Runner’s World Half Marathon Recap 10/21/12

Immediately after finishing the Half Marathon

What an amazing weekend!!!!

Today was the Runner’s World Half Marathon, which was my first “official” Half Marathon. I went into the race with certain expectations, but most of all I tried not to get all stressed out about having to finish with a certain time. The race was not an easy course by any stretch of the imagination as you can see by the below: Continue reading

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Going to Bethlehem for the #RWHalf

The past 24 hours have been what you could call crazy busy.

I packed for the #RWHalf trip and trying to get all the last-minute stuff that needs to get done before going on a 5 day trip.

Did I get it all done – hell no!

However, I got more done than I thought I would. I even got a 5.0 mile run in yesterday, I went slowly and just used it as a recovery run, instead of pushing it. I felt good, but I had sat down a lot working and my legs were sore and tired. So I needed the run just to loosen things up.

The hardest part of most trips is the travel to your destination. This morning I got up at 3:30 and was on the road at 4:00 A.M. I drove from Sidney, Maine to Bethlehem, PA in about 9 hours. The only place that I had to slow down was going into Hartford, otherwise it was a good drive and only a couple of breaks to get gas and breakfast. For some reason my hamstrings at the end of the drive were toast! They were definitely sore by the time I got to Bethlehem.

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Last Long Run Before #RWHalf Was GREAT! 10-12-12

Today was definitely a Fall day, it was 48 F with 20+ mph winds out of the NNW – luckily I was going South, so it was at my back most of the run :-). It would have been a lot different if I would have run into the wind. I did run in shorts, long sleeve tech shirt and a tech t-shirt on top and felt comfortable once I got past the first mile.

I really didn’t know how I would do today, my legs felt a little tired before the run and I walked 2.4 miles in the morning, so I was realistically looking at around a 1:50:00 for 13.0, if I even would run that far, but I was pretty sure that I would run at least double-digits. I exceeded my expectations by a lot!

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A Windy 5.0 Miles–10/11/12

IMG_0029After yesterday’s scheduled day off, I was ready to run this morning. Taking a day off is hard for me, but it is something that I really have to do.

Today at the last minute I decided to do the 5.0 mile Middle Road Loop with a few hills in it.

The wind was blowing 15-20 miles an hour which was great going out, but when I hit the Blake Road on the way back, it got my attention pretty good.

There was also a definite chill in the air and unfortunately, my time running around heah in shorts and a t-shirt like I did today are coming to a close. Knowing me I will push it until the very end and suffer through 1-2 miserably cold runs before I wise up and use my colder weather gear all of the time.

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Mizuno Elixir 7’s are Looking Like Something Special and RunLog 10/8/12

Bright Color PhotoYou know something is up and I know what it is. My running suddenly improved last Friday, my pace is faster by almost 20 (or more) seconds a mile on my training runs on average and I have set 2 training course records:

  • Friday 28 seconds off my Notta Road 5.0 Miler
  • Monday 4 minutes 26 seconds off my Pond Road 10 Miler

The only differences are the weather is cooling down and the Mizuno Elixir 7’s that I was provided for review purposes through Mizuno’s Mezamashii Project. The cooler weather is nice, but it has been that way for a few weeks now and I have run these courses slower in the cooler weather this fall.

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Mezamashii–First Run Mizuno Wave Elixir 7 Was a Brilliant Run

PA050015I got my Mizuno Wave Elixir 7’s as part of the Mezamashii Project this morning!!!

Yes I took the pictures that I do with new shoes and started thinking about doing my usual first initial impressions post.

However, the Elixir’s beckoned to me to take them out for a run.

So I took them out for a run, instead of writing that post. After running, writing my initial impressions post became a secondary consideration, compared to writing about my first run in the Elixir’s.

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2 Runs – 1 Planned 1 Not 10/1/12

Today was a mixed bag as far as the weather was concerned, in the morning it was raining and in the 50’s, this afternoon partly sunny and 60’s, so it was interesting. I didn’t really plan on running twice today, but it was the way it worked out.

I did my morning run as planned, 6.0 miles at around 8:30 pace (actually 8:35), so I was pretty happy, but I have been having some problems with my right abductor muscle or a tendon in that area, it just isn’t responding well to just running on it. When I try to stretch out my stride very much, it starts to bother a little.

Then I had to drop the Toyota off at M&A to have it looked over, to see what work needs to be done over the next few months. So I ran home from there and just went really slow, my abductor was bothering a little more. Probably didn’t really need the second run Winking smile.

I ran both runs in my Instincts and felt pretty good on the first run, but noticed that my left foot tends to slap the ground when I ran in them today? Not sure what that means, but I know it is normal for me to do this in these shoes. Going to have to look at my form more to see what is going on.

I was happy with this morning’s run, but felt tired and slow this afternoon. Maybe I will take a couple of days off to give it a chance to heal a little.

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Got in 6.0 Miles in Cold and Rain 9/29/12

P9290007This was one of those days when I had to move things around to accommodate getting my run in.

Usually on Saturday’s I head out for a longer run around 9:30 and finish up when I finish with no pressure on the time.

Today I was helping out with a local college’s cross country team and needed to leave the house at 10:00 to pick up a runner. So no long run this morning.

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Bond Brook Trail Exploration Run–9/27/12

P9270004Today I went over to Bond Brook and did most of the 5K course plus a lot of other parts of the trail system.

When I went over to the new access road, WOW!!! is all I can say. I am very impressed with how well it turned out, I will get some pictures, so I can show before and after.

Then I took a right to see where the other dirt road went, but by the time I got to Gate 6, I knew that I would go over the time limit I had set and turned around.

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Track Repeats and Trail Run Not What I Was Hoping For 9/25/12

Colby Track 9-25-12This morning I did quarter mile repeats at Colby with Sean. Yep he kicked my butt yet again, no surprises there!

What was a surprise was that this week I was on average about 5 second slower per fast lap and that was without doing a fast mile before my quarter repeats.

There were a couple of differences:

  • I ran the repeats in my Altra Instincts
  • Two of the gates that were open last week were both closed forcing me to run in lane 4 most of the workout.

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