My Worst Run Ever

I had no reason to suspect that my long run yesterday would be bad. After all, the weather was nice, low 50’s and mostly cloudy. I was able to run in Shorts and a Short Sleeve Shirt. The time of day was a bit unusual for me, because I mostly run in the morning, so a 5:00 pm start was a bit late. I was also about an hour after a fairly heavy meal. But I needed to get my 2:30 run in to stay on plan, so out the door I went. Where I run is a largely suburban/rural area and on my route, there were very few places (meaning restrooms) to stop. But after about a mile and a half, I could feel the rumblings. This was not gonna be good. Fortunately, as luck would have it a porta-potty was accessible on a construction site about 2.5 miles in. Whew, that was good for some relief but a mile later, the rumblings were back. I knew I had about a mile to a gas station that I hoped had a public restroom. I arrived at the gas station and found the restroom there. Based on what I left behind, I figured I would finish my run without issue, but 2 more miles down the road the rumblings were back. Fortunately I was running past Summit on the Park in Canton, MI in another mile. A dash to the bathroom there and I was better, but still feeling funky. A little over 4 miles left to get home and I should be jumping from Long Run Pace to Marathon Pace in about a mile. I tried to jump the pace, but it just made the stomach hurt more. I was considering calling my wife to come pick me up, but I decided I needed to suffer a bit to see how much I could tough out. Just past mile 10, I stepped down from a curb to cross a side street when I tripped and fell. I was about to use my arms to break my fall when I remember the skills I had from other sports and rolled with the fall. I escaped without anything serious, just a scrape on the left knee and right elbow. My right wrist is still a little sore, but nothing serious.

12 Miles and 2:19 later I walked into the house glad that misery was over. I did learn a valuable lesson. That being waiting at least two hours after a heavy meal before doing anything like the run I did. I did pass 700 workout miles(swim/bike/run) with that run and I think I am well on my way to getting 2000 done this year. Tonight is my next to last Indoor Soccer game or as I like to think of it, my Interval Training.

2010 Martian Half Marathon Race Report

Today I ran the first half marathon of my life. Most normal people would run a half marathon before they run a full, but I did not do that. I guess I have to blame my midlife crisis. I ran the Martian Half Marathon in a PR of 2:04:35. I have to give some credit to Coach Patrick at Marathon Nation. Marathon Nation has a pacing guide for executing a successful Marathon at a pace that is determined based on training and previous race efforts. Coach Patrick modified the Marathon guide for a Half Marathon and I used that today and was actually able to improve on the predetermined pace that would have put me at 2:07:12.

The run started at Ford Field in Dearborn (not the Ford Field where the Detroit Lions play). The first 3 miles took us through the streets of Dearborn to get us to Hines Park. Hines Park is a beautiful place to run. It is a 2 lane road with wide shoulders in the middle of lush green trees and open space with playscapes and picnic areas. Miles 3 through 10 were in Hines Park and went by very quickly. The last 3 miles were on a bike path through the woods and were quite fun. Because of the execution plan I was on, hit mile 10 with enough energy to race the last 3 miles and actually ran the last 3 miles in 28:27 which is only 30 seconds off my best 5k.

Now it is back to the training plan. Tomorrow calls for an hour of swimming and 3 on the bike.

Oh Yeah, I Have A Blog

Wow, it has been a while since I have written anything. I just wrapped up a week of vacation that gave me the first opportunity of the spring/summer to workout outside. I followed my training plan that had me outside for quite a bit. Through today I have put 475 training miles in the books. I crossed 400 miles on April 1 so I feel like I got some good bike time in this week.

I will be running in the Martian Half-Marathon a week from today. I think this works out well because my training plan calls for 2:15 running, and that is what I hope to do the Half-Marathon in.

It seems like the weather in Michigan has made a turn towards summer and hopefully it keeps up.