Thursday, April 30, 2009
Each time I go out I'm doing 9+ miles but I just don't have any bounce in my step. When I run with friends they tend to drop me within 2 miles and I'm never able to recover. In fact I get to such a low point in my running speed that I may be running 10+ minute miles. And that's on the roads.
I'm guessing that I need to give my body a rest and do a ton of stretching exercises. So I'm off to Miami this Saturday for a week long seminar at the Doral Resort & Spa. I've scoped out the area and I think the high point in the area may be 10 feet above sea level. So doing hill work is out of the question. So I will rest the best I can and some how get ready for my next race.
Next up, Saturday, May 9, Big Lake Half Marathon in Alton Bay, NH. I've done this race every year they've had it. This race used to be put on by endorfun but Keith Jordan has decided to focus more on directing Tri's. LOCO is now in charge of this race. I believe the format and everything else is the same.
Hopefully my legs will be back to their bouncy form once again so I can glide across the scenic roads (NH code words for hills).
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Question: How many people does it take to train someone for a marathon?
Mile Splits Total time Pace / Mile
5K 21:24 Slow due the clog up at the start
10K 20:46 Good recovery
15K 21:01 Right where I want to be
20K 21:03 Right on again
25K 21:14 Slowing just a bit but still OK
30K 21:43 The hills are slowing me down
35K 22:10 Heart Break hill hurt
40K 21:47 Picking it up off the back side of Heart Break
Mile by Mile commentary:
Mile 1 was tough. There was a ton of traffic and I couldn’t get into a good rhythm. OMG, 7:17!! Don’t panic, I’ve got a long way to go.
Last night I was able to watch the race. That was some effort by both Americans. I was even lucky enough to see me on the screen for 10 seconds coming down Boylston street. My form was poor at best.
How did I do against my goals?
1. Finish at all cost. Done
2. Break 3:10. Done
3. Beat David Katz. DONE!!!
4. Be the first Westford resident to finish. Done
5. And the real long shot, break 3 hours. Wait till next year!!!
1. This was my fastest marathon since 1996.
2. This was my 8th fastest Boston marathon.
3. I finished 1450th out of 26,385 who signed up.
4. I was the 1374th male to finish the race.
5. I was beaten by 76 females.
6. I was 55th out of 1838 in the 50 – 54 age category
7. I was 6th out of 143 MA residents in the 50 – 54 age category
8. 1 was 11th New England resident in the 50 – 54 age category
Time to rest. Big Lake Half marathon in 3 weeks
Monday, April 20, 2009
I will provide more of an update tomorrow. Right now, I focused on 1 thing....ICE CREAM!
Sunday, April 5, 2009
The Gym before the race.
On Saturday I took the day off from running but that didn't get me out of the honey-do list. So I busted my back side around the yard most of the day. One thing that I aways wait until after the marathon to do is cut the lawn. But Saturday I had it in my head that I was going to get it done. I went to start my very large landscapers mower with a pull starter and after about 10 pulls, my left lower back was screaming at me. So much for cutting the lawn. Now the question was would I be able to run? As the day turned into night I was hobbling around and thought that my race was done. I was then hoping that if I could get some good rest over night things would get better.
This morning I got up and nothing had changed. As I bent over to put my shorts on the pain in my back shot to my brain. OUCH!!! I was having serious doubts about the race. So it was time for the breakfast of champions...600mg of IBP. Hopefully this would help. I arrived at the race 2 hours early to make sure I had plenty of time to loosen up. In the gym I ran into Steve Wolfe who wasn't sure how he was going to do today. He seemed burnt out from last weekends Eastern States 20 miler. In addition I ran into a very old friend from Chelmsford High School, Dennis Ducharme who was a couple years behind me but was a very good runner, better then me of course. After spending the majority of time stretching out in the gym it was time to head to the starting line. My back was not happy, as I jogged to the starting line it hurt with every step. Was this a good idea? Remember don't do anything STUPID!!. Soon it was GO TIME! The command was given and we were off.
Steve Wolfe Getting ready
I decided to take it as easy as possible during the first mile, then pick it up and see how things were going. To my surprise I ran a 6:28...SLOW DOWN IDIOT, Don't Do Anything STUPID!! There were a lot of people in front of me, most likely 70+. Now was not the time to panic. I decided to just keep on moving and to my surprise my back had loosened up. Should I start to pick it up...Don't do anything STUPID!!! I held back. I could see about 100 yards a head of me was John Tuttle who I knew was in his 50's and was a very good runner (I've never beaten him). I just held my pace and bid my time. over the next 9 miles the course is a roller coaster and really beats you up. Not to mention the wind was very strong in areas. John just stayed 100 yards in front of me the who time and was running in a pack that kept dropping people and I ended up catching them all and shat them out. But not John.
At the 10.5 mile mark I noticed that Dennis Ducharme was about 200 yards a head of me. So now I had a target. John T was now out of sight. So I worked the 11th mile hard and caught Dennis at the 11 mile mark. As I went by he said he was dead and the hills and the wind had taken it's toll on him. I gave him some words of encouragement and continued on my way. I picked off another couple of runners in the last 2 miles and knew there was a guy closing in on me. I just kept it smooth right on to the finish. Don't Do Anything STUPID.
So I ended up in 39th place with a 1:29:52 and John Tuttle was in 38th 49 seconds in front of me. Now the question was, was there any other old guys in front of John? Neither one of us knew the answer to this question.
I managed to locate Steve Wolfe and talked him into doing a cool down run, I needed to get 15 in for the day. Steve was disappointed in his race. Heck he ran a 1:25:11 for 24th place, I would take it. So Steve, me and another guy when out for a 2 mile cool down. It's good thing we did, my legs were already tightening up. When we got back the result still weren't up. For some reason it took almost 3 hours from when the race started until they were able to post the results. To my surprise I ended up in 2nd place for the 50-54 year old age category. I'll take it seeing that my overall pace ended up being 6:47's. I wanted 6:45's but this course was tough and the wind made it very challenging.
Race splits below:
Total 1:28:52 39th out of 1243 runners.