person that shows a trait of being good at several different things gives the impression of being well rounded. In that vein I provide the following link for your amusement.

Celebrity Runners

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

6 x 1 Mile (9 Miles Total)

So I went through the week thinking we were going to do 6 x 1 mile with "2" minutes rest. I was pretty amped up because I would be testing my strength and getting a chance to do some quicker pace work. So Sean and I did the workout. The first 3 reps were not difficult but it wasn't comfortable either. Sean and I took turns leading during each rep and it did help that mentally I could fall asleep for a while sitting behind him. The 5th rep was the hardest as I had to lead while being a bit fatigued but we still hit our times. By the 6th rep we were mentally released of any thoughts of future reps so we picked up the pace a little bit. By the end I came to find out that we only had "1" minute rest. During the workout I did think the rest was kind of short but I didn't dwell on it since I was saving all of my energy for the next rep. But Sean and I laughed about it and I told him that I thinking the recovery was 2 minutes definitely made the workout seem less daunting. Whatever you have to do to get you through workout! Here is how the workout turned out.

Goal 5:10 each mile
6 x 1 Mile, 60 secs recovery
5:06, 5:04, 5:05, 5:03, 5:07, 4:59

This will probably be my last workout for quite a while. Things are going to be picking up pretty soon as October will have quite a few races. So it is very likely that my next post will be a race report. So until then I hope your training is going well!

Friday, September 16, 2011

5 x Half Mile (9 Miles Total)

I ran this workout with Sean. The intention was just to get an easy introduction to some quicker pace work as we start to sharpen up for some racing action next month. Mentally I was really up for the workout as I had noticed I had struggled a bit at 5 minute pace during my 3 mile time trial last week. So we ended up doing the workout and after being a bit uncomfortable in the beginning I started to open up a bit by the end of the workout. Hopefully this will prep me for a quicker workout we have planned for next week. So the workout ended up as follows:

Goal 5 reps sub 2:30, 60 second recovery
2:28, 2:29, 2:27, 2:26, 2:23

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Attempted 6 Mile Tempo 9 Miles Total

I met up with Sean to do this workout. The objective was to attempt to do 6 miles at sub 5:20 pace. To be honest, I had very little faith that I could complete this workout. My legs have been pretty dead since before the 3 mile time trial so I had a negative mindset from the outset. I struggled mentally even before the physical hurt started kicking in. Actually the hurt never really kicked in. I stopped right before it started. Mentally I just didn't want to go to that place today. If I hadn't had such a long streak of good workouts I probably would have finished this one out since it's just my style. But I told myself I'll give a good solid effort next week. This is a lesson I'm starting to learn after the years. I'm starting to know when to push and when to bag it. To tell you the truth, these days I'll probably save the extra effort for when I'm gutting it out in a tough race. I trust myself. I trust that when the time comes and pain is around the corner in a crucial time I will answer the bell. I don't have to prove this every single time in every single workout. Well I digressed a bit much. Here are the splits of the attempted 6 mile tempo I cut to 4 miles.

5:18, 5:18, 5:16, 5:21

(5:19 average)

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Kenyan Way Long Run 9.69 Miles

Nothing special to report here. Met up with Carlos and Luis at the Kenyan Way base and set out for an abbreviated run. I had dead legs today and my purpose was to just get outside and put a few miles in. We ended up running at 6:21 pace. It's funny when your legs are dead and you have a pretty good base. My legs started out fatigued and stayed at the same level of fatigue for the whole run. Weird.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Funny World Championships Pic

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Elite Athlete Training Videos

I've been training at something for a good portion of my life and most of it hasn't been in running. So I always find it interesting hearing and seeing how elite athletes train in different sports. The following video is no exception and it shows Georges St. Pierre, a very diverse fighter, training to stay in the best shape of his life. Watch it and enjoy. There are some other videos showing other athletes in different fields getting their bodies ready for the rigors that tomorrow will bring.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Short Survey For My Wife

My wife is in grad school and is creating a business plan for a young gentleman's clothing store. It's basically a clothing store where you can get suits, cardigans, and nice clothes for young boys. If you have a young boy or nephew or frequently buy clothes for young boys then could you take 5 minutes out of your time to complete this really short survey? I appreciate it and thanks in advance!

Gentleman's Clothes For Boys

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

3 Mile Time Trial (7 Miles Total)

This workout didn't end up to well. My legs started dying quickly after the first mile. My first stinker in a long time.

Total: 15:37
Avg Pace: 5:12
Splits: 5:05, 5:12, 5:19

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Long Run: 9.24 Miles

6:41 Pace.

The legs felt a little heavy so I had to cut the run short. I got a good run in with Sam Rodriguez nonetheless as we went through the Heights -> Downtown route. The pacing was pretty laid back as well. I'd like to give a shout out to Jeff, who I met and had a wonderful conversation with. If you are reading, it was great meeting you. I enjoy talking to fellow runners. We all go through a lot of the same training and the same emotions and so its easy to relate. Another fellow runner came up and said hello and mentioned the blog but he was busy trying to complete his long run to strike up a conversation. I didn't get your name but thanks for saying hello!