Thursday, May 31, 2007
I got the call I need to heard...It was Mike (fitfromfat) I haven't ran with him for awhile. He's been busy, I've been busy. Every now and then we get these crazy schedules that click. Mike was heading home from a week of working (flying) and he called to see if I would run trails at 10:00pm. Perfect!!! Kids are in bed, Cavs are off yes I'll run. We headed down to Hampton Hills
It's a hilly 3.2 mile loop in the Metro Park. We ran it twice once counter clock wise then clock wise the second time. I did set my watch but it took around an hour (maybe less). I did manage to crash. I was running right behind Mike and didn't see a root and hit the dirt. I think Mike got a picture. check out Mike's blog to see. I'll post some pictures when I get some from Mike. Great night running trail, we plan on running this one again. There is a small trail that loops inside, I'd like to run a figure-eight on it to get more out of the trail then just a loop.
Wild Bill mentioned there were wild turkeys running around. We didn't see the turkeys but we can across this snake on the trail. It was pretty big. we covered around 8-9 miles, I'm not sure of the distance. I did have plenty of water this time.
Wild Bill & Wyatt
A rare view of Vince walking on a trail
These were the only pictures I snapped. We were only out for 3 hours a very challenging course at night. Not a trail I wanted to be on with out water. At the Brandywine Inn we were met by the Inn Keeper, He wanted to know who we were and asked what we were doing out on the trail. We also got a few extra miles in from a wrong turn on the trail. That was fun!!!
Monday, May 28, 2007
I've limited my weekday runs to two 5-6 miles on the roads and about 8 miles with the Sat AM group the day before the Cleveland Marathon.
Week 5/21 to 5/24 was the week from hell. I help out with a third shift catering out in Middlefield OH. Where is Middlefield you ask? Go out to the middle of nowhere and turn left and keep going, and going and... I worked 11pm to 5am then had to go home to take care of my kids during the day. No running this week. I only got in 3.5 miles around the track at the NAT.
So I've learned a lesson in blog writing...don't fall behind. It goes the same for training. Don't fall behind. I'm not sure if I could have ran any more the week I was working. I'll just have to pick up the pieces and crank up the mileage so I can make a difference at the Buckeye 50K.
Monday, May 21, 2007
Tuesday, May 8, 2007
After the crash there was only one thing to do......
Get up and run.
Here's my route.
Sunday, May 6, 2007
Mike race in just behind me at 51 minutes. Mike is training for his first marathon, the Marine Corps. Marathon in Washington DC this October. Mike served in the Marine Corp in the late 90's. He's have a good week of running...starting with last Sunday's Michigan Trail 1/2 Marathon, running Vince and the group on Wednesday & Thursday, Trail 101 on Friday, and finishing up with this run today. Good Job Mike!!!!
Here's Steve my cameraman helping Jim with the race results at the finish.
Nick, Vince, Mike, & Me...Chef Bill
Nicks mission was to run a 7 minute/mile. Great Job Nick!!! Vince paced Nick.Mike was just out for the run of it, but pulled off a great 10K run. Mike write this one down, now you have a PR to beat. Speaking of PR I have a new 10K PR (by my watch unofficial time- 50:04:60 ) I'll get the official time when they are available. After the race we were allowed to walk around Jacobs Field. Here's Vince, Greg, Mike & Chef Bill. Vince receives an award for best Downtown Chalk Arrows. Way to Go Vince!!!
The Cav's had a pre-game party setup at the Q. Here's my cameraman Steve Rising Up with the Caviler cheerleaders. On our way to the car I snapped this picture...Steve's marching with the band.
When I started running my goal was to finish. If it was to finish a 5 mile training run, a 50k trail ultra or anything in between. I have to say now that I have find a new goal to accomplish. I know now that I can finish any run I start. I've always told myself, "I'm not going to focus on time." I'm not out to compete with anyone else but myself. Entering my second year of running I find myself thinking of a time I want to finish a race...glancing at my watch running past the first mile marker...picking up the pace at the last mile of a race. So did I subconsciously create a new goal to accomplish? I think so...I will return to Michigan next year to beat my trail marathon time. Other goals I will achieve by keeping up with my training and just getting out there and running.
Friday, May 4, 2007
Vince is leading the group up to the "Icebox" Cave.
Not everyone went into the cave, so I had to jump down inside to get some pictures. We did some running after standing around and climbing into caves. I get lost when I'm done here so I'm not sure of the route we took.
I'm on a short running week. I'll run a 10K Sunday in Cleveland that will give me 20 miles for the week. Then I'll start ramping up my mileage to prepare for the Buckeye 50K.
I do want to say good luck to all running the "PIG" this weekend (Mike, Kim, Josh, Marta)
Wednesday, May 2, 2007
Tuesday, May 1, 2007
After helping with the aided run on Saturday, I went home packed my stuff for the trail marathon. I ate some food, and tried to sleep. I couldn't sleep so I looked over all my gear and decided to repack it into a smaller bag. BIG MISTAKE (I'll explain later).
I met Vince, Mike and Kristen at Vertical Runner and we all headed out at 4:30pm. Mike is Vertical Runner's mailman and Kristen is Mike's girlfriend. They are running the 1/2 marathon. We are also meeting Vince's friend, Dave who lives in Michigan. He's also running the 1/2 marathon. It's amazing how much you can get to know about a person a road trip in so little time. It's only a 3 1/2 hour drive, not to bad...Vince was responsible for driving. I was responsible for navigation and Kristen was in charge of keeping the conversation lively and fun. I don't know what the hell Mike was doing. As we were drive we missed a turn. With all road trips the person holding the map is responsible for all wrong turns & misguided directions. We called Dave to get us to the hotel via Detroit. We checked in around 8:00pm. I packed a small kitchen and cooked everyone a pre-race pasta dinner. As I sat enjoying my pasta I had that sinking feeling in the pit of my stomach...."DID I BRING MY TRAIL SHOES?" Remember the re-pack.....
I didn't place my shoes in the bag, I placed them next to the bag. I was all set to drive up to Dick's Sporting to buy a new pair of trail shoes then Mike said he had an extra pair of his shoes to wear after the race. They fit!! Of all things to forget...MY SHOES.
The weather: clear skies, morning low 48 mid morning & noon temps were around 78-80.
OK know I have all my gear I have my new socks, I got mike's shoes (I think they were Montrails), I wore shorts & the new VR Training shirt. The trails are very much like Buckeye trails. Talking with Vince we set my finish time at 5 hours. At the 1/2 (split) I need to run a 2:25. Well I did that...I ran a 2:25:01. I ran most of the hills, I felt good. Then the second half I slowed down. The course started to get tougher. The temperature started to rise, the hills where getting hillier. I was walking in place I should have been running. it was brutal. I finished at 5:22:52.
After all was done my legs were hurting, I was dehydrated, I was just glad it was over. I remember feeling better after my 50K then I did after this run. Next year I'm training like I'm running a 50K to run this. Vince asked if I was OK with my time...I said yes, but, I know I could run a better race.
Here's me running into the finish line.
Chef Bill(me), Mike (the Mailman), Kristen, Vince
The Thug Runner stretching after his 3:30:24 7th place.We stop to see the Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor MI
Thanks Mike for letting me wear your shoes.
I have more to said about this race later. This is my recovery week but, I will be in Cleveland Sunday May 6, 2007 for the Revol 10K.
Here's the second group running pasted Boston Store. Nick & Brett were leading the pack.
This was the top of Boston Mills Rd. a long tough hill to climb. Vince had the music blasting and everyone was ready for some water, sports drink & gels. We were jamming to rapper 50 cent. Vince's new nickname is "Thug-Runner"
Here's Mr. Thug-Runner helping our runners with some gel packs.
Here is Connie, Steve, and Kim
The group headed to the Bike & Hike Trail and Vince headed to the bagel shop for coffee & Bagels we were starving. The first group were smokin fast...Vince had to leave me at the Bike & Hike Trail to aid the other runners. Vince had to catch the first group at the next aid station.
The group heads towards the Carriage Trail then to Station Bridge.
Everyone did well. I'm not sure what everyone's times were, this is a great course to get ready for a marathon. Vince & I left after the last group checked in at Station Bridge They had 7 miles back to lock 29. Vince had to get to work and I had to finish packing for our trail run in Michigan on Sunday.