Friday, June 24, 2005

Upon further review.....7:54!!!!

I got home Wednesday to a nice little surprise, a card was mailed from the 5k I did last Saturday with my official time and everything. Looks like I had miscalculated my minutes per mile a little, I ACTUALLY RAN 7:54 MILES!!!! I broke the 8min/mile that I wanted too!!! I guess that last .1 mile that I forgot to add in takes a little time off, needless to say I was pumped, not bad for a 220lb (and shrinking) runner!! If I can get down to around 200 I think I can get under 7min/miles...needless to say Wednesday night's 6 miler was a piece of cake!!!

Last night was 4 in the heat, it actually wasn't too bad at all, brought extra water and I was good to go. It was worth it, on the way back from my out and back a whitetail deer jumped out onto the path and ran with me for about 400yds, he would do about 20 at a time, stop, look back, and then go ahead. Since I live in a suburb, it's not something I thought I'd ever see on the trail, especially that far in, but it did help to carry me on a little more.

Really hot and humid today (95), think I'm "just" going to do my Power90 DVD tonight followed by some Yoga in the comfort of my air conditioned basement and then it's an 8:30 departure for sweet home Wisconsin for my sister's wedding party tomorrow. God I love WI, the town I grew up in only has 1,000 people (700 when I grew up) so it's a real change from the hustle and bustle that I experience working in downtown Chicago. It's so relaxing, although I do plan on sneaking in a run there tomorrow morning.

Monday, June 20, 2005

24:30

Well this Saturday provided me with yet another 1st when it comes to running. I did my first 5K since I've been in high school. I was scheduled to do a sorta-longer run Saturday(6 or 7) but on Friday I came across a 5K run that was being held close by and decided to do that instead. I'm glad I did. I decided that even though my legs were a little sore from the 8 I did on Wednesday, I would do a 3 mile recovery run Friday evening (slow) and then the race Saturday morning.

Not going to go into it too much, but I finished in 24:30, I think I could have knocked about 15- 30 seconds off of my time, but I held back a little because I was unsure of the course and wanted to save a little for any hills there may have been (two total)....so anyways in the last mile or so I could tell my distance training (from the Green Bay half I did) had really paid off, as I passed several people who looked physically like they should have been faster than me. Gave me some self confidence as I strode by and I really pushed myself the last 1/2-1/4 mile, ending up in a sprint the last 150yds or so. I'll take the 8:10 pace for my first 5k, and as I lose more and more weight I should get faster as well.

It was fun, none the less, and I plan to do more of these, as well as 10K's.

Thursday, June 16, 2005

Two Newsworthy Events

It's been a little while since I last posted, but two things happened yesterday that I thought would be worth posting.

1. I found an awesome new trail that branches off the Plank Trail that I normally run. It's called the Hickory Creek Bikeway.


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What is nice about this trail is that it is a constant up and down trail, almost like a mini rollercoaster. The uphills had me digging in and the downhills had me flying, I don't "brake" on downhills, it takes up more energy than just spinning your legs. The trail is about 2-2.5 miles out on Plank Trail from my house, so if I run to it, it makes for a nice little 8 mile or so loop. Needless to say I'm going to hit this trail quite a bit more now, it's a much better conditioner than Plank, which is equivalent to a pavement treadmill, since it is so flat and straight.

2. The second news is that I AM DOWN ONE BELT SIZE through changing my diet and adding an upper body workout/yoga element to my training. I found a program called Power 90 that I've been doing for the last two weeks, it may look gimmicky, but the reviews online are actually pretty positive, and so far it seems to be toning me up. It's only a 30 minute workout, but I do it with the stronger weight cords, and it really does give you a nice, toning workout. (And it gets the cardio up as well, I'm always drenched when I finish). Sometimes I'll throw in an extra 20 minutes of Yoga on top of that to increase my flexibility, I do this 2-3 times a week in addition to my running and it seems to be helping. So those things along with my new focus on diet, have brought about little changes outside, but big changes inside so far (especially in how I feel more energetic). After my half marathon in Green Bay, I decided I need to get down to right about 201 to be as competive in the Clydesdale division as I can be...(if I finished 22 out of 70 at 223lbs, where could I have finished without the extra 22lbs?)...so it's been carrots, clean meats (chick breast, low fat roast beef, etc) and other very health foods. Pretty much the two top tiers of the Michi Ladder...it's working. I felt a lot "lighter" and definitly stronger last night running than I have at any time leading up to my half marathon and I think it's do to my upper body getting toned again (I quit lifting when training for GB half, a big mistake) and the flexibility I'm adding through the Yoga. Well that's all for now....

Actually no...one more thing...I'm going to be getting a road bike soon, so I can start riding for my 1/2 iron man next spring and possibly some sprints this fall yet. I have to go to a bike store, buy my early favorite is this one....the Schwinn Fastback comp 27, obvioulsy I have to get out and test ride a few, but it's never to early to start looking.

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Chris

Wednesday, June 01, 2005

Great News...

Well it just so happens today that I found out an old college friend of mine, Miss Kate Moffat (on the right) is planning to run the Chicago Marathon. After my Green Bay experience, I had sold myself on doing strictly 1/2 marathons, but ever since I was little I always thought it was cool that my friend's Dad had run a full marathon and it has always been a goal of mine. So it is game on, I'm going to sign up for the Chicago full in October!!! It may be my first and last marathon (as I'll primarily focus on 1/2's), but none the less I am excited.

We have also agreed to get together for the weekend long runs. This more than anything is important to me, as now I will be accountable to someone, and plus it'll give me someone to push and be pushed by.....I can't wait.

On a side note, I ran possibly the worst 1-2 miles of my life last night. I've started to weight train again for definition (upper body)and I usually drive their with my wife, but then run home and she drives back. Just had no gas last night, it was one of those "Oh well, what the hell" type of runs. Get it done, put it behind you and carry on. My legs do feel much better today, so who knows maybe it helped. I've got 7 miles planned for tonight, watch out Chicago Marathon, here I come.

Onward to October!!!!