Monthly Archives: July 2011

Awesome Run Today

It wa just my normal 10K around the block, but it was one of those “all is well in my world” runs.

First I met a new dog.

He is a big bloodhound puppy. I figured out he was a puppy (although his head comes up to my chest) when he enthusiastically tried to chew and pull my water bottle out of my hand! He was doing that puppy wiggle and wriggle, licking my legs, pulling on my hydration vest, jumped up and licked me in the face! I finally got away, after about two minutes. He followed me down the road, until it curved. A very cute dog.

I then ran UP the hill that was my summer goal to do. (Yes, 2nd time this summer). The five dogs that live at the top all came out to greet me, but let me get onto my way.

This route includes the hill that I used for hill repeats the other day. I glanced at my watch, and timed myself for the climb. 4 minutes 10 seconds, faster than my hill repeats. I am guessing this was due to me being warmed up (this was at mile 3 of the run) and I wasn’t just climbing up and down the hill.

It was just a gorgeous day out in the country. Very blue skies, green fields, cows hunkering into the shade, the goats just lounging in their barn porch. I finished about two minutes faster than my normal time, so well pleased with the effort.

I am going to do some ‘somewhat’ of a taper this week, maybe no run longer than 4 miles, in prep for my race this weekend.

I am feeling pretty good about going for 8 Loops at Big Bear Lake 12 Hour.

New Road Route

I checked out the neighborhood via Mapquest yesterday, and then, using gmap pedometer,  I worked out a run around 12 miles long. This was interesting because this would exchange 3 miles of “travelled road” including the State Route, with some back country roads.
Of course, the new roads are the wild card. I didn’t know what they would be like, if there would be shade, hills, loose dogs.
I ran my normal route for almost six miles, then turned left onto the side route. It was great! Downhill, in the shade. The roads were between kind of paved, to dirt, to rough gravel. This route is more challenging than my usual 11 miles, in that there are more hills involved, so I like that.
Not too many houses on these roads, and I only heard one barking dog, didn’t even see it. I think I have a nice alternative route, at 11.6 miles. And now that I know these roads a bit better, I may branch out even more and make this a longer loop.

Hill Repeats

“Man often becomes what he believes himself to be.
If I keep on saying to myself that I cannot do a certain thing, it is possible that I may end by really becoming incapable of doing it.
On the contrary, if I have the belief that I can do it, I shall surely acquire the capacity to do it even if I may not have it at the beginning.”
-Mahatma Gandhi
 Hill Repeats

The hill is 0.23 miles long. It has a short steep grade, then is not as steep.
I believe I will try a different hill next week, closer to home. It’s longer and steeper, but there is actually car traffic on it.

2.05 4.24
2.12 4.17
2.08 4.27
2.15 4.28
2.11 4.34 (jumped out of the way of the garbage truck lumbering uphill)

The hill road here is dirt/gravel. I skidded a bit on the downhill-didn’t want to fall on an actual road!
This was not done with any great “effort”.It was 66 degrees and humid when I started, around 73 when I stopped.  But I have a baseline recorded now, for this hill, so I can strive to improve on this.

Training for Big Bear Lake 12 Hour

My next event is a timed event. It is run at Big Bear Lake Campgrounds, outside of Bruceton Mills, West Virginia. It is a small, laid back, well organized timed event. Runners start at 7 am, and they can start their last loop before 7 pm. You can run this as a solo runner (me) or as a team with relay runners.

The loop is 6.5 miles long. I have just realized I’ve actually been training for Big Bear-my loop ‘around the block’ is 6.4 miles. (I just call it a 10K cuz it’s easier..)

I went back to the website and looked at my historical data. It’s nice, with the same loop course, you know nothing has changed besides your own performance.

2008 6 Loops 1.32 1.41 1.47 1.57 1.56 2.08
2009 6 Loops 1.28 1.39 1.47 1.51 1.53 1.57
2010 7 Loops 1.26 1.35 1.44 1.48 1.51 2.02 2.00

My average time for my “10K” around the block is about 1.18 or 1.20. So if I could run each loop under 1.30, I could get the 8 loop in. (I just need to start the 8th loop in before 7pm.)

I am planning on little time in the AS. There is only one manned AS, the start/finish. There are two spots with water, gels, and HEED out on the course. I’m planning on parking my cooler at the start finish, with my prepared bottles of malto-dextrin being iced down inside.

Eight loops=6 bottles. I am planning on starting the race with a water bottle, and a gel flask with Hammer Gel  (cuz I have this bulk bottle that has been sitting around here for one year or more.) On Loop Two and on, I will just pick up a fresh bottle of MD, with different flavors for each loop.  Eliminate those minutes stopping at the main AS to graze.
I will probably throw a small drop bag next to my cooler, with a pecan pie, foot care stuff, a pair of socks, visor, music-just all the little things you might want during the race, but never use. Last year I had to book it over to my camp site for an item, which was kind of annoying, so I will make sure I have everything I think I will need close.

The weather is the wild card for a race in mid-July, but I believe I am ready for the heat and humidity since that is all  I have been running in lately!

Summer Time!!

I got out for my 11 mile run (on roads!!) before 9 am. Well, it was 8:50, so it was still early. A pretty good run, uneventful. I glanced down around midway to see I was actually wearing a very old pair of running shoes. They must still have some padding in them, because I thought I was wearing my “current” road shoe. (My shoes are all covered in mud/dirt so I didn’t recognize what I was wearing.)

I realized I’ve run the last seven days straight-yes, I am counting my stupidity adventure as a run, it started out that way-so no wonder my hamstrings are a bit tight. A day off from running tomorrow, since the dog has to go the vet in Columbus, I can take the other two on their hike around the property before work.

I have also gotten the training calendar opened again, pencilling in runs/races I want to do, and the work schedule, and how I can drop these last 10(15) pounds, and find somewhere close to get some vertical climbing training starting!

Safe Run

A safe run today. No drama. Just heat and humidity. Ran the four mile road loop around the block. But since I can’t seem to get a run on my days off here until around 10 or 11 am, that’s my own fault. At least I’m getting the heat/humidity training in!

Legs still inflamed and irritated. I’m feeling better about getting a groove into running, last week my mileage was at 43 miles.  It may be time to perhaps try and pencil in a training plan/schedule of some sort.

Happy Independence Day!!


Take a look today, you should see my picture next to stupidity:

So you know where this post is going..
I go down to Salt Fork, around 11 am, where the temp is already 81 degrees.  I try out another bridle path, hoping the horses haven’t destroyed it, but this is what I encountered in the first mile of trail..

So I decide to go off-piste. Well, it turns out off-piste is much more fun with Slim and Gombu running around the mountains of Virginia, rather than wandering off in the bramble-laden woods of Ohio.

So I decide to follow the creek bed down. But it’s short lived, as the creek goes off a precipice.

I crawl back up the creek bank, but then I rejoin the creek again.  It’s fun, until I have to jump up on the creek band due to some logs blocking the creek.

I encounter stinging nettles for the first time. I’m going through these green plants, with small little thorny things, and then I realize my legs are freaking STINGING.They are hot and inflamed!   It’s really bothering me. I mean, they are freaking on fire! I go up into the woods, to get away from these godawful plants.

I get down to the lake, where I discovered I am actually around the bend-or maybe two-from where my vehicle is parked. So I start up the hill, keeping the lake on my right.

This is where it all starts going south. I run into rows and groves of multi flora rose bushes. Multi-flora rose is an invasive species, a perennial shrub.  It can grown into impenetrable walls. Ask me. I tried to go through them.

My legs back at the vehicle. I would follow a deer trail, which would then go through a thicket. Then I would try to find another way. I was frustrated and irritated. I was lost, yet I wasn’t. I was between the lake and the bridle trail. I was trying to get back to the trail, mud or not!! It was truly hideous. I was so irritated at myself, for getting stuck in this mess, for not bringing the compass (if I had the compass I could at least tell if I was wandering in circles). I tried to pretend this was good training for Barkley, good heat training. My legs were getting shredded. I had blood all over my legs.

I finally made it back to my vehicle. The legs are still warm and inflamed. It’s lucky I’m still on an antibiotic due to my teeth!