Saturday, November 13, 2010

Trying to Build Some Momentum

It's already been a couple weeks since I last posted, and I find myself being drawn to the keyboard for some blogging, even though I haven't run a race or had a major breakthrough in that time.  I do, however, have a small list of things to talk about.  Note of forewarning:  I will probably be playing my 'engineer' card from time to time meaning I'm to be known more for my math skills than my writing skills, so bear with me while I try to move from thought to thought.  I'll try not to use nerdy words like 'binary', 'algorithm', or 'cantilever', as in "My leg accidently cantilevered over the curb, as I adjusted my pocket protector on my last run".  But I digress...

Wednesday I signed up to run the 10 mile Wichita Turkey Trot.  I've ran it for the last 5 years, and I'm pretty sure I can PR this badboy since I just set a marathon PR.  Hope I'm not jinxing myself, but I think I can sustain a sub 7:15 pace if the conditions are good.

I'm starting to get psych'd up for a string of PRs.  One reason I'm in a position to PR is the mileage I've been running this year.  I've already surpassed last year's total mileage, and today I eclipsed the 2000 mile mark for the first time, which has always been a target.  I guess I'm due, I've been at a plateau the last couple years (with no PRs) starting with a minor overuse knee injury, and it looks like I'm finally breaking through.  Speaking of mileage, here's my stats for the week:
11/8/2010 Weekly Mileage
Mon.28.75 min/mi
Tue.12intervals 10 x 1 mi
Wed.78.4 min/mi
Thur.107.6 min/mi
Fri.78.4 min/mi
Sat.13incline 1% - 8%
I'm pretty happy with a 51 mile week considering I didn't have any runs of over 13 miles.  That 2 miler on Monday looks a bit out of place.  About all I can say in my defense is the YMCA turned into social hour that morning.

I just got through reading August's issue of 'Runner's World'.  I know I've been slacking a bit to just be finishing the August edition, but hey, I've got a wife and 3 kids who like to spend time with me when I'm not running or working, or at least that's my excuse and I'm stickin' to it.  One RW article reviewed different compression socks.  I've never owned a pair, and I am skeptical whether they would make any difference, but it seems people swear by them.  Earlier this week after my 12-miler, my left calf felt real tight, and while more running didn't make it worse, it took a few days to go away.  I'm actually thinking about investing in some compression socks now.  If these socks really improve performance and recovery, maybe Trojan should set aside some R&D funds...  ha.

I will leave you with some running demotivational posters I've collected from the net.
This is a normal occurance for me.

Not a normal occurance for me.

Do age group victories count?

I think this guy needs a better attitude.


Julie said...

GOod luck with the local turkey run:) Last year I ran in a Thanksgiving race that was way too big. There were so many runners....totally insane! This year I am looking for a smaller run.

Nice job with your training this week, you make me feel like a slacker:)

I love those posters! My co-worker sent me the one of the guy running long distance and having an issue with his GI:) This summer I had big time GI issues so she thought this was funny! Just so you know, I would never keep running if it ever got that bad:)

Have a great weekend!

Jill said...

10 mile Turkey "Trot" ??? That's a long distance for a trot, but it sounds like a blast! You have some great mileage, sounds like things are coming together - yay!!

What marathon did you recently run where you PR'd??

Good luck with the 10 - I think it will go great!!!

2 Slow 4 Boston said...

Julie, I agree, would not run with the GI issue, but maybe that guy was in the lead with thousands of dollars or a championship on the line.

Jill, thanks. I PR'd last month in Wichita's Prairie Fire Marathon