Sunday, January 20, 2008

Aaaaagh, I Missed One




Well I missed my everyday running goal. I think I was up to 49 days of continuous running. The layover in Japan was just too short. In fact after we got through customs they started boarding in ~15 minutes. I arrived in Singapore around 1:30AM and went out for an easy 3 miler at 2 in the morning. That was a trip since I ran into quite a few folks coming out of the clubs by the marina. The only bad thing is that clubbers smoke a lot and even though you're in the open I hated to smell it.


Then to make up for missing a day, I went running again at 9 in the morning, so I got in 2 runs today. I went out for a longish, ~20km, run in this really cool nature preserve called Macritchie Reservoir. I even ran into some monkeys a couple of times on the trail. But man it was hot and humid. I wasn't prepared for that since winter is seriously on back home. I did bring my water bottle. This helped a bunch because dehydration would have did me in. In fact I wish I had 2 water bottles. I sweated so much.


That's all for now.


Peace,

Rob

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Keep Running



"You can’t keep runnin’ in and out of my life" - Yearning for Your Loving, Gap Band


I've been a running fool lately. But I'm enjoying it. I'm still on the run everyday tip. At first when I started this back on Dec 1st, I gotta admit the first couple of weeks were tough. I remember during the first week I had a day trip to Atlanta for business and didn't get home until like 9PM. Even though it was only for 30 mins, that run was tough since I was so tired after being in meetings and taking plane rides. Now I'm about 47 days into this thing and I'm hitting a groove where I really look forward to the runs. Especially the long, slow, easy, trail variety runs.


Now on to my predicament. I'm traveling to Singapore for business and the air-time is like 24 hours, so running everyday is going to be interesting. I'm seriously thinking of taking some running gear in my carry-on bag and getting a 30 min run in the Narita Japan airport. My first choice will be to see if there is a treadmill in the airport lounge (I got the hook-up and get to travel business class, so this isn't too far fetched). If not I might be doing the terminal run. I'm so invested in running these days, I feel like I not only want to run everyday, but need to run everyday.


What else is new? I turned 45 yesterday. Man, that's solidly middle-aged. You know I don't feel 45 though. I guess its all this preparing for triathlons, it seems to make me feel younger than my chronological age. Sometimes in the mornings the walk downstairs to make coffee is a battle w/ aches and soreness, but that feels like a small price to pay to the good feelings I get after a workout. I feel blessed that God has given me the good fortune to have my body hold up. I know it sounds kinda crazy, but it feels like privlege or gift to be able to workout and race hard.


Also now that I'm 45, I'll be the baby in my AG category M45-49 for the upcoming triathlon season. If I can just get a bit of discipline and ween myself from unhealthly, late-night eating habits it should be a good season. I was doing good last summer during my prep for IMWI and got down to 176. Now I'm up to 183 and I feel heavy. I do pretty good eating during the day, but late night I get drowsy and give in to eating some high carb food for energy and end up falling asleep anyway. Gotta change this.


Also I had a doctor appointment and she put me on another hypertension med called Almopidine. I am somewhat of a new patient, since this was only my 2nd visit. It baffles me that I have high blood pressure w/ all the exercising I do. The doc said its just unlucky genetics. I guess she's right, since both my parents have hypertension. She did tell me that my heart is a little thick from this condition. Then she told me that I shouldn't workout until she gets me into the cardiologist. Well you can guess I'm ignoring that suggestion. I think I'd be mentally goofy if I didn't S/B/or R.


On to some happier news. I did the Little River Trail race last Sat. It was a 9 mile trail race that was 95% on single track. To me, the trail seemed fairly technical with the narrow trails, coupled w/ rocks and roots. The race is held mostly on a MTB trail and it was up and down, up and down. I initally was thinking to treat this as a training run, but something about races, I've got to get down and give it my all. I ended up w/a 1:14 time (8:13 pace). This was a 4 minute improvement from last year when I ran the same race. I guess this run frequency thing is building up my endurance. I finished 67th out of 289 and 13/41 for M40-44.


That's all for now.


Peace,

Rob

Friday, January 04, 2008

A December to Remember




I often go and read the forum entries on Slowtwitch.com. Its by far the best triathlon related forum sit out there. But to be honest I probably spend too much time reading the threads. Anyhow, there was a thread that was started proposing 100 runs in 100 days (100/100). The premise is that one can increase run speed/endurance through run frequency, not necessarily doing sporadic long runs. This sounded intriguing to me so I made decision start out w/ a committment to run everyday in December. Oh, the only run for the 100/100 is that the runs have to be at least 30 mins in duration. The pace can be a slow as you wish. I'm going to try this again for Jan, and who knows I may even hit that 100/100.


Well Dec is in the books and I made it w/ everyday running. I do have to admit that there are quite a bit of 30 min runs in there. I didn't have any significant injuries. I did have some tenderness to my left knee in the third week, but that has pretty much subsided. I did get a big benefit of building to an ~40 mile weekly base. 40 miles used to be a peak week for me when I was in my marathon-a-year days. So to get in 40 miles regularly, is a big deal for me. Coach J said in one of his posts that a 40 mile base was a big milestone for him when he was a AGer. I'm going to try and follow this model, and hope for some good results this upcoming tri season.


A look back at 2007

'08 is underway. Looking back at 07, it was a good year for me w/ races. Most importantly, I didn't have any injuries during the year. I had my first full year w/ Coach J, and I reached some milestones that felt pretty good. Some of the highlights were:

1) The PB 11:45 at IM Wisconsion.
2) A 5:11 PB for HIM at Spirit of Racine. One of the highlights of this race was being 10th in my AG on the bike. This was a fairly big race too, with 129 athletes in the M 40-44 category.
3) A 2nd place in my age-group at the Carborro 10K w/ a 44:09.
4) A 3rd place in my age-group at the Lake Royale Sprint tri. This was my first time placing in a triathlon. It was a small field, but it still felt pretty good.
5) Doing the Escape from Alcatraz triathlon. Wow swimming 1.5 miles in SF bay, an absolutely incredible experience.

Now I'm looking forward to racing this year, and hopefully make even more improvements. My big race for this year is the Beach to Battleship iron-distance race on Nov 2. This should be a fun one, with a barge swim start, and flat bike. Plus since its local, I'll be able to see some friends I train with and the cost will be much lower.

Other races I'm planning for this year:

Azalea Festival Sprint 3/8

White Lake Half in May 5/3

Mountaineer Half in 6/29

Latta Plantation Sprint 6/14


Hopefully this'll be another good year. I move up to the M45-49 AG, so I'll be the baby again.


Happy New Year to Y'all!


Peace,

Rob