Forum Replies Created
May has been a bummer. I had a decent race at Trolley Run at the end of April, but in the following days, I had problems with my left knee and my right Achilles. I ended up walking part of the way home from work on Tuesday night and on Wednesday, I could not walk without a limp. I took a week off and tried again the following Tuesday and ended up in about the same place on Wednesday. Over the following weekend, I was messing around at home and literally sprinted to the door of our house racing to get to breakfast. I felt no pain or discomfort at all. On Tuesday when I tried running during lunch at work, it only took a few steps to know that it was no good. Remembering that I had been able to sprint over the weekend, I tried doing some strides, but those of course were no good too. Wisely, but frustratingly, I did not push it so I've been able to walk since then. Since that day, I have seen the Rolfer and she worked on it, but I nearly afraid to run.
The plus side is that we got a lot of work done on our gardens this month and I do feel pretty good about that. Sometimes I think that it is too easy for me to adopt a non-runner lifestyle when I am injured and that makes it harder to get back to running.
I think that if I can get back on track, I can still have some decent races this fall. We will see.
I thought that perhaps the more controlled effort might lead to better results — especially because if I had crossed the borderline to bonking before I crossed the finish line last year, it would have definitely impacted the result. It also occurred to me that my mental preparation this year may have helped. Last week, I thought of last year's race and how uncomfortable I felt throughout and so I was mentally prepared for that. Perhaps being prepared for discomfort also lessened it as indicated by this article that I read yesterday.
Mileage — good about 54 miles more than my next highest mileage month so far this year at 244. I reduced the mileage in the last two weeks both because I needed some reduction after 3-4 good, hard weeks and because I had a race coming up on the 29th
Hard runs — I was very good about getting in two hard runs each week and I was pleased with my efforts
Consistency — ran 29 days! I doubt that I have ever had a month where I've run every day. The day that I missed was last Friday and although I had planned to run to work that morning, I was getting a late start and asked my wife for a ride in order to get to work on time. I might have run in the evening, but it would have meant either meant shirking some chores or getting to bed really late. In the end, I think that my body needed the day off and that I raced better on Sunday for it. Though I do strive to be consistent, I do not want to be a slave to a streak.
Racing — Trolley Run (4 miles; net downhill) 21:18, 24th overall; It was a good race, but I'm not wholly satisfied. The satisfaction deficit I think will be a good motivator for my next block of training.
Training wise, April was one of my best months ever and definitely my best of the year. I had some setback or another in each of the first three months of the year. April was the first month this year that I was healthy and uninjured with no training interruptions. As I head into May, I am sore from Sunday's race with a couple of things that might grow more serious if I am not careful. I plan to take it easy until my body stops complaining.
I probably have about 400-450 miles on each of the pairs of Shays that I have now (XC2).
On these pairs, the uppers are holding up fairly well with the one exception. On the previous pairs, the uppers were coming apart — especially near the ball of the foot behind my big toe and along the line of the arch where the upper connects to the sole. I believe that there was some tearing on the outside as well, but that was not as severe. Even though they were falling apart, it seemed that enough structure remained that they felt securely attached to my foot.
I am not sure how many miles I had on the previous two pairs of the previous version of Shays.
I had similar issues with the first Shays that I had, but I wore them in a relatively shredded state for quite some time. Fortunately, my shoe never did burst out. The newer Shays have a slightly different upper. There is a different material over the mesh that seems tougher. I did notice a tear in the instep of my right shoe today, but with this pair, it seems that I may retire them after wearing out the sole.
I have not tracked my shoe mileage so closely any more, but I could probably get a fair approximation. Perhaps I will post that later.
We're reducing our budget this year and for now, I only have planned races for which I won free entry last year. In the last half of the year, we may open our budget a bit to include more racing, but for now, I only plan four races:
April 29: Trolley Run (4 miles)
July 7: Eudora Horsethief Run (5K)
Fall TBD: 15K
November 4: Cliffhanger Run (8K)
I had a very good week last week finishing with my highest weekly mileage so far this year.
I had struggled since the last week of January due to a minor injury in late January followed by an illness, and then some struggles with allergies. My training has been very up and down since then. Last week and this week were both 60+ miles — the first time that has happened since January. I am also starting to feel about as fit as I was feeling then. I have not been doing workouts consistently since January — though some of my runs have been at a fairly quick pace. This week, I ran two workouts and a long run. Tuesday included 3×5 min @ 5K effort with 3 min recovery. Friday included three sets of 30s on/30s off for one mile. Which turned out to be 3 sets of 6x30s with 30s recovery. The recovery portion was slower, but was not really easy. Miles were covered around 5:50, 5:40, and 5:30. The time progression is probably more a result of course hilliness than any increase in effort on my part. On Sunday, I ran 16 miles with the first half @58 and the last half @52. Often, I do not wear a watch, but this time I had promised to be back home at a specific time and so I wore my watch. With about 10 miles to go, I realized that I was running behind schedule and from that point, the run became a progression run — starting around 7:00 pace and dropping below 6:00 for the last mile.
Significant to me, my Sunday run included the hill on which I had incurred the freaky calf injury back in January. Even though there was no reason to think that I might be injured there again, I felt some trepidation until after I had passed that point in the run. In January, I was beginning to feel very fit and fast. I am starting to feel that way again and I look forward to running the Trolley Run in a couple of weeks to see how my fitness compares to last year at about the same time. I think that I may well be fitter than last year despite the questionable two months of training in February and March.
Great job, Ed! Good luck recovering from your sore throat and cold. I read recently that exercise — but not too strenuous — can help relieve cold symptoms. Thanks for starting this thread. Cesar and Andrew, Good luck with your recoveries. Everyone else, great job!
Nice job Ryan.
I look forward to hearing how things go after you've had time to work on speed.
I am planning to get a pair of Kilkennys next time around. So far, I have purchased Shays for price and/or availability. Though Kilkennys are generally cheaper than Shays, at the times that I have been buying, I found Shays for $29 and the Kilkennys that were on sale for even less were not available in my size. I've been checking prices regularly so that if I do see the Kilkennys go on sale perhaps I can get some before they run out of my size.
If I find opportunity to get out to the trails more this year, I will definitely keep the NB MT110s in mind. I have yet to find something that I am really happy with for trails — probably partially because I've gotten used to spending $30 for a pair of Shays and that makes the trail shoes seem very expensive.
2011 was OK. But, my training was also just OK. So, I got out of my running about what I put into it. I had a good race at Trolley Run (4 miles – net downhill) in 21:21. I also raced well at Farmstead Stampede in a well-executed race where I caught two other master's runners in the last half mile. My best race was the Leawood Labor Day 5K where I ran 16:27. One of my goals had been to break 17 on more than one course last year, but that was foiled when I came down ill before my last planned 5K for 2011. I did not find a replacement race. I also ran the masters race at Club Cross Country Nationals in December 2011. Though I did not have a particularly good race that day, stepping out of the small pond of my local races to race against the bigger fish from across the country was very eye-opening. It has inspired my training since then. If I have the opportunity to return, I plan to race better.
2012 started great, I had two weeks of running 60+ miles. Then, while out for my long run in the third week, I tweaked my left calf six miles into it — straining the calf or perhaps tearing it slightly. I took a week mostly off with one 2 mile run on Wednesday of that week that indicated I needed more time to heal. The next week (last week), I resumed running with a shorter, 40-mile week. This week, I expect I will be back to full volume — especially since my wife took a new job and I will no longer get a ride to work on Monday and a ride home on Friday. So, that will add at least 9 miles to my week. Currently, my main focus is consistent volume, but I am trying to do two higher quality sessions each week as well.
It seems strange to me to have time goals when I really believe that competing well is more important than running fast times. To that end, I would like to place ahead of at least one of the Masters runners who beat me last year in local races. I would also like to fulfill my goal from last year and run sub-17:00 in multiple races. As a stretch goal, I would like to shoot for sub-16:00 at this year's Labor Day 5K. Finally, if I do go to Club XC Nationals, I hope to compete much better than last year.
Another quote:What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.– Henry David Thoreau, American Author
Furthermore, I think that if you give your best effort while striving for a worthy goal, that you become a better person even if you fall short of the goal.
I went to the Club championships in December for the masters race, but I won't be going to St. Louis. I know that there are some masters guys from KC Smoke planning to go. There will likely be an open team going as well, but I have not heard about that.January 17, 2012 at 4:01 pm in reply to: HillRunner.com Pick and Win Contest: 2012 Olympic Marathon Trials #32114
It was fun and the funny thing is that I nearly did not play because I had no idea who to put in the third spots. (It appears that I wasn't the only one with that problem.)January 12, 2012 at 10:47 pm in reply to: HillRunner.com Pick and Win Contest: 2012 Olympic Marathon Trials #32102
- Hall – 2:08:27
- Davila – 2:24:19
Good job, Ed. Stay focused and don't let setbacks get you down.
I found a good quote for this thread:Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out.– Robert Collier