Tuesday, June 30, 2009

10 miler

Bought and began listening to Freakonomics

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Finished Blink

Good book. That was the last audio book of a bundle I had bought last summer. Now I need to go shopping again.

Thinking about:
  • Freakonomics
  • Black Swan
  • What would google do
  • maybe a medical history book

I forgot to post my Tuesday night run, Mom's birthday.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Saturday 10 miler

The run felt bad the whole 2 hours. I woke up with painin my left foot and it just never let up during the run. I had planned on going another 2 miles but bailed and had Cathy pick me up. The only good part of the run was I saw a cople of garage sales and when Cathy picked me up we got a couple of chairs for $30 and a present for my dad for Father's Day.

I used IntervalTimer until I got past Beaumount and then I rapidly got lost in the subdivision so I switched to RunKeeper to use the live map. Neat program but boy is it hard on the Battery.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

New Wired has a cool article on Nike+iPod

I'll link to it when it goes online.

I loved that they grabbed a quote from Cabel Sasser

IntervalTimer: problem solved.

problem with interval timer probably had more to do with the accident of leaving the phone on silent rather than the 3.0 upgrade. Embarrassed.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Medium mid-week run

I think I'm going to train with four runs a week. Two of the runs (monday/tuesday and thursday/friday) will be short runs from 5 to 6 miles. Then I'll do a medium run of 7-10 miles mid-week and the long run on the week-end. So the rhythm will be:


Some weeks I will not get one of those rest days.

Tonight, IntervalTimer failed. I think it was because I updated the phone to 3.0. I pulled out RunKeeper Pro as a back-up. It worked really well. They have a voice which announces the elapsed time every five minutes. On every five-minute chime I would start walking and use the Nano to time one minute. Then I would run until the next 5 minute interval. So run four minutes and walk one. Not as easy as IntervalTimer but it worked pretty well. Hopefully I will get IntervalTimer to start working again.

Here is the RunKeeper record:

Blink is getting better. Tonight I heard about:
  • Kenna and bought the album on iTunes when I got home
  • Milenium Challenge 2002 principly the 2.0 version where the ships were refloated
  • Pepsi Challenge and New Coke
  • Amadou Diallo

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Slow, short, and late run

Listened to more of Blink. Its getting better.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Really felt great the day after my 9 miler

I could really get used to this run-walk thing. Two other variables that may have helped with the painless recovery, I ran with my CamelBak so I was able to drink water and I Gu-ed up at 45 minutes.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Late night dash

Brutal call at St John Macomb, all day.
Come home play with the kids.
Skip dinner, wolf down some chips and bean salsa (late lunch).

Then run 9 miles.

Friday, June 12, 2009

Where people bail on the New York Marathon

From this article:

First the Marathon Lottery, Then the Pressure to Finish:

Mary Wittenberg, the New York City Marathon race director, said she would not mind seeing more runners drop out.

“We probably have more people who hang in there and shouldn’t,” she said. Her worry is that runners go too far and ignore physical warning signs, pushing themselves to the point of injury or worse.

Recreational runners may push too hard to finish because of “external pressures,” according to Dr. Jeffrey L. Brown, a Harvard Medical School psychologist who evaluates participants in the Boston Marathon and other races. Such pressures include dedicating a race to a loved one, raising money for charity or battling a disease.

Well blog on Marathon coaches

Well: Meet the Coaches

I like the Galloway strategy but its not enough running for me. Really 3 days a week is not going to be enough for me to be happy and mentally happy.

Still looking for a schedule.

Plan on running a 10 miler this week-end. B'Ham and back?

iPhone technical problems solved

Still not sure if it was a headphone or connection problem because I changed headphones but the iPhone worked perfectly. I listened to Verlander finish his complete game and then plowed through another chapter of Blink. The iPhone app IntervalTimer worked perfectly and the run went pretty well.

Second training run with Run-Walk

The run was plagued by a dysfunctional iPod. I'm not sure if it was bad headphones or a bad connection but the audio book kept pausing and skipping all around. This also applied to the IntervalTrainer program which was totally flakey.

I started the run listening to Rodney walk three straight batters and then having Lyons walk in a batter and give up a two run double. Cabrera picked those fools up in the 10th and Lyons closed out the win in the bottom of the tenth with 2 Ks and a ground put. Started listening to Blink by Malcolm Gladwell.

Monday, June 8, 2009

After my 10k run walk

I feel surprisingly good today. Maybe there's something to this run-walk.

Did my first run-walk training run last night

I ran 10k through the woods and Royal Oak sans dog.

To get the intervals right I bought a program called IntervalTimer on the iPhone ($0.99). It worked great. I did 4 minutes running and 1 minute walks.

Overall I did not like the run-walk method. The continuous interval signals made me kept me thinking about the run, interrupted other thoughts and kept me more conscious about my fatigue. I started running for the next break rather than just losing myself in the run.

I'm skeptical. we'll see.

Friday, June 5, 2009

The blog piece that got me in to running


Run Walk links

Jeff Galloway's training schedule for Run-Walk

New York Times piece on Run Walk

I ran a half marathon last Sunday and felt pretty bad

I scorched the course, I ran 1:51:53. My previous half I ran at 2:00:25.

During the run became ravenously hungry. It was such a weird feeling I am sure I was getting close to the end of the glycogen and bouncing up against hypoglycemia. I forgot to bring any goo to the run so I won't do that again.

For two days afterwards I had really tight calves.

The whole experience really intimidated me about the marathon and I even started to talk to my wife and about not running the big M.

We'll see.

I got accepted to the NYC marathon!

I turn 40 on September 19th and I'm going to run my first (and only) marathon November 1.