Monthly Archives: January 2011
I’ve been toying with the idea of keeping a more detailed training log for a while. I’ve kept track of my mileage and time all along, but haven’t really used the log approach very consistently. I did well when I was working with coach Karl, and found that the report was a great way to stay motivated during the week – and then to reflect on how the week went and hopefully learn some things in the process.
I’m just getting rolling again after dealing with a prolonged layoff due to an injured foot, and needing some motivation. Especially now – in the dead of winter, with all of my hard-earned fitness long gone, and a few extra pounds to carry around.
Just knowing I’ll be reporting on my week is going to be a great help in getting me back on track. I do have to be somewhat careful to not get sucked into doing things just for the sake of having a good report (running too far, too fast, then getting injured). I’m most hopeful that putting up a weekly accounting, as meager as it may be right now, will help me even more in terms of staying motivated to do the extra things in training beyond just racking up miles. Eat well, lose weight, cross-train, work on other areas of the body besides just the legs.
This year I am going to put a decent amount of time in on my bike, but with a twist. In the past I have always used the bike as more of a recovery tool for an easy day. Now when I ride, it will be with harder efforts to build strength in areas of my legs that have not been getting used much. Hopefully, all of this will lead to some good results this year.
It’s a start…
01.03.2011 – 01.09.2011
Pic of the week:
This is a reminder to train smart and not get injured. My weekly miles from fall 2010.
Rolling out of bed prior to 07:00 on New Year’s Day is always tough, but for the 4th year in a row I got myself up and headed down to Colorado Springs to do the Rescue Run 10K. It’s a great way to kick off the new year. I had a long list of excuses as to why I shouldn’t go – the roads were bad, it was cold (single digits), I didn’t get to bed until 2, I only just started running again after letting some injuries heal – but I ended up going because I just wanted to get back into racing again. I’ve missed it. I knew I would likely be running my worst time on this course, but I still wanted to go anyway. Despite being over-fed and under-trained, I had a really good time.
I got in a good warm-up by running on some snow covered trails. I was a little late getting back to my car and almost missed the start. I had to sprint the last 100 yards just to catch the middle of the ~600 runner pack (5k +10k runners) as it began to move.
The conditions were cold and icy, footing was tricky to say the least.
I stayed comfortable on the hilly course and never really felt a burn in my legs or my lungs. I had forgotten my watch and so was just running by feel – probably not pushing as hard as I should have, but I enjoyed taking in the awesome views of Pikes Peak and the surrounding area.
The downhills were a blast. Scary, but fun. I just let it roll and tried not to wipe out. It was slick!
I had been steadily passing people the whole race, and worked my way up to 25th place out of 269 finishers by the end. My time was 47:27, my slowest by far, but I came away satisfied with the effort and very glad to have made the trip. It was an absolute joy to be racing pain-free again for the first time in over two years. I had seriously forgotten what it’s like. Look out 2011.