Archive for July, 2008

18 Miler – update

July 26, 2008

18 mile training runs are so long and so hard…it’s a miracle that I’ve ever finished a marathon. The weather was less than stellar (80 degrees at 6 am w/ 2000% humidity). I was drenched in sweat after a mile and it only got worse. That being said, I made it through and am already looking forward to my 20 miler next week. Through a bit of unfortunate scheduling…I’ll be in Mexico when I’m scheduled to run my 2nd (and final) 20 miler in three weeks. I suppose I’ll find a way to get it in while there…but there is a strong chance I’ll be running Albuquerque on one 20 miler.

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Long Run – Update

July 13, 2008

I survived my 16 miler yesterday.  It was warm and extremely humid.  I actually ended up running a fairly decent pace (not that I care really at this point as I am in extreme survival mode).  I was actually 6 minutes ahead of myself when I hit the 14 mile point as compared to my 14 mile run of last week.

10 miles is on the docket for this coming Saturday and then on to 18 and 20 the following two weeks.

Marathon Training Update

July 7, 2008

I could not believe how hard my long run felt last weekend.  It had me seriously doubting my ability to make it to the start line, let alone finish, in one piece.  Not a good sign 5 weeks into a 13 week build up…

A week later I’ve done a complete 180.  I ran a hilly 14 miler this Saturday and actually felt really good.  Oddly enough, my two longest runs during this build up were extraordinarily hilly (Stratford-12 and Scenic-14) but I reserved an epic meltdown for one that was flat as a pancake?!  Go figure.

Good sign, bad sign?  I don’t know.  I do know that I’m stepping up to 16 this Saturday…and I plan to take it a week at a time for the next 6 weeks before bringing on the taper.

I’ll go ahead and toss my long run schedule out there and then return to comment on how each went:
7/12 = 16
7/19 = 10
7/26 = 18
8/2 = 20
8/9 = 10
8/16 = 20

For the week I managed to scrape together a little over 34 miles…first 30+ mile week in a long time.  I have two 50+ milers on the schedule over the next several weeks.

I don’t like to fly…

July 2, 2008

But, alas, it is a necessary part of the job…so off I go!

I flew out to Naples, FL (via Ft Myers) on Wednesday of last week (6/25) with a return scheduled for the next day.  The flight over was uneventful.  The return flight was a different story altogether.

My flight was scheduled to depart at 6:48 pm but I finished my meetings early and headed to the airport thinking I might catch an earlier flight.  NOT.  The ticket counter personnel practically laughed out loud and said I’d be lucky if I got on my flight.  So, there I sat from 3:00 pm to around 10:30 pm when my flight finally left.  Problem…my connection from Houston back to Austin was supposed to leave Houston at 9:50.  No problem…it was delayed until <insert long, suspenseful pause> 3:08 am.  I gave the red coat an incredulous stare and inquired if the plane would really leave at 3:08 am…to which he replied, “Oh yes, it has to.  They need that plane in Austin for a flight out first thing tomorrow morning.”

Decision time.

Austin is a 2.5 hour drive from Houston.  I can either cross my fingers and hope the plane leaves at its new time (which puts me home around 4:00 am) or rent a car and drive home (which puts me home around 1:00 am…assuming I can stay awake).  I opt to wait it out.  The plane leaves at 3:08 am, we touch down in Austin at 3:50 am.  I get home by 4:30 am, crash, wake up at 9:00 am, crash some more, wake up at 10:00 am, and go to work.

14 hours is a long time to spend getting from Ft Myers to Austin…I have made that drive before and it didn’t take much longer than that.  On the bright side, I was able to finish an entire book from cover to cover (John Wesley Powell’s account of the first river expedition down the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon).