Patience is a virtue…

But I’m angry now. ~ Homer Simpson

Tues 9 Mar: 00:48, 4.8 miles, ‘hood surges
Wed 10 Mar: 2:01, 14.3 miles, Westview tempo

Janet’s call for patience seems to have paid off as the last two days featured pretty fantastic running. I tend to want to get after it when I slip on the trainers and, subsequently, find myself in a hole later in long runs. So I really worked on starting things off slow and easy (yesterday, especially) and it seems to have paid off thus far.

I focused solely on keeping my heartrate down during the warm up phase of yesterday’s run and, aside from one section that was exclusively uphill, was successful. Then I did a bunch of surges and felt fairly mechanical. In a good way.

Today, I jammed down to Boulder to meet up with the crew for a tempo run. I was a bit late getting started so my warm-up splits were a bit quicker than I intended and I also hooked up very quickly with another runner who is close to peaking for the Paris Marathon. So yeah, he is quick. We ran together to the start then got our tempo on.

Honestly, I felt great today. Really just worked the patience mantra and focused on breathing until Art cut me loose at about mile 5 out of 6.5. Timed my kick pretty well today and finished strongly then ran another half an hour cool down and mileage. Great stuff.

Tomorrow is an easy day then I jam on into the weekend where I am hoping to get in a couple more good runs in. Long on Sunday. Should be a blast.

~stubert.

Get up, stand up…

Now, here, you see, it takes all the running you can do, to keep in the same place. If you want to get somewhere else, you must run at least twice as fast as that! ~ the Queen

Tues 2 March: 00:40, 4.9 miles, Boulder Creek Path surges
Wed 3 March: 1:48, 12.5 miles, Westview loop tempo
Thurs 4 March: 00:39, 4.4 miles, Mtn. Meadows/Beav easy

Still rolling consistent mileage. I felt a little whooped going into Wednesday’s tempo run and slightly blah about the whole endeavor. Once we got rolling, however, it ended up being a decent effort. I blew up quite dramatically at the end but still managed decent splits. Lessons: Pay attention to what your body is yelling at you, time your kick, push through the finish. One out of three isn’t great but gaining the knowledge of the other two makes up for their absence during the effort.

These runs aren’t all about time on my feet. They work as training for my head as well. Getting up for a daily run can be difficult. Some days, my brain tells me to just bag it, to take the day off and everything will be right with the world. These are the days that when I pull on the trainers and get moving, I can make that big, wuss part of my brain shut up for awhile and then I realize how much better I feel for having ignored the naysayer in me and gotten out for awhile. It is rare that I feel worse after having gone out for a run. And that is a big part of why I do it.

Americans are an “all or nothing” kind of society. Sometimes (when embracing the “all”), this works to our advantage and great discoveries are made, records are broken and we really shine. Unfortunately, the “nothing” takes over much of the time and we are left with generations of couch potatoes with carpal tunnel syndrome or video-game-thumb. I can’t count how many times I have had people ask me about running and comment that they would like to run a marathon (or half marathon or whatever) but that they just don’t have enough time. So they do nothing.

My advice is always this: If you only have 15 minutes to run, go run for 15 minutes. That’s it. Sure, the bigger goal may still loom out there but running 15 minutes will get you moving in the right direction where sitting on the couch will get you nowhere. It’s the same advice I give people who want to go vegan but just can’t give up food-item-x. So eat less of food-item-x… you will be doing yourself a favor and helping the planet. Strap on the trainers and go out for 10 minutes. That’s 10 minutes more than nothing. Which is much more than just a start.

~stubert.

Back on that pony…

Ya gots ta sass it. ~ Homer Simpson

Mon 22 Feb: 00:19, 2.375 miles, track barefoot
Tues 23 Feb: 00:48, 5.58 miles, North Boulder loop with surges
Wed 24 Feb: 1:41, 12.19 miles, Watson Park tempo
Thurs 25 Feb: 00:41, 4.2 miles, Neighborhood snow run

Great training so far this week supported, as usual by Rach’s yummy, vegan cooking. “Yummy” modifies “cooking” in case you mis-read. No vegans were cooked. It might be interesting to keep track of actual caloric intake sometime but given that everything Rach makes is from scratch, that might prove to be more of a challenge than it’s worth. But I am guessing the number is large. And probably a little scary.

I got back after it on Monday with a short run on the track. Opted to go with the Vibram KSOs to continue to hone the barefoot stride as it seems to not only be more efficient, but causing my calves to want to secede. Guessing it will just take a little time to get them to fall into line and actually, as runs progress, they start to loosen up. Anyone else out there running barefoot with advice? Any would be welcomed.

I also hit the weights for a couple of quick circuits. Really think adding strength training to the regimen is helping out. Thanks again to Duncan Callahan for the info.

Tuesday’s run, as Marcia Brady would say, was just dreamy. Dropped Sharkey III off at Super Rupair and spun a lap in North Boulder. About a quarter of the run was on the snowpacked Foothills Trail then I moved on to the slab for some surges. Really continued to work on the barefoot stride and I believe that the results were positive. Great run overall for sure.

I jammed back down to Boulder Wednesday morning for a run with the group. Warmed up around the Res for about 45 minutes then joined Art and Scott for tempo. We spun low 7s until Scott dropped the hammer and the group split up a bit. I continued to roll low 7s for 6 miles total then cooled down for about 15 minutes. Terrific run.

Today I headed out again, this time in a pretty serious blizzard. Felt good to get out there in crappy conditions and I spun easy sub 10s for about 40 minutes around the ‘hood. Felt great. Depending upon how much snow we get, I may have to head up to the slopes tomorrow morning for a few turns. Will play that one by ear and keep you posted.

~stubert.

Another snow run…

I kinda like Superbowl Sunday. It’s like another holiday that everyone else observes and I don’t. ~ Rach

Sat 6 Feb: 00:40, 4.19 miles, Neighborhood loop with surges
Sun 7 Feb: 1:50, 12 miles, Boulder road loop via 4th

Good runs over the past couple days. Tapering a bit for the race next weekend so kept it short today. Felt pretty well even though I went a bit harder than I intended for whatever reason. Yesterday’s run was an early morning affair as Rach and I had tickets to see the Met’s simulcast of Simon Boccanegra (which was great). Then I hit the gym in the evening to lift some weights. All in all a great day.

Today was another early morning with House Rabbit duties preceding the run. It snowed throughout the day which made the run a bit more interesting than it might have been otherwise. Overall I felt okay… not super but okay. I do like that 12 miles has become routine for me at this point. Glad to be back up to the fitness level that finds me feeling 12 miles is a fairly short run.

This week will be very mellow. Taking tomorrow off from working to play on my birthday then have a fairly busy 3 days before I head out to Moab. Getting pretty fired up to go run in the desert. Apparently the race is full so it should be a lot of fun.

~stubert.

January goodness…

February 2, 2010 Run
Feb 2 run. Looks like a seal throwing up or something

And this time, no tears! ~ Tobias Fünke

2 Feb: 6.8 miles, 1:02, North Boulder surges

I put in some solid training in the last couple weeks of January for sure. Logged two more long runs (24.25 and 26.4 miles, 4.5 hours each) and stayed consistent with the rest of the program. For the month, I ended up with 195.3 logged miles – a strong effort all around.

The knee has still been giving me a little grief but seems to be responding positively to increased daily exercises as well as a lifting regimen as prescribed by Duncan Callahan. Duncan won Leadville in 2008 in somewhat brutal conditions and is a fellow Gunnisonite. I am working up to his full schedule as it is a bit more than I can handle right now but after lifting on Friday, I performed really well this past Sunday. Logged negative splits in the 26.4 miles and finished strongly. Virtually no knee pain to boot!

Today I ran on the trails north of Boulder (Eagle Trail system) and did some surges. Finished with 6.8 miles in 1:02 and felt strong throughout. The surges were a little clunky but the rest of the run I ran well and was motivated. I’ll have another week of “normal” training then will taper just a bit for the Moab Red Hot 50K+ on the 13th. Looking forward to running in the desert with a full pack of fellow ultra freaks.

~stubert.