Running log week of 2007-11-25

11/25 – Sunday – off
11/26 – Monday – Neighborhood – 4 miles – 40 minutes (approx.)
11/27 – Tuesday – Class (Zilker 1200s) – 4 miles (approx.) – 60 minutes (approx.)
11/28 – Wednesday – off
11/29 – Thursday – Neighborhood – 5.75 miles – 60 minutes (approx.)
11/30 – Friday – off
12/01 – Saturday – off
Weekly mileage: 13.75

Country Club long run

Well “it was a dark and stormy night” fits very well with the long run today. I tried to dress warmly in long tights, two long-sleeved shirts and a pullover, two pairs of gloves, hat and ear band, two pairs of socks (one pair, a plastic bag, and another pair to keep my feet dry), and my new shoes. Only about 30 people showed up at 6:30 AM today in the cold and pouring rain at the Balcones Country Club. Indeed I was surprised to see Glenn there. We ran together which was great. Within the first mile of downpour we were soaked through and puddle after puddle our shoes were dripping. We were probably lugging a few extra pounds of rain and sweat soaked clothing and shoes for the distance. By half way the plastic bags on my feet had ruptured and were now filled with water. I know I wouldn’t have completed it in 1:37 if Glenn wasn’t there helping me – running beside me, just being there. We didn’t talk much mostly because of the constant rain noise, and my struggle to breathe as we ran hill after hill. This was definitely a good prep for Decker – I just hope the weather is better. There was one hill in particular that I just started walking while we were in a small cluster of four runners – I was beat, and Glenn said that he would stay back with me. When I heard this instead of continuing to walk I started to run again because I just couldn’t do that to him – I couldn’t have him walk too, it just wasn’t right. So from then on we ran the entire rest of the way. He helped push me when I didn’t want to go on. For that I very much want to thank him. So although we didn’t complete at the pace we wanted, we adjusted and we completed – wet, cold, shivering and miserable through and through. What fun.

New Shoes

I bought a new pair of Nike Structure Triax 10s at RunTex today. Hopefully it’ll help reduce the load on my knees a bit. I’m concerned that the last pair seemed to only last about 200 miles (in my humble opinion). [The last ones I bought at the beginning of September 2007] I might need to start considering inserts or heaven forbid seeing a doctor. By the way I did try some inserts in the new pair at RunTex, but instead of being softer and more cushioned they seemed stiffer and more controlling and didn’t help. Naturally I didn’t buy them.

Running log week of 2007-11-18

11/18 – Sunday – off
11/19 – Monday – Neighborhood – 4 miles – 40 minutes (approx.)
11/20 – Tuesday – Class (Straights and Curves) – 5 miles – 60 minutes (approx.)
11/21 – Wednesday – Cross-train (stationary bike) – 30 minutes
11/22 – Thursday – Turkey Trot w/ Matthew – 5 miles – 56:49 minutes
11/23 – Friday – off
11/24 – Saturday – Long run (Country Club) – 10 miles – 1:37.15
Weekly mileage: 24 miles

EAS 10 Miler

Chris we missed ya today somehow. Glenn said he saw you before the race heading to the potties and we looked for you from the very back of the pack, but didn’t see or find ya. Did you see any of us during the race? [Sometime near the end I'm so focused on just getting it over with I could have run by anything or anyone without knowing it] Celeste, Glenn and I started together and stuck together until about mile 6. We were doing about 10/mile. And then at 6 (heading up the last Scenic hill) Glenn drifted on ahead and we lost sight of him. Then at 7 and back on flat Lake Austin Blvd Celeste said it would be OK for me to “get back to the barn” so I ran ahead. I was happy to see Steve Sission and Ruth England cheering us on at the Mopac overpass, but still no Glenn. Then finally at 9.5 I caught up to Glenn. Overall the weather was good, and the company was great and for that I am very thankful because all my running buddies made the 10 miles seem so much shorter. Now we’ve now got to set our sights on the six (or is it seven) big, very big, rolling hills of Decker on the 2nd. See ya…

Chris: 1:37:57.8
Celeste: 1:39:41.2
Brian: 1:34:43.9
Glenn: 1:35:05 (no chip, his watch)

Mile – Time
01 – 10:05.94
02 – 09:46.00
03 – 10:12.50
04 – 10:01.00
05 – 09:41.65
06 – 10:18.84
07 – 09:52.14
08 – 08:19.01
09 – 08:04.83
10 – 08:22.00

Running log week of 2007-11-11

11/11 – Sunday – EAS 10 Miler Race – 10 miles (plus 2 mile warm up) – 1:34:43.9
11/12 – Monday – off
11/13 – Tuesday – Class (hills) – 3.8 miles – 1:15
11/14 – Wednesday – Cross-train (stationary bike) – 30 minutes
11/15 – Thursday – Neighborhood – 4 miles – 40 minutes (approx.)
11/16 – Friday – off
11/17 – Saturday – LAB @ Brentwood – 14 miles (4 warmup, 8 @ MGP, 2 cooldown) – 1:58 for first 12
Weekly mileage: 33.8 miles

Running log week of 2007-11-04

11/04 – Sunday – off
11/05 – Monday – Neighborhood – 4 miles – 40 minutes (approx.)
11/06 – Tuesday – Missed class, driving all over the place, ugh!
11/07 – Wednesday – Neighborhood (Strides) – 5 miles – 50 minutes (approx.)
11/08 – Thursday – Neighborhood – 4 miles – 40 minutes (approx.)
11/09 – Friday – Neighborhood (by hospital) – 6 miles – 60 minutes (approx.)
11/10 – Saturday – off (room painting at Matthew’s; race tomorrow)
Weekly mileage: 19 miles