The morning started out cold and with dread on my part. I wasn’t looking forward to this run all alone. All week long I’ve felt slow and sluggish in my daily runs. I brought my iPod to keep me company. We started from the RunTex Annex at about 7 AM. I left in one of the first groups, but was soon passed by most everyone. Along Lake Austin Blvd I saw Heather go by and disappear into the distance. I wanted to keep up with her, but I just couldn’t. I just shuffled along. My right ankle was numb and as a result my right foot was striking too hard. We came to the first water stop after Lake Austin Blvd, and there I met Chris. He said he had arrived late and everyone had already left. I was so glad to see him. We agreed to take it easy together. After the stop the feeling returned to my ankle. We went through Scenic to 35th up Shoal Creek to the turn around near Great Northern. Next we headed back downtown, and arrived back at the Annex stiff and tired after about 3 hours. The last tenth of a mile we even agreed to speed it up and we hoofed it to the end of the bridge. All told it was a good run, and so so much better when you have a wing-man/running-buddy. Thanks Chris.
I signed up for the RunTex 30K today. This will be a very tough “race” that I just hope that I’ll be able to finish. I don’t plan on racing, only treating it as a long run. The course is in south Austin and is very hilly. The Rogue coaches are worried that we’ll hurt ourselves doing it so they have an alternative flat MGP run that day in Georgetown. They have also an alternative distance challenge as a result of this. However I want to complete the Austin Distance Challenge and not the Rogue Distance Challenge so I signed up for the RunTex 30k. Wish me luck since I’m going to need it.
Update: From one of my other classmates:
I just got finished biking the route for the ARA 30K. I was planning on running it, but no more. It’s really a hellish route all the way through, including three rather “insulting” hills in the last 3 miles. I’m really kind of miffed that someone would put together such a dumb and brutal route for such an important leg of the Distance Challenge, causing all of us to either risk disspiritment, at best, or injury, at worst, on the way to our actual goal of marathon. It just doesn’t make sense.
I really appreciate Rogue serving up the Georgetown option. Hope to see ya’ll there!
12/23 – Sunday – off
12/24 – Monday – Neighborhood – 3 miles – 30 minutes (approx.)
12/25 – Tuesday – Christmas – off
12/26 – Wednesday – Cross-training (stationary bike) – 30 minutes
12/27 – Thursday – Neighborhood – 5 miles – 50 minutes (approx.)
12/28 – Friday – off
12/29 – Saturday – Long Run (Scenic) w/ Chris – 16 miles – 3:00
Weekly mileage: 24 miles
I ran Town Lake plus two with Glen K. today and we each wrote up report as an e-mail to our other running buddies…
Here is Glenn’s
Met Brian down at the Annex around 8:00. Ran into a guy, can’t remember his name, that I ran with the very first long run of the year. Haven’t seen him in a long time. He’s a South Sider and he mentioned that all the First Time Southies were running 12 miles. They seem pretty hard core compared to Joe’s North Siders. I heard a couple of the Southies talking about running sub 3 Hour Marathons. We asked the Southie if he wanted to join us but he said he was running 8, I’m not sure if he was meant he was running 8 minute miles or just running 8 miles.
Brian and I started and ran a mile down to the bridge and then a mile back. I could tell I was in for a go of it, Brian was fast. I think we were running 9:30 minute miles the first 2 miles. Felt slow to Brian and fast to me. We ran into Robert around 4.5 Miles, I couldn’t tell who he was running with but they were booking. At the dam, mile 5.5 we ran into Jay. Jay was following some young lady who was running her dog. We stopped and chatted for a few minutes. Jay had got there late and was running the opposite way. I took a gu shot and water here. Had a rough patch around the 4 seasons, my legs were dead and I was breathing hard. I told Brian I needed to stop for some water. I was gassed and was doubting I could make it. Don’t know why but this seemed harder than the 19 and 18 mile runs. We saw the Lincolns around this point. Brian practically carried me to the Mopac Bridge. Took my last gu here and then miracles of miracles, I felt better the last 2 miles. We got to a half mile out and Brian picked up the pace. Made it, barely. Brian thanks for pushing me today. Dude, you were fast.
See everyone next Saturday
Here is mine.
As I was just about to walk out of the house at 7:30 AM Chris phoned me and said his wife wasn’t feeling well and wouldn’t be able to run. Too bad, because we missed him and his cheerful demeanor. I hope she is feeling better now.
I drove downtown to the RunTex Annex. It’s been a while since I’ve gone this far for a long run because most of them have been up north somewhere. Glenn was already there talking to a guy he knew. Nearby there was a group of about twenty people talking including Sadie B. who I know is faster than me. We asked if he wanted to run with us, but he didn’t seem to. I was worried that he would not be at our pace. So we headed out.
It takes a while for me to warm up and even though we backtracked from Mile 0 to Mile 1 and the Barton Creek Bridge and then ran back to Mile 0, I was still huffing and puffing for miles. While running Glenn would talk easily and I tried to answer between gasps. His foot falls were light and easy. It took us about 24 minutes to do the first two miles, but Glenn’s geek-o-meter said we had actually run 2.4 miles. Twelve minutes a mile – hmmmm? So without stopping at Mile 0 we headed out on the trail passing Mile 10 marker and doing a counterclockwise loop from RunTex to Riverside to Longhorn Dam. We chatted as we ran and the time went by easily. I was still having troubles getting enough air, but the weather was great. It was cool and in the mid-50s. The sun was out and the projected breeze was non-existent.
We got to the Mile 9 marker just before the Riverside hill in 33:38. I finally got the wits about me to start pressing my split button on my watch so I don’t have the individual mile times of the first three miles. Across I35 and on to east Riverside, back to the trail and the 8 Mile marker in 43:18 (9:40/M). I said we’ve got to slow down. Down the trail to the rise leading up to the Dam and 7 Mile marker in 52:32 (9:14). Hmmm, where was the slow down. I was running my watch continuously even when we stopped for water or a chat.
When we got to the top of the Dam we saw a woman and Jay coming towards us (he was doing a clockwise Town Lake loop run). We said hi and started to ask him questions as he passed so about 10 feet later he stopped and turned around as we continued to talk to him. We walked back together to talk more. I was trying to figure out if either of us could join the other, but we were about 5 miles in and he was about 2 or 3. So we agreed that it wouldn’t work and we split up. Too bad, Jay, we would have enjoyed your company. Afterwards Glenn and I wondered why Jay didn’t stop sooner to talk to us, and we agreed that Jay must have been with that woman and by stopping him we had split them up. If that is the case, Jay we are sorry.
After our brief encounter Glenn and I stopped for sports-drink/water and GU/Clif Shot on the other side of the Longhorn Dam. We were both “packing” since this was a OYO 12 miler without any Rogue water stops. We started up again, ran by the now shut-down Holly Power plant, the ball fields, and 6 Mile marker in 1:04 (12:13). We got to I35 and 5 Mile marker in 1:14 (9:26). By this time we were just running and casually talking, Somewhere along the way I had stopped gasping for breath, and had finally warmed up – exactly when I don’t know.
The west side of the trail was getting busier as compared to the quiet eastern side near the Longhorn Dam. Glenn asked to stop for a minute at the Four Seasons for a water break. At Mile 4 marker in 1:25 (11:42). Just under the Congress Ave bridge the trail was closed and blocked off, so we detoured up steps and ran along the street. Maybe it was the detoured trail, because we arrived at the 3 Mile marker in 1:34 (8:33) which was not possible. We got to the Mopac bridge for water and had a short break. Here I did stop my watch. Starting up again we crossed the footbridge, and passed the 2 Mile marker in 1:44 (9:33). Just after the bridge the scenery was great, but we passed her and continued on. Next we went by Zilker and the trail of lights, got to the Barton Creek footbridge, and 1 Mile marker in 1:53 (9:40). We both wanted it over with. I could feel my knees and my legs were stiff – but what else is new. At Auditorium Shores and the last half-mile I asked Glenn to kick it in, but although we picked it up a bit, the kick was left somewhere in the past 12 miles. We crossed 0 Mile marker in 2:02:48 (9:07). For 12 miles and a bunch of stops/chats we were satisfied. I think we were averaging about 9:30s-9:45s. After a brief drink of water at the coolers, we walked to Glenn’s car, and I thanked him for a good run and bid him a happy holiday.
Wow are they different. Did we really run the same course???
12/16 – Sunday – off
12/17 – Monday – Neighborhood – 4 miles – 40 minutes (approx.)
12/18 – Tuesday – Class – 5 miles – 44 minutes
12/19 – Wednesday – Cross-training (stationary bike) – 30 minutes
12/20 – Thursday – Neighborhood – 3 miles – 30 minutes (approx.)
12/21 – Friday – off
12/22 – Saturday – Town Lake plus two w/ Glenn – 12 miles – 2:03
Weekly mileage: 24 miles
12/09 – Sunday – off
12/10 – Monday – Neighborhood – 4 miles – 40 minutes (approx.)
12/11 – Tuesday – Class – 4.5miles (approx.) – 60 minutes (approx.)
12/12 – Wednesday – off
12/13 – Thursday – Neighborhood – 5 miles – 50 minutes (approx.)
12/14 – Friday – off
12/15 – Saturday – Long Run (RunTex2Rogue) w/ Glenn – 18 miles – 3:00:03
Weekly mileage: 31.5 miles
12/02 – Sunday – Decker 20K – 12.4 miles – 1:59:37
12/03 – Monday – off
12/04 – Tuesday – Class – 4 miles (approx.) – 60 minutes (approx.)
12/05 – Wednesday – off
12/06 – Thursday – Neighborhood – 4 miles – 40 minutes (approx.)
12/07 – Friday – off
12/08 – Saturday – Long Run (Hills to Heaven) – 16 miles – 2:56:01
Weekly mileage: 36.4 miles
Well I finished, but it wasn’t pretty. I’m sore now especially my knees. Tomorrow I have to be on my feet all day (volunteered to help at a Lego robotics competition at Round Rock High School). Hopefully that should be fun – maybe I can find a chair and do my job from a sitting position – ha ha ha yeah right. In any case, I should have stuck with you all. I don’t know what got into me. Each time I either waited or caught up to you I somehow kept pushing and ran out ahead and shouldn’t have. Where did you go Glenn? Being alone made the run even longer. No talk, no companions – just my freakin’ thoughts to keep me company – and those were not very positive for the second half death march. I missed you all very much today. I walked most of Ladera Norte, and I’m glad that the hills were much smaller after that – sheesh I know that Rogue loves hills, but enough already. So I was dragging at the end and just wanted it over. Got to the park in 2:56. It was only 16 miles and I can’t even think about doing 18. The high point was getting to Celeste’s home, seeing her, meeting her hubby Matt, and the kids especially Zack, and getting a bottle of water from the mail box then heading out. I carried that bottle from there to the end. It was very much appreciated – thank you very much Celeste, that was special.
Well, I took off yesterday to rest my left knee. In the afternoon I helped Matthew and Beth purchase a couch and love seat at IKEA. Katie and they did all the heavy lifting. I could still feel my knee when I went to bed. Today I woke at 5 AM, and left the house at 6 AM. It only took about 20 minutes to get to the Travis County Exposition Center. Once there I just rested in the car. No warm-up. I wasn’t going to chance it. After listening to a podcast for about an hour I found my friends (actually they found me), and we waited for the start at 8 AM. Afterwards they were ahead of me. I felt bad because I couldn’t keep up with them. Running carefully I was worried that the knee would stiffen up. I was compensating trying to not stress my left side, but soon I felt that my right side was tightening up. So I just tried to run slow, steady, and evenly. After a while the tightness went away. I knew left knee was there, but it was not painful which was a relief. Soon I caught up to Celeste around mile 5, and on the first big hill she began to walk and I went on ahead. Then I caught up to Glenn shortly afterwards. He had a tough night and wasn’t feeling well. His stomach was upset. Together we passed Chris at a water stop at mile 6. Then slowly Glenn fell behind and I went on by myself. The miles passed and so did the big hills. On the final few miles on flats I just kept going. When we got back to the Expo I was really starting to breathe hard. On the last few tenths of a mile I looked down at my watch it said 1:59:07. I could see the finish. So I pushed as hard as I could and finished in 1:59:37. I was totally spent.
Mile Time Total
01 09:45.75 0:09:45.75
02 09:35.41 0:19:21.16
03 09:30.25 0:28:51.41
04 09:40.75 0:38:32.16
05 10:14.09 0:48:46.25
06 10:11.64 0:58:57.89
07 10:15.24 1:09:13
08 09:50.72 1:19:03
09 09:11.55 1:28:15
10 09:40.73 1:37:56
11 09:05.51 1:47:01
12 08:45.01 1:55:46
20K 03:52.95 1:59:39
I’m going to have to retract my offer to run with Glenn on Sunday at Decker. I went out for an easy 5 mile run day before yesterday, and yesterday my left knee was stiff. So I’m worried. This knee has been “talking to me” over the past few weeks. After the run last Saturday in the cold, and the practice which I pushed real hard and probably shouldn’t have. Afterwards I felt it too, and it is getting worse. Also dear ol’ Decker has been my nemesis in the past where I’ve tried to start out hurt, and I’ve ended up barely able to walk at the end or flex my leg afterwards. I feel that I’ve got to take it easier. So that’s what’s happening with me. Naturally if I’m out there at Decker and warmed up and my knee is not stiff or hurting then Glenn should watch his back because I’m coming to get him. Just kidding.
Update: I was just walking around the mall with my daughter today and I’m feeling the knee AND I’M NOT EVEN RUNNING – ugh. So I’m upset, but dealing with it. I plan being at Decker, doing the warm-up (which will probably be the deciding factor of whether I run it and if I call it quits, then that’s it for the distance challenge [that'll be the second time Decker has caused me to drop of of that]), and if I decide to do it then taking it easy on the run. I appreciated what Celeste told me by e-mail that she’ll be there to break wind.- oops – I mean she’ll let me draft behind her and walk the hills together which I might have to.