Saturday, March 31, 2007
We ran a nice smooth pace of 9.5 to 10 minute mile. Bret has a GPS so we can keep tabs on pace & mileage. We ran the Towpath north to Boston Store. Boston Mills Rd. to Bike & Hike Trail, to some road that lead to the Carriage Trail. Carriage trail back to the Towpath about 15 Miles. My ankle held up just fine no pain or swelling. We thought we were going to see a deer/car crash, a deer darted out in front of us as a car was coming toward us. the car just missed the deer by inches.
We hooked up with Vince and his dogs on the Towpath, I ended up running with him & Al. We picked up the pace leaving Nick & Bret behind. I stuck with them for a little while then slowed my pace and turn on the tunes! 2:33:23 No camera today.
Friday, March 30, 2007
Today was a unique running day. I ran with Tanya Cady today. We started our run at 11:00 am which is unique because usullay we're running at 7 or 8 am, or running at dusk. Tanya is an Ultra Runner training for a 100 miler. It's Tanya's birthday. "Happy Birthday Tanya." Tanya has ran several 50k's, 50 miler's and 100 miler's. She is also the director for the winter Buckeye Trail 50K and is on the committee for the Burning River 100. We ran the Lovin the Hills in Kentucky this year. She's a great resource for ultra running information.
Today we ran the Buckeye Trail from the Boston Store north to the Bridle stables in Brecksville, then turned back, it's about 20 miles. This is a portion of the summer Buckeye Trail 50K.
The most of the trail was dry; there were some muddy sections. At the start of the run I stepped on a root and rolled my ankle. "OUCH!" I walked for a minute then started to run again. I felt fine while running, but when I got home I notice some swelling. I place some ice on it. Hopefully I'll still be able to run, I'll see on Saturday AM.
Another day to wear shorts, I also had on a short sleeve tech and a long sleeve tech. It did warm up, I could have ran with just a short sleeve tech.
Wildlife was starting to creep out,
I almost stepped on a Gardner snake, it was a little bigger than this on. I saw a fox running into to a big log. and of course the deer were out. There were tadpoles and water beetles in the streams. Spring is here! Mother Nature is forming new trails for us. There are some sections sliding into the streams, trees are covering the trail and some of the water crossings are getting wider. Tanya & I are going to plan a run in May that will cover the summer Buckeye Trail 50k, Pine Lane to Brecksville (There & Back) . We also talked about running a night run with the NEO Trail Group.
Northeastern Ohio has a great group of runners. I will always find someone to run with any time of the day or night. Thanks for running today Tayna.
Wednesday, March 28, 2007
I remember running with a guy last summer who ran the BT50K a few years ago. He told me a story that he and his wife were having a party on the day of the BT50K. His wife didn't want him to run the race. He told her he was going out for a route long run and will be back later. He ran the race, helped his wife setup the party, and wore his race shirt (that had the date of the race on the shirt) to the party.
I'm going to tell my wife... "Honey I'm running up to 7/11 for a gallon of milk, I'll be back in 7.5 hrs."
I never imagine myself planning a 50k or even a second 50k. when I started training for my first marathon, I thought I would run the marathon and that would be it. Here I am training for my second marathon (Michigan's Trail Marathon April 29, 2007) and I will be running my second half marathon (the Columbus Half Marathon April 14, 2007).
I have people ask if I'm going to run the Burning River 100 or any other 100 miler race. I have to say, not this year, and I can't say I'll never run one. I want to run a few more 50K's and next year I want to run a 50 Miler, then I'll see how I feel about a 100 miler.
Tuesday, March 27, 2007
Sports Nutritionist Melissa Rittenhouse spoke about nutrition for runners and preparing for a long run or race.
I prepared meals and explained how runners can get just what they need to fuel their body's for a long run or race.
We had a lot of fun, and eat a lot of food. 16 people attend the presentation; I prepared 4 different recipes for all to taste. I had one runner, who never cooked Risotto, prepare the Risotto recipe. Then I had another runner (mike), come up to chop, cut and play with some knives.
I've been doing these cooking demo's for about 6 years now. There's always something that doesn't go as planned. No matter how many times I've presented a recipe in the passed or study my notes, I have always had a glitch. The celebrity chefs on the Food Network have cameras and can yell, "CUT!!", "Take Two!" I am flying solo, I'm really cooking here. Monday night was no exception, I thought I read my notes correctly, but I add saffron to Quinoa recipe when it was supposed to go into the Risotto. So we created a new dish, other than that all went well. Everyone enjoyed the recipes even the new one.
I will soon have a link to my website to print all of my recipes but for now you can get the rcipes from the vertical runner bulletin board
I'm explaining, you got to keep stirring the risotto so it doesn't stick and Mike on my right trying not to chop of a finger.
Nick & Vince Our VR Training Coaches
Sports Nutritionist Melissa Rittenhouse reviewing nutritional information
Sunday, March 25, 2007
This is Monet She's our pace leader, she's fast!!!
This is "Sara"
Sara's a little older than Monet, today she wanted a leisurely stroll through the buckeye trail and to hunt squirrels. We started our run around 5:00pm. I thought we were going to run into some problems with two hikers on the trail (the dogs love to jump on people) but they were ready to run and didn't bother the hikers.
Monet made it across one of the log bridges, while Sara took the conservative route...
We ran for about 30 minutes then ran back to Pine Lane parking lot. It was a little muddy...not to bad.
FYI: I did run up this hill after taking the picture. Great day with the Trail Dawgs!!!
Saturday, March 24, 2007
Today was the Vertical Runners Trail Group Run. We started at 7:00am and had about 15 people running today. The plan was to run an hour loop on Pine Lane to Hudson Park then head back to Lock 29 parking lot to hook up with Southeast Running Cub at 8:00am. I ran with Nick and two ladies new to trail running. Vince and the "Trail Gazelles" took off way ahead of us.
Here's Nick and the new trail runners
Mother Nature carving a new route for us to run; this is a tree and its roots pulling the trail down the side of a cliff.
Once we were ready to running we head out on the towpath (my favorite running route...NOT). Vince and the Running Club were way ahead of me again. I ran with Al, he was with our 7:00am trail running group. Al and I had a hard time keeping up with them, so we decided to slow the pace and run to Bolanz Rd. then turn back to lock 29. That would give us a total 12 miles for the day.
Al& I at Lock 29 with the Might Cuyahoga River behind us.
Wednesday, March 21, 2007
I couldn't see anybodies house numbers...The color of his house blended in with the pre-dawn landscape...I found six porch lights on...Luckily he was the only one flying a flag.
This was our next photo stop next to this big Indian head near Rt. 8 & Front Street.
We split up near Riverfront Amphitheatre, the FINISHLINE FOR THE BURNINGRIVER 100. Then we each ran home. I'll have to calculate the mileage, but I think we ended up with around 6-7 miles this run. Mike Count on more pre-dawn/early am runs!!!!
I felt great, I change my training and add in a Tuesday & Thursday 5:40 am Spinning class and a Tuesday night yoga class; I thought I would have been wipe-out, but I could have ran longer. I had to get back home to get my wife to work...only one car. By the way the $526.40 in the title...that was the cost to get the car fixed at Joe's Auto.
Monday, March 19, 2007
Friday, March 16, 2007
Thursday, March 8, 2007
I started to think about running a sometime before my one year anniversary date of Feb. 28, 2007. This would give me my 5K To 50K In A Year. I decide on Lovin The Hill's in Louisville KY Feb. 17 2007. I officially started my training Jan. 3, 2007. I was running 40 to 50 miles a week. It was a very brutal training schedule because of the cold & icy trails.
Chef Bill Bailey