Today I made it to Montana on my virtual run across the US. I just left Wyoming and Yellowstone Park. I’ve run 2,927 miles.
I rarely run three days in a row, and hardly ever four. But here it’s happened. After Sunday’s 14, I still went to my usual Monday night group run. Tuesday I decided to do a really slow, hilly three mile “recovery run” from my house (and, bonus, found a new trail through a wooded park).Continue reading “Four running days in a row”
I’ve been feeling weak and sluggish on hills lately, and no wonder, since I focused almost exclusively on flat training leading up to the Eugene marathon. So late Sunday morning I headed for Forest Park to do a fourteen miler on the Wildwood trail’s rolling hills. The Forest Park Trail Run had started about threeContinue reading “Fourteen on Wildwood”
It’s been a quiet week, running-wise. I’m over that cold from last week. I ran Wednesday night and today at lunch. Wednesday was a consistent 8:00/mile pace for six flat miles. It felt like a medium effort; I definitely could have finished a lot faster if it were called for. Today I went for 5.4Continue reading “This week in training”
I’ve been fighting a cold since Thursday, so I didn’t run at all this weekend. Luckily for me, it’s still just a few weeks after the marathon, so I can almost succeed in convincing myself that it was actually a good thing to take some time off like that. Monday evening I did go downContinue reading “Recovering from a cold”
I was never a boy scout. From a young age, I have always told people it was because I would not join a paramilitary organization. The world has a way of ensuring that hyperbole comes true. (Image: Todd Kranin for the New York Times)
I’d better post these before I forget about them.
Seven miles and change tonight. A 1.4 mile “warm up” at a little over 8:00/mile, then 1.5 miles at 6:50/mile, then 4.5 much slower. It felt pretty good. Beautiful weather.
This morning I had my first run with the Portland Marathon Clinic. (Two years ago, I was in Portland Fit; last summer I wasn’t training or racing, thanks to plantar fasciitis.) These are free weekly group runs, in one of twelve pace groups. We ran twelve miles from the Tualatin Roadrunner sports store; I wasContinue reading “Group run”
Pop quiz: What Oregonian held the marathon world record for a time during the 1970s? Here’s a hint: nobody’s ever heard of her. Which is a shame. Her name is Caroline Walker, and she was 16 years old in 1970 when she ran the (now defunct) Trail’s End Marathon in Seaside. Her marathon time wasContinue reading “Oregon’s record-setter”
Yesterday (two days post-marathon) I jogged a super-slow (slower than 12 minutes/mile) hilly 2.5 miles. I felt OK. Today I went down to the PRC run and did the usual Wednesday night flat six miler. I felt fantastic! 8:06 average pace, talking pretty easily the whole way, and on top of the world that IContinue reading “Recovery Runs”
My knee feels all better today. I registered for the Portland Marathon, Oct 4th. Initial goal: 3:30:00. What’s another eight minutes?
I call your attention to a race report from Mark Davidhizar of Wakarusa, IN, interesting because he ran a 3:38:16… exactly as I did. I also call your attention to Portland’s runner/blogger Heather Daniel, fourth overall woman. Her race report is detailed and epic and made me wince in pain. Someone else noticed that theContinue reading “Eugene Marathon Followup”
A lot goes into getting to the marathon starting line. And no, I’m not talking about training. I’m talking about traveling to your destination city, getting enough sleep, waking up on time, arranging transportation, deciding what to wear, dealing with the clothes check, and using the porta-potties. In my case, Sweetie and I drove downContinue reading “Race Report: 2009 Eugene Marathon”
I met all my goals! Official results – 3:38:16 (8:20/mile pace). 412th/1713 overall, 325/924 males, 65/154 age group. Official splits – 10K: 25:15, 20K: 51:05, Half: 1:48:50, 30K: 2:35:40, 40K: 3:25:58. It was hard. More later.
I’m off to Eugene in a couple of hours. I ran a mile and a half last night and didn’t completely melt down. My legs feel fine. I don’t think I have the swine flu. All in all, I’m ready to go.